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15. Apr 2015

CREA SUMMER ACADEMY Creativity and ICT for new entrepreneurship

CREA is a European Network of Summer Academies for the development of innovative business ideas. CREA Business Idea Contest puts selected start-ups in contact with industry professionals and business angels.

Tallinn, 15th of April, 2015 – The CREA Summer Academies, a Horizon 2020 project, which aims to strengthen student ICT and creative entrepreneurship, has started.

Until the 15th of May 2015, students and PhD candidates enrolled in a European university and post doctorates working in a European university can apply for one of the six CREA Summer Academies via F6S (www.f6s.com/crea). The Tallinn edition runs in August 17 – 28, 2015 at Tallinn Creative Incubator.

The ICT or creative enthusiasts need to submit a business idea to apply individually or in teams. The organisers reserve a right to make a selection among the applicants.

The CREA Summer Academies focus on development of entrepreneurial skills. Each academy has a different area of expertise and the participants will meet academic and business professionals, who will help them to find the best way to turn their ideas into actual business.

During the two weeks of a CREA Summer Academy the participants will, together with coaches and mentors, build a team (or develop the existing one), validate their business idea and deliver a pitch. A jury will select two teams from each academy for the CREA European Business Idea Contest, a networking event with investors, taking place in November 2015.

Access to CREA Summer Academies is free. The participants have to cover their own accommodation and travel.

CREA Summer Academy is a project financed by Horizon2020, the European Programme for research and innovation. It will be implemented by a partnership of nine institutions from eight European countries. The project will last 28 months and starting from summer 2015, two editions of summer academies will be organised.

The aim of the CREA project is to develop a framework for summer academies with a strong focus on creativity and ICT as drivers of innovative start-ups.  The project consortium aspires also to build a wide European network of universities, incubators and development agencies that will allow a long-term collaboration.

A course in Tallinn in August 17 – 28, 2015 focuses on validation of the assumptions behind the business idea, product and team building, and communication. The itinerary holds also a two-day out-of-town seminar and pitch event. Two teams will be awarded 300 euros each to cover cost of travel to CREA Business Idea contest.

Contact: Kristjan Niinemaa, kristjan@inkubaator.ee

Apply for a summer academy in Tallinn: www.f6s.com/tallinnincubators/apply

General information: www.creasummeracademy.eu

 

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