Building Engines of Innovation

Initiative Section

What is the EIT's HEI Initiative?

The EIT's HEI Initiative helps higher education institutions build the capacity to teach innovation and entrepreneurship

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Third call for proposals

Boost your organisation’s deep tech talents

Call for Proposals
Photo of Margariti Schinas

Fostering, attracting and retaining deep tech talents is crucial for Europe to complete the green and digital transitions. This will allow us to harness a new wave of innovation in line with the New European Innovation Agenda. With hundreds of project partners across Europe and beyond, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its HEI Initiative can help ensure that Europe plays a centre-stage role in the global innovation ecosystem.

Margaritis Schinas
European Commission Vice-President

What our community thinks

EUACCEL has opened up new European spaces and broadened the portfolio of international entrepreneurial and innovation offers for our academic and non-academic staff, students, and start-ups. As a result, we have managed to expand our international network and offer a dynamic framework to other existing regional and international initiatives.

Prof. Dr Thomas Stumpp
Vice President for Business, HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences

What our community thinks

The pilot phase of INVENTHEI has allowed us to boost the international orientation of our entrepreneurship initiatives, learn from our partners’ best practices and capitalise our local initiatives. INVENTHEI has impacted our community by enlarging and modernising our entrepreneurship training, reinforcing academia-business networks, and exposing our students and staff to prominent innovation ecosystems.

Prof. Joana Resende
Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship, Knowledge Valuation and Strategic Planning, University of Porto

What our community thinks

During these first months with the EIT, we have been feeling very supported. They have been caring and helpful with onboarding us into the EIT procedures.

Katre Elias
Project Manager, UNIcorn project

What our community thinks

The agile EIT HEI Initiative team and RiEcoLab allow us to implement institutional change and build innovation capacity, while positioning our HEIs as ecosystem integration labs for spin-offs, start-ups and scale-ups.

Dr T. Bartosz Kalinowski and Dr Adrian Solomon
Coordinators, RiEcoLab project