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Why should you join the Explore programme?

At the end of this course you will be able to articulate what your set of innovation and entrepreneurship skills are and explore new career opportunities.

You will:

  1. Appreciate the value of opportunities that arise
  2. Identify, develop and act on entrepreneurial opportunities
  3. Articulate a food system problem that can be addressed by a sustainable solution
  4. Evaluate a target market in order to assess the potential for a product innovation
  5. Mobilise resources to support the creation of value to the market
  6. Implement actions to initiate the deliverance of an innovative solution

You will be equipped with the essential knowledge you need to build your set of innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

Our 4 informative modules will guide you through the journey of developing a new venture: from identifying the problem you want to solve to funding your start up.

The course is designed to be flexible to your needs; you can join the course with a problem or solution already in mind, or be inspired by the Food System challenges in the 6 Focus Areas of EIT Food to use when working through the material.

Take the course at your pace, fitting around your current commitments! This course is available up to the 31st of December 2023 for you to earn your certificate!

  • Introductory (basic level)

  • Course duration: approximately 4 hours

  • Open all year long until the 31st of December 2023. You can take it at your own pace during this time.

  • Online

  • Language: English
  • Certificate of completion

What you learn?

You will learn the following competencies:

  • Food Systems:
    • Apply basic systems analysis techniques to describe the food system.
    • Identify dominant sustainability challenges for the food system.
    • Recognise how innovations can contribute to achieving societal impact.
  • Entrepreneurship:
    • Appraise and articulate the value of opportunities.
    • Identify and use relevant resources to support the creation of social and environmental value.
    • Implement effective actions to support the creation of sustainability impacts.
  • Problem Solving:
    • Analyse relevant aspects of the problem space to inform creative thought.
    • Use basic methods to generate new ideas and to assess their validity.
    • Contribute to co-creation processes to develop sustainable solutions.
  • Critical Thinking:
    • Collect, analyse and report information and data to support the generation of new ideas and approaches.
    • Recognise the importance of ethical goals.
  • Communication:
    • Identify relevant stakeholders and their prominent concerns.
    • Recognise the importance of inclusive dialogue in food systems transformation.
    • Implement basic communication methods.

Structure & Modules

This FREE bite-size introductory course has been developed by the University of Cambridge, alongside EIT Food, Aarhus University and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. It takes approximately 4 hours to complete and you will be awarded with a Certificate upon completing the course. You can also take the course at your own pace, fitting it around your current commitments. You will be taken sequentially through the basics of entrepreneurship, following these key topics:

  • Problem Definition
  • Customer value proposition
  • Market Scoping
  • Funding your Start Up

Upon completion, you will have received a short but highly impactful introduction to entrepreneurship which can form a solid basis for future study in this area or even equip you with the essentials to start your own venture!

Participation Fees


Career Opportunities

Participants will receive an EIT Food certificate at the end of this course. They will be introduced to the basics of entrepreneurship which can be used to build a solid foundation in developing the skills they will need to support their entrepreneurial journey.

In collaboration with

Programme Leaders

Mariana Fazenda
Mariana Fazenda
EIT Food Education - Programme Manager

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