Terms and conditions


I. About the Website

1. The general objective of the Website is to provide access to the HEInnovate self-assessment tool (hereinafter "the Service"). HEInnovate is a tool designed to help interested organisations assess themselves against statements characteristic of an entrepreneurial higher education institution (HEI). As a self-assessment tool, HEInnovate has the purpose of helping HEIs identify their current situation and potential areas for future action.

2. Access to the Service and materials offered via the Website is open. However, it requires authentication.

3. The European Commission is committed to ensuring the uninterrupted availability of the Website. However, access to the Website and its Service may occasionally be suspended, restricted or impeded to permit repairs, maintenance, or the introduction of new services or facilities.

II. Definitions

Service(s) means the entire HEInnovate self-assessment tool, giving users the possibility to carry out an assessment of their entrepreneurial profile, while providing access to tailored reports based on the users' input.

Information and Materials means any content including data, text, images or videos available on the HEInnovate Website, and within the Service, including documents provided following the carrying out of the self-assessment.

General Terms means the present terms and conditions to which any use of the Website, its Service, or Information and Materials thereof is subject.

III. Applicable terms

1. Access to, and use of, any Information, Material or Service of the Website are governed by these General Terms and Conditions of use, and imply acceptance of these General Terms by the user.

2. The European Union reserves the right to amend these General Terms and any other specific terms on the Website at any time by posting amended terms and conditions on the Website. Such amendments will take effect on the date on which they are posted.

IV. Ownership

4. The information published on the Website and Service, are owned by the European Union and the OECD.

5. Proprietary rights, including copyright, applied to all content available via this Website are vested with their respective owners. Access to the information, material and Service of the Website does not give users any ownership thereof. All rights not specifically granted herewith are reserved by the respective owner(s).

V. Right of use and limitations

1. Access to the Information, Material and Service of this Website is granted for the purposes described in point I above, within the scope and objectives pursued by the European Commission.

2. Use of the Information, Material and Service of this Website is regulated as follows.

Users may:

a) use for their own non-commercial purposes, without modifying, the Information, Material and Service of this Website:

b) carry out a self-assessment, as described in point I.1 above;

Users shall not:

a) use the Information, Materials or Service for commercial purposes;

b) perform any activity that could harm or violate the Website's and the Service's purposes; in particular, the users shall not affect the free-of-charge status of the Website and Service, by making a commercial use out of it;

b) perform any activity that may result in the extraction of Information from the Website, or from the Service.

VI. Restrictions

The foregoing licence does not cover information to which any granted or pending intellectual property right applies (e.g. trademarks, designs and database rights). In those cases, and in any event where a commercial use is required, users are encouraged to seek specific and explicit permission from the European Commission.

The present General Terms and Conditions do not authorise use of the European Commission visual identity and logo. The latter are subject to specific terms and conditions. Any rights not explicitly granted under the present General Terms and Conditions are subject to specific requests for permission from the European Commission.

VII. Disclaimer

While this website strives to keep the information, material and service timely and accurate, the European Commission makes no claims, assurances, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the materials and services available via the website and, therefore, the European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on this site.

This information is

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity
  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date
  • not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

This website may contain “external links” to websites in domains other than europa.eu, which may not be owned or funded by the European Commission, over which Commission services have no control and for which the Commission assumes no responsibility.

VIII. Data processing and protection

In those instances where this website requires personal information about you, such information shall be treated according to the applicable European Data Protection legislation.

This website contains the specific privacy policy aligned with the European Data Protection legislation.

IX. Contact

For enquiries with respect to matters concerning the Website or Service and to seek specific and explicit permission, please contact: info@heinnovate.eu or eac-heinnovate@ec.europa.eu.