Italy, Pisa

Advanced innovation methods

when 30 May 2016 - 11 June 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 600

The school teaches advanced engineering methods for the design and industrial development of products, for which the prototype phase can be accelerated. The target population is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, PhD and post-docs, as well as industrial researchers and entrepreneurs, wishing to develop an innovative product in an existing or new company. The target is defined in terms of hard-science, or manufacturing based innovations, i.e. those new products which require some physical testing (with exclusion of Apps or similar kinds of innovative services).
In this perspective some of the old-fashioned concepts and dilemmas (or myths) surrounding the creation of innovative startups (such as venture capital yes/no, business angels yes/no etc.) will be shown to lack consistency.
The School is based on advanced teaching methods based on direct experimentation and teamwork.
The main contents are defined as follows:
- Methods for technology forecasting, roadmapping, scouting of technologies, competitive profiling and competitive intelligence based on advanced patent analysis and algorithms;
- Tools for strategic planning of innovative activities;
- Theory, application and real-world case study development of the business model and the business plan of the proposed innovation
- Construction and testing of a physical embodiment of the proposed innovation, in particular with respect to the mechanical and electronic parts, in order to prepare a fully working prototype for presentation to potential investors
- Planning and testing of market research, or laboratory test, or field research, aimed at reducing market uncertainty with respect to the success of the innovation, while keeping the cost of market test under control.

Course leader

Prof. Andrea Bonaccorsi
Prof. Gualtiero Fantoni

Target group

The target population is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, PhDs and post-docs, as well as industrial researchers and entrepreneurs, wishing to develop an innovative product in an existing or new company. The target is defined in terms of hard-science, or manufacturing based innovations, i.e. those new products which require some physical testing (with exclusion of Apps or similar kinds of innovative services).

Course aim

The goal of the school is to increase the ability of new entrepreneurs to transform ideas born in the context of public research into viable, sustainable and scalable businesses, building up resilience with respect to market turbulence. This implies building up robust business foundations, based on a thorough understanding of strengths and weaknesses.

Fee info

EUR 600: .

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