Are you ready to bring your ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life?
Last year saw 26 students from many different study backgrounds and countries come together to tackle the challenges Europe's food system will face in the future. Following the success of this EIT Food Entrepreneurship Winter School, Queen's University Belfast, Technical University of Munich and University of Cambridge will come together to host an EIT Food Entrepreneurship Summer School this September.
Summer School 2018
During the EIT Food Summer School, 40 students from many different study backgrounds and countries will come together to bring their ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life. Over the course of 6 days, participants will be working in interdisciplinary teams, to learn how digital technologies can be applied to foster sustainability and fair food supply chains. They will identify problems, prototype viable solutions with a validated value proposition and finally, pitch their results in front of a panel of experts. The Summer School will take place in Belfast and be hosted by Queen's University Belfast along with partners, Technical University of Munich and the University of Cambridge. There will also be mentoring by industry experts and the chance to receive further online coaching on business model development.
What is it about?
The EIT Food Summer School gives participants the chance to close the gap between Digital Technologies and Europe's food supply chain.
Team up with students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and identify the most pressing pain points in the areas
of "connected food systems" and "digital food supply networks".
Apply the Design Sprint methodology and develop minimum viable products to test your idea.
Take an entrepreneurial approach to tackling current issues of Europe's food systems to maximise the impact of your ideas.
Who are we?
The EIT Food Summer School is a joint venture of distinctive innovation partners.
Save the dates!
Workshop 1 by Queen’s University Belfast
September 8th – 9th
During their first two days in Belfast, participants will learn the importance of leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship in the food
sector. By way of team working, they will develop themselves as leaders, and learn to be effective and engaging communicators.
Additionally, participants will be able to distinguish leadership from management and will be able to appreciate how moving an idea
from development into production requires different leadership approaches. By the end of these two days, participants will be
able to deliver impactful pitches and presentations.
Workshop 2 by Technical University of Munich, Germany
September 10th - 11th
During the TUM workshop, participants will learn about and apply Design Thinking methods to make Europe’s supply chains digital.
Based on the input on this topic received during the QUB workshop, a value proposition and product vision will be developed.
Coaching sessions from researchers and industry experts will support the teams in their entrepreneurial path.
Workshop 3 by University of Cambridge
September 12th – 13th
The University of Cambridge workshop will take the ideas and products developed with QUB and TUM to the next level:
these will be evaluated in terms of their commercial potential as well as their potential to solve a significant problem and the
potential social and environmental impacts. The week will culminate with a structured pitch in front of a panel of entrepreneurs,
industry partners, investors and support providers who will challenge the ideas and give feedback on the next steps of
commercially viable and environmentally sustainable ideas.
What you need to know.
When is the application deadline?
The EIT Food Summer School will accept 40 students in total. The spots will be filled on a rolling admissions basis.
You will receive an invitation or rejection email within two weeks of the closing date. This means you can submit your application between now and 20 July 2018 23.59 (BST). We will however, fill the available spots on a rolling basis according to our evaluation criteria, until they are full.