Working towards a pioneering European University

that powers a new generation of student entrepreneurs and innovators


Inno4YUFE aims at removing barriers to student entrepreneurship and reinforcing the role of HEIs as launchpads towards entrepreneurial career pathways.

Inno4YUFE’s vision is for YUFE to become a pioneering and truly innovative and entrepreneurial European university by 2030, uniting innovation ecosystems across Europe and powering hundreds of student entrepreneurs and innovators that will generate breakthroughs to tackle global challenges.

The Inno4YUFE project is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education. This EIT initiative aims to boost the entrepreneurial and innovation capacity of HEIs.

Main Objectives

Building on YUFE’s strong educational and digital foundation, Inno4YUFE aims to expand and structurally embed the innovation and entrepreneurship dimensions of the future European University. The Inno4YUFE project focuses on six actions:

  • Integrate an Innovation and Entrepreneurship dimension in the YUFE Virtual Campus (VC) providing an open collaboration platform for YUFE students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Establish a virtual YUFE Flipped Knowledge Transfer Office designed to support and mentor YUFE student entrepreneurs and researchers and enable the exchange of best practices.
  • Build sustainable collaborations with the three selected EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (health, digital, raw materials) with the goal of achieving a pan-European network of innovation communities.
  • Develop a novel Research and Innovation Training and Mentoring Programme to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship mindset of YUFE students and staff.
  • Launch a YUFE-wide Entrepreneurial Internship Programme, aimed at providing entrepreneurial students with unique know-how on innovation processes, start-up implementation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Create a YUFE International Start-up Community and Acceleration Programme to boost YUFE support for student start-ups.

The Inno4YUFE consortium, led by Maastricht University, includes all YUFE full partner universities and the Voka Chamber of Commerce Antwerpen-Waasland.


Inno4YUFE will contribute to the long-term scientific, societal and economic impact by generating new knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship, enabling knowledge transfer among communities across Europe, and boosting innovation-based economic growth and job creation in the YUFE regions.

With its scalable model of an innovative and entrepreneurial European University, Inno4YUFE will enable institutional change with long-term impact beyond individual faculties and programs and will inspire other HEIs and consortia towards a truly innovative and entrepreneurial approach.