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EIT Digital Summer School Ljubljana 2021


For the third year in a row, the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB), in cooperation with EIT Digital (The European Institute of Innovation & Technology), is organizing a summer school in the field of digital technologies and entrepreneurship. It will take place between July 25 and August 7 2021. As part of the summer school, groups of international students will explore the field of Digital Transformation for Organizational Resilience.

Over a two-week period, participants will hear renowned international experts in the field of entrepreneurship and the use of digital technologies that have the potential to address some of the biggest challenges facing organizations of the present and the future. The work at the summer school takes place in teams of students solving concrete challenges of companies and other institutions in Slovenia, such as cities (this year there is planned cooperation with the project leader 'Smart Pond' and companies participating in the consortium). At the end, the students also present their solutions and receive a grade from both the companies and the professors of the summer school.

Aleš Pustovrh, who is co-organising the EIT Digital Summer School on "Digital transformation for organisational resilience" at the University of Ljubljana, is delighted that his university is hosting EIT Digital Summer School. »It is great to be part of a network of universities providing excellent learning on new emerging technologies for the third year now in a pressure cooker environment where both professionals, organisations and students learn how to build a business case in just two weeks. The University is very excited to be a part of this

Miha Škerlavaj, co-organiser and one of the main lecturers at the EIT Digital Summer School Ljubljana:
»Now more than ever, organizational resilience is being tested through covid-times, but even more so with future challenges of sustainable development. Public and private organizations are undergoing accelerated digital transformations. Those changes are as much about technology as they are about people. EIT Digital Summer School in Ljubljana is addressing exactly that human-technology interface to solve real-life challenges and opportunities for organizational resilience and growth. We teach and coach our students how to put DeepTech solutions into practice through cases developed by our partner companies. Through the cases presented, we get students and companies to first think outside the box and then work closely together implementing those solutions. Our main goal is to enable organizations to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to incremental change and disruption we are facing right now and will continue to do so in future

You can find more information at EIT Digital’s Summer School website.

You can apply by June 1 here.

For a glance of the 2019 Summer School activities, check out this video:

EIT Digital Summer School 2019 Ljubljana Slovenia from EIT Digital Academy on Vimeo.


Location: Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

When: JULY 25 - AUGUST 7 2021

Organisations often face challenges related to adapting to new management and operational practises due to the use of disruptive IT technology. This becomes even more problematic when change is continuous and accelerated, as not all organisations are flexible enough to survive under these conditions and often exhibit cultural and organisational inertia.

In the summer school, participants will learn how to analyse work processes and organisations and develop new ways of working through an interactive design process using intrapreneurial and participatory actions and experiments. Participants will visit organisations and interview various stakeholders.

The final goal is to provide scenarios and solutions that address concrete problems of stakeholders and are developed using digital technologies. In this view, cities, businesses and administrations are seen as enablers as they provide a common (physical) ground on which other organisations work and collaborate.

An example of such an environment will be presented to summer school participants. They will work on the challenges presented by the "Digital Cities" project in one of the largest cities in the country, often referred to as "Smart Pond". Several organisations (companies, institutions and other actors) are working in different specific areas of implementation of digital technologies to improve the resilience of the city, their organisations and test the implementation of solutions to some of the social challenges that affect the world today.

The final solutions to the challenges will be presented as proposed experiments that could be implemented by the participating organisations. As such, students will pitch a strategic plan for applying digital transformation in a selected organisation.

The summer school is organised by the University in Ljubljana. Case studies will be conducted by leading companies and organisations from various industries such as pharmaceutical, energy, banking, gaming, mobility, insurance and health.

Each programme has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical background or any coding knowledge to participate in our Summer School.

Benefits of the program:

  • Learning by doing and grow your network
    As a participant in the Summer School you will work in teams and apply “learning by doing” to develop a mindset and skills for innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope you will take this great opportunity to learn and network with students and professional intrapreneurs from the business and innovation community.
  • Get the competence
    Learn how disruptive technologies have an impact on markets and businesses, and how business models are changing.
  • Get the confidence
    Learn the different stages of the business development process and how to turn a business idea into a viable go-to-market proposal.
  • Get the soft skills
    Teamwork with peers and multidisciplinary professionals, tools and real business challenges will help you implement your learnings and bring them home to your own business.
  • Get the knowledge from top-notch lecturers and mentors*

Here is the application.

