Learning & Development
Showcasing insights and sharing project outcomes, either our own or those co-created with our partners, is a key activity for the WAVE Lab.
Driven by our research and consulting work, we design and deliver learning environments that enable individuals and organizations thrive in a complex business world characterized by constant change.
Our portfolio includes standalone offerings (the W Summer Academy), joint learning & development programs, and bespoke courses/programs for an organization's specific needs (e.g. Business Model Innovation Bootcamp).
The W Summer Academy
as a knowledge transfer hub on growth transformation
Tools & methodologies
(case studies, role playing, busines games)
Projects & partnerships
Informed by our research & consulting activities
Focused on skills, teams and mentoring
The W Summer Academy
The goal of the annual W Summer Academy is to help university students experience what it takes to turn ideas into startups, run by great teams. Participants are immersed in a comprehensive training program, which is based on insights uncovered during a WAVE Lab's international research project on entrepreneurship (CREA project). The Academy is enhanced by the international profile of all participants (students, instructors, mentors, guest speakers, workshop leaders), who create a multi-cultural, cross-disciplined learning environment. Indeed, past participants joined us from as far as Asia (China, Vietnam), the Americas (Brazil), and Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Netherlands), bringing on board a wealth of knowledge and experiences from various disciplines (Product Design, Law, Bioinformatics, Business Administration, Computer Science, Financial Engineering, Social Sciences).
The training journey traces the path from the identification of market opportunities, to business conceptualization, modeling, and product/service prototyping. During this journey, we focus on combining theories and practices from design thinking, business modeling, innovation management, customer validation, and market research. Coaching on team skills, mentoring and intercultural cooperation provide, in turn, a reality check on all activities.
At the end, one or more teams may want to continue their journey and make their ideas happen. The WAVE Lab will support them as venture consultants, as well as provide access to its growth transformation ecosystem of businesses and experts.
Design thinking Entrepreneurship
to business modeling to prototyping
Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation
Joint program: MSc in Tourism Entrepreneurship
In late 2015, the University of the Aegean and the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Athens launched a joint MSc degree in Tourism Entrepreneurship. It is the first program of its kind in Greece and one of the few post-graduate programs in Europe that focus on the entrepreneurial side of tourism.
WAVE Lab members were core members of the founding faculty team and are actively involved in the program's management and operations (including course development and teaching).