Innovation and entrepreneurship training

A critical mission of EIT is to increase the innovation capacity and capability within Europe. And for EIT Urban Mobility we do this within the area of urban mobility. The EIT Urban Mobility Academy Master School and Doctoral Training Network education has this focus. However this is less pronounced regarding the Competence Hub our lifelong learning professional school. Innovation is a requirement for a successful transformation. This calls for that innovation should be offered on a wider scale to cities and the industry, and maybe especially systemic innovation, given the nature of the challenges. With successful education and training within these areas networks cross areas may be built and new ideas may be implemented driving change at a faster pace.

Do you agree with the statements above? How significant is this need? Why is not innovation happening to the extent required in your organization today?

We should here focus on trying to understand the nature of the problem, so please try to avoid to discussing concrete solutions, even if it is difficult. Potential solutions will be discussed in the next step of the process.

5 thoughts on “Innovation and entrepreneurship training

  1. What are some specificities of innovation in the area of virtual mobility? Yes, this is about systemic innovation, about innovation in the context of complex value chains and multiple stakeholders, about balancing positive and negative externalities for multiples stakeholders, about …. In front of the related complexity, is it worth looking for new ways to foster innovation? (or not so new: participative, crowd-based, …) or should we just do it ‘the old way’ and let the market decide?
    Then, are there specific opportunities / challenges for innovation & entrepreneurship training? Could innovation & entrepreneurship training create (or could universities become) the new ‘agora’ where stakeholders meet to imagine/experiment/…? Could we push one (or several) step(s) further the practices in challenge-based training/education, where students/learners would become real ‘innovation catalysts’?

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  2. Entrepreneurship and Innovation are topics that can be learned. Moreover it must be learned! Therefore these two topics should be an incremental part of modern education in various fields, be it Master or Doctoral schools and of course Life long learning.
    BUT Entrepreneurship and Innovation are very applied and integrating disciplines. So stakeholders, users, deciders, etc. should be interated into the learning journey to increase the innovation capacities.

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  3. It’s clear we need entrepreneurial mindset. At University Master/Doctoral/summer school.. innovation and entrepreneurship training, in our experience, must be linked to solving real industry challenges in an innovative way and with a focus on the customer needs and the market.

    And at organisations such as industries, clusters, university staff, local agencies, research and technological centres,.. what is the issue? That innovation and entrepreneurship is seen as transversal skills, and although needed, it’s far from the technological core of the organisation.
    What does it means? That a LLL programme based only on entrepreneurship will not be on the top training investment priority.
    As far as I see it, EIT Mobility needs to work on how industry and other organisations open their training perspectives to include transversals skills. And more important that they pay for it. EIT HQ expects revenues from these programs.
    RTOS and University researchers needs also entrepreneurial mindset and spirit to bring their technological results to the market.

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  4. The word systemic implies that adjacent areas to Urban Mobility are relevant too and that possibly leads to Cross KIC opportunities. In this case, EIT Urban Mobility could initiate and facilitate the process of moving away from silo to flow and new (learning) solutions will have a wholistic nature.
    It might be that some organisations that would benefit the most from the Competence Hub activities will find it difficult to answer this question: ‘Why is not innovation happening to the extent required in your organization today?’ because they don’t know that they don’t know…
    I also agree with the previous comment ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation are topics that can be learned and moreover, it must be learned!’. Learning by doing, e.g. challenge-based learning (CBL) is an effective and empowering way. This approach opens up the opportunity for closer collaboration between industry, (local) governments and universities.

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  5. Innovation and entrepreneurship training is as stated a key component of the Master school and Doctoral Training Network education initiatives, and as stated also important for the Competence Hub. As stated in the comments there is a need for quite applied systemic innovation training involving and integrating stakeholders from across the Knowledge Triangle. We need however to figure out how this can be done achieving a significant impact. This could potentially be a focus for the 2022 call.

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