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Entrepreneurship Summer School

Entrepreneurship Summer School

Understanding the role of science and research in successful new businesses





We will announce the next run of this course in due course. If you are interested and would like to know when this course is open for enrolment, register your interest below.

About this course

For innovation to have impact it must create value. To create value it needs someone to sell it – and someone to buy it. Forward-thinking businesses therefore have a key role to play in the transformation of original ideas into solutions with impact.

Whether your are interested in starting a new business, introducing an entrepreneurial spirit to an existing firm, or bringing a business-minded approach to continuing research, there are essential skills and processes that enhance the chance of success.

Course date:

27/05/2019 to 07/06/2019: Registration deadline 24 Mar 2019

Is this course for you?

The entrepreneurship summer school at ESADE gives to PhD candidates, researchers and post-doctoral candidates the opportunity to attend one of Europe’s leading business schools, and get an introduction to the various tools, concepts and operations that entrepreneurs and innovative businesses need.

By participating in this course, you will become aware of how businesses create value in a competitive landscape, you will learn how to create a new businesses based on original technology ideas, and understand that using innovation to create a new business is a realistic career choice for those that choose to pursue it.

What will I learn?

This two-week course and its contents are designed around a simple concept: building a new, technology-based entrepreneurial business that specialises in the field of sustainable energy. The modules are all designed to give scientists and researchers invaluable insight into innovation process outside the lab to improve the ratio of original ideas that have an impact in the wider world. The course consists of the following modules:

  • The role of design thinking in creative innovation
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship and successful value creation
  • Innovation and business strategy
  • The market and marketing for entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurial finance and financial management
  • Managing high-performance teams
  • Handling and protecting intellectual property rights (IPR)
  • Operations management for successful growth
  • New product development and service innovation

Teaching methods and materials

The teaching for each module is grounded in the business-school approach: practical, dynamic and interactive. Talks and presentations from expert course leaders are accompanied by case-based discussions and group exercises. As far as possible, course leaders build on your and your classmates’ own experience to keep discussions directly relevant to your situation. Throughout the two-week course, you will also work on your own project. You get to choose from a number of topics, and then apply as many of the tools and concepts you learn on the course. 



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Course experts

Jordi Vinaixa Serra

Jordi Vinaixa Serra has been a lecturer in ESADE's Department of Strategy and General Management since 2003, having previously run his own consultancy firm and managed the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC). 

Ivanka Visnjic

Ivanka is an assistant professor at ESADE Business School and a research sponsor at Cambridge Service Alliance, at the University of Cambridge. 

Luisa Alemany

Luisa is the director of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) and an associate professor of entrepreneurial finance. 

Ignacio Guitart

Ignacio Guitart has a major degree in law from the Universidad de Barcelona Law School, is a graduate from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and has an MBA from ESADE.

Artur Massana

Artur is an ESADE MBA and analytic philosopher specialising in cognitive science and linguistics. He was the general manager of the Catalan Association of Architects (COAC) for seven years.