Project Details


Smart Manufacturing Innovation, Learning-labs, and Entrepreneurship’s (SMILE) contextual focus is smart manufacturing (SM), the hallmark of the next industrial revolution, representing a cornerstone for economic competitiveness and growth in order to create jobs and improve the quality of life of citizens. SMILE’s overall objective is the acceleration of institutional change with regard to increasing innovation and entrepreneurial capacities and integration into regional innovation ecosystems, using the EIT Knowledge Triangle Model extended by civil society (quadruple model) as the main driver for systemic institutional change. This objective is further complemented by inclusion, gender equality, green and digital transition as well as quality, following the main development vectors to be achieved by the European Education Area by 2025.
A holistic view of the knowledge triangle, including all actors in a multilateral manner, will enable to achieve SMILE’s targets. The project’s major concepts thus directly refer to the Knowledge Triangle’s actors: Innovation Orientation referring to Research, Mutual Learning to Education, and Open Entrepreneurship to the business domain.

Layman's description

The project increases the universities capability to make innovation and entrepreneurship.
Effective start/end date01/07/202201/07/2024

Collaborative partners

  • Hamburg University of Technology (lead)
  • Polytechnic University of Milan (Project partner)
  • Ternopil Ivan Pul'uj National Technical University (Project partner)
  • Gellify Srl (Project partner)
  • Synergeticon GmbH (Project partner)
  • NOVI /GrowAal
  • Erhvervshus Nordjylland
  • Syndikatet
  • Odense Robotics Aalborg
  • University of the Basque Country


  • University; Innovation; Entrepreneurship


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