European Innovation Academy

Founded in 2013, the European Innovation Academy (EIA) is at the forefront of entrepreneurial education. As a non-profit institution, EIA has educated over 250,000 entrepreneurs through more than 25 programs across the globe in a span of ten years. Our programs have been hosted in diverse locations including Italy, Qatar, China, France, Portugal, Estonia, and also online.

Our Impact In 10 Years

Here are the numbers that define our journey:

  • 10+ Years of Experience
  • 25+ Programs Across the Globe
  • 250,000+ Entrepreneurs Educated
  • 85+ Countries Involved
  • 500+ Partner Universities Around the World
  • 1000+ Top Mentors, Speakers & Investors



We are keen to share our story, discuss collaboration opportunities, and provide expert insights into the evolving landscape of global education and entrepreneurship.


Driving Innovation Through Global Collaboration

Innovation Through Collaboration

The strength of our methodology lies in our collaboration with leading experts from world-renowned institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Google. This synergy ensures that our participants gain cutting-edge insights and practical skills needed to excel in the entrepreneurial landscape.

EIA attracts students from elite partner universities like UC Berkeley, the University of Porto, Virginia Commonwealth University, Feng Chia University, the University of Alabama, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, the University of the Arts London, Tampere University, Singapore University of Social Sciences, and many more.

Mentorship and Industry Expertise

Our mentors and speakers are industry specialists from globally recognized companies like Google, Disney, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and beyond. With the backing of significant partners such as the Municipality of Porto, Santander, Galp, and Beta-i, our participants are surrounded by a robust support system that fuels their innovation and growth.

A Global and Diverse Learning Environment

Students engage in a truly multicultural ecosystem alongside hundreds of peers from over 75 different nationalities. They form multidisciplinary teams that conceptualize, develop, and pitch their startups in an astonishing timeframe of just 15 days. Throughout the program, participants are guided through every milestone necessary for launching a startup, from initial idea formulation to pitching to venture capitalists.

At EIA, the learning experience is designed to mimic real-world entrepreneurial challenges:

  • Students evolve within highly international and multidisciplinary teams, working with peers from over 100 universities including UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Singapore University of Social Sciences.
  • Our intense program structure pushes students to finalize and launch their product/service in just three weeks.
  • By stepping out of their comfort zones, students unlock new skills and innovative thinking.
  • Participants have the unique opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, securing seed funding or winning scholarships.
  • Daily mentorship from high-caliber specialists helps students grow in a supportive yet challenging environment where they can learn from failures without fear.

EIA Porto 2024 Program Impact

  • 650+ participants, incl 450+ young entrepreneurs
  • 90+ teams
  • 40+ countries
  • 50+ universities across the World
  • 45+ mentors, speakers & investors
  • 75+ Portuguese students, 40 of whom are the Santander Foundation scholarship recipients

Agenda for This Year's Summer Program (14.07-02.08.2024)


Showcase Your Startup Idea to Become the New Unicorn

Say “Hi” To Your Co-participants by Using Online Tools

Check Other Ideas and Search for the Team Members

Set and Achieve Product Goals Using Objectives and Key Results 

Multicultural Team Management

How To Succeed in EIA


Product Profiling & Objectives 

Customer Persona Design

Feature Validation with Customers 

UX/UI Design



Go-To-Market Plan

Marketing Funnels & ROI

User Acquisition & Lead Collection 

Launching a Marketing Campaign 

How To Demo Like A Boss 

Startup Expo


Business Models for Global Scalability

Revenue Models for Profitability 

IP: Protecting your Invention and Brand

Finance & Funding Strategies

Pitch Like a Rockstar 

Early-Stage Investors from Silicon Valley and the EU

Success Stories Over The Time

Each year, the EIA has the privilege of witnessing brilliant and ingenious young entrepreneurs in the making. One standout example from last year is a breast cancer AI-based startup, which successfully completed our bootcamp. Since then, they have achieved significant success, aiding governments in saving over 30 million EUR annually and, more importantly, saving countless human lives.

Below, you will find the full stories of all our successful alumni.