Launched in 2014, INITIUM is the Center for Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Innovators of the Universidad de Montevideo. It inspires entrepreneurial skills in students to help them in: creativity, sales planning, maturing of business ideas, product innovation, and project design. INITIUM seeks to expand an entrepreneurial culture within all the schools of the University, and consequently in Uruguay.
INITIUM provides pre-incubation support to undergraduate students with four fundamental services: i) assistance with projects in the idea stage, ii) mentoring network for students to access, iii) professor training, and iv) course and workshop design.
INITIUM works closely with the Office of Global Affairs and the six Schools of the Universidad de Montevideo, and offers support to international students in Spanish and in English.
Along with the partner universities worldwide, INITIUM trains teachers so that they can teach courses that help students go beyond being employees and become leaders, thus motivating them to seek empowerment in their first contact with the business world, and in particular in Uruguay’s emerging and expanding economy. As Director Josefina Maisonnave said, “Uruguay is at an opportune moment to consolidate the ecosystem by encouraging the development of entrepreneurs that add value to the country, who can learn lessons from success and failure, generate new jobs and boost economic growth. At the Universidad de Montevideo we feel responsible to engage Uruguayans and work hard to make this possible.”
Students from all the UM’s Schools are invited to become involved in INITIUM by attending classes in Entrepreneurship (TIE), Creativity & Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship.
We also offer the following Seminars: Team Building, Leadership, Improvisation, and High Impact presentations.
A methodology to innovate
María Martha Passadore and Josefina Maisonnave attended Design Thinking Program at Stanford University
“Life in a University is something exceptional”
Alumni Javier Bianchi awarded the Morosoli Price in Economics
“I chose UM because of it´s international approach”
David Kiss is German and works at the Universiy of Hannover. He came to Uruguay to do economic research and teach for some month