Creating new startup ideas for Smart Cities

CREA Summer Academy Germany
23rd July – 3rd August 2018

Are you eager to take on the challenge of developing new business ideas for smart sustainable cities? Would you like to experience how new technologies are shaping the city of the future? Do you want to establish valuable contacts with companies and initiatives active in the field of Smart Cities?

Now is your chance to enroll in the German edition of the CREA summer academy to gain entrepreneurial skills and solid knowledge on how to develop a startup idea in the smart cities field. Within an intensive two weeks program, you will get to know a variety of the methodologies used by the startup community to develop new products and services, spanning from design thinking to business model generation. Following a lean startup approach, you will immediately apply what you learn to a concrete business case that you will develop with an inter-disciplinary team.

Furthermore, during the German CREA summer academy you will get in touch with various companies who are developing technologies for Smart Cities. With CREA being part of the “Smart City Acceleration Weeks” you will work on a concrete challenge around Smart Cities, which is designed by one of our partner companies. Amongst them are Freischwimmer Accelerator, the Institute for Enterprise Systems of the University of Mannheim, the InnovationLab GmbH and the association for Urban Innovation, Stadt neu denken! e.V. You will have the chance to visit their facilities and discover how they work while co-creating with them the solution to your challenge and also expanding your network of contacts.

During the last day of the program, you will pitch your business idea in front of an expert jury. Thanks to our cooperation with the Freischwimmer Accelerator, the best team has the chance to be selected to win a 50.000 Euro worth Acceleration program in Ludwigshafen. As an additional highlight, the winners will also be invited to pitch in front of investors at dedicated events.

Students, researchers and young professionals from all over Europe and across different fields of study may apply here for the program. It is possible to apply as a team or individual, with a concrete business idea or simply with the desire to empower your skills. The participation fee is €600 (without accommodation), or €950 (with accommodation), respectively.

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