Summer Academy

The Entrepreneur Leadership Academy comes to Győr!

Entrepreneur Leadership Academy – EIT Climate-KIC Masterclass

“Joining Forces, Multiplying Impact” – International Session, Europe 2018
  • If you are interested in entrepreneurship and startups…
  • If you are interested how to take an idea to market…
  • If you want to gain practical knowledge through an intense program…

…in Győr with the menthoring of American professors and entrepreneurs

…with American and European participants |

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form (choose ELA International Europe).

Application deadline: 15. June 2018

For the Hungarian participants the event is completely funded, therefore the spots are limited! Participants will be chosen based on the quality of their application.

Read more about the program here:

About the Entrepreneur Leadership Academy

Szechenyi István Egyetem Győr, Hungary | August 6-13 , 2018

ConnCAT ELA and INPUT Program in collaboration with Széchenyi István Egyetem are offering an on-campus Entrepreneur Leadership Academy. The program consists of a seven day entrepreneurial experience including an intensive five day course of top-tier business lectures, workshops, and field trips mentored by experts and business leaders from the USA and Hungary.

The program aims to teach a principal, often neglected equation of entrepreneurship: Innovation = Idea x Commercialization

Hungarian participants will be paired up with American and European students to form multi-disciplinary, multi cultural teams for an enhanced learning experience. The teams will be learning how to turn an innovative idea into a commercially viable product or solution. The official program will close with a Business Plan presentation to a panel of international business experts.

The program will cover the following areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship basics
  2. Research & development
  3. Prototyping
  4. Product validation
  5. Marketing & branding
  6. Financial accounting
  7. Business presentation, and more

The cost of the program is fully funded for accepted participants, including dormitory housing, three daily meals, cultural programs, study materials, and local transportation. Participants should bring pocket money for their personal expenses. A day of local team building and a day of joint workshop with EIT Klimate-KIC participants is scheduled in addition.

Organizers and collaborators


INPUT Program

INPUT Program, was launched by the Hungarian Governmental Information Technology Development Agency, in order to foster the new wave of innovations and to increase the competitive-ness of the Hungarian economy. INPUT Program functions as a competence center, offering a wide range of services for start-ups with the ultimate goal of fostering successful international market entry.

European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC

The EIT, an independent body of the EU set up in 2008, spurs innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe to overcome some of its greatest challenges. Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. EIT Climate-KIC’s mission is to bring together, inspire and empower a dynamic community to build a zero carbon economy and climate resilient society.

Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT)

ConnCAT’s mission is to inspire, motivate, and prepare youth and adults for educational and career advancement, through after-school arts, and job training programming. ConnCAT’s vision is to create a learning environment that inspires hope, innovation, creativity and excellence while providing a path for individuals to revitalize the landscape of the urban community.

ELA Program Founders

Norman Gray

Professor Norman Gray, has over 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of healthcare disciplines. In 1984, he founded and launched Gamma-health. Under his leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide.

Carlton Highsmith

Mr. Highsmith was founder, chairman, presi-dent and chief executive officer of The Spe-cialized Packaging Group, Inc (SPG) from 1983 until 2009. He orchestrated three suc-cessful acquisitions and integrations during that period. As part of his social mission, Mr. Highsmith has led the expansion into Connecticut of McArthur Genius Award winner Bill Strick-land’s replication model for adult training and after school student arts programming, known locally as the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology.