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REPAK  -  entrepreneurial summer school in packaging sustainability
REPAK  -  entrepreneurial summer school in packaging sustainability

REPAK -  entrepreneurial summer school in packaging sustainability

We have an urgent need to deliver innovative sustainable food packaging solutions.

Do you want to innovate with sustainable packaging concepts?

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 15

The purpose of the summer school is to discuss the latest developments in sustainable food packaging, and train talent with a more holistic approach to food packaging business entrepreneurship.

This summer school responds to the needs of the new circular economy and create start-up ideas.This is an urgent need that requires tremendous collaborative efforts, in an environment still very fragmented, from municipalities recycling policies, to consumer demands, to technical challenges in supply chain and distribution, and of course, food quality and safety of the product. 

The program, targeted to talented Master, PhD students and young professionals, offers a unique 3 weeks online program that allows students to experience creating thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, with the final objective of translating their findings into real-world business solutions. Training will be delivered through a mix of  guest lecturers from industry and academia, and group work, to allow participants to generate an idea,  strengthen it with the help of qualified mentors, and pitch it in a professional setting.  There will be two monetary awards for the best solutions!

COMPETENCE BUILDING

The participants will be able to:

Explain and Interpret state of the art knowledge in food packaging, including materials, food safety and quality aspects, challenges in decreasing waste, circularity (recyclability, reusability).

Integrate multidisciplinary knowledge on the circular economy of food packaging.

Develop a business idea using entrepreneurial skills using a business canvas specially prepared for packaging sustainability,  and present the idea in a professional setting to industrial partners.

THE STRUCTURE

The program will have 1 kickoff day, and then 2 weeks of on line learning followed by a bootcamp of  5 days  packed of team work and inspirational lectures by experts from industry and academia, and entrepreneurs.  This approach will give the participants time to learn about entrepreneurship,  update on the state of the art, and most importantly,  generate a business idea to be then tested during the week long bootcamp.

All participants will be exposed to qualified mentors, and will work in multidisciplinary teams, to develop, test and pitch their ideas.  They will be building their business case using state of the art entrepreneurship tools.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM AND SPEAKERS:

Week 1- entrepreneurship basics,  the challenge and team building;  Week 2:  focus on the problem solution fit and mentors from Industry and academia;  Week 3  bootcamp on design thinking,  ideation and prototyping, the business canvas model and expert lectures.  Friday September 17, final event, with pitches evaluated by a jury of professional experts.  2000€ prize will be awarded to the best team!

WHO SHOULD APPLY

This program is for talented Master, PhD students and young entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, interested in bulding new sustainable packagingn solutions for food.

APPLY     Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2021

DATES AND VENUES

Online platform for the summer school will open August 30th, 2021   with a synchronous on line event!

The final pitch competition will be Sept 17, 2021.  The event will be held fully on line.  2000 € prize for the first team!

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

Aarhus University
University of Turin

Project Lead

Remigio Berruto
Institution

Turin University

Contact details

Remigio.berruto@unito.it

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