AI4CI Activities: from research to business

Year:
2nd year
Semester:
S1
Programme main editor:
(I2CAT)
Onsite in:
Remote:
ECTS range:
3 ECTS

Professors

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Professors
Diego Taglioni
NTUU
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Professors
Daniele Miorandi
AU

Prerequisites:

Pedagogical objectives:

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship within their technical expertise.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the process of transforming research findings into viable business ideas.
  • To develop students’ competencies in market analysis, product development, and business model creation.
  • To cultivate entrepreneurial mindset and strategic thinking among students.
  • To enable students to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and communicate their ideas to various stakeholders.

Evaluation modalities:

Continuous monitoring. A project assignment to perform after the STC execution will also be evaluated.

Description:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Overview of the innovation process.
    • Understanding the entrepreneurial mindset.
    • Case studies of successful tech innovations turned into businesses.
  • Module 2: Opportunity Identification and Market Analysis
    • Techniques for identifying market opportunities.
    • Market research methods and tools.
    • Analyzing market trends and customer needs.
  • Module 3: Product Development and Prototyping
    • Conceptualizing and defining product ideas.
    • Lean startup methodology.
    • Prototyping techniques and tools.
    • The strategic role of the distribution models
  • Module 4: Business Model Innovation
    • Understanding different business models.
    • Value proposition design.
    • Business model canvas and validation techniques.
    • The importance of the regulatory bodies and compliance aspects
  • Module 5: Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer
    • Introduction to patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
    • Technology transfer process and licensing agreements.
    • Protecting intellectual property in a business context.
  • Project Group Work:

Students will work in diverse teams to develop a business plan for a tech-based innovation. The project will involve identifying a market opportunity, developing a product concept and designing a business model. Each group will present their business plan to the class and receive feedback from peers and instructors.

Required teaching material

Slides and readings given during the course.

Teaching volume:
lessons:
16 hours
Exercices:
Supervised lab:
Project:
14 hours

Devices:

  • Laboratory-Based Course Structure
  • Open-Source Software Requirements