Crea Summer Academy

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CREA SUMMER ACADEMY

A European Network of Summer Academies for the development of innovative business ideas focused on Creativity and ICT and a Business Idea Contest to bring closer investors, business angels and start-ups.

CURRENT

SUBJECT

CREA, a project financed by Horizon2020, is a European Network of Summer Academies for the development of innovative business ideas focused on Creativity and ICT and a Business Idea Contest to bring closer investors, business angels and start-ups.

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the project is to create a European Model of Summer Academies with a strong focus on ICT and Creativity as competitive leverages for the birth of new innovative business start-ups. The goal is therefore to make youngsters and students aware of these topics and to encourage the development of new business ideas by promoting cross-fertilization between ICT and Creativity.

WHAT WE DID

SUMMER ACADEMY
The student gets an insight of what is needed to be an entrepreneur and to found a start-up. At the end of the two-weeks programme, a qualified jury selects the two best business ideas emerging from each of the six national Summer Academies, which can then participate in the ICT Business Idea Contest.

MENTORING AND PROTOTYPING
The student teams with the selected business ideas keep developing their idea in the following months. In doing so, they receive support through online mentoring. Between October and November the students are invited to a Rapid Prototyping Event to develop a first prototype of their idea.

ICT BUSINESS IDEA CONTEST
Finally the selected students and their teams from each national Summer Academy can participate in the ICT Business Idea Contest and are given the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of possible investors. Winning participants have the chance to be introduced to incubators all over Europe.

“I really believe in feedbacks and network: CREA was a great opportunity to know new people, new cultures and new subjects, out of my everyday context”

Rodolfo Cuadros, Peruvian digital professional Crea 2015 participant, Como Summer Academy, Italy

METHODOLOGY

The Academic and business prospective converge in CREA through a partnership among European Universities, Incubators, Regional Development Agencies and Business Support initiatives. This union makes the CREA Summer Academy something unique in its kind, and gives the opportunity to the Summer Academy students to benefit from knowledge and experience gathered from all over Europe.
CREA Summer Academies are designed in order to allow all the participants/students start with an idea or a vision and go out with an entrepreneurial attitude together with a great start-up experience. Moreover the solid intercultural environment within the Academies make all the start-up growing faster and better.

RESULTS

After the first year of activity:
• CREA communication reached  200.000 students with different channels, from the direct communication to the social.
• Using f6s online platform CREA collected 300 applications.
• 130 participants has been selected, divided in the 6 European summer academies and 60 early stage business ideas.
• Through the training, prototyping and mentoring sessions 11 ideas has been selected to pitch @ ICT 2015

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FRANCESCO ZURLO     |    ARIANNA VIGNATI     |    LUCA FOIS     |    MICHELE MELAZZINI     |    XUE PEI     |    ELISA LEGRAMANDI     |    FEDERICO CAURO