Project Goal

CREA is an European Network of Summer Academies for the development of innovative business ideas focused on Creativity and ICT and a Business Idea Contest to bring closer investors, business angels and start-ups. It aims to strengthen entrepreneurship in innovative sectors by using ICT and Creativity as levers. The project selects and supports talented students, who have a real interest in becoming entrepreneurs. Students can come in with an idea and go out with a concrete project with business model. CREA provides an all-round training, which takes participants from their idea, via the identification of market opportunities, to conceptualization and planning and finally to the start-up of a new company. But there is even more: a qualified jury evaluates the best ideas. If a project gets selected the winners are given the opportunity to pitch it in front of possible investors.


  • Two Editions of Summer Academies (in 2015 – 2016) focusing on ICT and Entrepreneurship simultaneously organized in six European Universities
  • CREA ICT Business Idea Contest with a final international event where the best business ideas will be pitched in front of investors
  • Six European Hackathons to prototype business ideas
  • A rich offer of mentoring, support for business planning, matchmaking opportunities and exchange with European entrepreneurs
  • An international certification for students attending the Summer Academy with ECTS-credits recognition
  • An incubation program for selected European start-ups
  • A network of European Universities, incubators and supporting institutions that will further expand in the coming years


  • bwcon GmbH, Germany
  • ESN, Italy
  • Ljubljana University, Slovenia
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Slovenia
  • Tallin Business Incubator, Estonia
  • University of the Aegean, Greece
  • University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom

January 2015 – April 2017

European Commission, Horizon 2020



Simona Pede

Senior Innovation Programme Manager