Master and PhD Level Courses

IST Técnico Lisboa offers a wide range of entrepreneurship courses included in several academic programs, either as required or elective. Students can also use the free-choice elective courses of their academic program to enrich their CV and develop further their entrepreneurial skills. These skills are also valued by employers looking for talent that is able to spot gaps in the market, innovate, and that is commercially minded.

Master Level Courses

 

Technology-Based Entrepreneurship (EBT-MEGE)

The Technology-Based Entrepreneurship course uses the LLP@Técnico methodology to make students experience the challenges of finding and executing a new business opportunity, designing a business model and applying agile engineering and customer development. Each team of students works their own entrepreneurship project, sharing their progress in class and in a cloud-based platform. At the end of the semester, the teams present their projects to a jury of investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship professors.

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Technology-Based Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurship (EBT-MEGI)

Objectives: (1)To understand the process of opportunity recognition in technology-based activities. (2)To understand the criteria used in evaluating opportunities and to develop venture screening criteria. (3) To understand the necessary procedures for protecting the intellectual property of a technology that supports the business idea. (4)To understand the basic financial tools necessary for analyzing financial requirements and forecasting the profitability of new businesses. (5)To understand the types of venture partners and alliances that might be beneficial for venture success. (6)To identify the various sources of financing for ventures. (7)To understand the role of teams in the entrepreneurial process and the type of team partners that entrepreneurs must seek. (8) To identify the organizational aspects relative to development, production and commercialization activities of new products and services. (9)To realize how these preliminary steps lay the groundwork for the creation of an effective business plan.

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Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer (EITT-MEEC)

The course on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer is a mandatory course for the Integrated Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Integrated Master in Aerospace Engineering. The objective of this course is to develop the necessary skills of the business entrepreneur to generate and evaluate innovative ideas, to develop and materialize innovation in products and services, and to structure a business plan to incubate and explore technology-based innovation, with a specific knowledge of market mechanisms, funding, and management. Students enrolled in the second semester can opt to follow a track that uses the LLP@Técnico methodology.

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Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer (EITT-MEQ)

The objective of the course on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer is to develop the necessary skills of the business entrepreneur to generate and evaluate innovative ideas,  identify market opportunities, assess the financial aspects of starting a business,  manage interdisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, think critically, understand business basics. During the semester the students develop a project work in which a business plan to incubate and explore technology-based innovation is written and presented to a panel of investors from the banking sector and venture capital companies.

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Product Development and Entrepreneurship (DPE-MEMec)

At the end of the course, the student will be able to: identify customer needs and build a set of product specifications; understand the entire process of product development, from the first product drafts to production ramp-up, with a special attention to the financial part of the business; design a product within a team, innovating based on market needs, having a clear understanding of the IPR issue; implement a structured methodology, reducing the time to market; analyse the risk inherent to product development; apply effective communication skills in a variety of settings.

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Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering (EB-MEBiol)

The role of this course is to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to work on the development of a business idea and to devise strategies to take a technology to the market. Learning outcomes of the course include: (1) Search and ideation: identification of unique features and competitive intrinsic advantages of the technology and search for products or applications and market segments for such technology; (2) Market assessment: validation of customer needs, stakeholders want, regulatory requirements, assessment of industry structure and market opportunities; (3) Business development: Choosing a business model for the new enterprise. Team composition. Investments needs. Technological, operational and commercialization plan.

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PhD Level Courses

Research Seminar I & II (EDAM)

The Research Seminar course is taught simultaneously as two separate semestral courses (for SES students) and as one single annual course (for EDAM students). Students must choose a research topic of their interest – either part of their doctoral thesis topic or a topic that may be part of their thesis – and develop it from an innovation standpoint, as opposed to a pure research or “knowledge creation” standpoint. Then, during the 2nd Semester, they should propose and describe an actual Solution – as in a product, a service, an initiative, supported by a new company or not – based on their foreseen research, and write a Value Proposition for it, including items such as market dynamics, competition, financial needs, target audience/customers, and so forth. The course aims specifically to link students’ doctoral theses research to the topics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and to prepare students to go out into the “real world” knowing how their knowledge can affect society, and how they can influence that.

  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Semester: 1st and 2nd
  • Campus: Alameda
  • Learning methodologies: Seminars and tutorials
  • Required for the academic doctoral programs: Leaders in Technological Industries – Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (LTI – EDAM) and Sustainable Energy Systems (SES).
  • Also available for other MIT Portugal doctoral programs

iTeams (EDAM)

Students work as a group to think, design, prepare and begin to implement the launch of a new technology-based company. The project has to be real. Relevant stakeholders must be involved.

Forming an actual company (filing it, funding its setup) is not compulsory but is encouraged – so far all teams have formed a company; some have had sales and others won cash awards. Roles must be defined. Definition of costumers, users, payers is crucial, as is the general financial plan, the approach to investors and strategic partners, the quality of the communication, the uniqueness and credibility of the technology and of the business model, etc., etc.

  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Semester: 1st and 2nd
  • Campus: Alameda
  • Learning methodologies: Seminars and tutorials
  • Required for the academic doctoral programs: Leaders in Technological Industries – Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (LTI – EDAM).
  • Also available for other MIT Portugal doctoral programs

Innovation Studies (EDAM)

For this course, students must write a critical overview of the key challenges and opportunities for innovation with a chosen topic – a technological field, a technology-based industry, economic sector, or class of product. Students must outline their critical view of where those challenges and opportunities are. In the process, they are expected to speak to relevant stakeholders (and feel free to quote them) and, importantly, they should be able to identify specific opportunities for innovative entrepreneurship; i.e. spaces where new companies may/should emerge with disruptive solutions.

  • Credits: 6 ECTS (or 3+3)
  • Semester: 1st and 2nd
  • Campus: Alameda
  • Learning methodologies: Seminars and tutorials
  • Required for the academic doctoral programs: Leaders in Technological Industries – Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (LTI – EDAM).
  • Also available for other MIT Portugal doctoral programs

Other Courses

International Workshop on Innovating – IWI

The International Workshop on Innovating (IWI) at MIT is a hands-on program designed to expose participants to the critical elements that lead to venture creation. IWI includes seminars by MIT and other faculty, innovators, and visionaries, who have successfully brought ideas to market. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with experts from the MIT ecosystem and with successful entrepreneurs, who will share their insights on critical skills for success and speak about their entrepreneurial journey. The workshop will include interactive seminars, activities designed to help participants apply their learning to their own venture, team-building exercises, and networking opportunities. Participants will learn essential skills and how to combine them for venture creation, including:

  • Getting into the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Finding Co-Founders and Building Great Teams
  • Selecting Your Target Markets
  • De-risking Your Products
  • Defining the Next Steps for Your Venture

All IST graduate students with an entrepreneurial idea will be welcome to apply and will typically be eligible for partial financial support. MIT Portugal students are eligible for a fee waiver, and financial support for accommodation and travel.

  • Credits: N.A.
  • One week course in June
  • Campus: MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)