Gain A Fresh Perspective on a Business Challenge


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Gain A Fresh Perspective on a Business Challenge

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At UCD Innovation Academy we believe in learning by doing. A key part of the learning journey of a student at the Innovation Academy is the practical application of their learning to real challenges facing companies, public sector organisations, start-ups, SMES and NGOs.


We are constantly seeking new and interesting challenge briefs from businesses and organisations for a multi-disciplinary team of Innovation Academy students to work on. Students work for a defined period applying creative problem solving methodologies ultimately delivering a creative concept and/or prototype for their ‘Project Host’.

For our students this offers a great opportunity to gain real experience and put what they have learned in class into practice. For ‘Project Hosts’ it offers a unique opportunity to gain a fresh new perspective on an existing problem and work closely with the next generation of entrepreneurs, leaders and thinkers.

How it works? 

The ‘Host Project’ is divided in three stages:



See how our undergraduate students worked with our partners Deloitte and Diona in 2016

Deloitte & Diona



Impact 

UCD Innovation Academy has collaborated with over 200 businesses and organisations since 2010. Despite the short length of time, our ‘Project Hosts’ are often impressed by how much our teams can achieve in such a short space of time and ‘Project Hosts’ are often extended either internally by the host organisation or via a follow-on project.



Bruno MarcorioHost Project