Student Innovation Labs

Training, Empowerment, Acceleration

The Student Innovation Labs (SIL) programme offers students of the University of Milan the opportunity to develop an enterprise culture, acquire soft skills and carry out innovation projects through cooperation with businesses and professionals.

The project is supported by the network of mentors of the Unimi Foundation, which promotes a multidisciplinary environment where students can learn innovative project management approaches and tools, develop skills and entrepreneurial ideas to launch new initiatives with a social impact on the local area.

In addition to training, mentoring and support, the programme will provide funding opportunities to promote entrepreneurship within the community of students and graduates of the University of Milan.

SIL, Student Innovation LABS
For whom and how

Student Innovation Labs (SIL) is geared primarily to students enrolled in the last year of both Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, PhD candidates, and those who obtained a university degree no more than 12 months earlier.

The programme is structured precisely to leverage and develop different ideas and activities, with very flexible approaches and schedules according to the objectives to be achieved. SIL includes three areas of expertise: Training, Empowerment, Acceleration.


Developing managerial professional skills, honing enterprise culture and individual entrepreneurship.

SIL | Formazione includes at least three editions per academic year, for classes of 30 students, with a programme of classroom meetings lasting about 40 hours, across three modules:

  • managerial soft skills
  • entrepreneurship
  • edition-specific topics 

First edition: 2020/2021 
Starting February 2021, 28 hours over approximately 6 weeks.


A range of initiatives (thematic workshops, Hackathon, Business Modelling, Idea validation, Pitching competition, etc.) that is constantly updated thanks to collaborations with the productive realm of the University and of the Unimi Foundation.

SIL | Empowerment focuses on experiential group activities, cooperation, competition and conflict management.


Using and implementing tools and services to support innovative projects developed by students, including in the context of the other SIL actions.

The first tool will be the University crowdfunding platform, to be available by spring 2021.