Design & New Entrepreneurship
Materialize your ideas
I Edition
May 19, 2016



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The advent of new ways of production, distribution and creation for products and services has unhinged certain models of innovation in the field of design and entrepreneurship. The course will examine not only the changes in the market structure and emerging forms of production-distribution, but also the consequences that they generate in the disciplinary approaches to the project. The course, therefore, will try to outline the emerging landscapes through different insights and the analysis of excellent case study: from the design-driven innovation principles to the advanced digital manufacturing items, from new business models to the new scenaries of the service design and user experience. The aim is to stimulate an original critical view about the new design challenges, that could help the development of new designer-business or enhance enterprise experiences already started up by the participants. Through an hands-on experimentation phase that will take place within Polifactory - the new makerspace of Politecnico di Milano - the course aims to build a core of expertise that can support the development of new business start-ups related to manufacturing and digital platforms.

The course represents an experimental approach to new patterns of production, distribution and creation of business ideas that are able to mix innovation design, business design, making and new manufacture. The course includes hands-on prototyping of a product-service, realized within Polifactory, integrated with advanced business models using digital technologies (from digital fabrication to apps) and think on new production and distribution models. The aim is to develop "augmented" designers, individuals able to think and act as micro-enterprises, that represent an innovative paradigm in which entrepreneurship is closely linked to the new manufacturing and digital platforms.

The course Design and New Entrepreneurship includes a final presentation pitch of your project in collaboration with PoliHub.
The project that will be considered the most outstanding by the business incubator of the Politecnico di Milano, will get an accelerated path in PoliHub lasting 3 months (September-November 2016) with the following facility.
  • Utilization of exclusive use areas, access to common areas and facilities at PoliHub.
  • Use of all the services provided by the district (communication services, events and networking, administrative services, support in the search for funding for innovation, etc.).
  • Possibility to access a seed funding from investors part of PoliHub network.
  • Support in the development of the business project through the Mentorship program made available within the acceleration program. The Mentor Club of PoliHub includes top managers, entrepreneurs, business angels, able to provide high-level support to business development bringing strong domain expertise in the sector of the project and a proven business experience. Mentors will therefore provide a valuable contribution in every aspect of a startup (product, technology, marketing, sales, human resources, finance, patents, acquisitions) supporting them in the definition of an effective development strategy.

The starting date is scheduled for May 19, 2016.

Educational content will be structured in lectures and exercises and practical experiments, for a total of 78 hours. In addition there are 48 optional hours of workshop in collaboration with Polifactory of the Politecnico di Milano.

Admission to the course is limited to a select number of participants (25) and is subject to a selection process that will evaluate the previous activities of the applicant, their entrepreneurial attitude and their motivation to take part in the course.

The selection criteria concern CV and covering letter, to be attached to the application form. The presentation of portfolio and of product/service ideas to be explored during the course are considered positive elements to the selection purposes.
Selections for the first edition of the Course are open.
Documents to attach to the application for admission:

The course provides two days of weekly attendance: in particular, lessons will take place on Thursday, from 14.00 to 20.00, and on Friday, from 9.30 to 16.30.

One day a week of optional practical training, for 5 weeks at Polifactory, can be added to lectures.
At the end of the course Polifactory will provide its space for an extra experimental phase, lasting 2 days per week for 2 weeks.
The course provides also a day of presentation and discussion of the results upon the end of the training course.

The registration fee is € 2,100 + VAT.

Reductions are offered for multiple entry for those who present a common project. In this case the fee will be € 1,650 + VAT
Special Prize for Next Design Innovation  subscribers.
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Reductions are not cumulative.

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