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Creating Entrepreneurs: The EIT HEI Initiative Call is open for proposals!

After the success of the Pilot Call in March 2021, the EIT’s HEI Initiative has announced a second Call for Proposals, inviting Higher Education Institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

The HEI Initiative is a novel cross-KIC initiative that aims to unlock the full innovation potential of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) whilst integrating them into Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem. After the success of last year´s Pilot Call, the EIT has announced a second call for proposals, inviting higher education institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity. By supporting these activities with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, the initiative creates systemic impact and empowers HEIs to become regional engines of innovation. As a result, sustainable growth and jobs across Europe are also fostered.

But what is the goal of the program?

“Innovation comes as a blend of inspiration and observation. We create because we care. The moment we stop caring is the moment when entrepreneurship and innovation ceases. It is because EIT Health cares that we are placing the creation of start-ups as a priority and an essential activity for degree programmes, a vision already being shared across the international academic community.”– Prof. Dr. Jeff Wilkesmann, Education Lead at the EIT Health´s Regional Innovation Hub in Germany.

Innovation ecosystems in the academic environment exist already but to further enhance them, we want to achieve an integration of the learning and economic environments, thus building the needed relationships to achieve common aspirations. One of our main goals is to strengthen the stability in knowledge for the healthcare system and to guarantee concrete solutions for the upcoming health challenges within the European borders.

Why should you apply?

From July 2022, up to 40 consortia will be selected and implemented over a 24-month period. Each pilot project has the opportunity to be awarded a total of 1.2 million € with up to 300,000€ for Phase 1 (July -December 2022) and up to 900,000€ for Phase 2 (January 2023 – June 2024).

Activities can focus on several themes, including:

  • Fostering institutional engagement and change
  • Strengthening partnerships (knowledge triangle integration)
  • Contributing to developing innovations and businesses
  • Enhancing the quality of innovation and entrepreneurial education

For detailed desription, find the call document here.

Further information about the initiative and application can be found here.