Project details

Project details


Fostering students’ entrepreneurship and open innovation in university-industry collaboration – iDEA LAB

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Higher Education and Society

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Project aims to develop iDEA Lab as a physical and virtual environment for generating, developing and commercializing innovative students’ ideas through relevant trainings, mentoring and technology put at their disposal. Following the entrepreneurial route (start-ups) or in collaboration with companies (open innovation), it will foster the collaboration between universities and enterprises, advance employment potential of graduates from WBC and enhance the companies’  innovativeness.   The general objective of the project is to advance employment and self-employment potential of graduates from WBC and enhance innovativeness of companies by fostering students’ entrepreneurship, creation of business start-ups and open innovation approach in collaboration between universities and enterprises. The project will achieve this by developing a co-creative and supportive environment - iDEA Lab network which will encourage and foster students’ entrepreneurial intent and at the same time support open innovation approach.

Specific objectives are:
• To set up, equip and network co-creative centres (iDEA labs) to support students to generate, develop and commercialize their own innovative ideas through entrepreneurship and/or open innovation
• To foster student entrepreneurship and start-up creation at university settings by improving infrastructure, entrepreneurial culture and skills
• To introduce and implement open innovation as a new form of partnership among key stakeholders in knowledge triangle in WBC
• To revise and adapt curricula to include entrepreneurial skills and problem-based learning
These objectives should be achieved through synergetic partnership of 3 RS, 3 BA and 2 ME HEIs, representing public and private sector, 9 WBC organisations representing key stakeholders (including students), 3 well known EU HEIs and 3 non-academic EU partners with extensive experience in dealing with entrepreneurship, open innovation and international projects.    
Subject area:

Development of partnerships with enterprises and Knowledge triangle education-research-innovation


3 years (36 months)


Vladimir Todorović
University of Novi Sad
Faculty of Technical Sciences
Trg Dositeja Obradovića 6,
21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Phone: +381 21 485 2056
Fax: +381 21 458 133

Other partners:

University of Novi Sad, Serbia
University of Stuttgart, Germany
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
University College Nikola Subic Zrinski, Zagreb, Croatia
SFC Consulting, Germany Eleven OOD, Bulgaria
WUS, Austria
University of Zenica, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Business Center Bar, Montenegro 
University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro
University of  Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina
UPC University Entrepreneurship center Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina
EESTEC Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina
EESTEC Novi Sad, Serbia
Vojvodina ICT cluster Novi Sad, Serbia
Creative Educational Center Novi Sad, Serbia
VTSSZR Zrenjanin, Serbia
VTSSSU Subotica, Serbia
SEEICT, Serbia Business Incubator  Novi Sad, Serbia