LISTO (Latin American and European Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) is a capacity building project funded by Erasmus+ (KA2) with a focus on university-industry relations, entrepreneurial skills in education and university strategies for innovation. Over the course of 3 years (2017-2020) and with a budget of 983.000 EUR, the project will bring together 3 universities from Europe and 7 from Latin America to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and good practice for teachers, innovation office staff and university management.
Objectives and Activities
1. Foster university-industry relations
Uppsala University Innovation will introduce the AIMday method as a way of connecting researchers with industries. The AIMday (www.aimday.se) is a match-making event in which researchers and industry R&D staff are put together in workshops based on a shared interested. Prior to the AIMday, both sides are asked to submit questions on a defined topic, e.g. smart industries or material science which are used to set up matching encounters. The LA partners will participate in an AIMday training and will subsequently organize their own pilot AIMdays. We will evaluate the joint experience and discuss how universities can connect strategically with the wider economic and social environment.
2. Develop the entrepreneurial skill sets of teachers, staff and students
Coordinated by the Groningen Center of Entrepreneurship, the LISTO consortium will discuss current methods, topics and trends in teaching entrepreneurship to students and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this first step, we will work together in developing modules for interdisciplinary entrepreneurship courses which will be applied and tested in an international classroom setting. Teachers and students from all 10 LISTO partners will participate in these pilot courses. After the test phase, the goal is to inject the international/interdisciplinary modules into existing entrepreneurship programs.
3. Strengthen a university-wide spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship
The Science Park of the University of Valladolid will guide the discussions in how to create strategies for an entrepreneurial university. We will address the topic from two angles: first, a workshop for innovation officers to share good-practice examples of stimulating innovation and methods in engaging researchers for innovation; second, a conference with senior university management from all 10 LISTO partners to discuss the connection between university governance and innovation, and how to update or modify existing university strategies in creating an entrepreneurial university.