SCIENT – A European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIEntists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit

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  • To foster entrepreneurial spirit among PhD STEM students/graduates (academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math), as these people have untapped business potential
  • To enhance scientific entrepreneurship levels within EU Universities, decreasing over the long-term youth unemployment and boosting job creation and growth across the EU
  • To open up new learning opportunities through the practical application of entrepreneurial skills, which will involve the creation of start-ups and spin-offs, commercialisation of new services, products and prototypes


  • Conducting in-depth needs’ analysis, identify the obstacles that PhD students/graduates face in transferring their research findings into business ideas
  • STEM students involved in internships, working in interdisciplinary teams and under the guidance of academic faculty, managers, investors and entrepreneurs, having thus the unique opportunity to understand business needs and how their research can be applied in real business settings
  • Development and testing of a complete pre-accelerator programme offered in universities, research and entrepreneurship centres, accelerators and incubators


  • Current state of the art and needs’ analysis, Italy
  • State-of-the-art teaching methods and techniques on entrepreneurship education for PhD students/graduates
  • Transfer of best practices from North EU countries that have long-term experience in entrepreneurship and accelerator programmes to South EU countries
  • Entrepreneurship Academy and Business Competition in Cyprus


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Date of the project

01/01/2015 – 31/12/2017

DG of reference

DG EAC, Erasmus+, Key Activity 2 – Knowledge alliances



Higher Education and Research

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