University of Latvia is happy to announce that it will be leading on a new project called HIVE (HEI Innovation for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship). The project aims to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity of project partners by networking and exchanging the best practices identified nationally and internationally. The project aims to scale up commercialisation and introduce institutional change in higher education through the implementation of a jointly developed Innovation Vision Action Plan with a view towards 2030.

The project will receive funding from the EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education. This initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to boost the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe.

As part of this project, we will be working together with the following partners:

  • Ted University (Turkey);

  • Czech University of Life Sciences (Czech Republic);

  • University of Coimbra (Portugal);

  • The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (Austria)

  • Essec Business School (France);

  • Riga Stradins University (Latvia);

  • Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria);

  • Coursera (USA).

Under the EIT HEI Initiative, the project will receive funding of € 1 200 000. The funding will be distributed in two phases. The first phase will run until December 2022, with the possibility of being extended for 18 more months. Stay tuned for more information about this project in the coming months!

About the EIT HEI Initiative

The EIT HEI Initiative is a key objective for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology as part of its new strategy. The initiative aims to support HEIs with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, the largest in Europe,  and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual HEIs. This is the EIT HEI Initiative’s second call for proposals, following the success of the 2021 Pilot Call. So far, the initiative has provided funding to nearly 50 projects. The next call for proposals is expected towards the end of 2022.

About the EIT

The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities.


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