MicroCredential: The Co-Innovation MasterClass

  • “The Co-Innovation MasterClass” is a unique 6-ECTS-MicroCredential course connecting actors from startups, corporates and universities to become Co-Innovation Facilitators.
  • The pilot MasterClass will take place between April – June 2021 in a fully-online format and is – as it is the pilot run – free of charge!
  • Participation is limited to 42 seats only and participants will be carefully selected based on a set of criteria.
  • The Call for Applications for the Co-Innovation MasterClass is closed! Thank you for your great interest in joining the Class. We are overwhelmed by the huge number of applications we have received!
  • The CORSHIP team is now working through the applications received and will select 42 participants. All applicants will be informed about the selection results from February, 22nd on.

What is the Co-Innovation MasterClass?

The Co-Innovation MasterClass is a unique Co-Innovation program bringing together startups, corporates and students in an action-based, practice-oriented program. 

Co-Innovation is a hot topic right now, as demonstrated by the increasing number of startup/corporate collaborations and events. At the same time, Co-Innovation remains a difficult journey and often results in disappointment and failure.

Therefore, leading European Co-Innovation experts have teamed up to provide you with the latest insights and tools to make your Co-Innovation skills lead to success.

In our MasterClass, you will be coached for 8 weeks to address and solve complex challenges in diverse international teams.

What’s in it for me?

After completing the MasterClass, you will get a CORSHIP Co-Innovation Facilitator certificate.

For Startups

Learn how working with corporates can accelerate your go-to-market approach. Discover how Co-Innovation with corporates can speed up your scaling.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Learn how to work with corporates – understand how corporates think and act and avoid the pitfalls of collaboration;
  • Work on a relevant challenge in a realistic setting; 
  • Network and work closely with corporates that want to collaborate with startups;
  • Be guided by top teams/academics;
  • Get trained to use actionable hands-on tools and processes.

For Corporates

Learn how working with startups can prove your innovation capacities. Discover how Co-Innovation with startups can speed up your go-to-market of innovative solutions.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Understand why collaboration should be a no-brainer for corporate business acceleration and innovation processes;
  • Learn in a realistic setting and become part of the solution of exciting and relevant challenges;
  • Learn how to work with startups – understand how startups think and act;
  • Be guided by top teams/academics;
  • Get access to use cases, hands-on tools and processes on how to make Co-Innovation happen on regular basis;
  • Network with carefully selected startups and experts from leading startup associations.

For Students

Learn the ins and outs of startup/corporate Co-Innovation. Discover how you can play an impactful role in this process benefiting both startups and corporates.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Learn how to organize the innovative process; 
  • Get to know the methodology for co-creating innovative solutions;
  • Work with professionals – corporates and startups on a co-innovative journey;
  • Be engaged in a diverse international environment;
  • Work in a realistic setting, solving relevant problems;  
  • Join a process guided by top experts and academics;
  • Experience a journey from the starting challenge to the pitching of a co-developed innovation.

What is the challenge that will be addressed?

The MasterClass provides you with a hands-on challenge to experience Co-Innovation first hand.

In heterogeneous teams, you will address the challenge of making European cities more liveable. The “world’s most liveable cities” is an informal name given to any list of cities as they rank on an annual survey of living conditions. In addition to providing clean water, clean air, adequate food and shelter, a ‘liveable’ city must also generate a sense of community and offer hospitable settings for all to develop social skills, a sense of autonomy and identity.1

The challenge of making European cities more liveable concerns us all.  Most of us live in cities and we experience urban problems first hand. Sometimes we are frustrated with too much pollution, poor public communication or waste management. Instead of complaining, let’s get to work! This MasterClass gives you the opportunity to address a real-life problem of your choice and become part of the solution.  We invite you on a learning journey where in a multicultural environment of managers, entrepreneurs and students from many different countries you will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

Having European cities improvement as a starting point, you will learn:

  • How to define a problem or a challenge from a given topic;
  • How to design and envision a Co-Innovation journey;
  • How to manage and be part of the solution development process.

You will acquire a range of skills relevant for co-innovating, creating and delivering innovation jointly. The Co-Innovation Builder, introduced in the Co-Innovation MOOC, will be your principal tool along with a range of teaching materials and methods (such as Design Thinking). You will be guided by experts and coaches through all collaborative hands-on assignments and receive first-hand practical inputs and feedback from industry-experienced managers and entrepreneurs.

Challenges include but are not limited to: mobility, citizen participation and inclusion, sustainability, energy, waste management, pollution and the environment, ageing, healthcare, accessible education and economy.

What’s in it for participating cities?

  • Get involved by explaining your challenges, and get expert support on your needs and plans;
  • Have teams of startups, corporates and students help you with research analysis and viable, feasible solutions;
  • Be involved with international participants, hand-picked based on their skills and motivation;
  • Influence and use the process for your city’s benefit, improving a liveable city agenda and promoting your effort;
  • Be part of the final jury which will evaluate the final proposals.

When does the MasterClass take place?

The program will start on April 8th 2021 and end on June 10th 2021. From March 29th 2021 on you will get exclusive access to background readings and videos to get yourself prepared for the Co-Innovation journey.

Intense follow-up is foreseen through weekly webinars conducted by international experts and coaching sessions. The 8-week-MicroCredential Programme has a workload equivalent to 6 ECTS, which means in total 150 hours. This includes around 25 contact hours, online synchronous work in teams and asynchronous self-study hours.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the MasterClass takes place fully online.

Contact hours:

Online Webinar 1: 31.03.2021

Online Kick-off Meeting: 08.04.2021, 3 – 5 PM (CET)

Online Webinar 2: 15.04.2021

Online Webinar 3: 28.04.2021

Online Webinar 4: 05.05.2021

Online Midterm Seminar: 06.05.2021, 9 AM – 5 PM (CET)

Online Webinar 5: 20.05.2021

Online Webinar 6: 02.06.2021

Online Final Pitching Event: 10.06.2021, 3 – 5 PM (CET)

You can further expect one hour per week for coaching (will take place every week on the same day in the evening). The webinars will last approximately 1 hour each and are planned to take place between 10 AM and 12 AM.

How do I apply?

This course is an advanced program. You need to have the “Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates” MOOC completed before attending this course. The MOOC is still available in a self-paced version here and can be completed within a few hours of workload. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance right after completing the MOOC, which entitles you to apply for the MasterClass.

The Call for Applications for the Co-Innovation MasterClass is closed! 

What are the costs?

The April – June 2021 MasterClass is free of charge.

Will I get a certificate?

You will be awarded a graded certificate by the MasterClass organisers, a Co-Innovation Facilitator – Certificate (for more details about the MasterClass organisers check here). If you are a student, you might be eligible for a 6 ECTS MicroCredential recognition.

Any open questions?

Corship team is happy to help: corship2020@gmail.com

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