Derio, Spain, 19 - 22 Sep 2017

Université de Bordeaux and Tecnalia, EIT RawMaterials partners, hosted the Innovation and Entrepreneurship autumn school, a one-week program that allowed participants to enhance their talent and develop the skills needed for creating innovative projects.

The school was attended by an heterogeneous group of twelve PhD candidates from several European countries.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship school 2017 was a one-week program to allow participants to enhance their talent and develop the skills needed for creating innovative projects. The main focus of the program was to push the participants to think about the future application of their project results, taking into account the main value or benefit of their projects, the target groups of beneficiaries and stakeholders (customers and also users, and other relevant actors in the value chain), and the competitive advantages for the market and for the society in comparison with existing products/services or processes.

With a learning-by-doing approach, the following topics were addressed:

  • Leadership and Team work
  • Creativity and lean Innovation
  • Business models, Lean start up and customer development
  • Marketing and communication

The framework of topics, as well as the learning approach was very similar to the one developed in T-DoRe, but taking into account that the duration was only one week. But the feedback was quite good, and we achieved our main goals, which were:

  • Participants learn and develop new competencies and skills not covered in the researcher's career.
  • Participants transform a research project (the PhD thesis) to a professional development project, which could evolve into a new line of business inside an enterprise or in a new company.
  • Participants, who sometimes have an individual approach in their research, understand the importance of building networks, and in this sense they become part of a learning community with other researchers from other areas to share, enhance and devise new challenges and professional development.

Besides the practical exercises, based on real context of the different projects, and the lectures introducing the new topics and tools, one day was devoted to visiting research laboratories and industrial companies. We visited Indumetal Recycling, a specialized industry with an extensive experience in the integral handling of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), and Digimet which is an start-up based on a new concept of metallurgical furnace, which viability has been demonstrated with EAF dust treatment. Also we visited different Tecnalia labs for metal recycling, materials for energy, new materials for aerospace sector and nanotechnology.