Imagine a way for universities worldwide to create an entrepreneurial connection to enable collaboration of student teams and talent mobility internationally. Now, imagine this with the support of incubator facilities, coaches and the integration of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystems with their stakeholders to help fulfill the start-up ideas not only locally but also internationally...
… and call it the eBridge Alliance.
The Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) with the Strascheg Center of Entrepreneurship (SCE) initiated the eBridge Alliance as an international collaboration between universities and incubators. In the alliance, talents with innovative business ideas and a strong entrepreneurial mindset are given resources to further foster their business concepts and incubate them in ecosystems where they can thrive. Stakeholders, such as established companies in the alliance, are given access to entrepreneurial talents, teams and students. This creates a global network with resources for internationalization and scaling.
The eBridge process is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals because it is impact driven and fosters responsible entrepreneurship. Based on challenges defined by these goals, teams and talents develop solutions that have an impact on society as a whole.
The eBridge Alliance has a focus on 3 main pillars. First, through the university exchange, stakeholders will utilize established and successful programs and research to educate and scout talents, teams and start-ups. Second, it creates new synergies and adds new value to ecosystems worldwide, by strengthening accessibility for regional university networks to worldwide ecosystems and vice versa. Finally, university alliance members can connect and internationalize their incubation, acceleration and co-creation programs in regional ecosystems.
To achieve its goals, the eBridge Alliance has set up a program which is based on a structured process with 5 concrete phases. First, university students and teams with start-up ideas are scouted in topic-based seminars. In the second phase, the teams are matched with suited coaches and are onboarded so that they can potentially team up with other individuals to create international start-up groups. In the third and fourth phase, the established start-up teams will participate in open incubation and co-creation to develop business concepts and co-create projects with professional industry partners. In the final phase, the start-ups will further develop and continue to evolve in these interconnected ecosystems.
Munich Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGI)
The international activities of the eBridge Alliance align with the Munich Global Impact Sprint (MGI), an initiative led by the three Munich based universities Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, and Technical University of Munich (TUM). MGI aims to be a key hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the regional Munich ecosystem.
The universities are supported by their respective innovation and entrepreneurship centers: Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), LMU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (LMU IEC), and UnternehmerTUM.
The universities within MGI are committed to partnering with other higher education institutions worldwide to strengthen Munich’s position as a key player in the international entrepreneurial ecosystem. The eBridge Alliance and the MGI are funded and supported by the EXIST-Potentials program of Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
• Co-create entrepreneurship programs with experts &professors from other institutions
• expand your pool of professors, experts and potentialinternational students
•work with other students from our international network
•Be incubated in one of international incubators worldwide
• Attract and Incubate international early stagestart-ups in defined sectors.
• Access the worldwide incubation facilities ininternational ecosystem exchange
• Grow your existing business cases with start-upsthrough internationalization
• Work with existing start-ups to find synergies thatwould benefit both parties
• Scout talents from a pool of entrepreneurial students
• Invest in new promising companies
•SDG driven economic impact
•Solutions to societal challenges
Annually, the e-Bridge Alliance consortium selects an SDG inspired topic for the SPRINT answering one global challenge which our societies are confronted with.
SPRINT 2020 TOPIC: WELL-BEING
Spring/Summer Semester 2020:
The projects of 2020 have a focus on individuals and groups well-being. Well-being is a broad topic which goes beyond traditional understanding of the word health. As such it includes both physical, mental and social vitality of an individual or a group and extends from private to public sphere, including one’s workplace. Ideas in the field of food and nutrition are just as welcome, as they support and help preserve the overall well-being of citizens in rapidly developing and changing societies.
Phase 1 SCOUTING THROUGH EDUCATION JANUARY–JULY 2020
Format: Sprint is a program designed for students with an entrepreneurial spirit who wish to be on the frontiers of 2020+ of social and technological innovations that help shape sustainable societies. Sprint is run together by all international partner universities and their ecosystems as to develop promising international start-ups and innovative co-creation projects.
Phase 2 MATCHING PHASE JULY–SEPTEMBER 2020
When the teaching formats in Spring/Summer semester end, most committed talents and teams at home universities are screened by all e-Bridge University partners for pre-matching purposes. Selected talents & teams will present their profiles and business ideas on a joint e-Bridge Alliance platform.
How to implement your teaching course
• Select an interdisciplinary project course with the topic of ‘well-being’ • Through course develop project teamsworking on the selected topic • Select most committed students/teams willing to work ontheir business concepts at one of the alliance’s incubators
The first matching stage is done online with the help of the consortium team and well-being experts who suggest possible international start-up teams based on business ideas developed. The second matching stage takes place in one or more physical locations of e-Bridge Alliance entitled The Matching Week.
Based on their preferences, interests and competences and previous suggestions of external experts and coaches, talents and teams are matched and aligned with a suitable incubator.
Matching Week is open to already existing start-ups to diversify and build up their teams.
The Matching Week takes place from 21-26.09.2020 (online/offline- to be decided).
Phase 3+4 INCUBATION AND CO-CREATION THROUGH OPEN INCUBATOR PROGRAM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDS
Once the international start-ups teams are formed ...
• they prepare for joining an incubator of the eBridge network (at their home university or abroad or mixed) • they continue to work on their business concept virtually • finally the team is incubated at one or more selected incubators, that provide facilities and coaching for optimally six months
Focus of the incubation and co-creation phases is:
1. Further work on development of their business concept.
2. Once the business concepts and solutions are ready and prepared for market entry, the start-up teams increasingly engage in co-creation projects or use the ecosystem for search of investments.
3. Co-Creation phase follows incubation but ideally they overlap and take place in parallel. Building sustainable partnerships for co-creation with industry and business partners takes place at various times in the process.
OPEN INCUBATOR PROGRAM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDS
for Pre-existing start-ups working on various solutions currently incubated or connected to their home university, are welcome to use this opportunity to explore new possibilities in other markets and ecosystems. The host incubator provides support by coaching and mentoring, offers it facilities and stakeholder’ events and gives access to ecosystem partners for co-creation purposes.
The eBridge Alliance is a network of international universities and university-linked entrepreneurship located in worldwide Startup hotspots.
eBridge Alliance Partners
Athens University of Business and Economics, Katerina Pramatari, k.pramatari @ uni.fund and Stratos Baloutsos, firstname.lastname@example.org California Polytechnic University, Thomas Katona, tkatona @ calpoly.edu Edinburgh Napier University, Nicholas Fannin, n.fannin @ napier.ac.uk FH Campus Wien, Petra Pendl, petra.pendl @ fh-campuswien.ac.at German Center for Robotics- DKR, Milan Kusmuk, m.kusmuk @ dkr.ba International Burch University, Malcolm Duerod, malcolm.duerod @ ibu.edu.ba La Trobe University, Eddie ČCustovi´c, e.custovic @latrobe.edu.au Munich University of Applied Sciences and Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Pavlina Vujovi´c, pavlina.vujovic @ sce.de and Klaus Sailer at klaus.sailer @ sce.de Ryerson University, Steven Gedeon, sgedeon @ ryerson.ca and Camila Londono, clondono @ ryerson.ca St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Aleksy Efimov, efimov @ kafedrapik.ru Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Lauha Peltonen, lauha.peltonen @ tamk.fi and Anna-Elina Pekonen, anna-elina.pekonen @ tuni.fi University of Applied Management, Ismaning (Munich), Min Tang, min.tang @ fham.de University of Aveiro, Barbara Gabriel Coelho, barbara.gabriel @ ua.pt and Eduardo Anselmo de Castro, vr.cooperacao @ ua.pt