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Italy: European Innovation Academy (EIA) Program
Turin, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Business and Economics Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 0
Faculty Leader: David Dawley
Program Description:
European Innovation Academy (EIA) Program
"The entrepreneurship education at EIA gives every participant the opportunity to be immersed in the extreme international startup environment"
– Ken Singer, Managing Director, Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, UC Berkeley

The European Innovation Academy (EIA) is an opportunity for College of Business and Economics students to attend a 15-day intense educational experience in Turin, Italy from July 9th- 28th. During this experience, future entrepreneurs and business leaders are immersed in a multicultural ecosystem of 600 students and faculty from 68 different nationalities.  Student will have the opportunity to launch new innovations, gain insights into the startup life, mentoring from 150 different educators and business professionals, increase their visibility to world class partners (UC Berkley, Stanford University, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies), and so much more.
During the three weeks, students will study in Turin, Italy with day trips to Milan and Rome. Students are right in the midst of many companies important to international business. This is an opportunity like no other!

Program Policies
1. Students will receive funding of $3,600 from the College of Business and Economics, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Robbins Center for Global Strategy. Funds are available for two students. These students are awarded by a committee based on quality of application and through an interview process. Awardees will not be eligible for any other funding from the College of Business and Economics (per international activity).

2. All application materials must be submitted by March 17, 2017.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted in time for consideration.

3. Students must apply individually to the program; group applications will not be accepted.

4. Funding will support the following:
                 EIA Program             
                 Flight & Accommodations       
                 Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
5. EIA is supported by contributions to the College. As part of this award, we need you to submit a two-page reflective report of your study abroad experience within 30 days of your return.  The thesis of this paper simply needs to focus on how you have grown as a student as a result of your international experience. We also ask for one (1) digital picture that shows you “in action” at the EIA.

Application Procedures
Undergraduate or graduate students who wish to apply for the European Innovation Academy Program should submit the following:
  • The EIA Application;
  • A one-­page typed statement of purpose describing why you believe this experience will enrich your education and what you hope to achieve from this opportunity. Students must make sure that all parts to this application are complete.The top 5 applicants will then give a 5-10 minute presentation to the WVU EIA committee on why they feel that they should have the opportunity to attend the program. The top two students will be awarded the funding and trip to Italy.

Please submit the application to Julia Bolt, Assistant Director, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 4th Floor J B&E.  If you have any questions, please contact Julia at

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