The European Innovation Academy is a three-week-long multidisciplinary, multicultural summer abroad experience for ANY Villanova student.

In this program, you will learn from recognized global experts in design, innovation, and venture creation how to take an idea, develop it, and turn that idea into a viable business!

The first week of the program leverages the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) methodology to prepare students to build startups in the next phase of the program. This week focuses on building leadership skills through experiential learning. Then you will join the world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program where you will team up with students from around the world to take an idea from paper to reality in 15 days.

This year, the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is partnering with the Office of Education Abroad and the College of Professional Studies to bring you to the European Innovation Academy. If you are interested in finding out if this program will work with your academic pursuits, start by making an appointment with an advisor in Office of Education Abroad.


Program Dates:

July 14 - August 2, 2024

Program Location:

Porto, Portugal 

Daily Schedule:

Each day from 10 am – noon, students attend keynotes from global leaders in entrepreneurship. After lunch, students can meet with mentors with subject matter expertise. Then for the rest of the day, students work on the day’s deliverable.


Any Villanova student from any school, undergraduates, graduate and professional students may apply. We are looking for a diversity of backgrounds, expertise and interests.

Academic Credit:

3 Credits (finalizing cross listing for CPS and COE).

Need-based funding is available.