The Summer School that stimulates humanities scholars in identifying new entrepreneurial opportunities and the development of new business ideas. Due to the Covid-19 emergency, both editions have been redesigned for successful online use thanks to distance learning platforms.

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The Project

The Italian university system offers students and PhD students a rich education in humanities, the result of an ancient tradition of studies and the inexhaustible opportunities for discovery of cultural and artistic heritage. However, this extraordinary pool of knowledge rarely turns into entrepreneurial initiatives that are economically and financially sustainable.

The Summer School Entrepreneurship in Humanities stems from the need to experiment with new avenues, based on a clear vision of the potential value of humanities skills, to be put into play both in the market and in the public sector or with hybrid solutions and public-private collaborations. It offers a select group of undergraduate, graduate and PhD Humanities students a multidisciplinary intensive path, which combines high-level lessons with the support of a team of experts in setting up new businesses. Humanistic content interacts with management, marketing and organizational skills needed for business creation, using the latest developments in digital technologies.

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The aim of the Summer School Entrepreneurship in Humanities is to support humanities scholars in fostering the acquisition of interdisciplinary skills and identifying new entrepreneurial opportunities with highly innovative profiles.

2021 Edition

Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor of Engineering Management at the University of Pisa and expert in economics and science of innovation, is the scientific director of the program. The 2020 edition of the Summer School is promoted by Fondazione Golinelli with the support of Gate: Galileo Aggregator for Technology and Enterprise, based in Pisa.

NEW: In addition to the third edition of the summer school in Bologna, a first edition of the program was inaugurated in Bari. Following the Covid-19 emergency, both editions were reformulated thanks to the use of distance learning platforms designed in collaboration with local partners and associations.

Thanks to the support of Fondazione Golinelli and its partners, 30 full scholarships and 5 tuition scholarships are awarded for each edition. The Bolognese edition is supported by Marino and Paola Golinelli, as part of the initiatives of the philanthropic program Marino punto Cento, which celebrates the centenary of the founder and honorary president of Fondazione Golinelli.


University students (under age 35), undergraduate and postgraduate students (for no more than three years), doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers (or valid foreign qualifications) in the field of humanities.


The Summer School Entrepreneurship in Humanities is a two-week full-time course.

The III Bologna Edition took place from 6 to 17 July.

The I Bari Edition took place from 13 to 24 July.

How It Works

  1. The summer school programme has a duration of 2 weeks, Monday thru Friday.
  2. The programme will accept a maximum of 35 candidates.
  3. There are 30 full scholarships and 5 partial-coverage scholarships. If awarded partial coverage, participants will be asked for a contribution of 700 euros, equal to 30% of the actual cost of attending the programme.
  4. The selection of participants is carried out by considering the applicant’s course of study, language skills, previous entrepreneurial experiences, experiences abroad, technological skills, the business idea presented, motivation and the clarity and completeness of the CV.
  5. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end the course.

How it Unfolds

First week: the theoretical part focuses on lectures that explore the main humanistic assets such as object, image, text, memory, and myth. The practical part has the specific objective of providing participants with the tools, sources and the digital technologies linked to the topics addressed during the morning lecture. In the second week, the programme includes a preview of concepts related to business creation and new business models.

Second week: the activities are focused on the analysis of potential users, addressed in the first week of the Summer School. Topics such as the exploration of social and purchasing behaviors regarding the proposed entrepreneurial ideas are studied in depth. A shift in perspective: from humanistic it becomes sociological, economic, corporate, or technological. The lectures deal with the approaches and tools for the development of new business ideas, while the workshops focus on the development and experimentation of the business idea.


July 6-17, 2020


From March 18 to May 31, 2020




July 13-24, 2020


From March 18 to May 31, 2020



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Antonio Danieli

Direttore Generale
Fondazione Golinelli

Andrea Bonaccorsi

Direttore Scientifico

Eugenia Ferrara

Responsabile Attività Istituzionali
Fondazione Golinelli

Valerio Pappalardo

Program Manager

Alice Zenobi


Chiara Cenerini


Simona Pira


Giovanni Pianigiani