The overall objective of the KEEN project is to strengthen the research excellence of Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) in entrepreneurship, improve its capacities to exploit and disseminate its research outputs, and enhance its ability to engage the public in its research and entrepreneurship awareness, understanding, and acceptance.
To reach such objective, the KEEN project will create with Cranfield University (United Kingdom), Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany), and Universität St. Gallen (Switzerland), a network named “Knowledge-Empowered Entrepreneurship Network”. The network will sustain after the project and focus on building capacities to develop public engagement in entrepreneurship research in low-innovativeness level EU countries such as Lithuania. The network will allow 1) to co-create more socially-relevant research with multiple actors such as policy makers, citizens, industrials or NGOs; 2) improve access by the public to research results; and 3) foster entrepreneurship policy development more in phase with the needs and expectations of the society.
The KEEN project and afterward network will implement measures focusing on knowledge and skill development, research collaboration, engagement with stakeholders, and support of entrepreneurial initiative with relevant academic knowledge. Compared with existing entrepreneurship-support initiatives, the innovative aspect of KEEN is to focus on transfer of research knowledge to the society, which in return allows the society to be more involved in research orientation.
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