DIN-ECO - Boosting Digital Innovation and Transformation Capacity of HEIs in an Entrepreneurial ecosystem

EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021−2027 – EIT HEI Initiative - Second Call for Proposal AREA: Education

The project’s general objective is to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity of the participating HEIs and enable their integration into European innovation value chains and ecosystems.

The DIN-ECO specific objectives are to:

  • Set up or expand structures within HEIs to enhance students’ digital skills and capacities in innovation and entrepreneurship - phase 1
  • Set up or expand processes within HEIs to facilitate the knowledge and innovation transfer from universities to the market and policymaking centers, and vice versa (like TTOs) - phase 1
  • Foster the collaboration between HEIs, especially between HEI KIC member, the Enterprises KIC members and non-KIC members, for exchange of knowledge and good practices in entrepreneurship and innovation - set up in phase 1; expand in phase 2.
  • Create mechanisms for innovation-driven research resulting from collaboration with the partners of the consortium coming from the industry- phase 2.
  • Introduce, support and enhance entrepreneurial and innovation studies in HEIs through the reorientation of existing Curricula and new education programs - phase 2.
  • Support the HEI’s continuous self-assessment of the impact produced by the implemented DIVAP’s actions –phase 2.


Coordinator Ionian University

PROJECT Partners:

  1. DiSA – UNIBO (ref. Prof. Matteo Vignoli)
  2. Ionian University (A. Pateli), Greece
  3. University of Niš, Serbia
  4. SGGW – Warsaw University of Life Science, Poland
  5. Aalborg University, Denmark
  6. Found.ation, Greece
  7. FENICE Green Energy Park (Fodanzione Fenice), Italy
  9. University of Mugla Sıtkı Kocman University (MSKU), Turkey

 Duration: July 2022 - June 2024

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This project has received funding from the EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education, a joint EIT Community activity coordinated by EIT RawMaterials and supported by EIT Digital.