Learn all about climate change
science and start-ups over the summer!

Join top-graduates on a journey across Europe
and some of its best universities and businesses.

Get the tools to make an impact on the global effort to find solutions to climate change and become an entrepreneur – in only five weeks.

You will undergo a vast development, create business ideas related to climate change adaptation and mitigation and leave with an entirely new skill and mindset to really make a difference.

Join our growing global movement of climate innovators. Take action, join  summer school The Journey!

The deadlines for applications for the 2016 edition of the Journey summer school are:

  • 1 March for EU students (3 week or 5 week programme)
  • 21 March for Global Students 15:00 GMT (3 week Journey only)
  • 17 April for Climate-KIC outreach locations only (Slovenia, Estonia, Timisoara region of Romania, Northern Portugal and Lisbon) (3 week Journey only)

A journey that will change the way you think

Journey 2016 (3 weeks duration) For EU and International Students

Before you embark on your journey, you will take part in a Climate-KIC online course, which includes an introduction to climate challenges, impact measurements and problem statements formulations. The course will get you thinking of how to best find areas of impactful action to battle climate challenges.

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Week 1

In the first week, the summer school focuses on providing information about climate change, including scientific lectures by some of the best researchers and professors in Europe.

This week also takes you through an initial design process where you and your teammates take will move from ideation to a focusing on your innovative business idea that adapts to or mitigates climate change.

These sessions are paired with case studies and meetings with your coaches, who will be following you for the entire duration of The Journey.

You will be provided with:

  • An overview of climate change issues
  • Insights about climate change measurement, mitigation and adaptation
  • Engineering and industrial lectures, experimental sessions, site visits and research/business cases
  • Real-life examples through inspiring interventions, talks, incubator-visits and round-tables with entrepreneurs and innovation specialists
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship business topics
  • Introduction to innovation theory and practical issues
  • Networking opportunities with scientists, entrepreneurs, industrials, business experts, etc.
  • Soft skills training: team building, intercultural and multidisciplinary working, understanding role/personalities
  • Business coaching and time for an ideation process that will lead to your selection of a business case for further development

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Week 2

In week two, the focus will be on entrepreneurial business content, coaching, and the group work towards a business idea, which is going to be presented at the finals in week three.

You will be provided with:

  • Scientific insights and content complementary to week one
  • Additional contacts with entrepreneurs and innovation specialists, and networking opportunities
  • Deeper entrepreneurship business contents: market study, project management, marketing, finance, business pitch/presentation
  • Soft skills training: presentation skills
  • More time for business coaching and group work for the development of a coherent business model

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Week 3: Business pitch competition finals

The final week is focused on finishing the business concepts and creating the finalising your business model canvas, pitching the business cases and receiving feedback from a jury of experts.

The participants will gain a broader perspective on how they can apply what they have learned during The Journey to their professional future and how Climate-KIC can be of added value after the summer school has finished.

Journey 2016 (5 weeks duration) EU Students only

Before you embark on your journey, you will take part in a Climate-KIC introduction day, which includes a general information session and preparation for business ideation in order to already get you thinking about your business idea.

Weeks 1 and 2 more

Weeks 1 and 2

In the first two weeks, the summer school focuses on providing information about climate change, including scientific and policy lectures by some of the best researchers and professors in Europe.

These lectures are paired with case studies and meetings with your coaches, who will be following you for the entire duration of The Journey.

You will be provided with:

  • An overview of climate change issues, stakes, policies and regulations at local and global levels
  • Deep scientific insights about climate change measurement, mitigation and adaptation
  • Engineering and industrial lectures, experimental sessions, site visits and research/business cases
  • Real-life examples through inspiring interventions, talks, incubator-visits and round-tables with entrepreneurs and innovation specialists
  • Introduction to entrepreneurship business topics
  • Introduction to innovation theory and practical issues
  • Networking opportunities with scientists, entrepreneurs, industrials, public authorities, business experts, etc.
  • Soft skills training: team building, understanding role/personalities
  • Business coaching and time for an ideation process that will lead to your selection of a business case for further development

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Weeks 3 and 4

In week three and four, the group travels to a different location. Focus will be on entrepreneurial business content, coaching, and the group work towards a business idea, which is going to be presented at the finals in week five.

