University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) – is a European-wide network that focusses on establishing and improving relationships between education and industry. Through its projects, consulting services, professional education and research activities, UIIN is a leader in the development of engaged and entrepreneurial universities and has grown to be the preeminent organisation dedicated to the topic in Europe. UIIN will be able to scale the work of this project onto a European level and allow for dissemination and exploitation of the project outputs across universities in Europe and beyond. In addition to being a project coordinator, UIIN will guide the development of the Engagement Readiness Self-Assessment Framework.
JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) in central Finland, is a HEI with expertise in 8 different fields of study. The social impact of JAMK stems from the interaction between education, RDI efforts and the business services. The guiding concept of JAMK’s operations is “Turning expertise into competitiveness”, which effectively means active engagement and cooperation of the university with external regional actors inluding local municiplaities and companies in the region (especially SMEs). Furthermore, through its award-winning Team Academy entrepreneurship programme, JAMK has taken a leading position in innovative entrepreneurship pedagogies. Given JAMK’s experience in developing hands-on services, JAMK will lead the development of the toolkit (IO3).
The University of Bologna (UNIBO) was founded in 1088. It is one of the most renowned and prestigious universities across Europe. Through AlmaGoals, it is committed to the achievement of the UN SDGs 2030 Agenda. Since 2012 UNIBO is an active member of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). Knowledge transfer to the third sector is ensured by Almacube, the UNIBO incubator. UNIBO is member of a number of National and International Networks related to UBC and knowledge transfer. UNIBO has been participating in hundreds of European research and academic cooperation projects. Bringing its experience and expertise, UNIBO will be contributing to the development of all IOs.
Charles University (CUNI) is the biggest university in the Czech Republic and is a leading academic institution in the Central European region. CUNI is divided into 17 faculties, 4 academic institutes, 5 other workplaces for educational, scientific, research, development and other creative activities and provision of information services. Moreover, thanks to its independent unit, the Centre for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (CPPT), CUNI provides also with information and support services for knowledge and technology transfer. It supports the commercialization of products and services originating in the faculties and other organizational units and it cooperates with science and innovation-oriented SMEs, global companies as well as public sector and NGOs. Pramarily CPPT staff will be involved in the project by bringing extensive UBC and knowledge transfer expertise and experience into the development of all IOs.
Institut Mines-Télécom Business School (IMTBS) is one of 13 graduate schools in the Institut Mines-Telecom, one of France’s major educational and research establishments. IMTBS has a strong connection to a local networks of SMEs in both research and education playing a central role in developing both ground-breaking and applied research to support SME innovation and providing education for future employees. IMTBS is internationally renowned in its field with very close links to business and government. Given the academic staff involved in the project has an extensive experience and expertise in coordinating research in both The State of University-Business Cooperation in Europe projects (see Todd Davey), IMTBS is responsible for the delivery of IO1.