Meaningful Companies

Main Location: Verona
Dates: 24 June - 12 July 2019

Deeply intertwined with their local ecosystems and led by multiple generations of families, Italian companies represent an interesting playground to investigate the social role of companies and the opportunities of long-term strategies.

Meaningful Companies is a three-week innovation program that reveals the stories of companies that decided to be the best in the world while being the best for the world by designing their overall organizational structures and corporate strategies around a higher purpose than mere profit.

Led by Debra Dunn, Co-Founder of the FEED Collaborative at Stanford University and a previously distinguished senior executive for large-scale change and positive social impact at Hewlett Packard, this program will bridge theory and practice for a selected group of multidisciplinary, international students through access to companies, real projects and conversations with Italian managers and entrepreneurs.
Participants will also be guided by Daniel Van Der Vliet, the John and Dyan Smith Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University, mentored by Patagonia Inc. senior executives Vincent Stanley and Nora Gallagher, and trained by John Bruce from Parsons School of Design, who will lead strategic design activities to transform the learnings into actions through real project work curated by Italia Innovation.


The program activities are hosted at the Italia Innovation Studio in downtown Verona, as well as inside the partner companies’ headquarters. Nationwide transportation to the companies sites is arranged and covered by the organization.


Participants should arrange their own accommodations in downtown Verona.
To help this process, we put selected participants in touch a few months before the program starts in case they want to share a place with a fellow.

In case you need assistance with the lodging research, Italia Innovation also suggests three different types of accommodations that can fit different budgets and preferences. If a participant plans to stay in one of the Italia Innovation options, he/she needs to confirm the option by March 15th and will pay the hotel directly.

Occasional overnight stays may be required in the days of company visits and they will be directly arranged and covered by Italia Innovation.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for the program amounts to 3.250 EUR.
The amount covers academic activities, program operations and VAT.

Financial Aid - Italia Innovation Founders Fund
Your financial circumstances should not keep you from any learning opportunity.
We are committed to providing financial assistance to those who demonstrate need and applying for financial aid will not hinder your application.
Our scholarships are based entirely on need and are provided by the founders of Italia Innovation.

Financial Aid - External Resources
In addition to the Italia Innovation Founders Fund, students can apply to funding sources outside our organization, including scholarships provided by Universities for studying abroad or for experiential learning. In addition, there are different types of external funds that provide support to students in need.

When to Apply for Financial Aid
We are committed to making our financial aid application as streamlined as possible.
You will find a section dedicated to scholarship needs in the application form for the program admission, so you should apply for aid at the same time you apply for admission. Your financial aid application will in no way jeopardize your chances of admission.


Program Enrollment and Financial Aid Deadlines
1st February 2019 - Early Application Deadline
1st March 2019 - Regular Application Deadline