Doctoral School on

Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy

an EIT RawMaterials education project

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  • a 5-day inspirational innovation and entrepreneurship summer school organized by six partners of the EIT KIC RawMaterials
  • a unique learning opportunity for PhD students from a variety of disciplines who want to enrich their scientific expertise with entrepreneurial skills
  • an intensive program based on industrial business case studies within the challenging domain of the transition towards a circular economy

About doc-ECE

The doctoral school brings together highly motivated PhD candidates from a variety  of disciplines (science, design, economics, law, ...) to foster entrepreneurial thinking, increase their awareness regarding circular economy opportunities and provide them with skills and tools to translate technological ideas into relevant and viable business initiatives, towards a more sustainable future.

The challenge

The goal of the programme is the application of concepts of the circular economy to the technology sector, i.e. making products and processes more circular, more sustainable.

Each participating PhD student will work in a multidisciplinary team. They will experience an intense week solving a challenge prepared and coached by our scientific and industry experts. The outcome is presented to a jury on the last day in the form of a business pitch.

Teaching content

  • Circular Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Ideation: Think about-of-the-box, think circular
  • Value creation
  • Circular business models
  • Technology transfer
  • Industry validation
  • How to prepare a powerful pitch presentation of a business idea
  • and more!

Who can apply?

Any PhD candidate with an affinity for developing new business models in a world of limited resources. Candidates are welcome from a variety of disciplines, including: science and engineering (materials, chemical, electrical, manufacturing, ...), business and economics, law, product design, ...

What do participants say?


“High level lecturers, great people with us the whole week, amazing opportunity to meet other young researchers from various backgrounds.”

Student participant


 “Great program (diverse, various points of view, overview of different subjects, compact, dynamic).”

Student particpant


“The students’ ideas were a great inspiration. It was refreshing to get our products analysed by people with so many different backgrounds and competences.  I can recommend this workshop to companies that are willing to take a humble pause to reassess what you think you know.”

Industrial participant - case study provider

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