University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)
UB is the oldest university in Serbia and the largest in this part of Europe. Founded in 1808, it consists of 31 faculties, 11 research institutes, 13 University centers, Computer Center and the University Library with more than 3.500.000 volumes. It provides education in sciences and mathematics, technology and engineering sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities, with emphasis on commercialization of research results and students’ entrepreneurship. UB gathers over 102.000 students and over 5.000 academic and research staff. UB has served its people, and its former students and teachers have greatly contributed towards. the development of economic, cultural, scientific, educational and political life of our country. Since entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry are of great importance for further development of entrepreneurial spirit among students and researchers, knowledge transfer in this area has been a one of primary focus of UB. UB supports and incites knowledge, innovation and technology transfer from the University to the industry. Its dedication to raising awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship and enabling more intensive collaboration with industry is embodied in activities of UB’s Center for technology transfer (CTT). CTT plays a supportive role through promotional, educational, networking and matchmaking activities realized through numerous initiatives and projects. CTT’s main goal is to facilitate knowledge and technology transfers and connections between researchers and industry. In order to do so, CTT provides information, assistance and trainings to researchers and help them step into the world of industry and business. At the same time, CTT helps businesses and companies connect with educational and research facilities to the benefit of both sides. Such flow/circulation of knowledge and technologies allows research results and innovations to reach the market, also developing a profitable innovations network connecting researchers and companies.
Meta Group SRL (Rome, Italy)
META Group is an international advisory and investment firm dedicated to the creation and growth of fast growing companies.
META Group addresses entrepreneurs keen to start up or further develop a new company; researchers, interested in exploiting their research results; public and private investors committed in fostering regional competitiveness. Company’s main activities are: research results exploitation, support to start-up creation, access to finance, management of early stage funds, innovation and entrepreneurship policies and strategies.
META Group has over 20 years of experience in coordinating and participating international projects with an average total staff of 20 people distributed in Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland.
META is member of relevant European associations of innovators such as EBN (European Business Innovation Centres Network), INSME (International Network of SMEs) , IASP (International Association of Science Parks) and investors such as BAE Business Angels Europe and AIFI (Italian Association of Private Equity and Venture capital).
The University of Liège (Liège, Belgium)
The University of Liège (ULiège) is one of the three main and complete Universities of the French speaking Community of Belgium, hosting 24 000 students, which 23 % are foreign. 24% of our graduates have an experience abroad and 41% of our doctoral students are foreigners. ULiège is a member of the European EURAXESS (European Research Area – Mobility of Researcher) and has established the Centre of Mobility of the University of Liege who can help doctoral students with practical aspects and has been rewarded the European Human resources Strategy Label for researchers.
It hosts 850 incoming students and sends 705 students abroad. It has concluded more than 1500 international agreements in the framework of Erasmus programme as well as worldwide. ULiège takes part in 7 Erasmus Mundus programmes: 5 joint masters among which we coordinate 2 (EMSHIP and EMERALD) and 2 Joint Doctorates. ULiège also takes part in 12 editions of Erasmus Mundus Partnerships, 7 KA2 strategic partnerships (1 as coordinator). ULiège took part in several Tempus projects, in 4 running capacity building projects and in 2 “Sport not for profit European Sport events”. In the field of research, ULiège conducts 35 projects FP7 and 34 in H2020 and 10 ERC grants.
- Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia (MESTD),
- Innovation Fund of the Republic of Serbia (IF),
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS),
- International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (INSME),
- Business Angels Europe (BAE),
- Pan-European association of professionals involved in knowledge transfer between university and industry (ASTP-Proton),
- Student incubator VentureLab,
- LIEU network of Belgian TTOs,
- WBC Incubator for Life Science.