How innovative is your higher education institution?

Being an entrepreneurial higher education institution depends upon individuals, and innovative ways of doing things. There is no ‘unique’ approach, but a variety of ways in which HEIs behave entrepreneurially, for example, in how they manage resources and build organisational capacity, involve external stakeholders into their leadership and governance, create and nurture synergies between teaching, research and their societal engagement, as well as knowledge exchange. This also includes recognising and building on what already exists.

Now in its third year, HEInnovate has been used by 100s of institutions across Europe to assess their entrepreneurial and innovative potential.

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About HEInnovate

The European Commission and the OECD have joined forces to support higher education institutions with the creation of the self-assessment tool HEInnovate. HEInnovate facilitates the assessment of an HEI in a systematic way, opening up discussion and debate on the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of higher education institutions.

It is free, confidential and open to anyone to use. HEInnovate can be used by all types of higher education institutions. Rather than defining a single way forward, it offers self-assessment, guidance and good practice materials to take action.

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  • The HEInnovate questionnaire was used as basis to develop a strategy for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Business
    Professor Gideon Maas
    Director Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Plymouth University, UK
  • We have been using HEInnovate to promote the change in the way people think about, act and support entrepreneurship.
    Rui Coutinho
    Senior Advisor to the President Entrepreneurship Coordinator Porto Design Factory FireStarter & Manager POLITÉCNICO DO PORTO

Latest news

HEInnovate Re-launch - November 18th

After months of waiting, the new version of HEInnovate will be unveiled at an event in Brussels on the 18th of November. As well as an introduction to the new tool, this half-day event will include presentations from the OECD on the HEInnovate country reviews, a keynote from Professor Alan Gibb, testimonials from user HEIs and a panel discussion on the future of the entrepreneurial and innovative HEI. Registration and details:


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