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Innovation Academy Online Course Brochure & Introduction
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POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

IN INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP


A FREE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR PHD STUDENTS

FLEXIBLE, TRANSFERABLE SKILLS-BASED LEARNING


WORKSHOPS AND PROJECTS WITHIN MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAMS
Learn to:

COMMUNICATE YOUR RESEARCH


WORK OUTSIDE YOUR DISCIPLINE


PROTECT YOUR IDEAS


UNDERSTAND YOUR VALUE


Creative Thinking & Innovation
 
Creative thinking in multi-disciplinary teams
 
Innovation projects and real-life solutions
Planning Your New Venture
 
Project management, entrepreneurial thinking
 
Funding, market research, positive risk
Opportunity Generation 
 
Communicate the impact of your research

Make a 3-minute research video


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Leadership Development 
 
Effective collaboration

Strategic leadership within organisations


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Protecting Your Intellectual Property
 
IP for postgraduate researchers

Copyright, design, trademarks, know-how


learn more...
Creative Capital
 
Key skills for funding a start-up

Understanding funding opportunities


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INNOVATION IN ITS BROADEST SENSE

At the Academy, innovation encompasses the creative arts, social entrepreneurship, science and technology. There is an emphasis on workshops and problem-based learning within multi-disciplinary teams. 
OUR COMMUNITY

Our focus is PhD researchers in Trinity College Dublin, UCD and Queen's University Belfast, who are engaged in scholarship within and across disciplines, in areas of societal, cultural and economic relevance for Ireland and globally. 
CREATIVE THINKING & INNOVATION (10 ECTS)

Understand and apply the key attributes of creative thought to research in any discipline. We offer an intensive programme of workshops, seminars, design thinking challenges and innovative projects, aimed at encouraging skilled, enterprising individuals who understand their value in social, cultural and economic terms. 


Students work in a fun and transformative learning environment that is designed around the practical and transferable skills necessary for successful research. 
OPPORTUNITY GENERATION & RECOGNITION (5 ECTS)

Digital video is central to how we communicate in the information age. Students produce a 3-minute video on their research which they script, shoot and edit. They are given access to technical equipment and software and workshop their scripts with specialists in academic journalism. 

We teach students a better understanding and self-awareness through communicating the social context and relevance of their research, in accessible and engaging ways. 
PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (5 ECTS)

This module enables the understanding, early recognition and potential protection of intellectual property opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Different options of how to protect IP are explored through copyrighting, patenting, trademarks and know-how: their purpose is to capture for the innovator and the investor the value which can be developed commercially from invention and creativity. 

Students explore the IP opportunities related to their doctoral research area and work on real-life case studies within multi-disciplinary teams. 
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (5 ECTS)

We draw on leadership and best practice from across the world to assist students in developing a picture of the leader they are and want to be. The programme uses a rich mix of inputs to challenge assumptions and stimulate ideas for personal development in a way that is relevant and appealing to students. 

Students gain a better understanding of what motivates and engages individuals to follow while others lead. Students are introduced to and reflect on a set of leadership practices that are required for effective team leadership and collaborative working. 

 
PLANNING YOUR NEW VENTURE (5 ECTS)

Introduction to the fundamentals of entrepreneurial thinking and the tools to develop research ideas. Students learn to plan a project around key milestones and concepts, including the essential skill of gathering resources like capital and talent. 

The key building blocks of project management are covered through market research, stress-testing ideas, understanding logistics, risk and funding. Students learn to bring a positive entrepreneurial mindset to the challenges within their research and to turn problems into opportunities in any environment. 
CREATIVE CAPITAL (5 ECTS)

This module teaches students the key skills needed to fund a start-up and manage an early venture. The module focuses on the practical application and adaptation of financial tools and techniques. Students learn the financial fundamentals of launching a new project or venture. 

Students learn the principles of financial management and capital structure which are pivotal to the launch and sustainability of a successful venture. The emphasis is on giving students practical skills for real life. 
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