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Below you find the available summaries of the good practice cases which will be presented at the conference. For the full list of case study presentations, please view the conference programme. You can jump to the description of the good practice by clicking on the respective logo below.

Cork Institute of Technology Extended Campus


‘Reaching Far, Keeping Close’



CIT Extended Campus, (launched in November 2011), was established as an interface or facilitator, to create and support links between CIT, enterprise, and community groups. Working with enterprise partners has always been an important part of Cork Institute of Technology’s mission. Many of these long-standing interactions were conducted as separate, distinct activities with little overview of the totality of engagement interactions across the institution. CIT Extended Campus was setup to support and stimulate engagement interactions in an integrated way and to contribute to the engagement strategy of the institution. Extended Campus acts as a conduit both in and out of the Institute, for companies looking to collaborate with specific units within CIT and for staff who wish to establish relationships with companies. Objectives are facilitated by activities including collation of business intelligence for an overall picture of interactions; development of a customer relationship management (CRM) to professionalise the interface. The work has included an internal-facing review of interactions and external-facing case studies, newsletter, twitter to stimulate activities.
Type of institution:
Institute of Technology
Size:
Medium (16.000 students, 800 academic staff)
Country:
Ireland
Nature of activity:
Stimulating Industry-University Engagement
Integrating Industry-University Engagement
Facilitating Industry-University Engagement
Main mechanisms:
Strategic Instrument
Structural Approach
Integration and Dissemination
Level of activity:
Multi campus wide
Case presented by:

Daithi Fallon
Faculty rep Engineering and Science at Cork Institute of Technology (Extended Campus)
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Dublin Institute of Technology & Hothouse


"The place where business meets innovation"



"DIT Hothouse is the award-winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Office at Dublin Institute of Technology, responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from DIT research. DIT Hothouse is the hub of innovation and technology transfer activities in DIT, the place where business meets innovation. The team works with students, lecturers and research teams across DIT as well as with entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors. Through the DIT Hothouse New Frontiers Programme, DIT Hothouse provides an incubation centre for innovative and promising start-up companies. DIT Hothouse has a range of spin-out technologies available to industry across Life Sciences, Food, ICT, Software, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing and Clean Technologies."
Type of institution:
Institute of Technology
Size:
Medium (22.000 students, 1.200 academic staff)
Country:
Ireland
Nature of activity:
Commercialiation of R&D results
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Dermot Tierney
Senior Licensing Executive at DIT Hothouse - Dublin Institute of Technology
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Ghent University and Dare to venture


Technopreneurship for everyone



Ghent University, founded in 1817, is one of Belgium's leading universities and offers a wide choice of academic programs. It has a strong focus on creativity and was the first university in Belgium to stimulate student-entrepreneurship. Ghent University created a special statute for student-entrepreneurs that allows more study flexibility to make the combination of studying and starting your company easier. 'Dare to venture' is the center for entrepreneurship at Ghent University and was founded in 2011. Since then it has grown steadily both in personnel and number of student-entrepreneurs. Students can receive feedback on their idea and additional coaching to start their company for free as long as they are a student at our university. They can also join the events and hands-on workshops for student-entrepreneurs. Dare to venture does not only focus on the students, but wants to incorporate entrepreneurship in the classes and thus become an entrepreneurial university.
Type of institution:
Traditional University
Size:
Large (41.000 students)
Country:
Belgium
Nature of activity:
Curriculum development and delivery
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Jolien Coenraets
Project manager Technopreneurship for everyone at Ghent University (Centre for Entrepreneurship - Durf Ondernemen)
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HAMK University of Applied Sciences


