The campus as launching customer for innovation

Universities and their campuses are great sources of (sustainable) innovation by means of the work of their faculty, students and entrepreneurs – upcoming as well as established companies that move to the campus to profit from them. Moreover, most universities are committed to more sustainable operations. Nevertheless, they hardly ever apply the ground breaking innovative technologies developed by their own people.

This project sets out to help campuses all over Europe to create a thriving ecosystem (universities, suppliers, start-ups etc.) where new sustainable innovations can be developed, tested, exchanged and implemented. The ultimate goal of this Pathfinder is to provide each campus in the Climate-KIC network with the appropriate tools to become a regional innovation engine covering the development trajectory from model, to pilots to market. On campus new sustainable technologies and services will be both developed and launched, making the campus and surrounding region the primary market.

The project was completed in the first half of 2015 and contributed to bridging the much-perceived gap between scientific knowledge and operational campus management. This allows for the transition to campuses as breeding places for sustainable innovation.

Development of an ambitious project to enhance sustainability ambitions at 8 European campuses.

Cooperation partners
Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen UR, Fondaterra, University of Valencia, University of Debrecen, University of Warwick, University of Berlin.

Climate-KIC (EIT)

Lead time
2013 - 2015

Contact person USI

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