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EACEA Erasmus+
KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCES
When Higher Education meets
Entrepreneurship
Annalisa Colosimo
Head of Sector
Erasmus+: Knowledge Alliances
EACEA
HIGHER
EDUCATION
INSTITUTIONS
BUSINESSES
Knowledge Alliances
What are they?
Knowledge Alliances
What's in the ingredients list?
INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXCHANGE
OF KNOWLEDGE
EMPLOYABILITY
KA Funding 2014-2018 (million euros)
How has the funding grown recently?
Knowledge Alliances
Knowledge Alliances
Who has been involved so far?
KA Funding 2014-2018
Knowledge Alliances
Who are they?
HEIs 38%
SMEs 27%
NGOs 10%
LARGE ENTEPRISEs 8%
RESEARCH INSTITUTEs 5%
PUBLIC BODIES
4%
OTHER 8%
KA Funding 2014-2018
Knowledge Alliances
Why have they decided to be involved?
Mutual
benefits
EU support
KA
Community
What makes ECOSTAR one of the
most successful KA project?
INNOVATION
1ST Nature-
Accelerator in the
world
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
In Environmental
and Forestry
faculties
EXCHANGE OF
KNOWLEDGE
new curriculum
and learning
mobility

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NATURE-ACCELERATOR | DEMO DAY 2018: pitch

Editor's Notes

  1. Introduction ~
  2. What is Knowledge Alliances? transnational projects which bring higher education institutions and business together to work on common issues. What does Knowledge Alliances aim for? to help strengthen Europe's capacity to innovate and to support the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems.
  3. Knowledge Alliances intend to achieve one or more of the following aims (specific objectives): Develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning Stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff Facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge In other words: Boosting Innovation in HE, business sector and in the broader socio-economic environment Developing Entrepreneurship mind-set and competences Stimulating the flow and Exchange of Knowledge between HE and enterprises As a result, KA will indirectly strengthen Employability and equip future professionals with competences increasingly demanded in the job market
  4. Fact: How Knowledge Alliances’ funding has grown over the past few years (2014-2018) The funds allocated to the Action have more than tripled over the years since the beginning (8mln in 2014 – 28mln 2018) for a total of more than 80M€ Each project can receive up to 1M€ co-financing.
  5. More in detail: 92 projects 983 organisations (+/- 850 if we remove recurrent organisations) 40 participating countries (23 as coordinator)
  6. Other also includes social partners, other representative of working life
  7. Mutual benefits for HEIs and Enterprises For HEIs: New education & training products enriching universities' catalogues Educational content more in line with companies' needs and the world of work Development of important links with economic actors Transformation of research work into business activities For Enterprises: Involvement in a process of knowledge co-creation and share; Innovation transfers increasing their innovation capacities to interact with a pool of students that had a new way of thinking and problem solving capacity Quality training for managers and staff, entrepreneurs Identification and recruitment of young talents For Students: Better employability prospects; contacts with the world of businesses Development of entrepreneurial skills Needs-driven and competence-oriented learning opportunities EU support: KAs offer co-funding opportunities for organisations in any discipline and sector, as well as cross–sectoral cooperation. KA community: Join the growing KA community, share project's ideas and create synergies (cross-fertilization of ideas)
  8. ECOSTAR project addresses all the three KA’s specific objectives: Innovation → 1st nature-accelerator in the world Entrepreneurship → by fostering entrepreneuship education in the environmental and forestry faculties (lack of enterpreneurial skills in this sector Flow and Exchange of knowledge →, as a result of university-business cooperation the partnership: set up a new curriculum in line with the sector needs recognised and credited Organised University and company staff/students mobility and exchanges among participating HEIs and businesses Employability → equip future professionals with competences increasingly demanded in the job market and ECOSTAR project goes beyond Scale: local, global (involves startups, experts from different local realities with both local and global visions) Impact: short term (help build individuals, universities, startups) + long term (creates a strong network for resources and Cooperation: not about competition but about cooperation ; mobility among partners