SMARTFUTURE Project Announced

Sabancı University Sabanci Business School has announced that it will be taking part in a new project called SMART4FUTURE.


The project aims to support the capacity-building process of higher education institutes (HEIs) in innovation and entrepreneurship and to create all necessary preconditions for establishing higher education institutes as focal points of local and regional innovation ecosystems in 6 countries: Ireland, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. The project supported capacity-building will make inroads into SMART4FUTURE HEI’s structures by creating start-up support mechanisms, mentoring schemes, improving technology transfer and technology transfer offices (TTOs), and by establishing new types of collaborations with external partners.

 The project will receive funding from the EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education. This initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to boost the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe.

As part of this project, we will be working together with the following partners:

  • Algebra University College – project lead
  • Griffith College
  • University of Naples “Federico II
  • Medical University of Lublin
  • Infobip d.o.o.
  • Mentortec Servicos de Apoio a Projectos Technologicos SA
  • Link Group

Under the EIT HEI Initiative, the project will receive funding of €300.000, and it will run until December 2022, with the possibility of getting extended for 18 more months.

Stay tuned for more information about this project in the coming months!

About the EIT HEI Initiative

The EIT HEI Initiative is a key objective for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology as part of its new strategy. The initiative aims to support HEIs with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, the largest in Europe,  and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual HEIs. This is the EIT HEI Initiative’s second call for proposals, following the success of the 2021 Pilot Call. So far, the initiative has provided funding to nearly 50 projects. The next call for proposals is expected towards the end of 2022.

About the EIT

The EIT strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, among leading companies, research labs and universities.