Implementation period: 2021-01-01 - 2022-12-31
Division: Division of Biogenic Raw Materials
Project title: EIT Doctoral Summer School on Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy (DocSumECE)
The fundamentals of the Circular Economy (CE) are considered a key to support the “European Green Deal” and the UN “17 Sustainable Development Goals”, fighting against climate change, depletion of resources, excessive consumption and excessive amounts of and waste streams. The Circular Economy provides ideas and methods to keep materials longer in the value chain, both by rethinking traditional business models and mindsets and by innovative technological solutions. It is a key to make cities sustainable, reduce waste, increase recycling rates, enhance the percentage of clean energy. Within this framework, the project EIT Doctoral Summer School on Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy (DocSumECE) offers a unique learning opportunity to those PhD students who want to enrich their scientific expertise with entrepreneurial skills within the challenging domain of the transition towards a circular economy.
Project includes 5-day on-site summer school for PhD students, who are trained to assess the economic relevance of their research, its scalability and potential for turning it into a business. During the 5-day on-site summer school, the students form interdisciplinary teams to work on a real industrial materials challenge put forward by raw materials experts and industrial partners. At the end of the summer school, the students pitch their result to turn an idea into an innovative business solution.
The project is a continuation of training programs implemented in cooperation with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and Université de Liège in 2017 – 2020.
The project is financed by EIT Raw Materials (Horizon 2020), project no. 20138.
Contact: dr Marzena Smol, email@example.com