Is your Higher Education Institution prepared for future challenges?

HEInnovate is a self-reflection tool for Higher Education Institutions who wish to explore their innovative potential. It guides you through a process of identification, prioritisation and action planning in eight key areas. The self-assessment is available in all EU languages.

HEInnovate is not a benchmarking tool. It diagnoses areas of strengths and weaknesses, opens up discussion and debate on the entrepreneurial / innovative nature of your institution and it allows you to compare and contrast evolution over time. You can have instant access to your results, learning materials and a pool of experts. HEInnovate can be used by all types of higher education institutions.

HEInnovate is an initiative of the European Commission in partnership with the OECD. It is free, confidential and open to anyone to use. Read more.

Being an entrepreneurial higher education institution depends upon individuals, and innovative ways of doing things.

HEInnovate
in numbers
Total number of:
Self-assessments:25.9K
Higher Education Institutions:1.3K
Registered users:26.5K
Groups on the site:2.1K
Case studies and user stories

You can view and download case studies that showcase different institutional approaches and practices along the eight dimensions of HEInnovate,
and user stories about the experiences of various HEIs undertaking the HEInnovate assessment.

  • User stories

The Arqus European University Alliance aims to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity throughout the entire university community, including students, academic and administrative staff. The initiative stated, under the Arqus Action Line 5, the following main objectives: Stimulating entrepreneurial mind-set and creativity Reinforcing regional engagement Building on complementary areas of strength fostering cross-sectoral collaborations As a first step in pursuing these objectives, the Alliance aims to develop a roadmap of mutually beneficial activities. The aim is to help strengthen the...

  • Case studies

The University of Turku considers itself an Entrepreneurial University that fosters entrepreneurship in many ways, based on a three-pillared concept: People (developing entrepreneurial competences), Collaboration (with businesses), and Outputs (creating new businesses). With regards to People, at the heart of the University’s entrepreneurial education is the Turku School of Economics, which offers a wide variety of programmes, mostly open to students from all departments, as well as executive courses. In the Collaboration pillar, UTU teams up with companies in interdisciplinary research...

Members of the HEInnovate expert team

The expert group is an important driving force behind taking HEInnovate forward.
In this section you can read the profiles of our experts and contact them.

I have been involved in HEInnovate from the very beginning, and now I have used it in my university for more than three years. Since 2014, I have been working as leader of action plan for LUT Entrepreneurship Strategy. My doctoral thesis was about...

Strategist, innovation and science manager, teacher, researcher, mentor and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Business Innovation at Porto Business School, University of Porto and Professor of Entrepreneurship and...

Zsuzsa is the project manager of HEInnovate overseeing the daily running and continuous development of HEInnovate. Zsuzsa and her team have been supporting the take up of HEInnovate through the mobilisation of the expert network, the development of...

Oto Hudec has a background in statistical and evaluation methods and has almost 20 years of experience in the management of education and development at the Faculty of Economics. At the same time, he also works as a head of the Institute of Regional...

An enthusiastic user of HEInnovate, Barbara Gabriel has already implemented it twice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro with two distinct target groups. HEInnovate is the catalyst for change and for several...

Klaus is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes that an entrepreneurial society will create a better world. As Universities play a key role in educating young people to think more entrepreneurial, HEInnovate is a fantastic tool for all...

Nadine is the founder of BCS Consultancy Services, a consultancy company specialising in advice and expertise on EU policies and EU programmes in higher education. Nadine advises on higher education strategic developments, leadership and governance...

Adina first attended an HEInnovate workshop and training in August 2015, given the initial interest of Babeș-Bolyai University in assessing and subsequently developing internationalisation. Adina since became a member of the HEInnovate expert group...

Istvan is a member of the HEInnovate expert group and he contributed as the national expert to the HEInnovate Hungary review. Istvan has been working on the development of the entrepreneurial culture of higher education institutions (HEIs) for years...

Fiona has over 20 years of experience of innovation and enterprise, in industry and in higher education. Her expertise enables her to play a vital connecting role between academia and business within entrepreneurial ecosystems. Prior to her current...

Pedro has significant experience in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including teaching and management roles played at the University of Coimbra, after having completed his PhD at MIT. He has participated in several HEInnovate Expert Meetings...

