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EIT Manufacturing Winter School

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Experience a transformative learning journey at the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral Winter School in Estonia. As part of this esteemed programme, we are empowering PhD students in connecting their thesis research with entrepreneurial ventures. The programme aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to design and develop business ideas that align with their professional and personal backgrounds. Whether you are a student of the entrepreneurship program or an external participant, this immersive two-week event promises to unlock your entrepreneurial potential.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore how cutting-edge technologies and emerging business trends are implemented in an industrial setting during their visit to various innovative Estonian companies. Additionally, a cultural program will provide a glimpse into the Estonian lifestyle.

Business Design and Development

During the programme, students will delve into the intricacies of business design and model innovation. By leveraging group dynamics and visual thinking tools, participants will learn how to craft, refine, and effectively communicate their business models through compelling elevator pitches. The curriculum places emphasis on fostering creativity and ideation techniques, enabling students to apply convergent thinking to their entrepreneurial endeavors. Moreover, students will gain invaluable insights into Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and how to safeguard their research and ideation outcomes from their competitive landscape.

Key learning objectives

Intercultural Learning and Networking: Engage in a diverse and enriching experience, connecting with fellow students from different countries and cultures on both professional and personal levels.

Entrepreneurship Skills and Competencies: Acquire a comprehensive set of entrepreneurial skills by learning and applying various business design and development techniques.

Innovation Skills and Competencies: Embrace Design Thinking principles throughout the Bootcamp, honing your innovation skills to drive creative problem-solving.

Value Judgments and Sustainability Competencies: Develop a deep understanding of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and learn to evaluate and protect the value of your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Leadership Skills and Competencies: Enhance your leadership skills through dynamic teamwork and co-creative decision-making exercises.

To have an idea about previous editions, you can look at our winter school 2021 video on the top of this page.

Winter School at a glance

Topic: Innovation Ecosystem & Business Design
Schedule: 23rd November – 6th December 2023
Application period: 1st August – 31st October
Language of instruction: English
Study location & partner university: University of Tartu, Estonia
Credits: 4 ECTS
Programme includes various company visits (in Tallin and Tartu)
Certification: EIT Manufacturing Participation Certificate

Programme structure

The EIT Manufacturing Winter School starts on 23rd November with a first week dedicated to entrepreneurship education, company visits and networking, while the second week merges the entrepreneurship aspects with advanced training about Product Service Systems.

Students will work in groups and by themselves under the supervision of different experts

At the end of the two weeks, students will have to present the results of their work to a panel of experts, through a short pitch.

Career opportunities

  • Become an entrepreneur for 2 weeks and learn how to design a business model through a real-life business case study
  • Explore the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and get in touch with entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs by visiting different startups and companies based in Estonia
  • Have a birds-eye view of the Entrepreneurship Program of EITM Doctoral School and with a possibility to join the program in the future
  • Learn business basic concepts and techniques that would be useful in your professional career development, both in your company or as a scientific staff member
Apply now! Year 2023
Application period has ended
Studies commence
23 Nov 2023
Apply now! Year 2023
Application period has ended
Studies commence
23 Nov 2023
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