Berkeley Summer Abroad

Turin, Italy: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

  • Summary

    Collaborate with students from around the world at the European Innovation Academy in Northwestern Italy. Travel to Italy a week before the start of the European Innovation Academy and learn from Berkeley faculty. Afterwards, you’ll join the European Innovation Academy, an intensive and fast-paced learning environment, where you will learn from famous motivational speakers, including innovation experts from Google and Amazon, business mentors, and serial entrepreneurs. You will work with over 60 mentors and 600 students! During the program, you will also travel to Milan (July 13) and Rome (July 21) for two showcases. Don't miss your chance to hear from highly successful entrepreneurs and gain invaluable insight into starting your own company!

    Dates: July 2 – July 30, 2017
    Units: 6 units
    Language of Instruction: English

    • IND ENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units)
    • IND ENG 192: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (2 units)



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher



    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

    Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017.

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    CourseIndustrial Engineering & Operations Research 185
    Title: Challenge Lab
    Dates: July 2 – July 30, 2017
    Instructor: Ken Singer
    Units: 2 units
    Prerequisites: None

    In collaboration with the European Innovation Academy (EIA), students work in cross-discipline lean start-up teams vying to create innovative products. Teams will navigate realistic weekly challenges introduced through case studies. They will understand real-world constraints, use rapid iterative build, and validate development methods.

    Course: Industrial Engineering & Operations Research 192
    Title: Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship
    Dates: July 2 – July 30, 2017
    Instructor: Ken Singer
    Units: 4 units
    Prerequisites: None

    Developed at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) is a unique pedagogy that is offered in three interconnected layers of theory, entrepreneurial mindset, and new venture networks. A seminal aspect of the BMoE is the use of a game-based learning approach to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and social behaviors needed to develop successful new ventures. The curriculum embeds games and exercises within an experiential and competition-based journey of venture creation.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,605 $2,605
    Total Cost $5,065 $5,725
    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,800
    Additional Meals $580
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $653
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,345


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student accommodations
    • Excursions
    • On-site orientation activities
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for the European Innovation Academy, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Turin July 2, 2017
    Last day of program July 30, 2017

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.


  • Instructors

    Ken Singer
    Program Director

    Ken Singer is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the United States and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps. He has worked with Bluetooh, HTML5, GPS, SMS, and IVR, and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps; from Bluetooth to HTML5, GPS, SMS, IVR and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. He has worked closely with all the usual suspects--telcos, handset manufacturers, GPS mapping providers, SMS aggregators and industry associations. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees' iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing.

    Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Students pitch their businesses to active venture capitalists for a chance to create a real startup company. Ken has been promoting the curriculum around the world through a non-profit organization he started with two of his industry colleagues. Today, the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) sponsors international competitions for university entrepreneurs. Ken has helped organize the past three competitions which have played host to the best university-based mobile startups from virtually every continent.

    Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing. As a firm believer in paying it forward, Ken is on the board of several startups and continues to advise and invest in some of the most promising mobile companies in the Silicon Valley, Berlin and Paris.