LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY – UK – Coordinator
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY (www.lsbu.ac.uk) established as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, the original aim of LSBU was ‘to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women’, which remains remarkably similar today.
Through our Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (www.lsbu.ac.uk/business/expertise/entrepreneurship-innovation-institute), also known as Student Enterprise, LSBU motivate, connect, challenge and develop our students’ and graduates’ enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mind-set. As well as support during their academic studies, we also provide them with a full programme of activities, including workshops, events, competitions, etc.
The Institute also supports academic staff to professionally develop as enterprise educators and embed enterprise into the curriculum.
London South Bank University has been recognised for our entrepreneurial activity and we have recently been awarded the Times Higher Education Awards for Entrepreneurial University of the year 2016.
Thanks to this experience and to its ambition to deliver outstanding economic, social and cultural benefits, LSBU have been delivering several ERDF funded projects, offering business support programmes to start-ups and small enterprises (Investment Escalator, the Momentum programme, Enterprise Steps and dek). Through ERDF funded projects, we also provide focused and specialised business support to Greentech companies (A2i project), Digital Healthtech companies (SimdH) and Agri-food companies (LAFIC).
Finally, through the EC funded Fresh Start project, LSBU replicate and adapt our successes in entrepreneurship education and practice and our expertise in migration and refugees and support migrants that want to start a business in London.
AMERY BROTHERS – UK
AMERY BROTHERS (www.amerybrothers.co.uk) are a few interesting people with colourful experience, practical determination, and a creative approach to business challenges and entrepreneurship education.
We believe very strongly in the value of enterprise education, and that it has an increasingly important role in traditional education systems. Because of this we try to contribute to the design, development and delivery of enterprise education as it evolves to match the environment that itself is changing ever more quickly for young people. Practical experience, the opportunity to experiment in a live situation, and making use of a simple reflection development process are what we try to offer – and if that doesn’t work, well we will try again with something else.
INnCREASE – Poland
INnCREASE Sp.z o.o (http://inncrease.eu/) is a high quality provider of innovation services, business consultancy and partner for implementation of international innovation projects.
INOVA+ – Portugal
INOVA+ (www.inova.business) is an expert provider of consultancy services in the fields of innovation and technology. Created in 1997, INOVA+ operates from Portugal and has offices in Belgium, Germany and Poland.
The company is organised in three main departments: CONSULTING, DIGITAL, and INTERNATIONAL, offering services that support the growth of organizations through innovation, international opportunities and access to funding.
INOVA+ develops innovative initiatives at international level, collaborating with a wide network of partners in several countries. With 20 years of experience in several European funding programs, a notable success in this field and a team of about 25 people, INOVA+ regularly collaborates with the European Commission and other international entities in the provision of specialized services. Often in consortium with other entities, INOVA+ coordinates and implements projects of great impact, bringing innovation to various sectors, especially Education. INOVA+ is experienced in participating and coordinating several training & education initiatives within the framework of Erasmus+ (and its predecessor). Further details about our portfolio and areas of expertise under Erasmus+ program can be found here.
VILNIUS UNIVERSITY – Lithuania
Vilnius University (www.vu.lt/en), one of the oldest and most prominent higher schools in the Central and East Europe, was established in 1579.
The establishment of Vilnius University and its activities was of immeasurable importance for the cultural life of not only Lithuania, but also for that of neighbouring countries and brought up more than one generation of researchers, writers and figures of culture. Now the University has 23 core academic and other equivalent divisions – 12 Faculties, 2 Institutes with faculty rights, 5 research institutes, and 4 inter-faculty Study and research centres. There are about 20 000 students studying at the University. There are 4 371 employees working at the University, of which 1 834 represent the teaching staff and 510 research workers. There are 1668 academic degree holders working at the University. Vilnius University is distinguished for its outstanding achievements in science and carries out fundamental and applied research in all areas of science.
Vilnius University maintains close cooperation relations with other Lithuanian universities and also with universities, institutes, research centres, museums, public and business entities from Europe, Asia, America and other continents. The cooperation with business partners is pursued in various forms, such as the implementation of joint projects, contracted research works, provision of research services. Due to this cooperation with business partners the University ensures relevance of the subject matters of the research carried out by its researchers, develops possibilities for applied research, and for the students to acquire professional skills.