Italia Innovation Programs

Applications for the 2018 Italia Innovation Programs are now open!

1st Session: 4 June - 22 June, Italy

2nd Session: 25 June - 13 July, Italy

Make your summer unforgettable with a fully-immersive learning experience in Italy: a unique entrepreneurial journey where international thought and business leaders mentor multidisciplinary teams of international students to inspire the innovation of Italian industries and its most iconic brands.

Over the two sessions, 5 innovation programs are offered, each led by a distinguished Academic Director:

Artisanship at Scale led by Roy Green (former Dean of UTS Business School)

The Fate of The West led by Bill Emmott (former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist)

Responsible Success led by Robert Strand (Director, UC Berkeley Center for Responsible Business)

Disruptive Quality led by Riccardo Illy (Food Entrepreneur)

Democratizing Design led by Francesca Molteni (Design Entrepreneur)

Jake Knapp (author, The Sprint Book and IDEO Fellow), Design Director for the 2018 Italia Innovation Programs, will lead a 5-day Sprint Workshop for the closing week of each program.

Participants will also receive the mentorship of a unique team of experts and professors like Vincent Stanley and Nora Gallagher (Patagonia), Debra Dunn (Stanford, Stewart Thornhill (Michigan Ross), Scott Hartley (author, The Fuzzy and The Techie) as well as Italian entrepreneurs and forward-thinking business leaders.

Company visits throughout Italy alongside hands-on lectures, design exercises and inspirational talks in the Italia Innovation Studio will foster the industry understanding and boost team creativity.

The partner companies are leading brands of the Made in Italy business sectors (Fashion, Food and Wine, Design, Arts and High-end Manufacturing). Past partner companies include Ermenegildo Zegna, United Colors of Benetton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Woolrich, Barilla, illy coffee, Santa Margherita Wine Group, Molteni&C, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

We really believe in innovating the Italian economy. Do you?

Apply now and please note that scholarships are available!