5-Day Innovation Challenge

Students & Company Sprint is a vibrant 5-day innovation sprint physically taking place at NOI on February 21-25, 2022.

South Tyrolean companies are asked to come up with a business challenge they are facing within the field of the circular economy.

The Free University of Bolzano will form challenge-specific interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 students that will respectively propose solutions under the mentorship of experts and scientists.

Companies and students are invited to apply, and a committee of experts will choose three business challenges and a pool of 36 students to get started during the sprint.

The win
for businesses

  • Get fresh ideas  from and collaborate with young talents working as interdisciplinary teams;
  • Get inspired and motivated for finding new paths;
  • Boost your visibility as an innovative company that thrives on young talents.

The win
for students

  • Hands-on experience of working in an interdisciplinary team;
  • Deep-dive into the challenges companies are facing;
  • Showcase your creativity to companies and win exciting awards;
  • Apply your knowledge and skills into real-life complex problems and learn how to find innovative solutions to them.

Innovation Challenge: Circularity

Companies need to reframe and remodel their businesses continuously, and the circular economy is a challenging issue from various points of view. That is why the 1st Edition of the Sprint is starting with this topic.

Whatever you as a company are facing – be it business model, product and/or service oriented – let us know in the form of a challenge brief.

For more information on the circular economy contact us at 0471/066631sprint@noi.bz.it or read more at:
How to build a circular economy | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Design Sprint Methodology

Google Design Sprint is the innovation method we stick to during our sprint.

It generates results within 5 days for challenges that could normally take up to months to solve. So, companies get inspiration from a customer-centred innovation process that leads to a minimum viable product (MVP).

Students learn from experts and mentors and experience the process from start to finish, and even test it within the target group.

To learn more about the benefits and outline of a Design Sprint as developed by Google Ventures, see The Design Sprint — GV.


How it works in detail:

  1. Day 1

    Teams take a close look at the challenges at each company’s headquarters.
  2. Day 2

    Teams interview stakeholders and customers, and then start generating their ideas.
  3. Day 3

    Teams develop an MVP, a minimum viable concept of a product, service or system.
  4. Day 4

    Teams test the MVP and obtain feedback from the target group.
  5. Day 5

    Teams pitch their MVP to the companies, the experts and invited representatives. For each challenge the jury declares the winner.

Our call

We are asking you, South Tyrolean company, to come up with an innovation challenge you are facing within the topic of the circular economy. 
We are also addressing you, unibz students, from the Faculties of Economics and Management, Computer Science, Design and Art, Education and Science and Technology.

This project has requested financial support from the European Social Fund.