Together, the EuroTech Universities cover the entire value chain from entrepreneurship and innovation-related knowledge generation, awareness-raising, education and training of students and scientists to patent applications, international business development and investment in start-ups. Our universities define entrepreneurship as a strategic task and have dedicated resources to support entrepreneurship at different levels. They have strong entrepreneurship and innovation research groups that generate cutting-edge knowledge on key practices. Additionally, each university had its own entrepreneurship centre, which can implement this knowledge into practice and actionable results.
The EuroTech Universities Alliance provides a unique framework to exchange and promote entrepreneurship and innovation activities across borders. Our activities in Entrepreneurship and Innovation span a large range of subjects and people – from university management to professors in Entrepreneurship and Innovation to experts in Tech Transfer and Entrepreneurship support. The Alliance has highlighted its expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship on a number of occasions:
European Venture Programme:
The European Venture Programme offers 20 young startups exclusive access to the entrepreneurship expertise and networking resources available at the four EuroTech Universities. The intensive 12-day programme (7 days beginning of summer and 5 days end of summer) takes entrepreneurs on a journey to four different ecosystems, where a mix of thematic workshops, company visits and public pitching competitions will enable the startups to grow their business beyond borders.
This unique opportunity, offered to five startups from each technical university (DTU, EPFL, TU/e and TUM), is funded by the EuroTech Universities Alliance.
Joint Educational Platform in Economics and Management of innovation and entrepreneurship:
More than 20 professors work together to jointly design and teach doctoral courses such as “Economics of Innovation and Technological Change”.
Management of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The EuroTech Universities’ tech transfer offices regularly exchange challenges and best practices on key topics, including IP portfolio and licenses management; entrepreneurship; IPR perception; market orientation; license deal structures and conditions; equity in start-up companies; conflict of interest policies; student innovation and university-industry collaboration.
Innovative Finance for Tech Transfer:
An Expert Group has initiated multiple exchanges on innovative financial instruments for the development of commercialization projects, including patents and Proof of Concept. Members of the group have provided expertize to the European Commission on commercialization arrangements for universities.
DTU – Per Dannemand Andersen, Professor/Head of Division, DTU Management Engineering
EPFL – Dominique Foray, Chair in Economics and Management of Innovation
TU/e – Sjoerd Romme, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
TUM – Oliver Alexy, Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship
DTU – Kristoffer Buch, Project Manager
EPFL – Herve Lebret, Manager of Innogrants
TU/e – Robert Al, Steven van Huiden, TU/e Innovation Lab
TUM –Sabrina Schulze, Julia Woodrow, TUM ForTe Entrepreneurship Culture
DTU – Helle Bunkenborg, Head of Business Development and Entrepreneurship
EPFL – Gabriel Clerc, Head of Technology Transfer Office
TU/e – Steef Blok, Managing Director of TU/e Innovation Lab
TUM – Alexandros Papaderos, Head of Patents and Licences
Innovative Finance for Tech Transfer:
DTU – Adam Hillestrøm, Business Development & Entrepreneurship Manager; EPFL – Gabriel Clerc – Head of Technology Transfer Office; TUM – Alexandros Papaderos, Head of Patents & Licencing.