The consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and other players of the knowledge triangle – education, research and businesses – are designed to achieve a systemic impact in higher education at the institutional level, to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacities, better integrate into and engage with innovation ecosystems.

Project leader – University of Latvia (UL)/LV is the leading and most influential comprehensive university in Latvia. It has an important role in the development of the entire education system and the overall growth of the country’s economy. The UL has a crucial role in the development of society’s academic traditions, national economy, education, environment, health protection, Latvian language and culture. Opinion of the UL substantially contributes to decision-making in public administration. The UL conducts research in more than 50 research areas, and scientists from the UL have significantly enhanced the competitiveness of the national economy and the improvement of the quality of life in the society.

Latvia, Riga, Raiņa bulvāris 19, LV-1586 

The University of Coimbra (UC)/PT is a public and autonomous HEI comprising 10 research and education units. The UC has 38 centres of pure and applied research where 1800 researchers create knowledge in several scientific fields. The UC acts as a major entrepreneurship booster in PT. UC Technology Transfer Office is dedicated to innovation management, communicating effectively with R&D centers, the private sector, and both national and international clusters. The mission of UC Business is to transform the UC into an essential partner to the business sector, carrying out joint projects with different business structures (start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs, large companies and associations), within the multiple areas of knowledge of the UC. The UC is EIT Health KIC member.

Portugal, Coimbra, Paço das Escolas, 3004-531 

Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU)/LV is the leading academic research institution in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, rehabilitation and nursing sciences. The scientific activity is conducted by 4 institutes, 8 laboratories, research centres and by professors at 8 faculties and its departments. The basis of research activity is the concentration of resources for the purpose of conducting outstanding, up-to-date, consistent with contemporary public needs, fundamental and applied research targeted at improving the quality of life, welfare, technology transfer and purposeful commercialisation of the acquired knowledge. The Technology Transfer Office was created in 2008. In 2018, the RSU joined the RIS in the area of health, managed by the EIT Health. RSU serves as the EIT Health Hub in Latvia.

Latvia, Riga, Dzirciema iela 16, LV-1007 

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)/BG, established in 1895, is an independent, non-governmental organisation for assistance, promotion, representation and protection of the business interests of its more than 56 000 member companies, which contributes to the development of international economic cooperation and provides assistance for the European and international integration of the Republic of Bulgaria. The activity of the Chamber is based on the principles of voluntary membership, autonomy and self-financing.

Bulgaria, Sofia, 9 Iskar Str., 105 

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU)/CZ with its 6 faculties, Institute of Education and Communication, and business incubator, is one of the largest universities in CZ. It provides high-quality, diverse and accessible (e.g. lifelong learning, virtual courses, internationalisation) educational process and intensive cooperation with practice. Highly-developed forms of research interconnect with high-quality and effective PhD studies. The CZU is working on innovation and entrepreneurial capacity at several levels. The CZU has a gender-balanced environment according to the EU requirements, established in the GEP and supported by HR Award.

Czech Republic, Prague, Kamýcká 129, 16500

Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences (FHWN)/AT is one of the country's top educational institutions with a specific focus on practice-oriented education, international networking and innovative research work. Thanks to high quality standards in teaching and research, state-of-the art laboratory infrastructure and determined focus on practical orientation with a continuous strive to develop, the FHWN is considered as a designer and role model in the Austrian FH sector. From a wide range of study programmes to numerous opportunities for specialisation and applied research with direct practical relevance, the FHWN sets standards and trains sought-after personalities.

Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Johannes-Gutenberg-Straße 3, 2700 

TED University (TEDU)/TR was founded in 2009 by the Turkish Education Association (TED), which has been pioneering the development of education in Türkiye since 1928. With an emphasis on liberal arts education, TEDU has currently more than 100 bilateral and Erasmus agreements with universities all around Europe. TEDU has research and project portfolio under 5 faculties. TED University is a member of the Euclid Network, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), UN-SDSN and founding member of Impact Investing Advisory Board of Türkiye, which is a member of Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. TEDUTECH (Technology Transfer Office of TEDU) is responsible for contracted research and IP commercialisation activities, and is also one of the Limited Partners of 500 Emerging Europe Venture Capital Fund.

