The ultimate goal is to train Master students into problem solving and give them the tools needed to promote their ideas with a business and innovation oriented approach. The summer school is intended as a complement to existing and new Master initiatives in which the EIT RawMaterials pillars are the focus, and as key tool for the achievement of the EIT labelling. There will be a deep interaction of the Master students with lecturers from academia, research centres and industry: this will allow each participant to get a feeling of what to expect when choosing the path after the degree. The hands-in approach, the team work, the challenge proposed in the school and the final award are tools put in place to start shaping the upcoming professionals in concert with the needs of the companies and empowering them with an I&E; background so to become future entrepreneurs.

The solution (technology)

SETI aims at creating a methodological approach, which can be considered as a first attempt to introduce I&E; oriented summer schools in the academic programme of the EIT RawMaterials. In order to work in teams and guarantee enough time for mentoring and pitching sessions, the target is 40 students total. The participation from other European and non-European countries will also be encouraged. The school represents an occasion for the KIC to communicate and disseminate the strategic importance of the issues related to critical raw materials and their substitution while encouraging the discussion on innovative approaches and solutions. Moreover the lessons are expected to stimulate discussions and brainstorming moments, therefore having a positive impact on the community for what concerns the realization of novel research and educational initiatives. The school has been designed with a modular idea in mind: the T-shape approach combining the technical vertical with I&E; transversal can be easily adapted to any topic with a minimum effort, and it can complement the Master initiatives of any of the KIC education partners and of the academia in general.


  • Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy (Lead Partner)
  • Hub Innovazione Trentino S.c.a.r.l. (HIT), Italy
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • Marangoni S.p.A., Italy
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Université de Bordeaux, France