Summer School, Madrid

EIT Food in conjunction with IMDEA Food and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) hosted a Summer Entrepreneurial Camp in Madrid, 2-12 June 2019. PhD students from across Europe get together for a ten day, life-changing,  immersive entrepreneurial experience. While being exposed to food-tech entrepreneurs and ventures, learning the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, they worked in groups creating and launching a new business within that ten day period. The Camp culminated in a live pitching event in front of a panel of investors, corporates and other judges to determine which groups will win the prizes for the best ventures. The prizes included further mentoring and incubation of teams to continue with their business ideas.

This initiative has been designed to further imbue the top scientific "food minds" in Europe with an entrepreneurial mindset that will catalyse further innovation activity in this massively important sector in Europe. Mashauri designed and facilitated the event. EIT Food, IMDEA Food and UAM ensured input from some of the top professors, mentors, corporates and public sector experts in Europe to challenge and guide the students as they develop an enterprise perspective.

Summer School Key Activities

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ideation, Brainstorming
  • Market research
  • Prototyping
  • Lean startup Method
  • Minimum Viable Product
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Team building
  • Mentoring
  • Meet the food industry
  • Pitch training
  • Pitch Competition

Organizing Partners

Ana Ramírez de Molina, IMDEA

IMDEA Food Deputy Director, Director of the Precision Nutrition Program and Group leader of the Molecular Oncology Group

Dr. Ana Ramírez de Molina has developed her scientific career in the field of lipid metabolism, molecular oncology, nutrition and cancer. She has worked as an associated researcher in the Traslational Oncology Unit CSIC-UAM-La Paz Hospital (Madrid), and has performed long postdoctoral stays at Cancer Research UK Centre for Therapeutics (London) and the Molecular Pathology Division of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York). She is co-inventor of 6 patents in different phases of exploitation by a biotechnology company.
Several of her patents promoted the creation of a spin-off company from CSIC focused on the development of new tumour markers and therapies in Cancer in which she was former Director of Research, Development and Innovation for more than 3 years. She joined IMDEA Food Institute in 2010, where she leads the Programe of Precision Nutrition and Cancer. From 2011 she has been the Coordinator of Research, Development and Transfer, and in 2014 was promoted to Deputy Director of the Institute.

In 2002 she was awarded with the prize Young Researchers MSD, in 2003 the extraordinary doctorate recognition as the best Thesis of her promotion in Molecular Biology, and in 2016 the 8th March distinction from the Community of Madrid as an outstanding woman in Science.

Maria-Jesus Latasa, IMDEA

Head of Education EIT Food at UAM-IMDEA Food

Maria-Jesus is a researcher in the field of Nutritional Genomics in Cardiovascular Disease. She is the Head of Education Programmes in EIT Food for UAM and IMDEA Food, coordinating the various educational activities where both UAM and IMDEA Food participate within EIT Food projects. UAM-IMDEA Food has been involved in the implementation of the Global Food Venture Programme since its infancy and now it is leading the efforts to bring this Summer School at Madrid to PhD students all over Europe.

Enrique Carrillo de Santa Pau, IMDEA

Head Computational Biology Group at IMDEA Food Institute

He is biologist and bioinformatician with more than 15 years of research in genomics field. He is interested on the last innovations that push forward knowledge and technology funding start-ups across investing platforms

He has MSc in bioinformatics and statistics, and courses on entrepreneurship focused on transfer science to business with IE Business School. 

Simon Gifford, Mashauri

Simon is Chief Executive Officer of Mashauri Limited, an entrepreneurial education platform designed to support universities and other institutions in offering experiential entrepreneurial education to their students. He has been involved in the creation and growth of several other new ventures and acts as an advisor to a number of early stage companies. 

He also has more than two decades experience supporting multinationals and public sector organisations in addressing their strategic issues, through his own consulting company (Genesis); and while a global partner at Deloitte Consulting. Furthermore, he is an adjunct professor at the prestigious IE Business School in Madrid and lectures on strategy and entrepreneurship around the world.

Apoorv Bamba, Mashauri

Apoorv Bamba, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Mashauri, is a serial entrepreneur working broadly in the education space, but with a mindset that is certainly going to disrupt the status quo and push people to reconsider the very fundamentals of how we teach, learn and create.

He is an expert curriculum architect and has used this competency in developing and facilitating programmes around the world from The Naropa Fellowship in the lofty Himalayas to Universities on the sandy shores of Cape Town. He is a sought-after lecturer and teaches at a number of universities around the world where he also frequently advises on entrepreneurial education as well.


External Partners

IE University

Area31 is the center of all entrepreneurial activity at IE.
This space, home to IE’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was created to provide our young visionaries a place to develop their disruptive start-up ideas.

La Nave sketch

La Nave is a space for urban innovation where citizens, businesses and a broad network of professionals come together to accelerate their ideas and incubate their projects to eventually improve the city of Madrid.

We are an interdisciplinary space that provides different services to our innovative community. We aim at transferring the latest knowledge and trends in innovation, technology and methodologies to citizens and our broad community. We accelerate ideas and transform projects into well-established startups with scalability in national and international markets. Building an innovative ecosystem is part of our daily activity where people and projects connect and collaborate creating synergies. As the community grows we are also making possible to facilitate the access to new professional opportunities.

La Nave is hence a perfect environment for citizens, innovators and companies that are looking forward to taking part actively in the transformation of the productive model of our city.


Claraval Student Accommodation

Partner universities

EIT Food ivzw, Ubicenter A Philipssite 5, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium