The STARTED Project

Research innovations often remain locked within research organisations (HEIs/research institutes and research-active businesses), never making their way into commercial startups or new business units. Leveraging these innovations should be a priority for such institutions.

However, due to a dearth of entrepreneurial skill sets, researchers have little understanding about: (1) how to bring these innovations to market; (2) how to generate revenue; or (3) how to create important new areas for sustainable employment.

The STARTED project aims to reinforce and structure a European network for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the R&D area while improving the flow of knowledge and win-win cooperations between HEIs and businesses.


About the STARTED Project

With a diverse consortium of project partners and project-based methodologies, the STARTED project will equip researchers with the appropriate skills to build customer-centric startups

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    Developing entrepreneurial skills (and spirit) in researchers

  • R&D Innovation

    Foster interactions between stakeholders in R&D innovation

  • Tech Transfer

    Transfer of innovative research projects through to becoming robust startup opportunities.

STARTED Project Focus Regions

Based on Eurostat data on the employment rates in all 271 NUTS 2 regions, and the R&D levels in those same regions (total intramural R&D expenditure (GERD) as a percentage of GDP), we examined the following European regions that had some of the lowest levels of employment (< 60 %) in all of the EU-28 countries, despite having medium-to-high investment in R&D (> 1.5% of GDP)

  • Ireland Border, Midland and Western
  • Belgium Bruxelles & Liège
  • Spain Cataluña
  • France Languedoc-Roussillon
  • ItalyLazio

STARTED will begin by targeting the six regions highlighted in our needs analysis, as these are ripe for opportunity given the fact that there are already high levels of potentially commercialisable R&D in these areas, also bearing in mind that there are many other regions in Europe that could and will later benefit from this approach


In order to tackle the scope and geographical spread of the project, we have chosen a diverse group of 6 partners from four different countries. Ranging from HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) to SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and NPOs (Not for Profit Organisations), the composition of the consortium ensures expertise in the core areas of focus