A concentrated activity-based process where post graduates are taken through an intense entrepreneurial immersion experience designed to imbue an entrepreneurial mindset. They develop the ability to convert lab-ideas into business ideas.

The Schools are vertically focussed (eg agritech) and areas of ideation may be prescribed, guided or left open.

The specific content may change depending on requirements (such as time available) but the core is a highly interactive, group-based venture development process supported by exposure to entrepreneurs and experts and culminating in a pitch event.

AgriNation Startup Cup Bootcamp

AgriNation Startup Cup Bootcamp

A virtual startup bootcamp for selected participants in the FAO AgriNations Startup Cup Bootcamp program. 

CRG Biobusiness School 2021

CRG Biobusiness School 2021

Centre for Genomic Regulation

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in December 2000. The Technology and Business Development Office at CRG (TBDO) serves as a link between scientists and society, by bridging the gap between CRG early stage research and the market.

The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity. The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the ground-breaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases.

As part of the development process of the Early Stage Researchers (ESR), CRG are hosting a Biobusiness School. Mashauri have been selected as the partner to design and facilitate the program. 

The BioBusiness School is a highly interactive, activity based process that takes PhD’s and postdocs through a concentrated entrepreneurial immersion experience designed to instil an entrepreneurial mindset - and to develop the ability to convert lab-ideas into business ideas.

The core of the program is a group-based venture development process supported by exposure to entrepreneurs and experts culminating in a pitch event. This online event is underpinned by the Mashauri entrepreneurial education platform which includes valuable resources such as templates, educational material and a communication medium to capture inputs and outputs of the event

Outline agenda


Agenda items


Welcome and introduction

Keynote speaker

The entrepreneurial journey

Team development

Identification and selection of venture idea


Solving problems

Social impact and financial impact

Presentation and Q&A: guest entrepreneur

Market and customer analysis of venture


Competitive dynamics and positioning

Developing a value proposition for your venture

Presentation and Q&A: guest entrepreneur

Market testing (with real customers)

Pitch training and practice


Funding and finance

Funding panel discussion

Pitching your venture in front of judges

Results, feedback and awards

The selection of the candidates for the BioBusiness School has been completed and enrolment in the program wills commence on 20th April.

IE Accelerate 2022 Support Program

IE Accelerate 2022 Support Program

This is a short, private course to support Group A in the IE Accelerate Program in preparing for the pitch session.

EIT Food GFVP Summer School 2020 for Food-Tech PhD's

EIT Food GFVP Summer School 2020 for Food-Tech PhD's

EIT Food Global Food Venture Programme (GFVP) in conjunction with IMDEA Food and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) are hosting an online Summer Entrepreneurial School in  in June 2020. Fourty PhD students (or graduates) from across Europe will virtually get together for an eight day, life-changing,  immersive entrepreneurial experience. While being exposed to food-tech entrepreneurs and ventures, learning the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, they will work in groups creating and launching a new business within that period. The School will culminate in a live pitching event in front of a virtual panel of investors, corporates and other judges to determine which groups will win the prizes for the best ventures. The prizes will include further mentoring and incubation of teams to continue with their business ideas.

This initiative has been designed to further imbue the top scientific "food minds" in Europe with an entrepreneurial mindset that will catalyse further innovation activity in this massively important sector in Europe. Mashauri will design and facilitate the event. EIT Food GFVP, IMDEA Food and UAM will ensure input from some of the top professors, mentors, corporates and public sector experts in Europe to challenge and guide the students as they develop an enterprise perspective. IE Business School specifically are a key partner in this program lending some of their top professors to co-facilitate this event with the Mashauri team.

The call for potential candidates for the Camp has been completed and those selected may now enrol below.

Business plans and forecast

Business plans and forecast

Business plans and forecast

You may hate finances and detailed business planning - and even heard that it is not necessary from some startup "gurus" - but sadly when you start talking to anyone who may want to invest in your business (investors, co-funders, employees), they will probably want to know that yo have thought this through thoroughly and at least have some idea of where you would like to get to. But do not worry, the exercise is useful and can be great fund as you hammer out things like price-volume estimates and calculate when you are likely to breakeven.

This programme is currently being upgraded and will be available at the beginning of Q4 2019. If you would like to find out more about it - or perhaps even help us co-develop it - then please drop me a line at simon.gifford@mashauri.org

Naropa Fellowship 2019

Naropa Fellowship 2019

The Naropa Fellowship is a one-year, fully-residential, postgraduate, academic programme focused on creating and nurturing agents of change who will work towards fostering an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and growth, while preserving the cultural heritage of Ladakh and the Himalayan region. The driving purpose behind the Naropa Fellowship is the urgent need to not only retain local talent, but also develop entrepreneurial skills that can help foster a robust socio-economic environment in Ladakh and surrounding regions. Additionally, there is also a need to educate the younger generation regarding the importance of maintaining their distinctive culture and heritage.

The Fellowship is thus designed to address the rising challenges of unemployment, lack of training and professional skills, and gradual cultural erosion in Ladakhi and other Himalayan societies. Aimed at creating community-spirited future leaders, the Naropa Fellows will be equipped with the skills and tools needed to successfully promote business, enterprise and civic leadership in the 21st century. A Naropa Fellow will exhibit a strong sense of purpose and commitment, and work towards the development of Ladakh and other such remote Himalayan regions.

This Mashauri programme houses some of the material. links and discussions from the lecture series from Simon Gifford given in Delhi in March 2019.

UWC Accelerated Excellence Programme

UWC Accelerated Excellence Programme

The University of the Western Cape have designed an Accelerated Excellence Program for selected high achievement students based on their prior year performance. The entrepreneur theme consists of a 3 day bootcamp that will be run between the two semesters. It is supported by the Mashauri platform that allows for: 

  • orientation and pre-work, 
  • capturing of the outputs and activities of the sessions 
  • project continuity if so desired
  • a process where the re-usable elements will reduce costs and improve the outputs of future sessions

The outcome of this blended, 3 day bootcamp will be to give students an entrepreneurial mindset that differentiates them from others.

The project-based objectives of the bootcamp are:

  • Within a multidisciplinary group, to create and develop a real venture up to a pre-agreed point
  • To convincingly pitch your venture to a panel of experts
  • To learn the right (lean) approach to designing and starting a business
  • To apply this approach to other innovation processes (eg inside a corporate)

The resulting impact will be to contribute to students obtaining UWC’s 21st century graduate attributes of”

  • Knowledge application
  • Problem-solving capacity
  • Pioneering attitude
  • Entrepreneurial capacity for finding opportunities
  • Creating livelihoods
  • Acting for social good

If you would like to design a similar programme for your institution, please contact us at info@mashauri.org for more information.