Hands-on training - Innovation Academy in cooperation with the University of Graz

Promoter: Uni4Life

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Initial situation and objective

"Digital Innovation Modeling (DIM)" creates space for innovation and brings companies and students together. Under the expert guidance of innovation coaches from the business world, students work on the digital transformation of their company in a practical and targeted manner. The mission of the DIM Future Workshop: "From idea to product" within the framework of a concrete task. The goal is to create an innovation experience where learning, implementation and networking are included: Each company has the opportunity to go home with something concrete, new and to be able to live on the methodological knowledge continuously in the company. Interdisciplinary teams of students and company participants get to know each other in project mode outside of the company's daily routine.

Methodology and procedure

In the future-oriented workshop, companies come together in small groups of up to four employees together with students from the University of Graz Uni4Life. As lateral thinkers and creative minds, they work on the development of products, services or processes with a focus on results in six interactive face-to-face workshops over a period of 4 months. They are supported by innovation coaches, e-learning materials and digital innovation tools.

Work is performed in three modules:

Work is performed in three modules:

Success factors and result

  • Spaces for new things: The entire think tank process produces usable results for companies, networking between companies, potential new employees and a knowledge edge.
  • Participating employees receive a university certificate upon successful completion.

Target group

  • Employees and managers of companies from the private sector

  • Organizations of public administration

  • Students of all disciplines

Facts & figures of the first run

  • 4 companies (Bearing Point, Lebenshilfe, Energie Steiermark, TaGnology)

  • Practical work with a digital crowdsourcing platform

  • 8 ECTS points / university certificate for all participants

Participants from the 7 companies
Students of the University of Graz
0 Monate
interdisciplinary networking for
concrete innovation work

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stephan witzel

Mag.rer.soc.oec. Stephan Witzel

Managing Director UNI for LIFE Weiterbildungs GmbH of the University of Graz
isn is the ideal cooperation partner with a lot of practical know-how in the field of lived innovation processes. Together we have managed to create a truly innovative and in this constellation unprecedented training concept in the field of innovation management.

Do you feel like working with us?

Together with the experienced isn innovation managers, your ideas will be put into practice! We are looking forward to your project!

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