Possible financial support for students from ARISE countries

Support is available to a limited number of Summer School participants. Students currently enrolled at a university AND who have a nationality in one of the following 14 EU countries (ARISE): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia. The support includes costs of the fee waiver, travel, lodging, and food expenses.

Please note, if you would like to be considered for this support, the last application date is 31 March 2021. You don't need to submit a separate application form to be considered for the RIS fund support. The support is merit-based and is given to an individual for one occasion only. Participants who are admitted to other EIT Digital's programme, don't qualify for this particular RIS support.

*Some of this years speakers, lecturers and mentors:

Julian Birkinshaw, PhD,is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the US Academy of Management (AOM), the Academy of Social Scientists (FAcSS) and the Academy of International Business. Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has written fifteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management, and Giant Steps in Management. In 2019, he was ranked 45th on the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world. He has been on the faculty at London Business School for eighteen years, and is currently Deputy Dean (Programmes) and Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also very active as a consultant, speaker, and executive educator to many large corporations, including Arup, Bayer, BMW, Deloitte, IBM, Novo Nordisk, Petrofac, Rio Tinto, Roche, Tata, Toshiba, UBS, and Unilever.

Vaughn Tan, PhD, is a London-based strategy consultant, author and professor. He specializes in designing organizations that are resilient to and benefit from uncertainty. He has worked with the food and beverage industry for over a decade and is active in legal technology, structured data and regenerative agriculture. He works with businesses and non-profits to make them more innovative and resilient in uncertain environments. Since 2013, he has been an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at University College London's School of Management. His first book, The Uncertainty Mindset (2020), is about how to use uncertainty to drive innovation and adaptability. It is based on years of research with some of the most innovative culinary R&D teams in the world. It is published globally by Columbia University Press.

Jan Jelovsek, MBS, is a Chief risk Officer of ING in Austria with 11 years of risk management experience. Jan began his professional career at Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt in the Front Office & Analytics department before moving to Risk Management in 2010, initially working for the national regulator and as of 2014 for ING in Austria, where he assumed the CRO role in 2019. With the background in risk assessment from different institutions, including Bank of Slovenia and Bank of Austria, and formal education from Harvard and HTW in Germany, his international experience in risk assessment and methodologies in this field will present a different view on perceived risk to the students. Jan is passionate about exploring the potential of digital transformation and its implications on organizational resilience. In his spare time Jan does his best (& sometimes fails) to manage the risks taken by his (hyper-)active 4-year old son.

Miha Škerlavaj, PhD, is a vice dean for research and professor of management at the School of Business and Economics, University of Ljubljana and an adjunct professor of leadership and organizational behaviour at BI Norwegian Business School. He is a valued teacher, workshop facilitator and awarded researcher who published in prestigious international research journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, the Leadership Quarterly and the Human Resource Management. He also published a book Capitalizing on creativity: Fostering the implementation of creative ideas at work (Edward Elgar) and a case study about Outfit7 at INSEAD Case Publishing. He has extensive practical experience through workshops, training and consulting assignments for clients in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, and China. Prof. Škerlavaj teaches PhD, EMBA, executive, and master of science programs in Europe and Asia and regularly facilitates workshops with practitioners on organizational development and change, leadership development, human resource management, creativity and innovation management-related topics.

Aleš Pustovrh, Phd, is a teacher, researcher, investor and founder. He works mainly in the startup industry. He also works as an assistant professor at the School of Economics and Busines, University of Ljubljana, where he is most active in the field of economic and business studies of innovation. His startup career began with the COINVEST project, a platform for connecting high-tech companies with investors. He was one of the founders of the leading regional venture accelerator - ABC Accelerator in Ljubljana, Slovenia - and one of the founders of ABC First Growth, the VC arm of ABC. He is currently a partner at Fil Rouge Capital, a venture capital fund. In his work and studies he stays closely connected to the South, East and Central Europe, using the different environments and experiences as input for his research.

A quick tour through Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (SEB):

About EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation.

EIT Digital believes in making and shaping a competitive digital Europe that is inclusive, fair and sustainable and aim at global impact through European innovation fueled by entrepreneurial talent and digital technology.

They embody the future of innovation by mobilizing a pan-European multi-stakeholder open-innovation ecosystem of top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and investors address the technology, talent, skills, business and capital needs of digital entrepreneurship.

EIT Digital is building the next generation of digital ventures, digital products and services, and breed digital entrepreneurial talent, helping business and entrepreneurs to be at the frontier of digital innovation by providing them with technology, talent, and growth support.

For more information, visit www.eitdigital.eu.

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