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School of Science
Course unit
SCP7080377, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1176, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination START-UP IN ICT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Mathematics
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge RUGGERO FREZZA
Other lecturers FABIO D'ALESSI

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses INF/01 Computer Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The knowledge and skills on which the course focuses are (1) the identification of innovation vectors and the understanding of their potential impact on the business; (2) the processes of innovation, through the main phases of start-up and scale-up, with an analysis of the role played by investors and lenders; (3) laboratory activities to bridge (1) to the start of (2).
Examination methods: The students will form small groups (typically of 3 people), to work on the identification of a vector of innovation of interest, within a set of themes proposed by the instructor. Then they are required to define a value proposition to be submitted to the instructor and to external experts for a final evaluation. The project activity takes place in the second half of the semester.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the instructors and of external experts.
Course unit contents: - Introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship.

- Innovation vectors: Internet of things. Blockchain. Augmented Reality. Cyber ​​physical systems (edge, fog, cloud). Examples of business application.

- Innovation processes: how should the start-up phase be managed, the most risky and intangible? Governance of the start-up phase. How do you calculate the value of a company in the start-up phase?

- Institutional investors: business angels and venture capital. How do they work, what are their goals, what are they looking for?
- Public support for the start-up phase, regulation and tools. Support programs in Italy and abroad.

- Management of the equity of a start up. The equity of a start up for motivating the team and raising funds necessary to open partnerships.

- Illustration of the themes for group projects (case studies) and methods of implementation. Insights and exercises on case studies. Laboratory on group projects (also with visits to companies or innovation stakeholders)

- Innovation processes: when does the start-up phase end? What are the objectives of the next phase, i.e., the scale up phase?

- Innovation processes: the scale up phase. How is the organization structured in the scale up phase? (testimonials: manager of IT companies)

- Innovation processes: how to finance the scale up phase; public support for the scale up phase (testimonial from the world of banks)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, visits to relevant companies, seminars of testimonials, lab activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: There is no textbook. Lesson will use slides and publicly available material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Flipped classroom
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Use of online videos

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure