The online “Co-Innovation MasterClass”

Co-Innovation is a hot topic right now, as demonstrated by the increasing number of startup/corporate collaborations and events. Unfortunately, Co-Innovation remains a difficult journey and often results in disappointment and failure. Therefore, leading European Co-Innovation experts have teamed up to provide you with the latest insights and tools to make your Co-Innovation a success. Apply now and be coached for 8 weeks in an online MasterClass where you will address and solve complex challenges in diverse international teams.

This pilot run of the Co-Innovation MasterClass is limited to 42 participants (14 university students, 14 Corporate managers or employees, 14 Start-ups/entrepreneurs) and is free of charge!

All detailed information can be found here:

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Seit 10. Juni 2021 im Selbststudium
Kurssprache: English


What is the Co-Innovation MasterClass?

The Co-Innovation MasterClass is a unique co-innovation program bringing together startups, corporates and students in an action-based, practice-oriented program.

Co-Innovation is a hot topic right now, as demonstrated by the increasing number of startup/corporate collaborations and events. Unfortunately, co-innovation remains a difficult journey and often results in disappointment and failure.

Therefore, leading European Co-Innovation experts have teamed up to provide you with the latest insights and tools to make your Co-Innovation a success.

In our MasterClass, you will be coached for 8 weeks to address and solve complex challenges in diverse international teams.

What’s in it for me?

After completing the MasterClass, you will get a CORSHIP Co-Innovation Facilitator certificate.

For startups:

Learn how working with corporates can accelerate your go-to-market approach. Discover how Co-Innovation with corporates can speed up your scaling.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Learn how to work with corporates - understand how corporates think and act and avoid the pitfalls of collaboration;
  • Work on a relevant challenge in a realistic setting;
  • Network and work closely with corporates that want to collaborate with startups;
  • Be guided by top teams/academics;
  • Get trained to use actionable hands-on tools and processes.

For corporates:

Learn how working with startups can prove your innovation capacities. Discover how Co-Innovation with startups can speed up your go-to-market of innovative solutions.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Understand why collaboration should be a no-brainer for corporate business acceleration and innovation processes;
  • Learn in a realistic setting and become part of the solution of exciting and relevant challenges;
  • Learn how to work with startups - understand how startups think and act;
  • Be guided by top teams/academics;
  • Get access to use cases, hands-on tools and processes on how to make Co-Innovation happen on regular basis;
  • Network with carefully selected startups and experts from leading startup associations.

For students:

Learn the ins and outs of startup/corporate co-innovation. Discover how you can play an impactful role in this process benefiting both startups and corporates.

In this MasterClass, you will:

  • Learn how to organize the innovative process;
  • Get to know the methodology for co-creating innovative solutions;
  • Work with professionals - corporates and startups on a co-innovative journey;
  • Be engaged in a diverse international environment;
  • Work in a realistic setting, solving relevant problems;
  • Join a process guided by top experts and academics;
  • Experience a journey from the starting challenge to the pitching of a co-developed innovation.

What is the challenge that will be addressed?

The MasterClass provides you with a hands-on challenge to experience co-innovation first hand. In heterogeneous teams, you will address the challenge of making European cities more livable. The world's most livable cities is an informal name given to any list of cities as they rank on an annual survey of living conditions. In addition to providing clean water, clean air, adequate food and shelter, a ‘livable’ city must also generate a sense of community and offer hospitable settings for all to develop social skills, a sense of autonomy and identity.

The challenge of making European cities more livable concerns us all. Most of us live in cities and we experience urban problems first hand. Sometimes we are frustrated with too much pollution, poor public communication or waste management. Instead of complaining, let’s get to work! This MicroCredential gives you the opportunity to address a real-life problem of your choice and become part of the solution. We invite you on a learning journey where in a multicultural environment of managers, entrepreneurs and students from many different countries you will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

Having European cities improvement as a starting point, you will learn:

  • How to define a problem or a challenge from a given topic;
  • How to design and envision a co-innovation journey;
  • How to manage and be part of the solution development process.

You will acquire a range of skills relevant for co-innovating, creating and delivering innovation jointly. The Co-Innovation Builder (introduced in the Co-Innovation MOOC) will be your principal tool along with a range of teaching materials and methods (such as Design Thinking). You will be guided by experts and coaches through all collaborative hands-on assignments and receive first-hand practical inputs and feedback from industry-experienced managers and entrepreneurs.

Challenges include but are not limited to: mobility, citizen participation and inclusion, sustainability, energy, waste management, pollution and the environment, ageing, healthcare, accessible education and economy.

What’s in it for participating cities?

  • Get involved by explaining your challenges, and get expert support on your needs and plans;
  • Have teams of startups, corporates and students help you with research analysis and viable, feasible solutions;
  • Be involved with international participants, hand-picked based on their skills and motivation;
  • Influence and use the process for your city’s benefit, improving a liveable city agenda and promoting your effort;
  • Be part of the final jury which will evaluate the final proposals.

When does the MasterClass take place?

The program will start on April 8th 2021 and end on June 10th 2021. From March 29th 2021 on you will get exclusive access to background readings and videos to get yourself prepared for the Co-Innovation journey. Intense follow-up is foreseen through weekly webinars conducted by international experts and coaching sessions. The 8-week-MasterClass Programme has a workload equivalent to 6 ECTS. Because of COVID-19 restrictions the MasterClass takes place fully on-line.

