OIPEC – Open Innovation Platform for University-Enterprise Collaboration

is a capacity-building project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which aims at transferring the best European practices in university-enterprise collaborations to Russian and Chinese partners.

The project started in October 2015 and lasted 36 months.


The ultimate goals of the project are:

  • the creation of a platform that supports partnerships between universities and enterprises by providing easy access to universities’ expertise for small and medium enterprises;
  • the increase of the collaborative activities between universities and enterprises, with the aim of generating novel products/services or improving existing ones.

The platform consists of three main pillars:

  1. arranging a training course and an executive program to improve competences of enterprises’ staff in innovation management and new product/service development;
  2. establishing and managing the “Collaborative Open Innovation laboratories” (COILabs), integrated facilities at partner universities with the following functional areas:
    • Concept development area, centered on design thinking and raw prototyping

    • Rapid prototyping area, providing both design and operational skills

    • Entrepreneurial area, to support the development and validation of business concepts

  3. sharing the expertise acquired among European, Russian and Chinese universities.


Further references and materials

Project website http://www.oipec.eu/