Office of Global Business
European Innovation Academy

The European Innovation Academy (EIA) is a 3-week startup program in Porto, Portugal, where you form a team with students from other universities to develop a product in a startup environment. Whether you come with your own idea or apply without one, you have the flexibility to either choose a team with a concept that inspires you or persuade others to join your own company. You will collaborate with students from universities around the world, including UC Berkeley and the National University of Singapore, and receive weekly guidance from 75+ mentors working at companies like Google, TikTok, and Microsoft. Throughout the program, you will have the chance to network with Silicon Valley professionals, gain valuable insights into entrepreneurship, and pitch your project to investors, venture capitalists, and an audience of over 1,000.

Applications for the 2024 European Innovation Academy are open!              Apply Here!


  • Highlights


    EIA is distinctive on a couple dimensions: first – it is truly experiential. The best way to learn entrepreneurship is to get out of the classroom and jump into immersive experience. And secondly the cultural experience during these three weeks is also incredible. You are working with cross-cultural teams from different backgrounds that bring a diverse set of experiences.

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    Your Entrepreneurial Journey

    EIA guides students in building a scalable business model amongst a team of international students through ideation, marketing, prototyping, and finally, pitching the product idea to venture capitalists. Students will acquire important leadership and critical thinking skills in this fast-paced environment.

    Daily Schedule

    From July 17-August 4, 2024, students will start the day hearing from keynote speakers that are experts in their industry. Following lunch, mentors will act as a guide to help student visualize their idea into a sellable startup.

    Affordable & Accessible 

     EIA has developed an immersive entrepreneurship program. EIA will deliver a hyper-personalized program that gives students an authentic experience. The program fee is as follows:

    • In-person: $3600

    *Due to the current global uncertainty, EIA guarantees a refund if you cannot participate due to COVID-19.

  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps

    Step 1: Learn More

    Step 2: Submit Your Application

    • Application: Apply for EIA
    • Final Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024, at 11:59 pm

    Step 3: Prepare for EIA!

    • Funding: Apply for one of the many scholarships/grant opportunities compiled on the Office of Global Business web page.
Session Video
Watch EIA Recorded Info Session Recording
Listen to Past Students' Testimonials YouTube
Watch a Short Video about Porto YouTube
Watch a Short Video About EIA 2022 YouTube
Learn about EIA Porto  Google Slide

Global Location

EIA will be hosted in-person in Porto, Portugal for summer 2024!

Contact Information

Dominic DiCamillo

Program Manager, Undergraduate Experiential Learning Programs

Office of Global Business
Mason Hall 222
250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA