This project aims to boost the entrepreneurial performance of all consortium members in close
collaboration with their ecosystem partners. We focus on improving and extending core
entrepreneurial activities, at three different levels: students (entrepreneurship), faculty and
researchers (founders, academic spin offs) and ecosystems (scale ups, open innovation).
Complementary efforts and resources will be devoted to develop testbed infrastructures,
comprehensive curricula and supportive material based on the EntreComp framework and developing
and anchoring better practices by creating a learning community within and across the
Within this project, we explicitly aim to increase the impact by improving and extending current
practices and to lift the current knowledge triangle dynamics at a European scale in concert
with relevant EIT KIC initiatives. In terms of goals (KPIs), we aim to:
support (at least) 50 start and scale-ups,
train over 1000+ students (including mentoring 150),
train and mentor over 150 faculty/staff,
to improve relevant support structures (n=20),
and establish new partnerships, both locally and at the European Scale (n=10).
The project's main objective is to accelerate entrepreneurial and innovation capacity building
at the HEIs. The ability of start-ups and existing companies to form strong teams is essential
to achieve a trajectory of growth and innovation, enabling the successful commercialization of
new inventions and scientific knowledge, critical to meet the new challenges of our society. For
this, the project's results aim to enable students and young entrepreneurs to develop the skills
and mind-set necessary to form strong teams for entrepreneurship and innovation in three main
First, offering specific training and education aiming at developing entrepreneurial and
innovative skills and attitudes.
Second, creating and integrating students and young entrepreneurs in a network and that
promotes university-business collaborations.
Third, guiding the entrepreneurial process, mainly developing the HEI Startup Guide.
In the long term, beyond the project's duration, these actions will encourage students in their
professional life to undertake entrepreneurship and innovation through the creation of new
ventures or within existing companies, fostering employment and regional growth.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for
Higher Education under Grant Agreement No 10047.