Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

Universities, innovation and entrepreneurship: good practice workshop (Halle-Gemany)


A good practice workshop
12 June 2009, Halle, Germany


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University graduates have enormous potential for innovation and economic development. Mobilising them for entrepreneurial careers, enhancing their entrepreneurial skills, and providing support for business start-up are important tasks for universities that are only now being fully recognised. Public policy has a role in stimulating innovative and good practice approaches by universities and supporting the exchange of lessons learned.

The joint policy development project from the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Construction and Urban Affairs analyses since 2005 policy challenges and options in enhancing entrepreneurship and to offer inspiration for new approaches through local capacity building and international exchanges of policy experiences.

The aim of the good practice workshop was to follow up this work with a practical event to enable universities and policy makers from eastern Germany to exchange with each other and with participants from other countries around good practice in universities entrepreneurship support, namely in entrepreneurship education and in start-up support. A rich and diverse programme also offered participants opportunities to engage in dept-interviews with those behind good practices.



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Universities and Entrepreneurship: Innovation and the Economic Development Potential of Academic Youth

Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister of Housing, Construction and Urban Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany

Reiner Haseloff, Minister of Economics and Labour, Sachsen-Anhalt

Sergio Arzeni, OECD

Guenther Faltin, Professor for Entrepreneurship Freie University Berlin

Katja Heppe, academic entrepreneur and founder of Heppe Medical Chitosan Ltd

Moderation by Heike Grimm, Assistant Professor of the University of Erfurt


Findings from the OECD LEED-BMVBS Project

Wolfgang Helmstädter, Federal Ministry for Housing, Construction and Urban Affairs

Jonathan Potter and Andrea-R. Hofer, OECD, LEED Programme

Open floor discussion moderated by Professor Jay Mitra, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Head of E&I Group, Essex Business School, University of Essex


International University Practices in Entrepreneurship Support

Alain Fayolle, Professor for Entrepreneurship at the EMLyon, France

Rod Shrader, Professor for Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founder and director of its Technology Ventures Programme

Moderation by Professor Jay Mitra, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Head of E&I Group, Essex Business School, University of Essex


Open Space Session

Participants met with peers in charge of entrepreneurship education and graduate start-up support and engaged in 15-minute in-depth discussions around success factors, problems and transferability. 20 eastern German and international good practice projects have been selected on the basis of the OECD LEED criteria list of good practice in university entrepreneurship support.


Criteria and examples of good practice in university entrepreneurship support

The case study work conducted by the OECD LEED Programme so far has led to the development of a criteria list of what constitutes good practice, which was presented in Halle. The handbook seeks to provide a gateway for further exchange amongst universities and policy makers on this topic.



Universities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Criteria and Examples of Good Practice 
(English version)


Hochschule, Innovation und Unternehmertum: Kriterien und Beispiele Guter Praxis
(German version)

The criteria list can be read as a “tool”, which allows universities in eastern Germany, but also elsewhere, to self-assess and re-orient:

  1. Their strategy in supporting entrepreneurship,
  2. Their pool of financial and human resources,
  3. The support structures they have established,
  4. Their current approaches in entrepreneurship education and start-up support, and
  5. Their evaluation practices.

It is important for practitioners and policy makers to gain insights on how academic entrepreneurship support works elsewhere as inspiration for the further development of their approaches. The handbook seeks to contribute to this by providing short descriptions of 20 good practice initiatives from universities in eastern Germany and other countries.



For further information, please contact Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer at the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development.


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