Project E.I.N.S: E3UDRES2 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network for Smart and Sustainable European Regions

In 2022, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) started to implement the project E.I.N.S: E3UDRES2 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network for Smart and Sustainable European Regions (No. 10043). The project is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT, which is the largest and most influential innovation network in Europe. This is a new initiative that foresees a major role for higher education institutions to strengthen innovation in the regions.

The project aims to create a strong support mechanism for innovations in the regions, using European University E3UDRES2 (Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, and University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN, Netherlands, professional, academic and scientific contacts.

Main project activities are related to:

1. Ent-r-e-novators (entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators, educators) strengthening, incl. Involvement and support of young talents, experts, management representatives, SMEs, start-ups, local governments, and entrepreneurial citizens;

2. Gathering available expertise, current good practices, strategies, and other sources of inspiration in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, and Latvia;

3. Training ViA staff, students, and ViA partners on entrepreneurship and innovation;

4. Cooperation with the innovation ecosystems of the above-mentioned E3UDRES2 partner country regions.


Project partners:

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, STPUAS (Austria – lead partner)

University Industry Innovation Network, UIIN (Netherlands)

Polytechnic Institute of Setubal, IPS (Portugal)

Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, MATE (Hungary)

UC Leuven-Limburg University of Applied Sciences, UCLL (Belgium)

Politehnica University Timisoara, UPT (Romania)

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, ViA (Latvia)


The ViA project team consists of:

· Representatives of ViA management to implement the results of the project into ViA's innovation strategy and work plans;

· Representatives of ViA faculties and research institutes to participate both in teaching and involvement of students;

· Representatives of non-academic staff who would use the insights of entrepreneurship and innovation in the management and support functions of future projects;

· Researchers and students interested in exploring the concept of open innovation and the region's innovation ecosystems.



Project manager: Iveta Putniņa, administrative vice-rector, and E3UDRES2 project manager

Project guest research assistant for communication with ViA staff: Tatjana Mazāne, international project manager,

Project research assistant for communication on research resources: Oskars Java, scientific project manager,

Project guest research assistant for communication about training: Inguna Kucina, head of the Knowledge and Technology Center of ViA,


Project implementation period: 01.10.2021. – 30.11.2023.

Funded by: EIT HEI Initiative (European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Higher Education Initiative), Horizon Europe, Co-funded by the European Union