Unicamp Challenge & University of Cambridge to offer Entrepreneurship Workshop

Shailendra Vyakarnam, Diretor of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning of University of Cambridge is giving an entrepreneurship workshop at Unicamp (State University of Campinas) on April, 4. The workshop is part of the Unicamp Challenge 2012, the second edition of the business model competition designed and organized by the University’s Innovation Agency.

Vyakarnam will talk about entrepreneurship, business development and support the teams to develop their business models, giving feedback for their elevator pitches. The visit will also include two other lectures in the University for the local researchers (April 2, 2pm at Incamp Auditorium) and entrepreneurship students (April 3, 7pm) and is fostered by the partnership agreement between both universities via the Prosperity Fund project.

Desafio Unicamp / Unicamp Challenge 2012

Unicamp Challenge is a business model competition targeting undergraduate and graduate students from all over the country. Each team might choose one of the technologies produced (and patented) by the university’s researchers and pre-selected by Unicamp’s Innovation Agency.

Another workshop about business model generation and lean startup will kick off the program on April 14. Experienced mentors will support the teams along the 3 months they will have to develop viable and innovative business models for those technologies. The finalists will be judged in the award ceremony on July 7.

The deadline to apply for the competition is March, 30. For additional info, visit the website. As in 2011, I am volunteering as a mentor.

Unicamp (State University of Campinas)

Unicamp is a research-intensive university located in the state of São Paulo. It is widely recognized as one of the top-ranked Latin American institutions of higher education.

It contributes with 17% of the country’s scientific output and produces 10% of Brazil’s PhDs. Through its technology transfer and innovation agency, Inova Unicamp, it has become the country’s leading university in the production of Intellectual Property.

Cambridge Enterprise is working with Inova to share best practice in technology transfer, in a collaboration funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

You can find an overview of the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem around the university in this Innoveur’s post.