Aim: The Journey is a Climate-KIC summer school programme. Climate KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.
They run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
Over 5 weeks I supported and coached (alongside another fantastic Co-coach from Berlin), 36 summer school students through design thinking, ideation techniques and tools, team and business development, market research, planning and pitching. All this was with healthy doses of ecodesign, circular economy, LCA and system thinking.
The first 2 weeks were in the Netherlands visiting innovative urban redevelopment projects, learning about the latest in algae and seaweed research and visiting other startup hubs. Then it was on to Trondheim in Norway for the students to develop their ideas further and learn more about business development, planning and finance. Finally the last week we coached them on their final business plans and pitching techniques for their pitches in front of a panel of industry experts.
Outcome: A really inspiring and energising action learning experience for all, alongside this 11 great startup business ideas that look to combat and improve environmental and social problems and issues related to climate change.
“You have been an amazing coach, exceeding all expectations. Thank you for your commitment and advice”
“Thanks for the great coaching, inspiring stories, great smile and very positive energy!”
Role: Facilitating learning of business skills by supporting a culturally and academical subject diverse group of students, in translating knowledge into activities, and coaching them to create business plans and pitches of their own.
You can read and see more on the journey here: