Startup Garage: The Way to Apply Knowledge

Citraro, Mauro and Cometta, Silvano and Carcano, Cristina and Sommaruga, Lorenzo and Righetti, Alan and Cataldo, Tatiana (2019) Startup Garage: The Way to Apply Knowledge. In: SEFI 47th Annual Conference, Budapest.

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Based on the vocational model - which made Switzerland one of the best places for young people to start working - DTI Startup Garage’s mission is to go further in developing individual skills, such as entrepreneurial attitude. At the end of October students are called to register their own business ideas. These will then be processed through an innovative web application (PingelApp), used to match proposal ideas with the most suited teacher and researcher, who have initially accepted to be Standby Mentor. Once associated with the student (Idea Owner), Standby Mentors assess the idea and, together with a larger evaluation committee, choose which student can be called Idea Startupper. Standby Mentors can voluntarily endorse the students’ idea to be actively further supported. At the end of every academic year, Idea Startuppers who want to remain in the Startup Garage must pass through a tailor-made training program. The Startupper is responsible to develop her/his roadmap of technical and entrepreneurial knowledge. Room 177, aka Startup Garage, is organized exclusively to let students work at their ideas in a free area, now generally considered an enjoyable and creative place to be in.

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