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Protein for Future

Application fee €250 one-time

A small portion of the total cost of the program is charged as a participation fee. Course fees for 2021-entry will be EUR 250.

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Week 1: Nov 12th – 19th
Week 2: Nov 22nd – 26th
Week 3: Nov 29th – 3rd Dec (final event)

Objective of the programme
- To train university students to come of with innovative business ideas on how to substitute animal proteins with alternative proteins in the diet in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emission and to supply growing word population with healthy sources of dietary proteins.
- To train students in entrepreneurship training. Mixing it with future protein information to create new business ideas on how to change the global protein food system.
- To train students to work in interdisciplinary teams in creating and pitching new ideas on ventures in alternative proteins with personal mentoring/coaching of teams by experts from universities, institutes, rising food stars, start ups and companies to keep students inspired, engaged and interested throughout the 3 weeks of the SS
- To train student teams to pitch their ideas in front of a professional jury. With feedback on ideas from jury and mentors. The three best teams will get prices
- To encourage further development of business ideas by giving prises to the three best teams

Integrating entrepreneurship training with innovation is a way to encourage young university students to create future career opportunities by contributing to solving global challenges of climate change and population.
The strong background and the scale of collaboration by European universities, institutes and companies is unique. The programme is taught by highly skilled mentors in entrepreneurship from Technion in Israel, University of Cambridge and University of Reading in England and University of Aarhus, Denmark.

The summer school amounts to 5 ECTS work. But in depends on respective universities if they accept it into the study programme of the students.

APPLY NOW for the Protein for Future summer school!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 24.th October 2021

A small portion of the total cost of the program is charged as a participation fee. Early Bird Fee for 2021 entry is EUR 250 (applicable by 15 Sept). From 16 Sept full price to pay EUR 300.

Programme structure

Week 1: Nov 15th – 19th
Week 2: Nov 22nd – 26th
Week 3: Nov 29th – 3rd Dec (final event)

The autumn school will be taught with a flipped classroom approach, with online material prepared to “level the plane field” and create a “burning platform for change”.

The autumn will be delivered fully ONLINE.

The course is divided into 4 modules:

Module 1. Kick off day
With information on the structure of the program. Information on students, mentors. Team building.

Module 2. Entrepreneurship training
Asynchronous videos/recordings on
- Entrepreneurship in a world of crisis; Championing change; Unpacking value; Being smart about intellectual property; Who is your customer? (Week 1).
- Idea-ating, prototyping; Is technology good; Design think of sustainability; Sustainability and carbon intelligence; Plugging into your start up ecosystem; IP trademarks and copyright; Shaping great ideas (Week 2)
- Business modelling; Building a business; Business model canvas; Pitching and communicating (Week 3).
- Introductory videos on students assignment: Problem tree; Problem solution fit followed by synchronous assessments ( Week 1 and 2). This is integrated with the content/activities in module 3.
- Evaluation: Multiple choice questions (Week 3).
Module 3. Protein for future information
Asynchronous recordings ( 20 minutes each) on
- Introducing alternative proteins; Alternative protein nutritional value; Alternative proteins safety, Claims. Labeling. Regulations (Week 1).
- Value chains of alternative proteins; Consumers and markets; What is needed to produce alternative proteins (Week 2).
- Introductory video on students assignment: Go buy experience. Followed by evaluation and feedback ( Week 1 and 2).
- Evaluation: Multiple choice questions (Week 2).
Module 4. Bootcamp
Five days synchronous activities on creation new business ideas on alternative proteins
- With 4 days of idea labs with team working alone in breakout rooms. Starts with teams pitching ideas and matchmaking with mentors.
- Inspirational talk from Rising Food Stars and other companies. Overview talk and discussions on alternative protein. Presenting projects on Nextgen proteins and proteins from grass.
- On final day a talk on What is next? The journey of an entrepreneur. Pitching in from of jury of experts. Feedback. Closing ceremony. Handing out certificates/prices.

Estimated hours

Synchronous & Asynchronous learning & Homework
Week 1 (8h, 8h, 8h, 24h), Week 2 (6h, 12h, 16h, 34h), Week 3 (20h, 2h, 20h, 42h)
Total: 34h, 22h, 44h, 100h

Career opportunities

Training in entrepreneurship and innovation in alternative proteins can create career opportunities for university students and young entrepreneurs:
- by them creating start ups based on the ideas developed during the summer school and other ideas
- by boosting their changes of being employed by start ups, SME´s and bigger companies engaged in development, production and marketing of alternative proteins.
- By improving their changes of being employed in local, national and international activities in administration, teaching and training
- By improving their changes of being employed by NGO,s and media companies
This is supported by the fact this dietary shift has already underway and that alternative proteins are attracting considerable financial investment, research attention and interest in the media and by consumers.

Apply now! INSPIRE Programme 2021
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Nov 15, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! INSPIRE Programme 2021
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Nov 15, 2021

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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