Program Structure


We do believe that - when it comes to transferring “know how” to support the development of an innovative project - it would be quite impossible to focus on just one methodology.

The knowledge that you have to acquire is very huge, the process is extremely dynamic and - most importantly - how can you plan the roadmap in advance when you are dealing with a high level of uncertainty?

That is why we came up with the idea of what we call

“A blended program”



Residential bootcamp

5 Days

The first phase of the journey at MARS42 starts with a 5 day bootcamp. After an initial kick-off, you deep dive into different innovation methodologies that let you - as a team - understand what the real need of your potential customers is.


Remote know-how transfer

4 Weeks

The second phase is a 4-week long project-work led remotely. You work with the same team built during the bootcamp with the support of a dedicated coach in order to continue with the market discovery and strengthen your know-how.


Landing phase

2 Days

The final weekend of the program sees participants presenting their achievement to a panel of stakeholders such as the University management, local institutions, and representatives of public and private companies.

MARS42 is suitable for:

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Researchers who want to explore the world outside the academia and generate an impact within the innovation space leveraging on their own scientific skills.



MARS42 is a school for Scientific Changemakers that provides PhD students and Post-Docs with a guidance for reading research under a new light. A deep dive into scientific companies and startups that allow participants to understand what it takes to work in science based corporations and how to lead - or be part - of a startup project.

Learning outcomes 


Understanding the world of research outside academia, how companies work, what do they look for and how they manage Research and Development.


Learning how to apply a scientific methodology to develop an Entrepreneurial research project that really meets the market needs, without wasting time and resources.


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