Supporting entrepreneurship to create spin-offs

The University of Bologna offers different initiatives and services to support teachers, researchers, fellow researchers and PhD students who wish to develop business ideas.

the strategy builds on 5 pillars

 

1

Creating an entrepreneurial culture

 

Awareness initiatives and programmes designed to divulge entrepreneurial culture within the University of Bologna.

  • AlmaEClub
    Inter-disciplinary club for teachers and researchers at the University of Bologna who support the development of an entrepreneurial culture.
  • Basic Academy
    Training programme on models and tools useful to valorise entrepreneurial potential, results and research projects with a high level of innovation. Dedicated to the entire research community at the University of Bologna.
  • "Off the beaten tracks” training process
    A project dedicated to newly employed researchers at the University of Bologna. It aims to assist with the introduction in a professional context and includes interventions to protect and valorise intellectual property and services to support new entrepreneurship.

 

2

Scouting ideas

 

Activities and events to select ideas with entrepreneurial potential in all disciplinary areas and encourage networking to develop entrepreneurship.

  • Call for spin-off projects
    The call for applications, addressed to the community of the University of Bologna, is available on the University’s intranet.
  • StartUp Day
    Event promoting entrepreneurship.

 

3

Business development

 

Programmes to support entrepreneurial teams assisted by experts, mentors and institutional investors.

  • ALMALABOR
    It includes spaces for coworking, where you can exchange ideas, develop innovative projects, and a digital workshop, where you can use machines (laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.) and receive assistance in prototyping.
  • Advanced Academy
    Support to develop business potential, thanks to the assistance of mentors specialising in the sector and clubs of investors.
  • Proof of Concept (PoC)
    A tool to help develop inventions patented by the University of Bologna and increase their commercial potential.
  • Call for business plans
    An initiative to identify the business plans to support with interventions aimed at creating growth.

 

4

Business Incubation

 

Support activities to help with business consolidation and management: logistic services, legal and accounting advice, team building and business planning support.

  • Almacube
    The business incubator of the University of Bologna, in collaboration with Confindustria-Emilia Centro.

 

5

Growth and Development

 

Projects and partnerships with investors and public and private subjects to support business growth and development.

  • Strategic Partnerships
    The University of Bologna collaborates with other organisations and national and international institutions (banks, accelerators, investors, etc.), to strengthen growth of approved enterprises.
  • International Mobility Programmes
    The University of Bologna encourages the exchange of good practices through international mobility programmes focused on business development.

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