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Final workshop within Erasmus+ Project “University-enterprise cooperation via spin-off companies network”

From 27 to 29 of November, University of Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) hosted the final study visit within Erasmus+ Project “University-enterprise cooperation via spin-off companies network”. The project was approved for funding within 2016 call for proposals of the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices/ Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education.

Nizhnevartovsk State University was represented by Inna Volkova, Head of the Department for Commerce and Management, Natalia Samokhina, leading specialist of the Research and Development Office, and Oksana Yakovishak, leading specialist of the International Office. 

The seminar took place in the Office of Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship of University of Santiago de Compostela (Edificio Emprendia). The seminar gave an overview of the university and its activities in the field of technology transfer and commercialization of R&D results, creation, incubation and support for socially and economically important spin-offs.

            The hosts prepared a program that covered many topical issues relevant to the project theme:
-    University of Santiago de Compostela R&D and Technology Transfer strategies;
-    Entrepreneurial ecosystem of the University of Santiago de Compostela: its structure and key figures;
-    ARGOS spin-off support program (modeled on Massachusetts Institute of  Technology (USA) support program);
-    Typical mistakes in spin-of company development;
-    UNIRISCO company – first company that specializes on financing spin-offs based in universities;
-    Intellectual Property;
-    Overview of one of the spin-offs of University of Santiago de Compostela AYeconomics.






During the seminar participants visited research centers of University of Santiago de Compostela CIQUS (biochemistry and molecular materials), CIMUS (molecular medicine, treatment of chronic diseases), CITIUS (information technologies), and also University’s spin-offs HGBeyond, Dart, Situm that are currently in their incubation stage.





Participants also visited Campus TERRA, one of the campuses located in Lugo. The  participants learnt about fields that the campus is working in, strategic development plan and their experience with spin-offs. Participants also visited Centre for Dairy Production (Aula Productos Lacteos), laboratory for wood constructions testing PREMADE and the most successful spin-off of University of Santiago de Compostela company INNOLACT (Lugo) that produces cheese cream and exports their products in more than 40 countries all over the world.

Partner universities representatives concluded a series of study visits that included Spain,  Portugal and Germany. The next step in implementation of the project is development of a spin-off network platform where the best European practices demonstrated during the visits will be reflected.





The project “University-enterprise cooperation via spin-off companies network”(UNISON), 573555-EPP-1-2016-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP, is co-financed by European Commission in the framework of Erasmus + programme. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.