Amazing Business Train



One way to learn entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and attitude in a relatively short time is to catch the Amazing Business Train. Adventuring and discovering one’s entrepreneurship and business development abilities can be supported by exposing students, teachers and experts to different authentic conditions, surprises, interactions, decision making and risk taking, requirements, information searching, individual thinking and group working wrapped around one’s own business idea. An intensive program was implemented partly before the train journey, when the train was moving and heading to the next stop, in the locations where the train stopped and after the two days train journey had ended.
Type of institution:
University of Applied Sciences
Size:
Medium (7000 students, 700 staff)
Country:
Finland
Nature of activity:
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Ulla Bard
Director at HAMK University of Applied Sciences (Entrepreneurship and Business)
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Jena University


Fueling the powerhouse Jena



The Jena University is one of the ten oldest universities in Germany. With 340 professors, 6,400 members of staff work at the university and its hospital, and 20.000 students, distributed over ten different faculties, it is a significant player in Germany’s university landscape. It targets to be in Germany’s top ten of research universities by 2020. The city of Jena is today one of the industrial powerhouses of East Germany, specialised in precision instruments, glass products, pharmaceutical industry as well microelectronics. The framework conditions in Jena’s innovation system enable and require vital and successful university-industry interactions. But in the early 2000s the transfer interfaces were fuzzy, wasting significant potential for the university and the region. As answer on this, a restructuring process has been started, resulting in a well-established One-Stop-Agency for university-industry interaction serving the growth and development of the powerhouse Jena. A stringent commitment by the University management and a professional operational management were the key success factors for translating the strategic goal into a well-functioning service unit of the university serving all its stakeholder.
Type of institution:
University
Size:
6700 staff and 20.000 students
Country:
Germany
Nature of activity:
Commercialisation of R&D results
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Lutz Maicher
Professor at Jena University (Technology Transfer Research Group)
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Maastricht University & Service Science Factory


The art of service innovation



"Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programmes." The Service Science Factory (SSF) is an initiative of Maastricht University that brings together the brightest minds in academia and business to explore and develop the future of services. The SSF is part of the School of Business and Economics, one of Europe's leading business schools, and recipient of a triple crown accreditation for the highest quality in research and education. We capitalize on our proximity to some of the leading thinkers in the realms of science, business, and technology to give our clients an advantage in the marketplace.
Type of institution:
Traditional University
Size:
Medium (16.000 students)
Country:
The Netherlands
Nature of activity:
Collaboration in R&D
Student involvement
Main mechanisms:
Operational Activity
Level of activity:
Specialised centre
Case presented by:

Jochen Barth
Managing Director at Service Science Factory (School of Business and Economics)
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Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)


The Entrepreneurial School© in Austria



Established fifteen years ago, MCI Management Center Innsbruck has built up an outstanding reputation in the European university scene for Bridging University & Business® with quality-based study programs at the non-graduate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.Applied research and development are particularly valued at MCI for the strengthening of innovation in local companies and the ensuring of quality-oriented instruction. Embedded in a broad network of patrons, sponsors and partners, MCI is an important engine in the positioning of Innsbruck, Tyrol and Austria as a centre for academic and international encounters. Our neighbourly co-operation with the University of Innsbruck, the closeness to the lively Innsbruck Old Town and the powerful architecture of the location are an expression of the philosophy and the mission of this internationally exemplary higher education centre.
Type of institution:
Public Private Partnership
Size:
Small (2.600 students)
Country:
Austria
Nature of activity:
Lifelong Learning
Entrepreneurship
Governance
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
Institution-wide
Case presented by:

Andreas Altmann
Rector and Executive Director at Management Center Innsbruck
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Mondragon University’s Faculty of Engineering


