Self-assessment exercise and good practice examples


To date 20 universities and university partner organisations in the six eastern German Länder (Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen), England, Finland, France, Poland, South Africa and the United States underwent an exercise to self-assess their current strategies, structures and practices in supporting entrepreneurship against the good practice criteria mentioned above. All of these initiatives demonstrate good practice across a wide range of the criteria that have been established. For each dimension some initiatives were chosen that illustrate very well how they met the criteria on that dimension:

  Financial and human resources
  Support infrastructure
  Entrepreneurship education
  Start-up support
  Evaluation approach





FinlandSupporting business succession: Business Succession Schools in Finnish universities of applied sciences

GermanyThe Entrepreneurial University of Wismar

PolandThe "Entrepreneurial Vehicle" initiative at the Technical University of Gdansk




GermanyHumboldt-Innovation GmbH: the science industry interface and one-stop-shop for entrepreneurship at the Humboldt University, Berlin

United StatesConcept2Venture: the business plan vompetition at the University Illinois, Chicago



Support infrastructure

GermanyUNIVATIONS and SCIDEA: Entrepreneurship support at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

GermanyThe centre of entrepreneurship at the University of Applied Sciences Jena

GermanyBIEM CEIP: The University of Potsdam’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

GermanyNeudeli: the Bauhaus University’s entrepreneurship centre

GermanyGründerbüro: the University of Rostock’s centre for entrepreneurship



Entrepreneurship education

GermanyMEDIA EXIST: Start-up incubation and business support for media firms at the “Konrad Wolf” Film & Television Academy, Potsdam-Babelsberg

France“Educating entrepreneurs for the world”: entrepreneurship education at the EM Lyon Business School

United KingdomCreative women’s entrepreneurship at the University of Essex

South AfricaEntrepreneurship stream: entrepreneurship education at the University of the Western Cape



Start-up support

GermanyGründerwerkstatt: start-up support and business incubation at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin

GermanySMILE: entrepreneurship support at the University of Leipzig

GermanySPiNOFF: A regional one-stop-shop for academic entrepreneurship support in northern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

GermanyBIEM: Brandenburg public universities’ and the regional development agency’s entrepreneurship centre

GermanyROXI: enhancing creative entrepreneurship in Rostock




GermanyGründungsservice: the Technical University of Berlin’s Entrepreneurship Centre


























































To participate in the self-assessment exercise, please contact Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer or Jonathan Potter.




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