Full partners

University of Helsinki (Helsingin Yliopisto) (Lead partner)


Zagreb School of Economics and Management


Reutlingen University (Hochschule Reutlingen - Technik-Wirtschaft-Informatik-Design)


Kyiv Academic University




Associated partners

Technical University of Liberec


PISAK Poduzetnički inkubator Sisak Applied Ceramics d.o.o.


AGRIVI d.o.o.


HealthHub IMAG MEDICAL d.o.o




Fil Rouge Capital


Health Capital Helsinki


SPARK Finland


Innoport Reutlingen GER GmbH & Co KG


Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG


Max. funding Phase 1
€ 300,000
Max. funding Phase 2
€ 900,000
Supported by
EIT Food
Coordinated by
EIT RawMaterials

Project description

Universities have the potential to widely impact society and the economy through the education of future entrepreneurs and the translation of academic research findings into innovative and, eventually, successful companies. However, this success is often limited by the scarcity of dedicated resources and a lack of proficient innovation and entrepreneurship support activities within universities. As a result, investments into one of the four phases of the innovation pipeline (idea, invention, incubation, and internationalisation) are often made at the expense of the others, even if these would be equally necessary for the effective and smooth transition of ideas into viable businesses. For universities to reach their full impact, an adequate support system all the way from ideation to start-up establishment and acceleration is required.

4InnoPipe takes on this challenge and aims at empowering universities at each stage of their innovation pipelines. This pilot project aims to foster academic innovation pipelines from start to finish, with a focus on technologies that promote healthy people and a healthy environment: foodtech, eco-innovation, and sustainable pharmaceutical.

The work plan covers the key elements of the innovation support system:

  • enhancing organisational structures and digital infrastructure;
  • strengthening collaborations and networks;
  • ensuring collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities;
  • developing education and the necessary conditions to turn ideas into start-ups.

4InnoPipe’s collaborative model builds on the strong complementarity of the partners, to maximise the impact that universities can have in their regional ecosystems. Within the consortium, the University of Helsinki, Reutlingen University, Kyiv Academic University, and Zagreb School of Economics and Management will remodel their academic innovation pipelines from ideation to internationalisation, via joining forces, sharing expertise, and pooling resources to boost health and sustainability-based innovations and start-ups from universities.

With the support of associate partners, 4InnoPipe will define the value that higher education institutions (HEI) represent within their regional innovation ecosystems and establish effective mechanisms to connect into local ecosystems. The project will serve as a pilot for joint activities, which will expand by 2030, using the established innovation support platform to scale up 4InnoPipe from faculties to universities.

Project coordinator

Titta Pirkola, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team, University of Helsinki (contact)

Project website


Project timeline

EIT HEI Timeline March 2022