The objectives pursued and successfully achieved by APInno project are as follows

  1. The project contributed to enhance and make more efficient the triangle collaboration industry - higher education - research and the respective knowledge transfer by intensive interaction between the key stakeholders who disseminated and exploited knowledge to best effect. As centres of learning HEIs can drive open exchange of knowledge, staff and expertise.
  2. The project implementation led to improvement of students' competences by developing new transversal knowledge and skills - innovation and creativity, corporate entrepreneurship, fostered collaborative learning and critical thinking etc. The final outcome of the project has equipped graduates with transferable competences across disciplines and study fields in order to succeed in high-skill occupations.
  3. Increased capacity of the participating academic institutions to integrate innovative practices and approaches as a core element in their curriculum by implementing experiential learning and developing competences and motivation for teachers and researchers to be better aligned with the needs of the knowledge-intensive market and in particular with the requirements of SMEs.
  4. Increased awareness of the need for managing innovation in SMEs as a key enabler for growth and economic success.

Specific needs were answered of the selected target groups of the project:

  • While fostering the cooperation between business and academia, the project contributed to the development of highly skilled workforce. While 35% of all jobs in the EU will require high-level qualifications by 2020, only 26% of the workforce currently has a higher education qualification. (ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2020 ACTION PLAN, COM(2012) 795 final)
  • The project outcomes contributed to the development of defined entrepreneurial and innovative learning outcomes for educators and trainers both with business and academic background by introducing a practical experiential learning model and real business practice cases experience.
  • The majority of SMEs will never become the next Google, Facebook or Skype. Thus innovations in low-tech industries need to be further developed and their capabilities - enhanced.