Experience entrepreneurship. An intensive introduction
Experience entrepreneurship during this two week intensive summer school. Based on eight theoretical sessions, visits and testimonials and on an intensive group work you will experience an unforgetable period full of knowledge, innovation and pleasure! This international summer school will take place from 21 August to 1 September 2017.
The summer school on developing (skills for) entrepreneurship takes place in one of the most challenging environments of Western Europe. The University of Antwerp, Antwerp University Association and the City of Antwerp warmly invite you to join this intensive introduction to entrepreneurship. Students with a keen interest in entrepreneurship, but without any concrete previous experience, will be able to discover entrepreneurship during this hands-on summer school.
First students will be introduced in the theoretical framework of a business idea through eight sessions focusing on different aspects of entrepreneurship.
Prior to the course students will be provided with several preparatory packages, in order for all the participants to have an equal minimum understanding of these topics to maximize the knowledge transfer during the summer school itself. Right before the start of the summer school, participants will have to complete an online test. This test is mandatory for all participants.
All these (basic) theoretical insights will be immediately linked to some practical example sessions. The topics include:
- ideation and problem statement;
- fit of technology and intellectual property;
- market research;
- product definition, added value and pricing;
- business modelling and marketing;
- teams and partners;
- financial plan and budgeting;
- valuation and what’s next.
All these sessions will be taught by international experts from both within and outside the academic world.
Next to these theoretical sessions, students will engage in a real-life based group work which will let the teams apply effectively the knowledge and skills taught during the theoretical sessions. Students will be asked to choose their preferred case prior to the summer school after which interdisciplinary and international groups will be composed.
Topics will cover a wide array of products and services, both profit and non-profit as to enable all participants to find an appropriate match.
At the end of the summer school, groups will need to present their working process and business plan to a professional jury. Ultimately, some industrial visits and social activities will keep the minds relaxed and focused.
Next to the theoretical sessions which will introduce students to the framework of a business idea and several aspects related to entrepreneurship, students will also engage in an intensive real-life based group work which will let teams effectively apply the knowledge and skills taught during the theoretical sessions. The goal of the group work is to develop (part of) a business plan, on the one hand by making use of the content taught during the theoretical sessions and on the other hand through intensive coaching by experts from the field and tutors and teachers involved in the summer school.
At the end of the summer school, groups will need to present their working process and (part of a) business plan to a professional jury.
Students will be asked to choose their preferred case prior to the summer school after which interdisciplinary and international groups of 3 to 4 students will be composed. Topics will cover a wide array of products and services, both profit and non-profit as to enable all participants to find an appropriate match.
All the selected cases were provided by start-ups, spin-offs and idea owners known to the organizing committee. All cases have originated in the minds of people who are already expert in their field, but who didn’t always find time to properly develop this particular idea. The goal of the summer school is to get these cases further in the innovation route, hopefully with a positive feasibility to have success.
The summer school is designed for master students or bachelor students in their last year who are interested in discovering entrepreneurship. As the summer school is interdisciplinary by nature, students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not requirred to have prior experience with entrepreneurship but should rather be interested in discovering the topic.
Study credits (ECTS)
Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of preparatory readings, 100 % (active) participation during the course and final presentations.
Participants have the possibility to complete an extra assignment if they want to earn 5 or 6 ECTS credits.
- 4 ECTS: Preparatory readings, 100% active participation and final presentations.
- 5 ECTS: Preparatory readings, 100% active participation, final presentations and submission of poster after the summer school.
- 6 ECTS: Preparatory readings, 100% active participation and final presentations and submission of individual paper after the summer school.
To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.
Application procedure in 4 steps
- Register in Mobility Online
- Fill in personal details, upload additional documents and complete requested extra questions
- Wait for approval of your application
- Pay the participation fee within 10 days after approval to secure your spot.
The application deadline is 18 May 2017
Applications can be submitted by filling in the online registration form via Mobility Online. After having registered, you will automatically receive an email with further guidelines to complete your application.
Upon successful submission you will receive an automatic reply to confirm your application. Students will be notified about the results of selection at the end of May. Accepted students will need to choose their preferred case for the group works at the beginning of June. In case your application is accepted, you will receive an email with more practical information on payment and visa. Note that your subscription is only valid when the participation fee is received by the summer school’s secretariat.
Accepted students will be registered as regular students of the University of Antwerp and will hence receive a student account and a student card with which they will have access to the catering facilities and to the Wi-Fi network of the University of Antwerp. Furthermore, accepted students will be automatically insured under the policy of the University of Antwerp.
|Registration fee||€ 600|
Fee includes course material, coffee breaks, farewell dinner and social activities. Does not include lunch, accommodation or travel costs.
Scholarships available for University of Antwerp students.
|Application details||Online through Mobility Online. The application deadline is 18 May 2017. Students will be notified about the results of selection by the end of May. Accepted students will need to choose their preferred case for the group works at the beginning of June.|
Cancellation by the organisation
The organisation reserves the right to cancel the course due to a lack of interest within two weeks after the deadline of application. Participants should keep this in mind when making travel arrangements; any expenses made other than registration fees will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be reimbursed as soon as possible.
Cancellation by the participant
If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, 50 % of the registration fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, only € 100 of the registration fee will be refunded. All refunds are made in euros. The organisation cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges.
Scholarships for University of Antwerp students
Two types of scholarships are available for students who are currently enrolled as regular students of the University of Antwerp.
- Refund of € 150/student after attending a summer school organised at Antwerp Summer University. Students should prefinance the full tuition fee and can claim a reimbursement of the allowance after submitting a certificate of attendance to the Antwerp Summer University Office.
- Scholarship for a short international experience for students who qualify for financial aid by the Department of Social, Cultural and Studentaffairs (SCS).
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