SCE wins EIT-funded project "Tandem+" to lift potential at entrepreneurial universities in Europe

By: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship
MUNICH - July 23, 2021 - PRLog -- The Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) wins the project "Tandem+" as part of a consortium of eight renowned European entrepreneurship actors with the Portuguese University of Aveiro in the lead. Tandem+ aims at harnessing the entrepreneurial potential of European higher education institutions and paves the way for an international Open Entrepreneurship Alliance for social impact in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Central elements of Tandem+ are "train the trainer" and micro-credential programs for the network partners, with a special focus on countries from the Regional Innovation Scheme of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Tandem+ teaches entrepreneurship to talents, promotes international exchange of talents as well as start-ups and develops a network of universities, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and relevant actors of regional ecosystems with a special focus on countries from the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme. Tandem+ is funded by the EIT HEI initiative "Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education". Tandem+ is an acronym of the terms Transformation, Acceleration, Networking, Development, Entrepreneurial Education and Mentoring+, which also reflect the essence of the program.

"The Tandem+ program gives us the opportunity to run our qualification programs and support activities for startups together with international partners. This allows us to scale our activities, engage our students and aspiring founders in an international environment, and at the same time network our regional eco-system with international players.", SCE CEO Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer about Tandem+.

Barbara Gabriel, Deputy Director for Internationalization and Cooperation at the University of Aveiro continues, "Tandem+ reinforces the benefits of international and interdisciplinary teams pursuing real impact of teaching and mentoring talents and supporting start-ups by means of entrepreneurship and openness to other HEIs. This openness will be responsible to create a real Open Entrepreneurship Alliance, with a truly dynamic and growing network dedicated to (and with) other drivers for innovation and entrepreneurship."

Tandem+ responds to the strategic innovation agenda of the EIT Agenda 2021-2027, by creating an innovation ecosystem that goes far beyond the project network and is as dynamic as it is permanently open to expansion. Thus, Tandem+ is aligned with the main mission of the EIT KICs, bringing together companies, research centers and universities under their strategic objectives.

Within the framework of Tandem+, the following eight partners work together:
University Aveiro, PORTUGAL (in the lead).
Czech Technical University in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Dundalk Institute of Technology, IRELAND
Fonden for Entreprenørskab, DENMARK
Fundació TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme, SPAIN
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, CROATIA
Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, GERMANY
University of Economics Varna, BULGARIA

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