Tunisia: TRANSDAIRY launched entrepreneurship-training sessions to promote spin-off creation in the dairy sector
The Higher School of Engineers of Medjez El Bab (ESIM) launched in Tunisia the TRANSDAIRY entrepreneurship training sessions dedicated to the creation of cross-border Spin-offs specialized in Bio - nano and ICT technologies applied to dairy value chain (DVC).
These training sessions are dedicated to researchers, SMEs, start-ups, young and women entrepreneurs working on the application of the Bio/Nano and ICT technologies in dairy value chain. Through the provided lessons, participants will have the opportunity to acquire specific knowledge related to entrepreneurship and innovation, the transfer of technologies from the laboratory to the market, the DVC products consumption, Internationalization, pitching, etc.
In order to communicate the call for training courses, ESIM team organized from 28 February to 15 March 2022 door-to-door meetings with researchers and professionals working on the bio-nanotechnologies, ICT and DVC citing STIAL Delice Danone, CTAA, INSAT, ISBST, ENMV Sidi Thabet, GIVLAIT, ESIAT, CRM Sousse. The visits aimed to communicate the topics of courses and to highlight the opportunity given by TRANSDAIRY project to transform the innovative ideas into business spin-off.
On April 01, 2022, a focus group (FG), composed of representatives of researchers, professionals and private sectors, met to review training sessions applications and conduct interviews with candidates. The aim of this meeting was to choose candidates that present potentialities for creating the specialized spin-offs. The selection of candidates was made considering the criteria of the relevance of the project idea, scientific publications and patents, professional experience, experience in the dairy value chain field. After the evaluation, the members of the FG agreed on the acceptance of 24 candidates.
After that, the formative sessions started on April 5th, 2022 for the two groups in Bio-nanotechnology and TIC, and they will last in three months with a frequency of two training days per week presented by senior experts in their field. This training program started with three online courses: design thinking, initiation to spin-off creation and entrepreneurship.
These trainings will continue in the next weeks with series trainings courses. The topics covered by these two consecutive training programs are namely : Strategy innovation, opportunity for ACT and nano-biotechnology, social entrepreneurship, business creation, dairy products consumption, business creation, DVC environmental sustainability, marketing, trademarks, graphics, safety and security, internationalization, pitching.
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