Business Innovation Hackathons as 2-day competitive workshops are focused on the development of innovative ideas and bringing them to the level of structured business innovations. The participants get a chance to develop their ideas, projects, and solutions through organized teamwork, the Design Thinking method of innovating, and Co-Star presenting. Hackathons involving creative people with different knowledge and skills, as well as mentors and coaches with expertise in idea development. These workshops are intensive and creative, give experiences for all participants, and results in a presentation of innovative ideas addressing a specific industrial challenge.
Business Innovation Hackathon held in 2018 for the individuals and teams interested in the development of ideas focused on the energy sector was organized with a goal to create new projects. The participating teams were challenged to work on innovative solutions for sustainable development that could lead to new start-ups. After the workshop, the participants got the opportunity to join to PRIMER - EIT InnoEnergy pre-acceleration program which is designed for early-stage start-ups. Business Idea Development Courses, organized in 2019 and 2020 were focusing on the development of innovative ideas in the sector of primary and secondary production of raw materials. The participants were holders of innovative ideas (industry experts, scientists, students…) from ADRIA countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia). Three best-rated business ideas were recommended for EIT Jumpstarter program aimed at the next steps in the innovation process.