Two-day Masterclass: Become a stronger and wiser entrepreneur

Gyor, Hungary
10-11 August 2018

This is a unique workshop for building capacities for handling the challenges of the business-building journey.  We are going to help you build mental strength, so you can grow your business with confidence.

The two-day Masterclass is led by Assim Ishaque and will run alongside the Summer Entrepreneur Leadership Academy. We encourage Masterclass attendees to join the joint activities on the evening of Saturday 11 August and during the day on Sunday 12 August.

This Masterclass is co-organised by EIT Climate-KIC partner, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. Other co-organisers include INPUT and ConnCAT, as well as the Embassy of the United States in Hungary

This is a proactive Masterclass, where you’ll learn new to use new tools that will quickly become your entrepreneurial essentials. An entertaining and engaging workshop with the Listen, Learn and Live process, allowing you to take back an action plan to give you greater confidence in your achieving your business ambitions. We are going to have fun, laugh and learn together. You will also get the opportunity for a one-to-one session to talk about any business concerns you might have. 


Who should attend?

This Masterclass is designed for entrepreneurs, future leaders, project managers from start-ups to Scaleups. If you work within teams, with external partners, critical suppliers and customers then read on. If you need ‘people’ to help you succeed and want to improve your understanding of assessing future partnerships, then this workshop should give you the edge.

The EIT Climate-KIC Masterclass will run alongside the Summer Academy, culminating in a joint networking reception on Saturday 11 August and a joint activity on the morning of Sunday 12 August.

Masterclass participants who express their intention to attend the joint activities will be given priority over those who do not.

About the speaker: Assim Ishaque

Assim’s career started with Finance with HSBC Bank and to sales with Energiser and telecoms networks with Virgin Media. He later established Envirup, an energy and sustainability consultancy and innovator. He gained ‘Chartered’ Energy Manager status through the Energy Institute and lead projects in Carbon reduction for the British Government (HMRC) Management and London’s leading property investors. He lead project fundraising for developers of renewables power generation in Europe (wind, solar, Biomass, waste to Energy) with over $2 billion in value.

He’s an inventor of two award-winning patented products (energy efficiency and craft toys). Assim is passionate about investing in his community, helped over 120 undergraduates and postgraduates into their first career-defining roles. Assim has supported the HRH Prince of Wales ‘Princes Trust’ as business mentor, as well as The Forestry Commission and currently a Board Director of a leading School.


After the significant two-day session, participants will:

  1. Explore real-world examples of business and project failures in a safe environment.
  2. Understand potential business failures points, beyond cash flow.
  3. Work on developing their entrepreneurial ‘x-ray’ vision; so you can see the whole picture.
  4. Learn new models to assess future business challenges and test them in their own business. Business schools typically work from a ‘rational world’ approach in their models – we’ll use a ‘real world’ model approach here!
  5. Learn essential lessons to protect their business from danger.


Please register individually for this Masterclass. Places are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. Priority will be given to those registrants who express the intention of attending the joint activities.

Upon receipt of the registration request, potential attendees will receive a Code of Conduct, which they must sign and return to confirm their registration. EIT Climate-KIC is not responsible for travel and/or accommodation bookings made prior to confirmation.


About the organisers

The Entrepreneurship Leader Academy: Summer Academy

The Summer Entrepreneur Leadership Academy (Summer Academy) was created by ConnCAT ELA and INPUT Program in collaboration with Széchenyi István Egyetem. This on-campus leadership program consists of a seven-day entrepreneurial experience including an intensive five-day course of top-tier business lectures, workshops, and field trips mentored by experts and business leaders from the USA and Hungary.

Hungarian participants will be paired up with American and European students to form multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams for an enhanced learning experience. The teams will be learning how to turn an innovative idea into a commercially viable product or solution. The official program will close with a Business Plan presentation to a panel of international business experts.


INPUT Program

INPUT’S goal is to facilitate the transformation and growth of the Hungarian ICT Startup ecosystem by supporting the development of new or existing, sustainable ICT businesses. It is a complex program set up and coordinated by a team of experts familiar to the start-up ecosystem operators and coordinating the search for start-ups up to their first international appearance, and even beyond.

Their goal is to encourage the emergence of a nationwide network of international experts, including all actors in the ecosystem, be it mentors, business angels, international experts or incubators, government actors.

Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT)

The Entrepreneur Leadership Academy (ELA) was inspired by ConnCAT’s mission to provide equal quality educational opportunities for the under-served in the New Haven community. Carlton Highsmith, founder of ConnCAT believes “that education and entrepreneurship are the equalizers of the Ameritocracy.”

The ELA curriculum aims to teach the 9-steps of idea-to-commercialization© concept through five, self-complementing program elements. All five programs encourage participants to go to a Connecticut University, launch their own ventures, whilst building mentor-relationships between students, faculty and successful entrepreneurs. The International element broadens the view of budding and future entrepreneurs from local to global.

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