The online lectures of the EC2U Entrepreneurial Academy are starting in January 2022! The lectures are free and open to all students and young researchers from the EC2U partner universities. Local startups are welcome to join, too.

The online lectures highlight various important aspects of entrepreneurship. They teach the basics, give inspiration, and provide an opportunity to connect with other curious learners across the EC2U Alliance.

All lectures of this series take place on Tuesdays at 16:00 CET.


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11 Jan | Innovation and Business Modelling

Prof. Stefano Denicolai – Professor at the University of Pavia

11 January 2022 at 16:00-17:30 CET



18 Jan | RI4C2 Virtual Lecture: Sustainable and Circular Entrepreneurship

Part of the EC2U RI4C2 Virtual Lecture Series Innovation.

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25 Jan | Digital Entrepreneurship

Prof. Dr. Matthias Menter – Assistant Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

25 January 2022 at 16:00-16:45 CET

Digital technologies have become a new economic and social force, jeopardizing traditional business models and strategies but also offering new digital entrepreneurial opportunities. Digital entrepreneurship refers to the creation of new ventures and the transformation of existing businesses by developing novel digital technologies or their novel usage. This lecture will discuss the antecedents and consequences of digital entrepreneurship and focus on selected digital technologies that have enabled the growth of the sharing economy.



1 Feb | International Entrepreneurship

Giovanna Magnani – Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Pavia

01 February 2022 at 16:00-17:30 CET

The lecture provides key basic concepts about what international entrepreneurship is. It first gives preliminary notions about “entrepreneurship” to then broaden its aspects to international contexts. The key characterizing features of entrepreneurship and international entrepreneurial organizations. 



8 Feb | The Lean Startup Methodology

Prof. Dr. Lutz Maicher – Researcher on innovative information systems at the University of Jena

08 February 2022 at 16:00-16:45 CET

A start-up is any kind of human endavour searching for a lasting business model. It is about reducing the enormous early-stage risks any start-up is confronted with as fast and as cheap as possible. With the Lean Start-Up methodology Eric Ries introduced a very popular approach for this challenge. We will have a first glimpse into the topic – which will help you to see the world with lean start-up glasses.



15 Feb | Entrepreneurial Finance

Prof. PhD Sorin Gabriel Anton – Professor of Finance at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

15 February 2022 at 16:00-17:00 CET

This lecture introduces the theories, knowledge and financial tools an entrepreneur needs to start, build, and harvest a successful venture. The successful entrepreneur must know how and where to obtain the financing necessary to launch and develop the venture. The same successful entrepreneur must know how and when to
interact with financial institutions and regulatory agencies to take the venture to its potential and provide a return and liquidity for the venture’s investors.



22 Feb | Horizon Europe and structural European funds

Paul Flament – Project officer at the University of Poitiers

22 February 2022 at 16:00-17:00 CET

Presentation of Horizon Europe structure and funding opportunities it offers for fundamental and applied research.. Overall presentation of structural European funds (mainly FEDER & INTERREG, also FEADER and FEAMP).



1 Mar | Intellectual Property Rights and Focus on Patents in Europe

Romain Lefebvre – Innovation manager at University of Poitiers

01 March 2022 at 16:00-17:00 CET

Intellectual Property rights and focus on Patents in Europe

  • Intellectual property (IP): what is it?
  • Intellectual property : why?

Patent application and Patent in Europe




If you visit 3 or more virtual Entrepreneurial Academy events, you will receive a certificate of participation and improve your chances for winning a travel grant to participate in an on-site Entrepreneurial Week at one of the EC2U universities.

These lectures are also eligible for the EC2U Career Plan Certificate, as transdisciplinary input component.