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EC2E2N-1 • Work Package 06

Stimulating entrepreneurship

Updated: 07-11-2012 00:26


Johannes Fröhlich (TU Vienna, Austria)

Reiner Salzer (TU Dresden, Germany)


Argyropoulos Nikolaos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Ashmore Tony, Milton Keynes, UK; Bautista Carda Juan, University of Castello, Spain; Bischoff Klaus, Bischoff GmbH, Germany; Caponetti Eurgenio, University of Palermo, Italy; Cardinale Anna Maria, University of Genova, Italy; Crabb Eleanor, Open University, UK; Faginas Lago Noelia, University of Perugia, Italy; Jaeckel Klaus-Peter, GDCh - German Chemical Society, Germany; Kolasa Anna, Jagiellonian University Cracow, Poland; Kozaris Ioannis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Koutouli-Argyropoulo Evdoxia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Lagana Antonio, University of Perugia, Italy; Llop Jordi, Escuela de Ceramica of Alcora, Spain; Olsen Gina, University of Perugia, Italy; Puchinger Leopold, Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Riani Paola, University of Genova, Italy; Rui Marina, University of Genova, Italy; Salisova Marta, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia; Salzer Reiner, TU Dresden, Germany; Taylor Philip, European Commission JRC Geel, Belgium; Varella Evangelia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece; Verheyden Stefan, KHLeuven, Belgium; Wallace Ray, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Weinig Hans-Georg, GDCh - German Chemical Society, Germany; Wilmet Sophie, CEFIC Brussels, Belgium.

Aim of the group

The general task of this workpackage is to investigate how HE institutions can stimulate entrepreneurship and promote the acquisition of related skills. This activity is intended not only to make a proposal for curricular studies but also to offer practical support in establishing entrepreneurial initiatives and to support them through networking.

A first task is to determine how chemistry and chemical engineering curricula can be enriched by including courses able to provide a background for entrepreneurship and self-employment. This will include studies of the relationships between MMST innovation and the main lines of the market evolution as well as of the instruments allowing the financial valorisation of research activities.

A second task is to identify best practices implemented or being implemented by European chemistry or chemical engineering departments to stimulate better relationships between academia and the production world. Specific efforts will be made to identify the instruments adopted to allow researchers to continue advancing in research that can find an outlet to the market with a minimum of administration and bureaucracy. An analysis on whether the birth of startups and spinoffs has been fostered and support structures have been built will be carried out.

A third task is to determine a suitable way of networking existing or to be started entrepreneurial activities of the MMST sector. Establishing links and interactions among startups and spinoffs in order to gather them as a system of enterprises whose mission is innovation and its transfer into production procedures devoted to innovations is the main target of this workpackage. As a seed for this activity, the existing startups and spinoffs of the members of ECTNA and ECEENA will be considered.

A fourth task is to evaluate whether a European umbrella organization can be identified for the mentioned startups and spinoffs and to analyse the characteristics that such an organization should possess to accomplish its mission.


Period of Activity

Month 12-36, i.e. 2010-2012


Milan, IT, 27th April 2012