You will be provided with:

  • Scientific insights and engineering and industrial content complementary to weeks one and two
  • Additional contacts with entrepreneurs and innovation specialists, and networking opportunities
  • Deeper entrepreneurship business contents: market study, project management, marketing, finance, business pitch/presentation
  • Soft skills training: presentation skills
  • More time for business coaching and work group for the development of a business plan

Week 5: Business pitch competition final more

Week 5: Business pitch competition finals

The final week is focused on finishing the business concepts and creating the business plan, pitching the business cases and receiving feedback from a jury of experts.

The participants will gain a broader perspective on how they can apply what they have learned during The Journey to their professional future and how Climate-KIC can be of added value after the summer school has finished.

Dates and locations of the 2016 Journey

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Our summer school involves many of our partners and locations across Europe. Have a look at Climate-KIC’s locations to get an idea of where The Journey might take you.

We run several instances of The Journey this summer and each one travels to different European locations, which we will let you know once you have been accepted.

Option 1: 3 July – 6 August (5 weeks)

Option 2: 24 July – 29 August (5 weeks)

Option 3: 17th July -6 August (3 weeks, open to students studying outside Europe)

This is your opportunity to:

  • Join a group with people from all over the world
  • Explore climate change at first hand in its scientific, environmental, political, social and economic contexts
  • Create your own business idea related to climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Meet business and climate experts across Europe
  • Network with and relate personally to like-minded peers at all career levels
  • Meet entrepreneurs and climate innovators, who are already putting their ideas into practice
  • Work within multidisciplinary teams supported by business coaches to develop and pitch your own ideas as potential business ventures
  • Travel between the different locations is included. In addition, most transportation as well as some (networking) dinners scheduled in particular locations are covered.

In addition, Climate-KIC The Journey aims to travel in the most sustainable way possible. To avoid producing unnecessary CO2 emissions, most travel arrangements are by train in between locations, or public transport.

What you will learn:

  • A common understanding of entrepreneurship and climate change issues
  • Ability to communicate about climate change causes, consequences and solutions
  • Ability to develop and deliver ideas, products and services in response to climate challenges
  • Ability to work in international and multidisciplinary groups
  • Understanding of how businesses react to climate change in their environment

Fees:

For EU students (holders of an EU/EEA/Swiss passport or students full time enrolled at a European institution during the 2015/16 academic year) there is no fee to take part in the Journey. For all other participants a fee of €3000 will apply.

Why join The Journey?

Take action on climate change

Don’t sit by the sidelines, take action on climate change and help create real solutions!

Influential qualifications

We offer you career-enhancing qualifications of the highest quality designed to extend and deepen your knowledge. You will receive tuition from the brightest academic minds in the climate change space, located in the best academic institutions across Europe.

Career advancement

Climate-KIC provides you with unrivalled professional opportunities. Our combined network of academic institutions and innovative corporations is a unique opportunity to realise your career aspirations and extend your professional contacts.

Commercial know-how

You always have great ideas, but you lack the skills to actually make them become real? We teach you the right set of skills to be able to commercialise your climate change idea.

Personal development

You are tired of standardised education and want to be able to sharpen your own vision for climate change? We are dedicated to help you explore and realise your own vision for climate change by mentoring and practical support.

Network and community

You become part of an unprecedented, active and influential network of entrepreneurs, businesses, regional governments and academic institutions.

After attending our summer school you automatically become a member of the Climate-KIC Alumni. Here you will receive access to the other community resources such as entrepreneurship support, research opportunities, and networks with our partners.

You will also be the first to receive opportunities from within our community including PhD positions, job opportunities, research and innovation projects and start-up matching.

Largest Journey ever

Last summer more than 300 students from over 40 countries representing 65 disciplines took part in the summer school. The Journey is Europe’s largest climate change education experience.

Photos from 2015

Find out more about what we did in 2015

The Journey 2015 in numbers:

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Applications are now only being accepted from the following Climate-KIC RIS regions:

  • Slovenia
  • Estonia
  • Timisoara region of Romania
  • Northern Portugal and Lisbon

If you are a student or young professional from one of these areas then please click here to apply before 17 April 2016.