The STARTED project mission is to teach more researchers to create companies; capitalising on their research innovations by developing their entrepreneurial skills.
STARTED Project Objectives
The STARTED Project aims to lead to key changes in teaching and learning approaches to entrepreneurship for researchers and build strong and durable bridges between HEIs and businesses. Notably, the STARTED project will :
- Enable researchers to discover customer needs in different sectors in order to better shape research outputs and encourage close interactions with businesses concerned (startups, new business units). The short-term objective is to define roadmaps to guide future innovations, and to allow projects to better fit customer constraints and address current market needs. The long-term objective is to offer mentoring services to each group of researchers by domain experts who have knowledge of commercialised technologies and products.
- Help researchers to develop a more professional, complete and ‘real-life condition’ approach that will federate experts from several disciplines to support the best research innovations and allow their transfer via a partner of the project or in HEIs’ incubators. The new training model will be disseminated and promoted through partner networks and during related competitions after the end of the project.
- Analyse and address the skills and needs of R&D organisations (companies and colleges) in order to propose new training sessions, thus enhancing and normalizing interactions (a summer school on primary market research, on specific production processes, or on market analysis, etc.).
Education Methodology - Disciplined Entrepreneurship
For HEIs, one strong advantage is that researchers and academics with better knowledge of the industrial world and customer concerns will design products which are more adapted to the market and for scalable growth. Also, businesses, funders and investors with more exposure to HEI innovations that clearly demonstrate their relative benefits in terms of competitiveness and value creation will be more likely to invest in and/or acquire spinoffs from HEIs. We have chosen to base our teaching on the Disciplined Entrepreneurship process, specifically tailored towards ideas and technologies emerging from research. Six modules based on this process will be created by the HEIs focusing on ideas and technologies emerging from research:
STARTED will enable the setting up of a European Research-to-Startup Centre (ERSC) with a shared webflatorm that will centralise the learning tools and content for a Research Innovation Network of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs . ERSC connects researchers and innovators via online social network/forum modules, not only in the partner regions, but also in other regions who wish to commercialise more research via startups.
We will focus on educating researchers on the processes for entrepreneurship development, documenting “best in class” examples along the way. Through a project-oriented approach, teams will form around ideas or technologies, developing a business plan to commercialise same, thus fostering entrepreneurial skills for future innovations.
The STARTED project aims to define and deliver new courses and methods for teaching entrepreneurship development to researchers, with knowledge exchange between HEIs and businesses. In order to execute the project goals within the 36 month project timeline, a rigorous work package methodology have been drawn up:
Benefits to the European Society
Key benefits of the STARTED Project to the wider European Society are:
- Creation of sustainable bridges between research orgs and the startup ecosystem
- Development of researcher's entrepreneurial skills
- increased researcher employability within IDEs
- increase in innovation tech transfer to businesses.