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ideaLAB: Fostering students' entrepreneurship and open innovation in university-industry collaboration

Target area: Linking Higher Education & Society
Sub-target area: Practice-oriented Education
Target countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
Target groups: Companies, Higher Education Institutions
Duration: 1/12/2013 - 31/05/2017 (extended)

University of Novi Sad
Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences
Technical College of Applied Sciences in Zrenjanin
Vojvodina ICT cluster
Business incubator Novi Sad
Creative Educational Center Novi Sad
Association SEE ICT Belgrade
Electrical Engineering Students' European Association - Novi Sad University of Banja Luka
University of Zenica
Foundation Innovation Centre Banja Luka
Electrical Engineering Students' European Association - Banja Luka University of Donja Gorica
Business Start-Up Centre Bar
University of Stuttgart
University of Sheffield
Uni. College of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Management NSZ Eleven Bulgaria OOD
Sustainable Finance & Consulting Hergensweiler

Budget line: TEMPUS IV


Project Description

The general objective of the project is to advance employment and self-employment potential of graduates from WBC and enhance innovativeness of companies by fostering students’ entrepreneurship, creation of business start-ups and open innovation approach in collaboration between universities and enterprises. The project will achieve this by developing a co-creative and supportive environment - iDEA Lab network which will encourage and foster students’ entrepreneurial intent and at the same time support open innovation approach. Specific objectives are:
• To set up, equip and network co-creative centres (iDEA labs) to support students to generate, develop and commercialize their own innovative ideas through entrepreneurship and/or open innovation
• To foster student entrepreneurship and start-up creation at university settings by improving infrastructure, entrepreneurial culture and skills
• To introduce and implement open innovation as a new form of partnership among key stakeholders in knowledge triangle in WBC
• To revise and adapt curricula to include entrepreneurial skills and problem-based learning
These objectives should be achieved through synergetic partnership of 3 RS, 3 BA and 2 ME HEIs, representing public and private sector, 9 WBC organisations representing key stakeholders (including students), 3 well known EU HEIs and 3 non-academic EU partners with extensive experience in dealing with entrepreneurship, open innovation and international projects. The principal results will include: 6 iDEA labs and their network in WBC with trained staff; developed and realized trainings for students and companies, established regional Market for ideas, developed students’ start-ups and open innovations with companies, revised and adapted curricula. These results will provide infrastructural resources necessary to secure project sustainability beyond its lifetime. Results and best practice will be actively diffused and exploited at national, regional and European level.

Important Documents & Links

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Contact persons

Handke Michaela - Graz Office