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Digital Transparent Food Supply Chains – Entrepreneurial Summer School

Challenges in today’s Food System are complex and interconnected – to address them, digital innovative solutions along the entire value chain are required.

2020
2021

APPLICATIONS CLOSE  SEPTEMBER 15

Do you want to create innovative digital solutions that meet Consumer  & Industry demand for food production transparency, and develop a business idea?

A school for talented Master, PhD students and young professionals across Europe who want to fuel digital innovations  in our food systems, by tackling the challenge of transparent food chains.

Digitalisation of traceability can improve the safety, efficiency, value and sustainability of food chains and increase consumer trust. 

This summer school responds to the need to support a new circular economy and to develop new talent in the multidisciplinary issues related to transparent food value chains, and create start up ideas!  

The purpose of the online program is to create a new cohort of entrepreneurs, and  discuss the latest developments in digital systems that promote value chain linkages, identify gaps and opportunities to build businesses solutions that would meet demands for transparency.  This entrepreneurial  School offers a unique, intensive immersion into the world of transparent food value chains. The school starts with an introductory on line platform,  and ends into a one week bootcamp. The participants, with diverse background will be generating and testing business ideas in the new reality of digitalization of food systems!

Our approach

The purpose of the school is to provide a strong entrepreneuship backround and develop ideas related to the digitalization of transparent value chains. The participants will be exposed to entrepreneurial methods to devleop new ventures. We will bring state of the art tools related to digital technologies, sensors, and how to include them in supply chain solutions that would improve value, garantee safety and quality and improve consumer trust for the food system.

The school, lasting 3 weeks will be delivered ONLINE, and will consist of two preparation weeks that will provide the entrepreurship basics and help to develop a venture, followed by a more intensive one week bootcamp where teams will develop more in depth their business model. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from highly qualified mentors, listen to innovators in the field, generate an idea, test it and defend it using entrepreneurship tools.

During the in class challenge, participants will work in groups to develop and pitch the ideas, and strengthen their business case together with the mentors. A monetary prize will be awarded to the best teams!

Who should apply

This program aims at collecting multidisciplinary teams, and is targeted to master students, PhD students and young professionals that want to learn about the digital transparent food chain reality, and want to develop their skills to find new business solutions. Potential to apply for 4 ECTS credits.

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Dates and venues

Online platform will open October 4 2021

The final pitches event will be held October 22nd 2021

Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2021

Preliminary program

Monday 4/10, 4-6 pm; Kickoff

Tuesday-Thursday, learn at your own pace about entrepreneurship, and "fall in love with the problem"

Wednesday 6/10, 2-4 pm; Teams formation and prepare a problem definition by thrusday!

Friday 8/10, 9 am, check in with teams and idea generation

Monday 11/10, 4-6 pm Pitches! the problem solution fit

Monday-Friday, learn at your own pace. Design thinking for sustainability and create a new digital business with your team.

Wednesday 13/10, 4-6 pm Inspirational lectures and check in with the teams

Friday 15/10, 9 am Kahoot competition, and check in with teams.

Monday 18/10 to Friday 22/10 from 10-2 every day, synchronous program with lecturers, idea lab on design thinking, business model canvas, creation of a new venture and pitching training.

Friday 22/10 Pitching competition. Present your team's idea in front of a jury of experts in the field. Prizes awarded to the best three teams!

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Milena Corredig

Professor at Aarhus University, Food Science