An industry-based problem-based learning approach



Mondragon University’s Faculty of Engineering (onwards EPS-MU) is a co-operative integrated into both MONDRAGON Corporation and Mondragon Unibertsitatea (the University of Mondragon); and its principal activities are training and research, development and innovation. EPS-MU started its teaching activities in 1943 on the initiative of Father José Maria Arizmendiarrieta, founder of the Cooperative Experience of MONDRAGON Corporation. Since then it has never stopped growing, and has been the driving force behind the creation of numerous innovative business experiences. EPS-MUs teaching model involves a system of relationships which, with the educational system as the central theme, aims to involve the companies and institutions in the area, in order to guarantee social accessibility, the combination of work and study, the development of research and the provision of Continuing Education. One of the main characteristics of EPS-MU is its close and permanent relationship with the business world, what enables the institution to outline the educational offer by adapting it to companies’, organisations’ and society’s needs.
Type of institution:
Faculty of Engineering
Size:
Small (2.164 students and 439 administrative and academic staff)
Country:
Spain
Nature of activity:
Curriculum development and delivery
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Operational activity
Level of activity:
Faculty-wide
Case presented by:

Leire Markuerkiaga
PhD Candidate at Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa JMA S. Coop
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Münster University of Applied Sciences


The partnering institution



Muenster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) was founded in 1971 following mergers of several state-owned and private engineering and building schools. Since that time, MUAS has grown into one of the largest and most successful universities of applied sciences in Germany, with main campuses in the cities Münster and Steinfurt. The university has close to 10,000 students, supported by 800 employees of which 240 are professors who teach and do research in the fields of 12 different faculties and specialist divisions. The example of the MUAS Germany depicts a university that developed a university-wide strategic partnering approach to cooperation with business. Faced with reduced state funding in the late 1990’s, the university embraced the concept of long-term, ‘early-stage’ partnerships and collaboration at the highest level and, as a consequence has been recognised as best-practice nationally for their efforts. Now MUAS is the leading German university of applied science with regard to third-party money.
Type of institution:
University of Applied Sciences
Size:
Medium (10.000 students)
Country:
Germany
Nature of activity:
Collaboration in R&D
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Thomas Baaken
Director at Münster University of Applied Sciences (Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre)
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Plymouth University


Plymouth University’s Enterprise Vision



Recognised as a centre of excellence in teaching and learning, Plymouth University has 27,000 students, studying a variety of courses including arts, science, engineering, medicine and health. Plymouth is one of the top 50 Younger Universities as defined by Times Higher Education and is recognised for its global research and education in the marine sector. In 2008, Plymouth University launched a new vision which signalled an intent to connect and engage more with the local economy and society – was summarised in the aspiration to be ‘the enterprise university’. The University’s aim is to be truly business-engaging and deliver outstanding economic, social and cultural benefits from its intellectual capital. This is pivotal in a city acknowledged as the enterprise capital of the South West of England. Activities illustrating the enterprise focus include: a focus across the education pipeline to develop work-ready graduates into local industry; contribution to innovation, commercialisation and the development of new and existing businesses through the University’s world-class research; and providing civic leadership and community – providing a sense of “place” for economic growth.
Type of institution:
Traditional University
Size:
Medium (30,000 students)
Country:
United Kingdom
Nature of activity:
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic Instrument
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Julian Beer
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional Enterprise) at Plymouth University (Office of Vice-Chancellor)
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Technical University of Madrid & innovatech


INNOVATECH, a new approach to UPM technology commercialization



The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) with 40.000 students, more than 200 research groups and 2 Campus of Excellence is the largest technical university in Spain and one of the leading Spanish universities with regard to the participation in European R&D projects, patents filed and the creation of spin-off companies. In 2012, the UPM decided to take a proactive approach to technology commercialization, launching a program called Innovatech, a new technology commercialization model. Based mainly on researcher’s strong commitment, involvement and their capacity for working with innovatech technical staff through an interactive process, the new approach is changing researcher’s mentality making them more related to the commercialization of technologies. Moreover, innovatech is increasing IPR license number and royalties’ income.
Type of institution:
Public Technical University
Size:
Large (40.000 students)
Country:
Spain
Nature of activity:
Commercialiation of R&D results
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Gonzalo León
Vice President for Strategic Programmes at UPM & Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Technical University of Madrid
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University of Koblenz-Landau


