The development of RIS Inspire Summer Schools Programme aims to build a critical mass of new talent in Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) countries. This will help to fill the current gap in scientific, entrepreneurial and managerial skills with capable multidisciplinary talent able to take on the challenges faced by the agrifood sector. 

This project will develop three Summer Schools which are aimed at graduates from a range of disciplines in RIS countries, specifically designed to increase knowledge and innovation generated about food systems and to foster greater societal engagement, eventually developing a knowledge lab and an open-innovation ecosystem. The summer schools will cover three different focus areas:

  • Targeted Nutrition
  • Food Chains
  • Circular Business Models

The Summer School model is designed to develop skills and capabilities based on entrepreneurship, as well as enhance knowledge relating to the different issues facing the agrifood sector.  Our approach involves making each student a co-builder of their own knowledge with collaborative and problem-solving oriented learning. Importantly they will become aware of the different phases involved in knowledge building, using a path of planning for skills development (from ideation to business creation). 

This project is organized in a way that will avoid the “one-shot” moment, trying to create a smart, creative pipeline for young innovators, making participants aware and possibly active users of all the EIT Food portfolio programmes. The group of entrepreneurs created will be highly multidisciplinary in nature, and very culturally and geographically diverse, making it very different from any other cohort created by local universities or other organizations. 

The RIS summer schools will use a “blended” didactic approach, using both online and onsite activities. Through the online part it would be possible to diffuse the basic concepts to be used during the program, but at the same time interaction among students and with the teachers will be stimulated, so to create motivation for the onsite part, where students will be engaged directly in team working.

It is suitable for students, entrepreneurs, researchers and professionals from RIS countries who are interested in creating a business idea around the most important problems of our food system.

There is no fee for those who come from the RIS countries. Candidates from countries that are not in RIS will have to pay a small fee to participate in the Twin Inspiration program.

Targeted nutrition

This summer school allows students to work and get acquainted with food experts and professional chefs, as well as jointly create new business ideas and concepts in the field of targeted food products.

Apply by 31.08.2021 23:59:59.

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Food chains

It offers a unique 20-day program with preparation that will allow students to experience creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship together with industrial partners and professionals.

Apply by 15.09.2021 23:59:59

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Circular Business Models

A training program supported by teachers from the University of Aarhus, the University of Bologna, the University of Turin and experts from local and global industrial partners.

The application period will be announced soon.

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