More than 300 students in startup training at Corvinus

UNIside | 2022-10-28
This is more than three times the number of students who participated in 2021. In the last academic year, Corvinus University of Budapest joined the list of universities that announced the Hungarian Startup University Program (HSUP), which is part of the portfolio of the National Research Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), for the first time.

What is the purpose of HSUP?

HSUP is Hungary’s first university-level, practice-oriented start-up training program, which aims to provide future generations with the opportunity to learn about the world of entrepreneurship and the basics of solution-oriented, innovative ways of thinking within the walls of the university. 

The two-semester program will also raise awareness among talented young people in higher education that turning innovative ideas into businesses is a career opportunity that many may not even think about at this age.

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Who can realise their idea?

 This academic year, 321 people have applied for the course, a much higher number than last year. For the 2021/2022 semester, 95 students have taken HSUP at bachelor and master level. 

Enrolment in the second semester is not automatic; those who can take the course in the second semester will receive a scholarship and can implement their idea. Last year, Corvinus students developed 6 ideas and even joined teams from other universities, so 54 out of 95 scholarship students were actively involved in mentoring and development work. The project ideas included profit-oriented prototype development, as well as sustainability and ecological footprint reduction ideas supporting services.

What can participating students gain?

 The growing popularity of the course may be due to the fact that it allows students to express their creativity, to have the opportunity to realise their ideas, participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and build their network of contacts, while at the same time allowing them to face the opportunities and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur at a young age. 

Industry experts also believe that the niche training launched at the initiative of the NRDIH can have a positive impact on the development of the domestic innovation ecosystem in the longer term.