Scientific entrepreneurship support at Koblenz-Landau University



Since 2009 the University of Koblenz-Landau places a strong focus on becoming an entrepreneurial university. Currently the University is one of 22 Universities in Germany which is supported by the EXIST-Programme, a support program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) aimed at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutions and at increasing the number of technology and knowledge based business start-ups. In the current project “Accelerating Entrepreneurship” the responsible parties follow an innovative Service system approach in which the target group of professors, students and academic stuff of all departments are considered to be customers. There are different modules created for generalized entrepreneurship support (e.g. lessons and workshops in the field of Entrepreneurship) or individualized (“customizing”) support (e.g. Coaching for concrete ideas). The interdependence between the generalized and individualized services in collaboration with an “open service innovation” approach makes it possible to adopt a holistic entrepreneurship approach on general. Beside the main target groups of students in research fields close to the market (top-level group) and students in other fields (broader group) a strong focus is on the target group of teacher trainees (multipliers). The latter are nearly up to 50% of the overall students and therefore it has implications for the strategy of the Entrepreneurial University. Future teachers are less perceived as future entrepreneurs themselves, but they can act as multipliers for strengthening an entrepreneurial culture in German schools.
Type of institution:
Traditional university
Size:
Medium (15.000 students)
Country:
Germany
Nature of activity:
Collaboration in R&D
Commercialisation of R&D results
Curriculum development and delivery
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Strategic instrument
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Bjoern Hoeber
Research Associate at University of Koblenz-Landau (Institute for Management)
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University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate


An example of a regional Innovation Accelerator transforming a declining manufacturing economy



iAccelerate is a maturing initiative which has a unique set of programs established over the past four years built around entrepreneurship, innovation and the skills of UOW’s large pipeline of ICT graduates. With the Illawarra in the midst of its transformation from a manufacturing and mining base, iAccelerate will diversify the region’s industrial base, capturing the intellectual capital of the region and retaining high quality graduates. iAccelerate was initiated in 2011 and now consists of:
  • iAccelerate E-Club - A UOW Entrepreneurship Club focused on entrepreneurial leader engagement (800+ participants)
  • iAccelerate Hub – a 70 seat incubator for fast growth technology startups
  • iAccelerate Program - a six monthly series of workshops and lectures specifically designed to address the critical business issues facing startups - modelled on best practice lessons from Waterloo Canada
  • iAccelerate Mentor - Business acceleration program of intense mentoring
  • iAccelerate Seed Fund – a $10M Seed Fund for iAccelerate startup companies
  • iAccelerate Centre, an $18M 4000+ sq m purpose built building on Innovation Campus which will house 280 entrepreneurs to be finished in 2016.
Type of institution:
iAccelerate is a wholly owned initiative of the University of Wollongong, Australia
Size:
Medium (30.000 students)
Country:
Australia and Canada
Nature of activity:
Entrepreneurship
Main mechanisms:
Structural instrument or approach
Operational activity
Level of activity:
University-wide
Case presented by:

Elizabeth Eastland
CEO and Director at University of Wollongong (iAccelerate and Innovation and Commercial Research)
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Further good practice case studies include


Descriptions will follow soon

Turning traditional university into entrepreneurial university


Erik Puura (University of Tartu)

Increasing co-operation between education and the city of Espoo Finland – Case InnoEspoo


Heikki Rannikko (Aalto University)

TUMentrepreneurship


Evelyn Ehrenberger (Technical University Munich)

Tilburg Center of Entrepreneurship


Mirjam Siesling (Tilburg University)

IESS - The innovative entrepreneurship support system


Elżbieta Szczepaniak (University of Information Technology and Management)

Developing a measurement system for entrepreneurship education in universities of applied sciences. a case of co-creation


Elena Ruskovaara (Lappeenranta University of Technology)

Intensive business education for high-growth small businesses


Fiona Reid (University of Oxford)



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