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A European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIEntists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“One becomes an entrepreneur not by birth but by education as well as by experience” Reason of project: SCIENT will develop an innovative entrepreneurship programme for PhD STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students/graduates, giving them an insight out of the ivory tower of pure research, developing their transversal skills and providing a new professional path. The EU needs researchers who not only discover new things, but transfer knowledge to others, for maximum social and economic benefit. Scope & benefits: SCIENT will enhance scientific entrepreneurship by concentrating on young researchers, the brightest minds with untapped business potential. Based on EUROSTAT data (2010), there are more than 500,000 PhD students in EU universities, with more than 180,000 (more than 36%) STEM students. Activities: By identifying the strengths, weaknesses, existing gaps and utilising on best practices of existing entrepreneurship programmes, a unique and top quality programme will emerge. This will be pilot tested in 7 countries (CY, PT, ES, IT, LT, UK, MT) and offered to interested stakeholders once finalised. Currently there is no such programme in Europe.Outputs/results: -A innovative entrepreneurship (pre-accelerator) training package for STEM PhD students/graduates, available both as a complete training course or as an elearning programme.-A consolidated report with a description of the state of the art and the needs' analysis conducted across Europe, aiming to identify best practices, strengths and weaknesses and success stories on entrepreneurship and accelerator programmes as well as the needs of STEM PhD students/graduates-Potential for commercialisation of ideas and development of start-ups, following the completion of the pilot testing seminar and the Entrepreneurship Academy/Business Competition event, where 35 PhD students/graduates will have the opportunity to present their business ideas in a panel of investors.
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