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Meet the Distinguished Partners and Sponsors of the 2019 University-Industry Interaction Conference

This mid-summer, Helsinki will transform into a knowledge-sharing and network-building platform for  more than 500 university leaders, practitioners, CEOs, policymakers and academics from 60+ countries who will attend the 2019 University-Industry Interaction Conference.

This year, the event is organised and supported by a wide variety of partners and sponsors that are bound by a common vision of advancing university-industry interaction, collaborative innovation, and entrepreneurial potential of universities and society. With major support from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, University-Industry Interaction Conference is reaching new frontiers. Some of our major sponsors are pioneers and industry leaders in the area of intellectual property management, while others specialize in training and consultancy services for employability, university-industry interaction and innovation.

We would like to thank all our distinguished partners and sponsors for the dedication and generosity in supporting us.


University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) 

UIIN unites more than 350 global experts and 60 organisations from 35 countries who are committed to driving innovation and entrepreneurship through university-industry engagement. Dedicated to sharing knowledge, discovering solutions and building relationships, UIIN hosts the largest conference in the field, educates the leaders of tomorrow through its workshops and is involved in generating new knowledge in various European research projects.  


Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture 

The Ministry of Education and Culture is one of the twelve ministries that form together the Finnish Government. The Ministry of Education and Culture participates in the work of the Government by planning, outlining and implementing its policies. The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the development of education, science, cultural, sport and youth policies, and for international cooperation in these fields. The Ministry’s mandate covers early childhood education and care, education, research, arts and culture, copyright, sport, youth work, libraries and religious affairs.

Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) is part of the Government. MEAE’s task is to build an operating environment and to ensure productivity, growth, high levels of employment and well-being. As part of the Government, the ministry implements the Government Programme, drafts legislation, monitors and develops issues falling within its remit and steers the agencies in its administrative branch.The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has three ministers: the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Employment and the Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing. 



PatSnap is the leading provider of Intellectual Property Analytics, for analysing tech trends, driving innovation, market planning, competitor intelligence and maximising return on IP assets. Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by Universities, R&D, business and IP professionals in thousands of commercial and not-for-profit organisations globally. With a database of over 136 million patents, augmented by economic, legal and company data, we use proprietary machine learning technology to make IP work for all.

PatSnap also offers free, online, IP training through Academy by PatSnap. With over 3000 students, this training is provided by renowned, international experts. The course experts herald from Universities, organisations in the legal profession and those with in-depth scientific and commercial backgrounds. Delivered via bite-sized videos which allows anyone to develop their learning in their own time, this has proved to be ahighly prized and valuable resource in the IP world.  


Europa Media

Europa Media provides training and consultancy services on EU funds, in particular on EU research and innovation programmes. Based on their  20 years of direct experience in developing proposals and implementing projects under the Research Framework Programmes, they have created a portfolio of practical training programmes and support schemes. Over the past 15 years, they have supported many universities, research organisations, SMEs, industrial players and other organisations in their efforts to develop winning proposals, effectively implement their projects and successfully survive audits.

Bizkaia Talent 

A unique leading model in Europe regarding mobility, employability, career development and advising highly qualified individuals. A non-profit associative initiative promoted by the local government in collaboration with cutting-edge Basque private and public organisations and universities. Our aim is to implement a comprehensive, distinctive and differential strategy for identifying, attracting, retaining and engaging talent within the Business, Technology & Science Community. The Be Basque Talent Network, the largest network and a platform that brings professionals working all over the world in contact with other professionals and companies to facilitate talent movement and build contacts and business relationships with all those who have had, have or want to have a relationship with the Basque Country. And, on the other hand, the Basque Observatory, a knowledge-based tool that analyses the Basque Labour Market focused on professionals.

