UW-Green Bay sophomore (Computer Science) Cameron Curry (far left) enjoys a day in Milan, Italy for Customer Validation Day with his team members from Michigan and Chile during the European Innovation Academy in Turin, Milan and Rome, Italy this summer (2017).
The Academy is a three-week international summer program for students and entrepreneurs. As part of the program, diverse teams of students from 50 countries will discover business ideas, design business models for creating and marketing a new product or service and develop first prototypes. Teams will receive individual guidance from guest speakers, business/IT mentors and experienced entrepreneurs. Curry is one of about 700-plus participants from 70-plus countries participating.
Students work in an extreme accelerator model — going from idea to initial start-up in 15 days. Curry was one of two students selected by the Cofrin School of Business to attend the Academy. The other was graduating senior Omar Al-Amerecany, who was unable to attend. Cofrin School of Business Dean Doug Hensler and lecturer Ryan Kauth are providing mentorship to Curry on the trip.