What is an entrepreneurial university?
To start with: there is no common definition of an entrepreneurial university. However, there are certain characteristics that are often related with an entrepreneurial university. We tried to summarise these:
- Entrepreneurial orientation and mind-set
Mission, vision and strategic stand that a university takes on their entrepreneurial profile. Also, it reflects the mind-set of all the internal stakeholders, i.e. staff, students, academics, and the initiatives the university takes to promote this mind-set (incentives, culture, leadership).
- Knowledge transfer
External activities related to knowledge transfer and the application of knowledge in diverse contexts, as well as the internal use of new knowledge as a tool for teaching, learning and training.
- Creation of added value
Activities related to exploitation of knowledge that lead to generating income for the university (e.g. patents, spin-offs)
Collaborative work across disciplines in an HEI for third mission purposes.
- Interaction and engagement
Relationships, partnerships and networks created, managed or participated in by an HEI to conduct its activities and reflect the efforts on building external interactions with different stakeholders.
Activities that diversify the funding base of HEIs (e.g. licensing income).
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