85871 - Laboratory 4

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Decent work and economic growth Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has acquired knowledge, skills and a direct experience of the activity of an Agronomist, from a managerial and organizational point of view. Furthermore he has experienced of the basic elements to potentially start and manage a new business idea in the agroindustrial sector.

Course contents

Competencies and professional skills of an Agronomist.

The Agronomist’s activity management: organization, planning and development of the activity.

How to start a firm in this sector:

  • Administrative and organizational steps
  • Initiaves to support new businesses and the fund raising activity
  • EU and local policies supporting investment, innovation and the young entrepreneurs
  • New and innovative firms in agribusiness: presentation of some case studies (start up).

New opportunities and business models in rural areas.

Business plan: case studies.

Seminars to extend the student’s technical skills will be planned year by year, according to the different business ideas.

Testimonials of consultants, professionals and entrepreneurs in the agroindustry area.


Students will be provided with materials specifically prepared for the course, specific references for the study and eventual integrations.

Teaching methods

Lab4 includes two parts.

First part: a theoretical background about business initiatives in the agro-industrial sector. During this part students should identify a case-study (a potential business idea) to develop during the laboratory for the final examination.

Second part includes the analysis and the development of the know-how fundamental for a young entrepreneur.

In order to study in depth the sector of activity chosen by the students for their start-up ideas, specific seminars, made by scholars in that fields, will take place.

Activities coordinated with EU project H2020 RUBIZMO.


Assessment methods

For the final examination, a student (or a group of students) must choose and develop a business idea (in the fields of work studied during the course), he presents it to the class and a little debate will take place about it.

Final discussion will take nearly 20 minutes.

The final exam could be given in English.

Teaching tools

Whiteboard, slides, digital tools and if available specific softwares will be adopted. 

Office hours

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