Looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick-start your entrepreneurial career whilst touring Europe? If the answer is a ‘hell, yes!’ then the eChallenge Grand Est is for you. The programme combines a one-week study tour, following by a one-week eChallenge intensive – a concept development process that finishes with a pitching contest.
The first week of the programme, the INsights Trail, will have you going through a scoping and insight generation process which takes you from Amsterdam through to Ghent, Belgium, and finally to Paris, France, visiting local entrepreneurship hubs and seeing famous sights. This process will challenge you to observe and document market problems and find inspiration and evidence of the market need for your idea.
The second week, the eChallenge, based in the ThincLab Chalons, just outside of Paris, is an intensive program that will accelerate you through the process of creating, developing, assessing and executing your ideas, and provides all the tools, interaction opportunities, and mentorship needed to cultivate entrepreneurial capacity. At the end of the week, you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of business and industry experts. The focus of this program is on business innovation, building robust entrepreneurial teams, and rapidly prototyping and testing in the market, whilst building your network.
Added to this, the course offers a range of cash and in-kind prizes, with winners announced at a celebratory cocktail party for all participants. The course has been the first step into entrepreneurship for many that have gone on to great entrepreneurial endeavours, as well as enriching personal learning experience for all.
The study tour is designed to improve your entrepreneurial mindset, and equip you with skills and capabilities around problem-solving, identifying opportunities, building resilience, being an effective team member, and learning from failure. These skills are crucial for any career and applicable to any industry. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to think and act like one – you’ll learn how to lead others, become more adaptable, agile and positive, and harness creativity thinking in your everyday life.
You’ll also enjoy a number of cultural activities, designed to broaden your knowledge and understanding about enterprising European culture and history. Activities include (subject to availability):
- Visit to one of the largest incubators in the Netherlands, Amsterdam Science Park
- Visit to Anne Frank’s House
- Visit to Gravensteen Castle
- Activity in Jardins des Tuileries, Paris
- Optional visit to Versailles, Paris
- Visit to Epernay for wine and champagne tasting
The program runs from 8 February to 23 February, 2020.
The advertised dates of this program are indicative only and may be subject to change. The Faculty governing this study tour will confirm exact program dates once students have been selected for the program.
The program fee for this study tour is AU$6,500. Follow the link to the program fee cost breakdown.
This pricing is indicative only and subject to change. Final costs, and information on the cancellation and refund policy can be found when making payment on the Online Shop managed by your School.
The program fee includes economy return airfare, shared accommodation, breakfast daily, some lunches and dinners, some sightseeing tours and entrance tickets into cultural sites. Students will need to cover any other additional expenses such as transfer to and from Adelaide Airport, food and beverages, and clothing. Any visas required are to be organised by the students (visa fees are not included).
In addition to the study tour program fee listed above, University of Adelaide tuition costs will be charged for the enrolled course (ENTREP 3900 or ENTREP 7900).
Successful applicants will be required to pay an AU$500 deposit to secure their place.
Eligible students may access up to AU$6,791 from an OS-HELP loan. Please review the Study Overseas website to check your eligibility to receive OS-HELP and how to apply. Please note that OS-HELP loans can only be processed once students have submitted their loan application forms and have met all eligibility requirements. Once processed, it can take 3-4 weeks for students to receive the funding.
Comprehensive travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.
Available to all Professions UG and PG students. A group of up to 20 students will be accepted to participate.
Students must have:
Selection Criteria process
- Completed at least three semesters (UG) or two semesters (PG) at the University
- Credit average GPA of 4.5 or above (slightly lower GPA can be considered on case-by-case basis)
- Space for 3 units of credit in their study plan (please ensure you check with your Program Adviser prior to submitting an application)
This will be counted as 3 units of general elective credit or broadening elective credit. Please note that the usual tuition fees still apply for the enrolled course, in addition to the program fee listed above.
Application and Deadlines
- Selection for this tour will be made based on a combination of GPA and responses to the ‘About Me’ questionnaire within the GLAS application.
- Students must attend a panel interview once shortlisted. Students will be assessed on their:
a) interpersonal and cross cultural skills
b) ability to work under pressure in a foreign environment
c) ability to work autonomously as well as in a team setting
d) leadership skills
- If selected, students must attend a compulsory half or full day pre-departure briefing session and any other lectures prior to the departure as outlined by the academic in charge.
- The Faculty of Professions will conduct a degree check for each shortlisted student and approve the student for credit. This is an automatic internal process and students do not have to take any action for this to occur.
- After the Faculty of Professions has completed the degree check, students will be notified of their application outcome by Study Overseas.
- Students will be required to pay a AUD$500 deposit within 14 days of their selection for this program.
- Create your application by clicking 'Apply Now' before the deadline, 1 December 2019.
- Applications will be accessed and accepted on a rolling basis up until 30 November 2019. Places on tour may be filled before this time as the first round of interviews will be in mid-November.
- Students will be merit-selected for this program. Applications will be assessed on the following:
- Applicant’s answers to the ‘About Me’ Questionnaire in their GLAS application
- Applicant’s GPA
- Relevant courses that the applicant has already completed (as specified on the applicant’s University transcript)
For more information about the eChallenge European Study Tour program, including academic and program content, please contact Tina Morganella or Julia Miller at eChallenge@adelaide.edu.au or 8313 0171. For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.