Office of Global Business
European Innovation Academy

EIA is a 3-week immersive startup experience hosted by the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. During the program, you will be a part of a team of students from around the world to develop a product in a startup venture to pitch to venture capitalists from companies like Google, Facebook, Airbnb, and Microsoft.

Virtual 2022 Application Open




  • Highlights


    EIA is distinctive on a couple dimensions: first – it is truly experiential. The best way to learn entrepreneurship is to get out of the classroom and jump into immersive experience. And secondly the cultural experience during these three weeks is also incredible. You are working with cross-cultural teams from different backgrounds that bring a diverse set of experiences.

    Ravi Belani Alchemist Accelerator

    Your Entrepreneurial Journey

    EIA guides students in building a scalable business model amongst a team of international students through ideation, marketing and prototyping and finally, pitching the product idea to venture capitalists. Students will acquire important leadership and critical thinking skills in this fast-paced environment.

    Daily Schedule

    From July 18-August 5, 2022, students will start the day hearing from keynote speakers that are experts in their industry. Following lunch, mentors will act as a guide to help student visualize their idea into a sellable startup.

    Affordable & Accessible 

    Despite financial insecurity or travel bans, EIA has developed an immersive online entrepreneurship program. EIA will deliver a hyper-personalized program that gives students an authentic experience in a virtual environment. Program fees for both the virtual and in-country options are as follows:

    • In-person: $3600

    *Due to the current global uncertainty, EIA guarantees a refund if you cannot participate due to COVID-19.

  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps

    Step 1: Learn More


    Step 2: Submit Your Application

    • EIA (Virtual/In-Person)
      • Application: Apply for a Virtual/In-Person experience here
      • Final Deadline (EXTENDED): Friday, February 19, 2022, at 11:59 pm.


    Step 3: Prepare for EIA!

    • Funding: Apply for one of the many scholarships/grant opportunities compiled on the Office of Global Business web page.
    • Course Availability: Students admitted into the program are required to take a mandatory one credit pre-departure course (BUSADM 4189), which you will be enrolled in by the Office of Global Business prior to the virtual internship. Failing to successfully complete this class will disqualify you from participating in the Fisher Global Internship program. If adding this course pushes you over 18 credit-hours, be sure to check with your academic advisor for next-steps.

Global Location

EIA will be hosted hosted in-person in Porto, Portugal for summer 2022!

Contact Information

Dominic DiCamillo

Program Manager, Undergraduate Experiential Learning Programs

Office of Global Business
Mason Hall 222
250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA