Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UAB Barcelona Summer School

18 Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Andreu Turró

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Belltaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period:  12 July to 30 July, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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Ricard Esparza Masana holds a bachelor in Economics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), two MSc in Specialised Economic Analysis (Major in Innovation Economics) by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and the Pompeu Fabra University, and a PhD in Business Economics (specialisation in innovation policy) by the Technical University of Catalonia. He is currently a professor of economic analysis at the UAB. He previously served as head of the international department of the university’s science and technology park. He has undertaken works linked to research in the field of innovation policy, with a large range of collaborations and contracts with several institutions worldwide, in more than 30 countries in all continents, including the European Commission, the World Bank, the Government of Peru, the Government of Catalonia, and different EU and foreign national and regional governments and agencies, all in the field of designing, implementing, and/or monitoring innovation strategies, policies and instruments. Within the last 5 years, he has published a handbook and several reports and policy briefs on these topics; he has presented in over 20 conferences and seminars; and he has participated in over 15 R&D European and international R&D projects in collaboration with over 100 partners in the EU and worldwide.

Andreu Turró is a Serra-Hunter fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Department of Business. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics (the Netherlands). He received a Ph.D. (International Doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management -IDEM) from UAB. He has a double degree in Business Administration and Market Research by the UAB and a Master in Marketing Management by ESADE Business School. His research is focused on the conditioning factors for corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial employee activity from a quantitative analysis. He published several academic papers in this research field. Currently he is participating in various Spanish and international projects on this topic.

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Contents overview

Research and innovation (R&I) and new business ideas are the key for a long-term sustained economic growth worldwide, especially in the globalized modern world, where large rates of competitiveness requires improving products, services, and processes, taking into account the international perspective to do so. 

This course intends to offer an in-deep perspective to the role of R&I and its business-based logic in the modern economies, from 2 main perspectives: (i) understanding the logic of the investment for innovation, especially from a public point of view, and how stakeholders develop their R&I projects; and (ii) turning new and innovative ideas in business opportunities, developing entrepreneurial activities.

The expected students for this course are any motivated international students from different backgrounds (from economics and politics who want to better understand these topics to more science-oriented students who aim at learning about the economic logic of their fields of expertise). No specialized background is required.


Week programme

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 Week   Contents Teaching/learning activities

1. Innovation policy and projects

1.1. Introduction to innovation 

1.2. R&I projects and their management 

1.3. Funding research and innovation 

1.4. Technology transfer and property rights 

1.5. Public policies and instruments 

1.6. Current trends in R&I 

This part will include, for each topic, 2 hours of theoretical lectures and another 2 hours of applied activities, in a student-based learning methodology where students will actively participate adapting the concepts learnt to their own countries’ contexts (presentations, group activities, debates, etc.).
2-3 2. Entrepreneurship
2.1. The entrepreneurial ecosystem
2.2. Entrepreneurship business models
2.3. Corporate entrepreneurship
2.4. Open & User innovations
2.5. Entrepreneurial finance       
This module combines theoretical explanations and (in class) case studies. In this regard, special emphasis is placed on several well-known European and Catalan companies. Students’ active participation and case discussion play a fundamental role in each session.



The evaluation will consist on a continuous participation in the course's activities + one group project to be presented the last day of the course.

The final grade will be: 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑒 = (𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦 1+𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦 2+𝐴𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑦) / 3


Links and references

  • Adner, R. (2013). The wide lens: What succesful innovators see that others miss. Portfolio/Penguin (New York, USA).
  • World Bank (2010). Innovation policy: A guide for developing countries. Washington DC: The World Bank
  • Nooteboom and Stam (eds.) (2008) Mico foundations for innovation policy. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
  • Llerena and Matt (eds.). (2009) Innovation policy in a knowledge-based economy. Strasbourg: Springer
  • Ries, E. (2011). The Lean startup. Crown Business (New York, USA).