What?

During the six local startup events, up to 24 startups and SMEs will be selected to participate in one of two SPREAD2INNO Innovation Academies. These training programs provide participants with knowledge, skills, and resources needed to build their innovation capabilities.

When?

The Innovation Academies will be 2-days long each. The exact date is still to be announced. The first academy is expected to take place in the last quarter of 2023, while the second one is expected to happen during the first half of 2024.

Where?

The Innovation Academies will take place in Italy and Bulgaria. The exact location will be announced in the coming months. Visit this website regularly to stay up to date or follow our social media channels.

Day 1

The first day focuses on frontal modules, one-to-one meetings, and roundtable discussions. During this intense day, the participants will improve their skills and get insights from experts on various topics such as investment readiness, business modelling, and private international law. Overall, four modules will be taught. Click on each model to view what you will learn.

During this module you will benefit from the knowledge of experienced coaches playing important roles in innovation ecosystems. In their professional life they are business angels or experts on investment readiness and fund raising. After each lecture some time will be allocated to a Q&A part, in which you can ask for advice, opinions, and other pressing questions. Expect to learn about the following topics:

  • Investor relations and negotiations
  • Sources of investment for startups and scaleups
  • Deal making processes and structuring private equity / venture capital
  • Pitch structure and presentation skills

This module will be taught by European project managers. It will focus on EU funding programmes providing innovative companies with several opportunities for developing their businesses. Specific emphasis will be put on using space technologies in non-space environments for a better flow of information, good practices, expertise, and contacts among European innovators. 

Here, startups will be educated on, and qualified for the management and innovation of business models. The module will start with the theoretical foundations of business model development, and further take a deep dive into more practical content such as the application of different methodologies and tools for planning, implementation and monitoring of business models using case studies and best practices.

The objective of this module is to provide startups with a comprehensive overview of the main stakeholders playing a role in the European innovation framework. Different ecosystems’ dynamics and opportunities will be explored and the roles of various stakeholders as well as connections will be looked at.

Day 2

The second day will take the form of a small congress with panels, keynotes, and pitching sessions from selected startups. The panels and keynotes will provide the participants with the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends. Also, all participating startups will have the chance to pitch in front of the audience and investors, maximizing their chance to receive equity share offers and to raise awareness of their business.