The end conference of project NOBALIS addressed the future development of entrepreneurship and innovation education and institutional capacity

The two-year project NOBALIS (Nordic Baltic Universities boosting entrepreneurial and innovation support systems) came to an end in June.  The partners met in Ås Norway for end conference to wrap up the project and share insights on how to support entrepreneurship and innovation activities.

The overall aim of the project was to support the development of innovation and entrepreneurship capacity in higher education institutions.  The project outcomes included mentorship for 8 start-ups, creation of 2 start-up and launch of 3 innovations, mentorship for 78 students, 22 academics, training for 58 non-academic staff, modules for over 600 students, creation of 4 entrepreneurship support structures, 4 new partnerships in project partner universities. Partners shared their good practices through the idea bank and 6 videos, comparison of universities’ innovation ecosystem and policies. 

Partners’ takeaway from the project was that reshaping of various policies as well as higher research visibility in needed for improving the innovation capacity of institutions. Institution wide engagement, motivation and incentive system, active collaboration between academic, non-academics and students is needed. NOBALIS partner Linnaeus University demonstrated various AI tools that can be integrated into innovation studies and projects, but at the same time it is necessary to make sense what skills both employees and students need to use them and for creating innovations.

The project NOBALIS was supported by EIT Food and funded by the European Union. Project is part of the program EIT HEI Initiative of European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). The project NOBALIS was implemented by a consortium of seven Nordic and Baltic organizations. The partners are Norwegian University of Life Sciences (leader), Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Linnaeus University, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ard Innovation and Baltic Innovation Agency.

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