University of Malaga

The University of Malaga is committed with new entrepreneurial capital generation, searching new solutions about social and economic nature. The University hosts the hub Link by UMA to foster behaviors and values related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Link By UMA has been set up at the campus for being a shared space for the University and the rest of the entrepreneurial ecosystems actor´s. The project is based on value co-creation for the entrepreneurial community, providing new services and infrastructures. It’s a place where the university community has the chance to learn and experiment and, at the same time, allows companies to discover new startups and entrepreneurs.

University of Twente

The University of Twente is a multicultural community of talented, ambitious people that offers students, scientists and educators from around the world the best possible conditions. Since the University of Twente’s founding in 1961, we have been deeply connected with the rich industrial heritage of our region and the wellbeing of its population. Today it is a catalyst to many high-tech communities and sectors with strong partnerships in a wide range of industries and societal domains; participating in ground-breaking, globe-spanning networks and programmes as well as maintaining lifelong connections with more than 45,000 alumni worldwide. Scientists, teachers and students of the University of Twente feel a responsibility to develop societal relevant solutions, in order to be prepared for an unpredictable and highly changeable future.

EIT Digital Academy & Industrial Doctoral School

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation and present in more than 15 cities around the world. Its way of working embodies the future of innovation through a pan-European ecosystem of over 180 top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs collaborate in an open innovation setting. The Industrial Doctoral School (IDSL) at EIT Digital aim to boost University-Industry Collaboration in Europe by developing an European Programme for Industrial Doctorates where EIT Digital partner industries and EIT Digital partner universities conduct applied research projects in collaboration. In addition, EIT Digital is committed to prepare young researchers with both excellent technical knowledge and the capability to transform technology into business through its EIT Digital Label Training Prorgamme, focused on Business development, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Digital Transformation and Leadership.


Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU) 

ACEEU envisions universities to become more entrepreneurial and engaged, ultimately generating a greater social, cultural and economic impact. To facilitate this change, the Accreditation Council for Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities (ACEEU), comprised of world-leading experts, has designed the world’s first accreditation programme for entrepreneurship and engagement at institutional level. ACEEU’s mission is to promote cultural change, to accelerate institutional development and to amplify the recognition of excellence through the provision of world-class accreditation services.



The three-year Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project unites 10 partners from enterprises, associations and HEIs to identify and analyse current provision of work experience in the HEIs located in 7 different EU countries. Main aims of the project is to increase the capacity and competences of staff in the universities and enterprises, support the accreditation of all kinds of work experience through ECTS and ensure that the skills needs of employers are understood.


The University-City Action Lab (UCITYLAB) project aims to strengthen the links between HEIs and the city stakeholders to facilitate knowledge exchange, enhance societal relevance of HEI curriculum via civic engagement, help develop relevant skills among students, empower universities in increasing their knowledge and practice in establishing urban partnerships, and foster adoption of city engagement models in European HEIs by widely disseminating project results and good practices.


Erasmus + Strategic Partnership – The PIETE Project aims to increase entrepreneurial competence deliverance in higher education pre-service teacher training programmes (ISCED 3-4 level). To do so, it relies on regional tandem constellations between experts from initial teacher education (ITE) institutions and higher education staff responsible for entrepreneurship education (EE). As a first step, a mutual understanding of either side`s needs will be created through joint workshops and awareness creation sessions.

RESTART+ Communities

With the new Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project Restart+ Communities, the project consortium will work together to create innovative learning tools and resources which equip leaders of community groups, public authorities and educational institutions with the knowledge and skills needed to adopt a transformative approach to community reactivation. RESTART+ Communities draws upon the findings and results of its successor RESTART Entrepreneurship project, which aimed at supporting second-time entrepreneurs.


As part of its ongoing commitment to the digitalization of the economy, the EU states that “data-driven business models are the engine of Europe’s growth, industrial transformation and job creation.” Yet, there is an obstacle: today’s entrepreneurship teachers and trainers also face a data skills deficit. The majority entered the workforce before big data existed and there is currently no reliable source of training to help them boost their own skills.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2019 University-Industry Interaction Conference? Contact us at: [email protected] 

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