The ICSB Academy is a new program launched in 2015 by ICSB targeting graduate students in MBA, Engineering, as well as in other disciplines, for which the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and awareness are key training objectives in their respective graduate programs.
The Academy takes place in conjunction with the ICSB Global Conference. Students get the opportunity to participate in a three-day, full immersion entrepreneurial bootcamp followed by additional activities and workshops in the main conference.
The integration with the conference makes it possible to have top notch international faculties and keynote practitioners as guest speakers in the Academy. The follow up activities within the conference help to enrich the students’ experience through a unique blend of training and exposure to the latest research in entrepreneurship as well as to open the conference to a new and fresh type of audience.
In 2015, the students were asked to develop a charity online venture and have it up and running in three days using the Online Venture Challenge, a platform that streamlines the process to set an online business – thanks to the integration with the popular site, Shopify. Being among the sponsors of the conference, Online Venture Challenge has offered the platform and the assistance for free. In only three days the students created eight teams of which six signed up for the activation of their online shop through the Online Venture Challenge.
The teams came up with a variety of creative ideas for non-profit ventures, ranging from educational tools, school tutoring for unprivileged children, development of trusted distribution networks of organic, locally grown produces, and selling gadgets decorated with art created by ill children.
Following a lean start-up approach, they created a tentative business model and pitched their ideas in the final competition. The Academy program also included site visits.
One to Ducab, an EAU company leader in cables making, cultural visits in the city of Dubai, and a social program to promote networking. Sixty students from nine countries participated in the inaugural ICSB Academy cohort in Dubai, UAE under the guidance of an International Faculty of ten professors and practitioners.
Dr. Luca Iandoli
ICSB Academy Director