International projects

Turība University actively participates in various educational and scientific cooperation projects co-financed by the European Union and other international cooperation programs. As a lead partner, we have successfully implemented international level projects Erasmus+, JUSTICE, NORDPLUS and projects supported by other foundations.

01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

University Spin-offs Alliance: From the idea to the market through mentoring and transnational entrepreneurial teams (SPINTeams)

Universities are the main source of innovation and solutions to societal challenges that can also cover market needs. Many start-ups and University spin offs are founded at European Higher Education Institutions, but they lack of sustainability and growth capacity. After 3 years, more than the 50 % of the start-ups fail because of low profitability and growth capacity. The origin of this failure come from the roots of the start-up foundation: the entrepreneurial and business skills of the founders, their complementarity of skills and those of their teams, their capacity to find supporting networks, difficulties to find an effective start-up support ecosystem, and the capacity of going international.

Chambers and companies in this project have developed counselling, peer learning and mentoring programmes that have proven results in achieving between 75 % and 97 % survival rate of the mentored start-ups and University spin-offs after 3 years of creation. Higher Education Institutions in the consortium have entrepreneurship among their priorities. SPINTeams links Higher Education Institutions to successful business communities setting methodologies for counselling, peer learning and mentoring in order to increase the success rate of university spin-offs and start-ups.

“SPINTeams” aims at improving entrepreneurial and business skills of the would be entrepreneurs at partner Higher Education Institutions, as well as their current and future Spin-offs and Start-ups, to achieve more, more sustainable and growing businesses. The project will act with a bottom up approach acting twofold: impacting on the practitioners and on the Higher Education Institutions.

To achieve project aim, the consortium will deliver the following products:

  • A collection of training webinars for creating the role of "Entrepreneurship Coaches" at partners Higher Education Institutions"
  • A complete training course for improving entrepreneurial and business skills focused on advanced students, Phd students and researchers (the would be entrepreneurs or the spin-off/start-ups founders)
  • A handbook "Building entrepreneurial support ecosystems for Higher Education Institutions"
  • A guide "Mentoring and peer learning methods for new entrepreneurs’ support"
  • Managing an International cooperation platform to foster international cooperation, teamwork, networking and mentoring.

Partner countries: Spain, Latvia, Italy, Austria, Croatia

Leading partner:

  • Chamber of Commerce Industry and Services of Terrassa (Spain)

Partners:

  • Latvian Chamber of Commerce (Latvia)
  • Turiba Univeristy (Latvia)
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
  • University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy)
  • Institute for Economic Promotion (Austria)
  • European Grants International Academy (Italy)
  • Poligest SL (Spain)
  • Tera Tehnopolis, Ltd (Croatia)
  • University of Graz (Austria)

Project implementation period: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023
More information in webpage: www.spinteams.eu

Contacts:

Zane Driņķe
Project academic leader
Dean of the Business administration faculty
zane.drinke@turiba.lv

Ieva Bruksle
Project expert
Vice-dean of the Business administration faculty
ieva.bruksle@turiba.lv

Kristīne Tihanova
Project manager
deputy head of international relations office
kristine.tihanova@turiba.lv
+371 67625371

Project is co-financed by ERASMUS+ programme.
Project number: 621689-EPP-1-2020-1-ES-EPPKA2-KA

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