The post-graduate academic programme is a joint initiative of Politecnico di Torino, Città del Gusto (Gambero Rosso group) and the I3P startup incubator.
The programme is based on three main streams. The first two, more theoretical, will deal with “Innovation in the food industry” and “Foundations of startup creation”. The third stream will cover the actual development of an innovative business idea for the food industry (either proposed by the students or by partner companies).
The programme is based on the awareness that - from the meadow to the table - the food industry is undergoing radical change, with the introduction of new technology and business models both by startups and within established companies. The programme has the aim of developing a new professional skillset, combining sector-specific knowledge together with competences in management, innovation and entrepreneurship. At the end of the programme, the students will have acquired the main theoretical elements on innovation management and high-tech entrepreneurship and will be familiar with the emerging trends in the food industry. Most of all, they will take part in an immersive experience dealing with innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of food, participating to a team-oriented development process that will culminate in the presentation of the project to major international investors and industrial partners at an event run in cooperation with Startupbootcamp (partner of Gambero Rosso) and I3P.
Based on this multifaceted programme, it is expected that attendants may proficiently take up a number of roles in the innovation ecosystem, either as entrepreneurs, as staff within a startup, or as managers of established companies, bringing their specific experience in running lean and rapid innovation activities within the organization. At the end of the programme they will be encouraged and supported to develop their startup proposal into a fully operational company, capable to scale and attract significant funding.
The specializing masters programme will imply strong engagement not only with academics and lecturers, but also with mentors, advisors, professional investors, business angels, and established startup entrepreneurs.