Between October and DecemberCopernico Torino Garibaldiwill be hosting a 5 days program about innovation organized by the European Innovation Academy. We interviewed the President of European Innovation AcademyAlar Kolk, to understand more about the program and its impact on people and companies.

Please describe in few sentences what is the European Innovation Academy and what is its impact on society

European Innovation Academy (EIA) is an ambitious non-profit organization with a mission to educate young entrepreneurs and accelerate companies. In 5 years EIA has grown from small 80 participant student summer program to 1000+ participant world largest extreme accelerator operating globally in Qatar, Italy, Portugal and China. EIA has also developed special corporate growth accelerator program for SME-s, which is provided in Europe, Latin-America and China with 200+ alumni companies to date.


Why should companies take part in this program?

The Growth Accelerator Program organized this autumn in Turin, Italy is designed for ambitious small andmedium sized enterprises from Turin area. Only 12 companies are accepted for the program this time and you shouldn’t apply for it, if 5% annual growth is ok for you.

Each participant company is invited to come with team of 3, including one person from top management. The program is designed bearing in mind time constraint of managers, having 5 face to face sessions combined with home-work over 3 month period.


Which lesson will participants bring back home to their companies?

The participants will learn how to set 10x growth ambitions and how to actually achieve it. They participate hands on, working on business model digitalization, experimenting and accessing global markets with their product and service areas. All companies have a range of digital tools at their exposal, including Chatbot Growby.


Could you please tell us 3 lessons that Silicon Valley can teach to Italian companies?

Be ambitious
Think global
Go digital


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(This article originally appeared on Copernico Magazine)