Türkiye, Ankara, Ziya Gokalp C. No: 47 Kolej, Cankaya, 6540

ESSEC Business school (ESSEC)/FR is guided by the pursuit of academic excellence in teaching and research. Its distinctiveness stems from the pioneering spirit of the members of its community and its core values – humanism, responsibility, innovation and openness. ESSEC supports students in making their actions both meaningful and impactful, and seeks to enlighten the actions of businesses and organisations in a world transformed by the new industrial revolution, the environmental crisis, a new world balance and other major societal changes. The Social Innovation Chair was created in 2003, with the aim to train and sensitise students on the matters of social entrepreneurship.

France, Cergy, 3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch, 95000

Bukovinian State Medical University (BSMU)/UA is one of the leading medical HEI in Ukraine. The BSMU mission is to improve healthcare locally and globally, through excellence and innovation in education, research, and clinical care. The BSMU aims to address the needs of society and have a positive impact by continuously advancing educational excellence and scientific innovation. Their goal is to prepare health professionals by the highest standards to practice evidence-based medicine, patient-centered care and to produce research scholars demonstrating excellence in knowledge, skills and attitude. They aim to provide a learning ecosystem empowered with continuous professional growth and development.

Ukraine, Chernivtsi, Teatralna sq., 2, 58002

Dnipro University of Technology (DniproTech)/UA is a leading higher educational institution in Ukraine characterized by a fundamental and systematic academic approach, complex integration of education, research, and innovations, and diversification of international activity. The university is focused on providing innovative development of Ukraine’s economy through implementing high technology and efficient use of natural resources to achieve sustainable development goals. The DniproTech mission is the evolution of the educational and scientific space based on the principles of academic integrity, universal human values, national identity, and the creative formation of the society of the future. Founded at the end of the 19th century, DniproTech has grown to an enrolment of more than 15 000 students. DniproTech has a fundamental history in raw materials, follows modern trends in economy and education, and fully meets the principles of international cooperation. DniproTech is a member of international educational and scientific organizations and networks (EUA, BSUN, EAGE, IUR, IGIP, SEFI, WMC, WFURS). University has a strong cooperation network with leading regional state and private enterprises, which provides a platform for joint practical study and research projects for students and staff. 

Ukraine, Dnipro, Dmytra Yavornutskogo ave 19, 49005


The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (IFNUL)/UA is a classical higher educational establishment with influential scientific schools, old traditions, and modern innovation approaches. Its principal aim is to provide increased educational and scientific standards and cultural and social needs of a person, society, and the state while training highly qualified specialists. The University activity is formed to preserve Ukrainian culture and traditions and develop national consciousness and identity.

Ukraine, 1, Universytetska str., Lviv, 79000

Coursera/USA was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors – Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller – with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with more than 100 million registered learners. Coursera partners with 275+ leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalogue of content and credentials. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens and students in such fields as data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

United States of America, California, Mountain View, 381 E. Evelyn Ave, 94041

220818 HIVE HEI Innovation for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship project is supported by the EIT Health programme under the HEI Grant Agreement and is funded by the European Union.

EIT Health was established in 2015 as a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is made up of various KICs, each of which focus on a different sector or area of innovation – in our case, that is health and aging. The idea behind the EIT KICs is that innovation flourishes best when the right people are brought together to share expertise. The so-called "knowledge triangle" is the principle that when experts from business, research and education work together as one, an optimal environment for innovation is created.

The EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is a joint EIT Community activity coordinated by EIT RawMaterials. The initiative is a key objective for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as part of its new strategy, the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021−2027. The initiative aims to support higher education institutions with expertise, coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual higher education institutions.