High-Tech Entrepreneurship for PhD - Sant'Anna, Pisa 2024

High-tech Entrepreneurship - 20 hours (8 lectures) in Pisa


This 20-hours course is designed to introduce participants, PhD and undergraduate students from different disciplines (STEM, but also Social Sciences and Humanities) and also young researchers and post-docs, to the basic knowledge and competences about high-tech entrepreneurship. More precisely, the course will provide participants with the basic understanding of the role, analytics and process of business planning that lead to the creation of new innovative business ventures, especially regarding those which are generated within an academic environment, on the basis of public research. They will learn and gain direct experience about patents, university-industry collaborations, contract research, starting a new company, marketing high-tech inventions, etc. The objective is to bring participants to have their business model and business plan ready at the end of the course. Participants will also have the opportunity of setting up real proposals for start-ups which they will be able to use for start-up competitions such as Start Cup Toscana or other possible calls launched by Sant’Anna and other universities. The course is designed mainly – but not only – for participants from universities which are part of the JoTTO initiative (i.e. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Scuola Normale Superiore, IMT Lucca, IUSS Pavia, GSSI L’Aquila, SISSA Trieste). Students from other universities and from EELISA Network can also apply. The course has been designed both for those who are planning to set up an innovative and/or high-tech start-up and for those who might benefit from the course’s contents in an existing company, in their professional activities or in a research context.

The course is organized in collaboration with the EELISA project and Start Cup Toscana.

The course will be in presence in Pisa and will take place on Mondays afternoon beginning on the 4th of March 2024.

In order to attend to the course, please register by sending an e-mail to andrea.piccaluga@santannapisa.it or giovanni.tolin@santannapisa.it.

The course is coordinated by Andrea Piccaluga and Alberto Di Minin, who will be present in every lecture, and its contents and organization are shared within the JoTTO initiative. External “guest teachers” will also be invited. Andrea Piccaluga, professor of innovation management at the Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), has been delegate for technology transfer at SSSA for several years and president of Netval (Network per la Valorizzazione della Ricerca) from 2014 to 2019. Alberto Di Minin is professor of management at the Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is also Research Fellow with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), University of California – Berkeley. He is one of the most cited scholar in the field of Open Innovation. Students interested in obtaining the two credits (CFU) need to follow 80% of the lectures and prepare a business plan for a new innovative start-up at the end of the course, either individually or with other students.

For the full programme and schedule, please see the attached pdf.