AccEnt–Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence in Higher Education Institutes

Thomas More is taking part in a new collaboration with universities across Europe, through the EIT-project “AccEnt” – Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence in Higher Education Institutes.

The project aims to improve core entrepreneurial activities at three different levels:

  • students (startups); 
  • faculty and researchers (spin-offs), 
  • and ecosystems (scale-ups, open innovation).

Running for 24 months, the AccEnt project will support at least 50 start and scale-ups, train over 1000 students, train and mentor over 150 faculty/staff, improve 20 entrepreneurship support and technology transfer structures, and establish 10 new partnerships, both locally and at a European scale.

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. Partnership with non-academic organisations is an important part of the initiative to create synergies between industry and HEIs.

The AccEnt consortium consists of:
•    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece – project lead
•    Idea Forward, Greece (venture partner)
•    Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium
•    Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium
•    Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
•    Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
•    University of Macerata, Italy
•    Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej, Poland

Under the EIT HEI Initiative, the project will receive funding of €300,000 for the project’s first phase running until December 2022, with the possibility of getting extended for 18 more months and an additional €900,000 of funding.


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.


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.
Read more about the AccEnt project at the EIT HEI website.