Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program (ESDP) and ESDP – Online Academy

1. What is the Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program about?

Think entrepreneurial, increase your research impact!

The Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program (ESDP) and ESDP Online Academy by ENRICH in the USA provides European researchers like you the necessary skills and technical trainings to spark your entrepreneurial mindset and boost your individual research impact, in the country ranked first in the category “entrepreneurial culture”. According to the Ernst & Young G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer, the United States is one of the leading countries in fostering entrepreneurship, with an ecosystem better equipped for entrepreneurial thinking than Germany, France and the EU. Getting to know this ecosystem will open more doors and market opportunities for you and your research. The training is geared to meet the special conditions and environment you encounter during your innovations journey.


2. What do we offer?

The ESDP – Online Academy will include 4 weeks practical-applicative training (approx. 5 hours a week) brought to you by leading US-experts in the field. During the program, you will receive a tailored mixture of video lectures, individual exercises, interactive crew sessions and one-on-one feedback by your Mission Specialist (mentor).


3. What’s in it for you?

Being part of the ESDP – Online Academy, you will be led through a 4-week online training including the following thematic blocks:

  • Shape your Business Idea
  • Develop your Career Path
  • Build up your Knowledge
  • Accelerate your Idea .


4. Who are we looking for?

Motivated and enthusiastic early-stage and mid-career EU researchers, whose research has a high innovation potential and who aim to investigate the possibilities of commercializing their research in the USA and beyond, thus seek to develop entrepreneurial skills and increase their research impact.


5. Our Partners

The ENRICH in the USA Consortium Partners National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will organize this program jointly.

We are organizing this service in partnership with FUTOUR an Italian innovation firm that uses human centered, design based approaches to help public and private organizations grow, innovate, change, develop capabilities, build business and shape the future in an effective and sustainable way.


6. Dates and Timeline

The ESDP – Online Academy will start with a public launch on May 14 2020 at 5pm CET/ 10am EST. The first cohort will start with an on-boarding on May 26 2020.