EIT HEI Innitiative: Tandem+

Project name: EIT HEI Initiative – TANDEM+ 
Supported by: European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Project duration: Phase I: 07/2021 – 12/2021
Phase II: 01/2022 – 07/2023
Budget: Phase I: max. 400 000 €
Phase II: max. 800 000 €
Lead at CIIRC: Petr Šamánek
Lead Partner: University of Aveiro (Portugal)
Project Partners: Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ)
Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Fundació TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme (Spain)
University of Economics – Varna (Bulgaria)
Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (Germany)
Fonden for Entreprenørskab (Denmark)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia)


The EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education is a joint EIT Community activity coordinated by EIT RawMaterials. The initiative is a key objective for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as part of its new strategy, the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021−2027. The initiative aims to support higher education institutions with expertise and coaching, access to the EIT innovation ecosystem, and funding, enabling them to develop innovation action plans complementing the needs of individual higher education institutions.

TANDEM+ sets the path towards 2030 with a multi-dimensional, international Open Entrepreneurship Alliance for societal impact under the Sustainable Development Goals. The Alliance will prepare talents for entrepreneurial thinking and actions, promoting an international exchange of talents and start-ups, and creating a network of European universities, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), and stakeholders of regional ecosystems. The long-lasting impact of the project will be ensured through mentoring, ‘train the trainer’, and micro-credential programmes for the partners of the network, with a special focus on countries from the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme.
Building upon HEInnovate results, TANDEM+ relies on an integrated set of initiatives related to the four domains and six actions of the HEI Initiative, namely:

  1. Institutional engagement for the implementation of the plan;
  2. Enhancing the scale and scope of student engagement;
  3. Good practice exchange by  networking and mutual learning;
  4. Developing structures and conditions for people to create and develop their business and start-ups;
  5. Assessment of teaching and learning practices; and
  6. Innovative and entrepreneurial programmes as well as mentoring schemes for staff and students.

Open Call: Start for Future

„Start for Future“ is a co-developed program of EIT HEI Initiative initiated by European Universities, reinforced by the EUAcceL and Tandem+ Consortium and EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing. The program aims to connect young talents and start-ups with the assets of EIT KICs and its industry partners, addressing UN SDGs and combining it with highly impactful, profitable and scalable business models.

Throughout the 8 month period, January – October, with the possibility to extend, teams talents and early-stage startups go through several phases (Open Pre-Acceleration, Open Incubator Program and Co-Creation) to bring forth their business concepts which will result in new promising startups.

Follow the „Start for Future“ program at LinkedIN.

• Manufacturing • Circular Economy • Sustainable Urban Mobility

Target Applicants:

  • Students & Talents to join Early-stage Startup Teams
  • Early-stage & Student Startup Teams (2-5 individuals) looking to develop

Individual Student & Talent Application

Startups & Student Teams Application