Full partners

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Lead partner)

Norway

TrønderEnergi

Norway

Nord University

Norway

University of Gdańsk

Poland

UNIST Tehnološki park

Croatia

University of Western Brittany

France

University of Split

Croatia

Associated partners

Spark* NTNU

Norway

Max. funding Phase 1
€ 400,000
Max. funding Phase 2
€ 800,000
Supported by
EIT Climate-KIC
Coordinated by
EIT RawMaterials

Project description

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Nord University; City, University of London; and the University of Split will share their impactful innovation and entrepreneurship capacity-building activities (‘Spark*’, ‘Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset’, ‘Engineering Ladder’, ‘Museum of Entrepreneurship’, and ‘E3 Initiative’) with the other higher education institutions in the consortium. By sharing these unique entrepreneurship and innovation activities, the consortium will contribute to increasing the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of the higher education sector across Europe and, consequently, boost sustainable economic growth and competitiveness in the EU.

By piloting these activities locally at selected higher education institutions, the consortium can measure and document increase in local entrepreneurship and innovation involvement among students, university staff, and other representatives from the knowledge triangle.

The proposed activities will increase engagement among students and university staff to decrease the limitations of hierarchy. This will also enable the use of students as a resource for impact within university-based innovation and entrepreneurship.

‘Spark*’: This student-driven peer-to-peer mentoring service will ensure low-threshold encouragement and support for student entrepreneurship based on unique insights from student entrepreneurs.

‘Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset’: This two-day workshop will provide educators from all disciplines with the teaching tools necessary to implement entrepreneurial skill set and mindset development in their courses. This, in turn, will allow educators to encourage creative problem solving and teach students how to become change agents.

‘Engineering Ladder’: This holistic restructuring of suitable existing courses will increase study programmes’ work relevance and industry connection. It will also provide students with project and collaboration experience through problem solving for real stakeholders.

‘Museum of Entrepreneurship’: This is a digital museum from City, University of London. It compiles stories of entrepreneurs from our local communities into a digital platform, which is available to anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship. The stories are created by the students with the aim to inspire and educate about entrepreneurship.

‘E3 Initiative’: These workshops by Split University highlight what technology transfer is, the advantages of collaborating, and how technology transfer offices can be an asset. The target audience will gain better understanding and knowledge, which will eventually stimulate integration of the knowledge triangle.

Sharing these activities among the participating partners will enable the institutions to strengthen their local entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems, as well as the Knowledge and Innovation Communities and EU alliances in which the different consortium members participate.

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