PDAI-Programme Accession to Entrepreneurship

  • What is it

    Training program that accelerates the path of business ideas

  • Who it’s for

    Start-ups selected with the Call for Start-up Ideas, students

  • What it’s for

    Acquire skills and take the first steps in the start-up world

  • When


Is an intensive programme which allows to gain the basic knowledge and instruments for the creation of companies and accompany them in the market validation

The programme is intended for selected START-Ups under the call Call for StartUP Ideas but the meetings with the experts are open for everyone.

 A particular programme is defined for the wining ideas oriented through African markets,that is part of the Programme Students for Africa.

The appointments of the PDAI program for 2022

The meetings are open to all interested students in studying issues related to the birth of new businesses.

July 12, 2022, 10: 00-12: 00

Entrepreneurship services

 with Francesca Farnararo

What do I need to carry out a business idea? How can the University support me? In this appointment you will discover all the services that the University offers to help you transform your idea into a business.

IP Protection

 with Jacopo Fanti and Sara De Felice

Can I tell my idea to others? How can I protect my idea from someone who wants to copy it? In this appointment we will give you an overview of the different forms and functions of Intellectual Property.


13 September 2022 10: 00-12: 30

 with Alberto Garagnani

What are the elements that define a sustainable business? Why is startup sustainability an essential feature today and how can we approach this aspect?

We will discuss about it with an expert who, starting from nothing, has made sustainability the characterizing element of his business.

We will discuss  a case study with doubts and successes, learning moments and advice for those who want to get involved, but in a sustainable way!


Business model

 with Laura Toschi

Customers, suppliers, the value proposition and all the things you have always wanted to know about winning business models. In this appointment we will become familiar with these elements and talk about how they complement  each other to create a winning model.


20 September 2022 10: 00-11: 30 Strategic & Service Design

 With Andrea Cattagriba

 How can Service Design help us improve the quality and interaction between the service provider and the final consumer?

 How can we design our service in such a way that it responds to the business strategy we want to pursue?


27 September 2022 10: 00-12: 00

 Interactive Prototyping

 with Luca Barbieri

Explaining abstract ideas in words can be difficult. Interactive prototyping is a process of exploring business ideas through an interactive experience that helps other people see your vision. In this event we will discover how to build interactive prototypes useful for those who want to present their idea.

Live tour - @ Makerspace

Follow us on a guided tour of the ALMALABOR University makerspace, where you will find digital manufacturing equipment, various machines, and a super complete department to be able to prototype your business idea.

11 October 2022 10: 00-11: 00

Validation tools: Interview / Surveys

 with Eleonora Musca

Understanding people's choices and behaviors is the first step in being able to identify needs and design ideas that can satisfy their needs. But how do we know what these needs are? How do we know if what we believe is a solution to their  actual problems actually? In this event we will learn how to build validation elements of our ideas, answer our doubts and ... discover new questions!


October 18, 2022 10: 00-11: 30


 with Matteo Vignoli

Is my customer an end user or another company which in turn sells to the end customer? What suits me? What are the winning strategies for approaching first sales? In this appointment we will try to answer these and other questions to better plan your sales strategy. The meeting will be held in English.

November 8, 2022 10: 00-12: 00

Financing Tools

 with Azzurra Meoli

Don't let the numbers scare you! Finding money and the right financing is certainly important, but knowing how to interpret markets, data and information to transform them into innovative business development strategies is even more so.

Economic and financial evaluation

with Antonio Iembo

In this appointment we will show you all the elements you need to build your first business plan.

 November 15, 2022 10: 00-12: 00


with Valentina Iadarola

How to tell our idea to a potential investor? How many slides should I prepare for a pitch deck? Is the elevator pitch 1, 3 or 11 minutes? In this event we will discover some secrets of the best entrepreneurial pitches, and some other ideas on how to prepare winning slides!


Post accreditation service

with Nicole Monti

What happens after the PDAI? But who can help us? In this appointment we will tell you about all the services offered by Almacube, the business incubator of the University of Bologna, and you will find out what the next steps are.

You can consult this page for the didactic videos and the recordings of the individual meetings.

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