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 higher education institutes (HEI), small to medium enterprises (SME) and not for profit organisations (NPO) the composition of the consortium ensures expertise in the core areas of focus.


Border, Midland and West (BMW) Region

The vision for NUIG is to be an excellent, globally collaborative, creative, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial research and training institution, that is relevant to economic and societal needs. This ambitious vision articulates the University’s commitment to entrepreneurship, and our role as entrepreneurial agents from a regional, national and international perspective. NUIG has also developed strategic partnerships to further enhance its entrepreneurial footprint:

  • NUIG has designed and successfully delivers the BioInnovate medical device innovation programme.  A sister programme for tech entrepreneurship, TechInnovate, was established in2016.
  • The Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise (ICE) module is designed to encourage students to have confidence in their ability to be creative and innovative in whatever future business and/or community settings that they are working in
  • EXPLORE, a model of open innovation between students and staff, has delivered over 80 new innovative projects on campus with over 500 direct campus participants from all Colleges in just a couple of years.
  • In 2016, NUIG set up its own Blackstone LaunchPad, one of three national centres for student/staff entrepreneurship, co-funded by the Blackstone Foundation

Spain & France

Cataluña/ Languedoc-Roussillon

VentureHub (VHUB) is a group of entrepreneurs and investors with a strong interest in entrepreneurship. They have over 30 years of accumulated experience with leading institutions in supporting entrepreneurs at different stages of growth on several continents, such as IESE Business School, BCN Activa or The Kauffman Foundation. This experience has resulted in several customised programmes, applying their knowledge of the entrepreneurial ecosystem (entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, technological parks, investment funds, etc.). Venture Hub organises programmes for different types of participants, according to the level of development of the participants. This includes programmes for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams with business projects in various stages of development. They give special attention to the needs and challenges associated with the early stages of the life cycle of the company, and focus on the different stages of entrepreneurship:

  • Opportunity assessment
  • Business model development
  • Investor presentation
  • Negotiating financing transactions
  • Implementation of the business plan
  • Customer acquisition and growth


    IESE Business School, the graduate business school of the University of Navarra, is widely recognized as one of the world's leading international business schools. For over 50 years, the institution has been at the forefront of management education, developing and inspiring business leaders who strive to make a deep, positive and lasting impact on the people, SMEs and society they serve.

    The institution’s success is built on a humanistic approach to business and leadership, complemented by a world class faculty producing ground-breaking research; the global scope of its programs, faculty, students and campuses; a practical and relevant teaching methodology; and a growing alumni network of around 45,000 professionals worldwide. IESE’s faculty members come from over 31 countries with doctorates from the top world universities, and are a reference point for international expertise on the various aspects of the Spanish, European, and worldwide economy. IESE’s outstanding faculty network includes over 101 full-time professors and 68 external collaborators.

    Research is a central aspect of IESE activities and is one of the key ingredients contributing to the institution’s global recognition. The school heavily invests in developing research projects and high-level educational materials for executive training. IESE seeks to make a significant contribution through articles written by faculty in leading refereed journals and the generation of business cases and other teaching material.



    The Università degli Studi “Roma Tre” (Roma Tre University) has been active for 26 years. and represents a central point of reference in the Italian academic scene at both local and national level, hosting nearly 40,000 students. The University has 12 departments, 10 libraries and 10 centres, and in total about 970 teachers (553 professors [at I and II level], 353 research assistants, and 36 language experts). Roma Tre is a dynamic and efficient seat of learning offering a wide range of degree and postgraduate degree courses (about 70 degree courses, 22 PhD and 80 postgraduate degree courses), and concentrates on the quality of teaching and the introduction of its students into the labour market: this has led, step by step, to the successful acknowledgement of Roma Tre at international level.

    Scientific research undertaken by Roma Tre, together with quality education, is one of the essential functions of the university. It is recognised by the University as the engine of critical knowledge, creativity, innovation, and competitiveness. Since its foundation, Roma Tre has paid a great importance to international cooperation, and it has been an active participant in the European Union exchange programmes. Particularly, Roma Tre has taken part to the Erasmus programme since 1993/1994. In the academic year 2002/2003, Roma Tre was awarded the Erasmus University Charter (EUC), thus obtaining the right to participate in the Erasmus Programme.
    Translated (TRANS) was founded in 1999 by a linguist and a computer scientist with the aim of exploiting technology to increase the quality of human translation, while reducing its turnaround time and cost. Since its conception, Translated has closed all fiscal years with a net profit and counts on a team of 231,917 professional, native-language translators, and a vast portfolio of customers. The company’s aim, right from day one, has been to offer customers a guarantee of cost, quality and quick delivery. They stand apart from competitors due to their capacity to integrate technology into the translation process.

    This, as well as total respect for the confidentiality of customers' documents, has allowed them to quickly win the trust of major multinational and government customers, such as IBM, Hewlett Packard, RAI Television, ENEL and L'Oréal to name just a few. TRANS were recently honoured in an awards ceremony for 50+ high-impact growth entrepreneurs by Tech Tour Growth Forum, and the founders have also opened an incubator and a VC company, part of Pi Campus.


    Bruxelles & Liège

    Launched at a joint European Parliament, EC and Council of Europe event in 2010, European Young Innovators Forum is an independent, non-profit, pan-European, bottom-up association whose mission is to empower young innovators to play a transformative role in Europe’s future and changing the mindset for innovation in Europe. Its mission is to achieve this change by encouraging young Europeans to take more risks for innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging governments, businesses, society and individuals to support and reward such risk-taking. EYIF has reached in excess of 400,000 participants across all EU member states, giving voice to a community of young innovators and experts who believe in the value of shared ideas and professional mentorship.

    EYIF consults and cooperates regularly with the European Parliament, EC, US State Department, World Economic Forum, European Investment Fund, and OECD. EYIF is part of a high-level expert stakeholder groups created by the EC, to help design the Web Entrepreneurship, Web Entrepreneurship policy and Horizon 2020 policy for Europe. EYIF’s Board of Advisors encompasses leading Members of the European Parliament active in innovation policy including notably, its VP, Alexander Alvaro and leaders of Fortune 100 and 500 companies and other corporations that are global innovation market leaders, the Head of VC of the European Investment Bank’s risk funding body, and partners of major seed and venture capital firms.