Raising Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awareness course in Madrid

Monday, November 30 2015

Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Researchers in ICT

A ‘Raising Awareness in I&E’ education seminar of the EIT Digital Doctoral School

November 30th - December 1st 2015
CLC Madrid - IMDEA Software Institute Building
Campus of Montegancedo, UPM


The objective of this first ‘Raising Awareness in I&E' seminar is to offer to 1st year doctoral candidates of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) of the EIT Digital a fresh view of the way that their doctoral thesis could contribute to the innovation process in Europe.

Main objective is to motivate doctoral candidates to consider the way that the development of their doctoral thesis could benefit from international innovation perspectives framed in a sound entrepreneurial context and how technical and scientific issues could be complemented and enhanced by using other perspectives.
Furthermore, there are several additional topics that will be covered during the Seminar:

  • To know better the EIT Digital goals and tools
  • To facilitate the understanding of the EIT Digital DS implementation
  • To meet faculty members and registered students to be able to exchange ideas
  • To visit facilities of the UPM located in the Campus of Montegancedo
  • To know representatives of other Spanish companies belonging to the Spanish CLC


The seminar will be organised as a set of "open" and "closed" sessions to combine the presentation of general information and specific issues concerning the DTC.
Open sessions have been designed to allow the participation of other UPM ICT doctoral candidates and EIT Digital Master School students to the invited talks.
The objective is to provide updated insights on the evolution of innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT domain from academic and industrial perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the European situation and the coherence between European and national/regional policies.

Closed sessions will allow registered doctoral candidates in the EIT Digital DTC to understand the logics of the EIT Digital Doctoral School programme and the way that the learning objectives will be evaluated. It also serves to meet faculty members and other doctoral students and to know better the respective areas of interests.

Within these closed sessions, doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to present their ideas and thesis' objectives and to identify the potential relationships with their peers' ideas. Emphasis will be put on the way that innovation and entrepreneurship issues could be merged in their doctoral theses.
The seminar will be conducted in a highly interactive way where formal and informal interaction is especially pursued. Then, Q&A sessions should be embedded in the programme to ensure that students could solve their doubts and interact with faculties and invited speakers.

Learning outcomes

Main outcome of the seminar is to raise the students' awareness on the innovation potential of their doctoral research for future ICT products and services.
More specifically, at the end of the seminar, students will have the ability to:

  • Identify the variety of opportunities connected to high-tech entrepreneurship focused on the ICT domain (mainly on the priority themes of EIT Digital)
  • Consider different perspectives on academic entrepreneurship and the way that research results could be moved to the market
  • Characterize a business innovation ecosystem from local to global dimensions
  • Recognize actual business trends like open innovation, industry 4.0, entrepreneurship
  • Know the structure and actors of some highly dynamic European ICT business environments

To facilitate the full understanding of the addressed issues, doctoral candidates should complete a set of pre-assignments on innovation, entrepreneurship and EIT Digital.

Selected pre-assignments:
In order to facilitate the development of the seminar, DTC participants should prepare:

1. A short description (2-3 pages) of the relevance of the topic chosen for the doctoral thesis from an innovation and commercial perspective:
- It is not the intention to request the development of a market analysis but to give some hints about the potential applicability of the thesis in terms of digital products or services and its potential advantages for users.

2. 5-6 slides to be presented in the seminar (for 6-8 minutes) to the rest of participants about the interest of the doctoral thesis to generate very innovative products or services:
- The slides should be oriented towards the applicability and potential avenues for exploitation of the intended results and main differences with respect to other more conventional approaches.
- It is not necessary to describe technical aspects in detail because the rest of participants could not be experts in the specific topic of the thesis.  Open questions could be also introduced to motivate further discussion.
Pre-assignments must be sent to gonzalo.leon@upm.es at least one week before the seminar.


Day 1 (Closed sessions)
Only for registered or interested in EIT Digital doctorate program candidates
09:30 - 10:00 Participant Registration
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and opening
Prof. Gonzalo León (Educational Support, EIT Digital)
Dr. Susana Eiroa (Madrid DTC Lead, EIT Digital)
10:15 - 11:15 Doctorate programs in the UPM
Prof. Francisco Javier Elorza (Vice President for doctorate and post-graduate studies, UPM)
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break and Networking
11:45 - 12:45 EIT Digital
Prof. Maurizio Gabbrielli (DSL Coordinator, EIT Digital)
Prof. Gonzalo León (Educational Support, EIT Digital)
Dr. Jesús Contreras (Madrid CLC and, EIT Digital and BDA IMDEA Software)
12:45 - 13:45 Innovation Ecosystem from Montegancedo CEI
Prof. Gonzalo León (Educational Support, EIT Digital)
13:45 - 14:45 Lunch and Networking
14:45 - 16:15 Students' presentations (i)
- Each participant will describe in 5-8 min. the personal expectations and interests topics for the doctoral thesis.
16:15 - 16:45 Coffee Break and Networking
16:45 - 17:45 Students' presentations (ii)
- Each participant will describe in 5-8 min. the personal expectations and interest topics for the doctoral thesis.
17:45 - 18:30 Students' clustering and pre-assignments discussion (ii)
Chairman: Prof. Gonzalo León (Educational Support, EIT Digital)
18:30 End of 1st Day

Day 2 (Open sessions)
Registered or interested in EIT Digital doctorate program candidates, UPM Doctoral students and EIT Digital MS students
09:30 - 10:00 Participant Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Invited talk: "Industrial Doctorate Programs"
Prof. Francisco Javier Elorza (Vice President for doctorate and post-graduate studies, UPM)
11:00 - 12:00 Invited talk: "Evolution of Innovation strategies in Santander Group"
Carlos Rojo Sevillano (Global Chief Information Officer of Banco Santander)
12:00 - 12:30 Coffee Break and Networking
12:30 - 13:30 Invited talk: "Innovation policy in the European context"
J.M. Leceta (former EIT director)
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch and Networking
14:30 - 16:00 Round table: "European Entrepreneurship"
16:00 - 16:30 Closing session
16:30 - 19:00 Visit to Montegancedo campus Facilities
IMDEA Software


The seminar will take place in:
EIT Digital co-location centre
IMDEA Software Institute
Campus Montegancedo
28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid)

Detailed information on how to reach the IMDEA Software Institute can be found at:


The course is mandatory for the DTC students. Other ICT doctorate students of the UPM could participate (day 2) by registering themselves before 9thNovember.

The seminar will be conducted in English

Download the registration form here. It has to be sent to the following address: dtc-madrid@eitdigital.eu 

Registration is binding. 

Contact information 

Should you have any questions about the event, please send an e-mail to Prof. Gonzalo León 

E-mail: gonzalo.leon@eitdigital.eu 
Phone: +34 91 101 22 02

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