Course Timeline

How do I apply?

This course is an advanced program. You need to have the "Co-Innovation Journey for Startups and Corporates" MOOC completed before attending this course. The MOOC is still available in a self-paced version here on and you can do the MOOC within a few hours of workload and will receive your Certificate of Attendance immediately.

The application process is now closed. The selection process has been finalized and the MasterClass starts on March 29th.

What are the costs?

The April – June 2021 MasterClass is free of charge.

Creative Commons License
This course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Will I get a certificate?

You will be awarded a graded certificate by the MasterClass organisers, a Co-Innovation Facilitator - Certificate (for more details about the MasterClass organisers see here. If you are a student, you might be eligible for a 6 ECTS MicroCredential recognition.

Any open questions?

Corship team is happy to help:


CORSHIP is a Knowledge Alliance between seven university and business partners across Europe, co-financed by the European Commission. It aims to benefit Startups, Universities and Corporates through innovative training – a MOOC, MicroCredential and a Toolbox.

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  • Webinars

  • Week 0:

    In Week 0, we want to recap what we have learnt from the CORSHIP MOOC. Participants knowledge of important tools and methods such as the Co-Innovation Builder and Design Thinking will be refreshed. Furthermore, the challenge which they work on during the MicroCredential will be introduced. In a discussion panel with city representatives they will learn more about urban challenges. This as well as the keynote on Co-Innovation should inspire them and prepare them for the tasks to come.
  • Kick-Off Event:

    Goals: introduction to the MicroCredential and its driving theme, gaining inspiration from keynote speakers, introduction to Design Thinking and Co-Innovation Builder, virtual Teamwork introduction - getting to know each other, planning work for the first 4 weeks (the Teams will be created before the kick-off to improve workflow).
  • Problem Space - W1:

    The Week 1 of your Co-Innovation MasterClass will allow you to get to know your Team and to start sketching the approach you want to take to the challenges presented. You have been assigned to a Team that consists of individuals from various backgrounds (startups, corporate representatives, students). It is important to get familiar with your Team – as you have different backgrounds, it might take some time to form a common understanding. Don’t worry, we will provide tools and materials to get started!
  • Problem Space - W2:

    The Week 2 is about getting to know your Customers (in this Masterclass, your group of citizens) and the specific problems they might be experiencing related to your chosen city challenge. This connection between the city and people's pain points is your kickstart to set up Personas - the archetype(s) created to embody one or more key groups on the topic. In this week, you will be introduced to Design Thinking and its relation with City Innovation, as well as the Empathize stage of the Design Thinking approach. Getting involved with the context, by observing and putting yourself in people's shoes, is essential to get a clearer picture of the problem you are required to solve. You will have the opportunity to create Personas as your to-be-validated users, gather customer insights online to define them, and get feedback from other Teams. At the end of Week 2, you will start reflecting with your Team on the common components of the Co-Innovation Builder such as "Goal", "Format" and "Risks".
  • Problem Space - W3:

    The Week 3 is about mapping the environment, by actively researching your Customers’ environment and creating scenarios for the future development of the environment, considering actual Megatrends. Drawing a picture of your Customers’ environment will let you understand the location and interdependencies of your Customer with the market environment and his/her pain points, motivations and touch points. Describing your Customer in the analyzed environment and empathizing with him/her will help you to understand and select a specific problem that you will continue working on in Week 4. At the end of the week you will revise the already completed parts of the Co-Innovation Builder by integrating the information gathered during this week and you will personally reflect on the experiences made within the Co-Innovation process so far.
  • Problem Space - W4:

    In this Week 4, the last week of the Problem Space, you will define and map the selected problem, brainstorm initial ideas for solutions with your Team, and start working on your value proposition. Gathering all collected facts about the Value Proposition and collaboratively mapping them to the corresponding aspects makes knowledge about the innovation explicit and generates a structured, comprehensive, and shared big picture of it. You will brainstorm initial solutions with your Team and start to structure them with the value proposition canvas. At the end of the week, you will prepare for the mid-term seminar, a 8-hours event that will allow your Team to pitch your challenge and its potential solutions and get the first feedback from experts from business and academia.
  • Mid-term Seminar:

    The mid-term seminar is a 8-hours event including two keynotes and a Team learning session. All Teams present the outcomes of their work and receive feedback from peers and experts. Additionally, experts will answer questions from individuals and Teams.
  • Solution Space - W5:

    After the first 4 weeks, where you identified complex problems and ideated initial solutions, it is now time to start defining THE solution you want to focus on and finalize your value proposition.
  • Solution Space - W6:

    Your value proposition being defined, you will now be able to capture value within the Business Model Canvas, prototype and test your solution as well as further refine your collaboration.
  • Solution Space - W7:

    The Week 7 is about fine-tuning your Business Model Canvas in order to have a strong, coherent and validated structure to present in the final pitch session in the final week of your MasterClass.
  • Solution Space - W8:

    The final week of your MasterClass, Week 8, will focus on pitching. You will learn how to convey your developed business model and collaboration in a clear way, how to convince your audience with a concise pitch.
  • Final Pitch

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10. Juni 2021
8. April 2021

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