Number of institutions in the Austrian Alpine area of Tirol, including the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), have joined forces to establish the alliance ‘Startup Tirol’ that will foster entrepreneurial activity and network in the region. This new initiative is expected to act as a powerhouse for MCI in its implementation of the EEE Project activities and reinforcement of the entrepreneurial practices among target groups.  

In late February the key actors from the public and private sector in the Tyrolean entrepreneurship ecosystem have founded a regional alliance called ‘Startup Tirol’. This alliance comprises the Regional Development Agency (Standortagentur Tirol), the Chamber of Commerce in Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), I.E.C.T. – The Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol, the Werkstätte Wattens, and a number of individuals.

This alliance will be the coordinating umbrella for all activities of the involved actors with respect to entrepreneurship awareness and support. In this context, EEE Project is no exception to gain benefits from the initiative. Development of the Innsbruck Regional Alliance and the EEE entrepreneurship teaching modules are taking place in coordination with Startup Tirol, which serves as a secure ground for the envisaged project outcomes to be achieved.

 

The second alliance event in the line after Halle, Szeged Regional Alliance meeting has brought together higher education professionals and the representatives of regional firms to identify possible methods of cooperation and plan the upcoming steps in the EEE entrepreneurship course development and implementation.

Szeged Regional Alliance kick-off meeting successfully took place on 9 March 2017 in the premises of University of Szeged (USZ) in the leadership of the project team Dr. Norbert Buzás, Dr. Szabolcs Prónay, and Sándor Huszár. The event hosted more than 20 business partners who are interested in investing in their experience and knowledge in the EEE Project entrepreneurship course development, implementation, and the promotion activities in cooperation with the USZ teaching staff.

The meeting has identified the following steps regarding the involvement of the business representatives and student selection as (i) registering the exact role and contribution of the external partners, i.e. holding a lecture, mentoring a team, offering a business problem in the entrepreneurship courses, a discussion that will be finalized in late March and (ii) carrying out a well-defined recruitment process that will target the right group of students who will benefit from the teaching program the most, particularly those who are enthusiastic about the topic to put in practice what they have learned.

The next alliance meeting is agreed to take place in the month of June.

 

Halle Regional Alliance meeting facilitated introduction of the EEE Project to the entrepreneurship program management at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), as well as calling for support for the promotion and teaching of the EEE entrepreneurship courses at different platforms in the university.

The first Halle Regional Alliance meeting took place on 23 February with the participation of the representatives from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Univations EEE Project team. The meeting served the project team to introduce the EEE Project to the entrepreneurship education program coordinators at MLU, as well as calling for support from the university leadership in the teaching of the EEE entrepreneurship courses. The participants defined the preliminary steps as the generation of a sound strategy on how to promote entrepreneurship teaching among the MLU academic staff and identify suitable platforms to pilot-teach the entrepreneurship course modules to MLU students.

Suggestions for the possible teaching platforms included ‘MLU Startup Week 2017’, an entrepreneurship campaign supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the nationwide initiative called ‘Gründerwoche Deutschland’, Startup Week Germany. The event that will take place from 8th – 13th May 2017 this year is expected to bring together students, scientists and entrepreneurs in the region within a program that will include excursions, trainings, workshops, informative lectures and networking events.

The project team has scheduled in the next days a follow-up meeting with the MLU Faculty of Economy and Law to discuss the concrete steps to be taken in the promotion and teaching of the entrepreneurship courses.