Paul has been engaged with HEInnovate since its conception and has supported its growth and development including the development of the training materials during the past five years. He has undertaken institutional reviews using the HEInnovate...

Maciej has specialism in developing entrepreneurial strategies for higher education institutions, and he is currently finishing PhD on the entrepreneurial transformation of higher education institutions. He has been a member of the HEInnovate Expert...

Ester Bernadó is committed to higher education and life-long learning. She has held several positions in the university such as International Coordinator, Director of Bachelor’s Programs, Director of a Research Group in Data Mining, and Coordinator...

Milena Stoycheva is the CEO of JA Bulgaria and The Edge: R&BD and Visiting Professor with the EIT Digital Master School in I&E (Innovation and Entrepreneurship). Entrepreneur and educator, she is passionate about the importance of education and the...

Annmarie is the Programme Director and a Business Studies Lecturer at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of the EU HEInnovate Expert Facilitators Group and has broad experience with using HEInnovate. She implemented the...

Mikkel is an international consultant supporting organisations developing their entrepreneurial potential and societal impact. Mikkel has led the implementation of the EIT Climate-KIC entrepreneurship programmes across the Nordic countries developing...

Ana has a Phd in Business and Economics, with a thesis about Operational risk in banking and focussed on internal and audit control for years. She moved on to the entrepreneurship world when she started to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship...

Rebecca has been a core member of the HEInnovate Team since the inception of the initiative. She has worked with the European Commission and the members of the expert group to design the self-assessment tool and maintain its relevance. Rebecca is a...

Since 2013 Steve is manager of the student-entrepreneurship centre DO! (Durf Ondernemen) at Ghent University. Where he is active both as business coach for student-entrepreneurs and as challenger of entrepreneurial thinking within Ghent University...

News and events

Read the latest HEInnovate news and see our upcoming events.
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  • News

Today’s world is constantly changing. This phenomenon is creating new challenges for educational institutions and business organisations, highlighting the need for innovative methods and practices in teaching and learning. How can teachers and trainers stay up-to-date and address the dynamic...

  • News

The EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is an action of EIT – the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The specific objectives of the HEI Initiative are to contribute to the EIT mission of boosting sustainable, inclusive economic growth by reinforcing...

  • News

Universities are sometimes compared to mythological places: ivory towers. While beautiful from the outside, the inhabitants usually shut themselves off from the external world and generally keep themselves to themselves. Or, in the case of universities, academics are said to stay within their...

Twitter feed

There is a strong emphasis on #entrepreneurship and #innovation education in #Sweden 🇸🇪 with the vast majority of HEIs offering entrepreneurship education, including as part of lifelong learning 🧑‍🎓👴. Find out more in the #HEInnovate country review 👉 https://t.co/3n7PDmenCI https://t.co/qhtI9ahgss

Watch back the #HEInnovate webinar on #Entrepreneurship and innovation in the #arts and #creativesector featuring @ELIAartschools, @EITeu & @EUErasmusPlus #KnowledgeAlliance project Future Art School Trends 2045 👉 https://t.co/eTXTr9aeaf https://t.co/jSVm2g8aQM

Other initiatives

There are a number of initiatives run by the European Commission and the OECD that are of interest to the users of HEInnovate.
In this section of the website, you can learn more about them.

  • Initiative

Higher Education Institutions are key in supporting regions and countries in achieving the objectives of their Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).

  • Initiative

In 2019, the European Commission and the OECD initiated the Labour Market Relevance and Outcomes of Higher Education (LMRO) Partnership Initiative, a collaborative project with Austria, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovenia.

  • Initiative

Higher Education Institutions can be driver for transformation and innovation, above all when they engage with their environment, locally, at national and international level.

  • Initiative

Forward Looking Projects aim to foster innovation, creativity and participation, as well as social entrepreneurship in different fields of education and training, within sectors or across sectors and disciplines.

  • Initiative

The EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is an action of EIT – the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The EIT exists to drive innovation across Europe by integrating business, education and research to find solutions to pressing global challenges.

  • Initiative

The Alliances for innovation are structured partnerships bringing together businesses, higher education institutions and VET to work on more innovative forms of teaching and learning.