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Creative Thinking Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Training in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Innovation Academy provides programmes in design thinking, innovation & entrepreneurship for students and professionals.

The Innovation Academy was established to foster the creation of ideas and enable innovation for all. Our community is drawn from all disciplines, within and outside Trinity. We teach skills that can be used for the economic, social and cultural benefit of all.

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (30 ECTS)

The PG Certificate comprises 2 Creative Thinking modules and 3 Enterprise Modules and leads to a Level 9 award.


2 years part-time.

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator
Dr Dan Rogers
Ms. Louise Andrews
Telephone Number: +353-1-896 4367
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Subjects taught

Module 1: Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 ECTS)
The first week introduces the fundamentals of design thinking in multi-disciplinary teams. Working in a team, you'll embark on a short, intensive project with a mentor from public or private sectors and pitch your ideas in the final week. Students learn in a fun and transformative hands-on environment through workshops, experimental challenges and discussion with peers and experts.

Module 2: Opportunity Generation & Recognition (5 ECTS)
Learn to communicate the social impact of your research in accessible ways to a non-expert audience. Produce a 1-minute video for use at conferences or to enhance your professional profile. Work with journalists and writers to make your work jargon-free and powerful.

Students gain a better understanding of the social context of their work, as well as the self-awareness and confidence to communicate in engaging ways.

Module 3: Planning Your New Venture (5 ECTS)
This module introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurial thinking. Learn to plan a project around key milestones, including the essential skill of gathering resources like capital and a dynamic team. You'll learn essential marketing skills and how to organise for success.

Students learn the key elements of project management through market research, stress-testing ideas, understanding logistics and funding. Learn to have a positive entrepreneurial mindset that can respond to challenges in any environment.

Module 4: Protecting Your Intellectual Property (5 ECTS)
Learn different options to protect your intellectual property, from copyrighting, patenting, trademarks and industrial design. Understand the value, which can be captured and developed commercially from invention and creativity.

Students explore the intellectual property opportunities related to their research area and work on real-life case studies within dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams.

Module 5: Creative Capital (5 ECTS)
This module brings a practical approach to funding a start-up or a new project. Learn the basics of financial tools and techniques, including what funders look for, and how to assess financial risks. The emphasis is on giving you practical skills for real life.

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