January 26-27, 2015
The kick-off meeting of the SCIENT project (“A European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIEntists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit”) was successfully held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 26 and 27 January 2015. The project involves 15 organisations from 9 different countries, namely GrantXpert Consulting Ltd, Chrysalis Leap Ltd, AS Cyprus College Limited (EUC), CYBAN and Sigmalive (Cyprus), ISOB GmbH and Strategische Partnerschaft Sensorik e.V. (Germany), Aster and CESIE (Italy), PARKUBIS and UBI (Portugal), FUNDEUN (Spain), the University of Gloucestershire (UK), Paragon Europe (Malta) and KTU (Lithuania).
The kick-off meeting provided all its 28 participants from the above-mentioned 15 organisations with the opportunity to get to know each other, review the scope of the new project, specify the responsibilities of each organisation and define the framework and timeframe of their work so as to successfully meet the project objectives. In addition, all partners were given the opportunity to present their organisation and describe its contribution to the SCIENT project.
The participants were highly skilled professionals, academics and expert trainers in entrepreneurship and start-up accelerator programmes from EU universities, liaison offices between universities and companies, research organisations, cluster of companies, accelerators, business angels and other organisations with keen interest in the topic under examination.
About the SCIENT Project
SCIENT Project is a European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIEntists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit. The project was launched on 1st of January 2015 and has a duration of 3 years.
SCIENT will develop an innovative entrepreneurship programme for PhD STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students/graduates, developing their transversal skills and providing them with a new professional path.
The ultimate aim of the project is to make doctoral students and graduates aware of their career options which should not be limited to an academic/researcher profile; they should also consider the possibility of using their research findings and starting their own company.
Through an in-depth analysis of existing entrepreneurship programmes, accelerators, science/technological hubs and incubators in the EU and beyond, SCIENT will:
- identify the existing gap in Southern EU countries;
- identify the best practices of Northern EU countries;
- develop a new, top-quality pre-accelerator programme for PhD STEM students/graduates.