Full partners

University of Turin (Lead partner)

Italy

University of Zaragoza

Spain

University of Beira Interior

Portugal

University of Pau and the Adour Region

France

Savoy Mont Blanc University

France

West University of Timișoara

Romania

Associated partners

CEPyA Club des Entreprises de l'UPPA

France

Technopole Hélioparc

France

Terega

France

Club des entreprises

France

Centro Estero per l’Internazionalizzazione del Piemonte (CEIP)

Italy

2i3T

Italy

Hiberus Tecnologia

Spain

HMY

Spain

EBERS Medical Technology S.L.

Spain

EPIC POWER CONVERTERS S.L.

Spain

Inycom

Spain

SMT4V Researching S.L.

Spain

BSH

Spain

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

Project description

The Innovation Capacity Building in UNITA (INNOUNITA) project represents the opportunity to bring together experiences and know-how, and develop a consistent overall strategy, based on the UNITA University alliance. UNITA is a European University alliance of six comprehensive research universities from five countries, gathering together more than 160,000 students and 15,000 staff members. The alliance’s coverage in the region is wide, with low investment in research and innovation included in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Italy are included, either as a whole country or as specific regions.

Through INNOUNITA, the experiences and approaches developed by the partners to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship in the staff and student community will be shared in order to set and develop a common ground for promoting entrepreneurial mindsets and strengthening the impact of higher education institutions in the innovation ecosystem. The impact of this project will be particularly important in terms of building a critical mass of new talents in the RIS regions, and filling the gap in scientific, entrepreneurial, and managerial skills, enabling students to undertake complex multidisciplinary tasks. The value added is in the nature of the opportunities that will be created through building one of the most up to date, attractive networks of innovation opportunities. The project is organised in a way that will aim to avoid the ‘one-shot’ moment, instead creating a smart, creative pipeline for young innovators, from high schools to start-ups or research and development activities, making participants aware (and possibly active users) of all the EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities’ portfolio programmes.

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