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From the idea to the market through mentoring and transnational entrepreneurial teams


Universities are the main source of innovation and solutions to societal challenges that can also cover market needs. Many start-ups and University spin offs are founded at European Higher Education Institutions, but they lack of sustainability and growth capacity. After 3 years, more than the 50 % of the start-ups fail because of low profitability and growth capacity. The origin of this failure come from the roots of the start-up foundation: the entrepreneurial and business skills of the founders, their complementarity of skills and those of their teams, their capacity to find supporting networks, difficulties to find an effective start-up support ecosystem, and the capacity of going international.

Chambers and companies in this project have developed counselling, peer learning and mentoring programmes that have proven results in achieving between 75 % and 97 % survival rate of the mentored start-ups and University spin-offs after 3 years of creation. Higher Education Institutions in the consortium have entrepreneurship among their priorities. SPINTeams links Higher Education Institutions to successful business communities setting methodologies for counselling, peer learning and mentoring in order to increase the success rate of university spin-offs and start-ups.

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Name: SPINTeams (University Spin-offs Alliance: From the idea to the market through mentoring and transnational entrepreneurial teams)

UOC position: partner 

Total budget: 995 176.00 EUR

Project period: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

Programme: Erasmus+

Partner countries: Spain, Latvia, Italy, Austria, Croatia

Improve entrepreneurial and business skills of the would be entrepreneurs at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), as well as their current and future Spin offs and Start ups, to achieve more and more sustainable and growing businesses. The project will act with a bottom up approach acting twofold: impacting on the practitioners and on the HEIs.

A collection of training webinars for creating the role of "Entrepreneurship Coaches" Higher Education Institutions (HEIs);

A complete training course for improving entrepreneurial and business skills addressed to advanced students, Phd students, researchers (would be entrepreneurs or spin-off/start ups founders);

A handbook "Building entrepreneurial support ecosystems for HEIs";

A guide "Mentoring and peer learning methods for new entrepreneurs support";

International entrepreneurs cooperation platform to foster the international cooperation, teamwork, networking and mentoring.

Lead partner: 

·Chamber of Commerce Industry and Services of Terrassa (Spain) 


· Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) 

· Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Latvia) 

· University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy) 

· Institute for Economic Promotion (Austria) 

· European Grants International Academy (Italy) 

· Poligest SL (Spain) 

· Turiba University (Latvia) 

· Tera Tehnopolis, Ltd (Croatia) 

· University of Graz (Austria) 

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