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GeNiUS 2021 

The International Edition

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HTE GeNiUs is a 2-months program where students from the Department of Economics UniGe and the University of Côte d'Azur will have the opportunity to collaborate with the researchers of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia to create Startups out of innovative technology breakthroughs.


The program's goal is to reframe innovative ideas into a viable business, which will be presented through a pitch at the end of the program. Sessions, in the format of practical training and lectures, will cover different aspects of starting up a business, from Design Thinking, Business Modelling, Market Assessment, People Management, Money ManagementIP Strategy/Patenting and Pitching. While attending the program, each team will be supported by our Mentors and Coaches.


At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch your business in front of our jury and national Investors. And one project will be elected as Winner of the 6th Edition

Our partner Talent Garden Genova will provide a prize for the winning project, consisting in 3-months of Flex Membership (coworking desk for 20 hours a week) in both the campus in Genoa for each member of the team, plus specific consulting services tailored on their needs.

Join HTE GeNiUS 2021 and Advance Your Carrier! 

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Program key dates





Application Date


Application Date

Kick-off Date

@Genoa, UniGe

Eligibility criteria

Participants need to be students of Università degli Studi di Genova and the University of Côte d'Azur.

The program is entirely held in English, a proficient level of English is highly recommended. 

Participants must commit to attend all sessions and workshops in order to make the most of this opportunity.

How to partecipate

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Look at the Program Schedule and make sure you can take part in it



Once selected,
Participate at the Kickoff Day and Pick your favorite Innovative Projects

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Apply by filling the Form.
Introduce yourself and
e-mail the response



17:30 -18:30 h



15.00 -19.00 h
@Genoa, UniGe


15.00 -18.30 h


15.00 -18.30 h


15.00 -18.30 h

Needfinding Process

An innovation makes sense when it meets someone's needs, be it an organization, a company or consumers. Through design thinking, the teams switch their focus from the technology, to people. Design Thinking is the pillar of this process. It is an approach invented at the University of Stanford which is adopted to empathize with the stakeholders through on field research, and to design a solution concept which can truly satisfy people unmet needs.


IP Strategy & Patenting 

An IP strategy helps entities manage their intangible assets (patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights) in a way that aligns with their overall business strategy and goals. Developing the right intellectual property strategy depends on an organization's several variables.

15.00 -18.30 h
15.00 -18.30 h


15.00 -18.30 h


Running a startup project leads the need of knowing how to pitch your business. Even if you’re not planning to pursue funding, having a solid elevator pitch ensures that you know your business inside and out. Which comes in handy if or when you eventually decide to seek out investment.


15.00 -19.00 h
@Genoa, UniGe

Final Pitch!

At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch your business in front of Angel Investors, VCs and many other potential partners. Grab the opportunity to let them know you!

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Informative Online Session

It is an informative online session for those students from the University of Genoa and the University of Nice who are interested in applying to the HTE GeNiUS program. Students get the chance to meet the researchers involved in HTE GeNiUS and ask them questions about their technologies during this meeting.The HTE GeNiUS staff will be available as well to answer questions about the program organization.

Deadline Application Date

Kick-Off HTE GeNiUS2021

The first interaction between students and researchers, IIT and external partners. A special opportunity to extend your network and foster new friendships. During the second part of this event, our Design Thinking experts provide an intro about Design Thinking and user research.

Business Strategy 

Start-up viability isn't just about revenues and expenses, it is much more related to strategy. During this workshop, the participants design their business model through the Business Model Canvas and Lean canvas methodologies.


People Management 

Organization and people choices are integral part of product/service/business choices. In addition, effective organizational techniques may leverage accelerating technologies. In this session we will overview people management and raise attention on organizational architecture of your start-up ventures.


Money Management 

The financial strategy of an entity is essentially concerned with procurement and utilization of funds. The basic purpose is to ensure an adequate and regular supply of funds fulfilling the present and future requirements of the business enterprise.

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