Modris Ozoliņš

MBA, Dipl.oec.

Head of Department of International Programs
Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management


Riga Technical University

Riga Technical University is one of the oldest institutions of higher technical education in Eastern Europe (established in 1862). RTU is an accredited, internationally recognized European university that consists of 9 faculties and 35 institutes. Approximate number of academic and research staff is 1800. RTU ensures research excellence and offers exciting full-time or part-time studies to ~15 000 students.

RTU has been highly evaluated by the international experts within the Institutional Evaluation Programme carried out by the European University Association (EUA), who recognised in their report that strategically RTU is moving in the right direction on the way to becoming a modern entrepreneurial university of the third generation.

RTU carries out research in the fields that are essential for the national economy of Latvia and educates and trains highly qualified specialists that are in great demand and competitive in the international labour market.

During the last decade, RTU particularly focuses on strengthening the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. RTU is investing efforts in creating a modern innovation ecosystem and offering hands-on experience to the students, i.e. best global practices and models have been used to create RTU Design Factory.

RTU Design Factory is not about teaching and bringing knowledge in a frontal way but rather learning through experience. Thus through mentoring and support in design-focused methodology, dirty prototyping & creative methodology RTU supports research and innovation.

The Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) executes the project activities. FEEM provides higher education of all levels in different directions of economics and entrepreneurship, elaborates education methodology and scientific research in different fields of economics and management.

FEEM focuses on development of new teaching methodologies in entrepreneurship. FEEM serves not only business students, but also develops entrepreneurial skills of students of eight engineering faculties.


Lynn Marin


Faculty of Business and Law
Department: School of Management

Marcia Baldry

Enterprise Support Manager /
Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA)


Anglia Ruskin University

Over the last 20 years Anglia Ruskin University has transformed from a Higher Education college, to a polytechnic and it gained university status in 1992. In 2014 it was declared Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards reflecting a commitment to innovative research with practical utility. More recently Anglia Ruskin received the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank Business Awards 2016.

ARU is named one of the top 350 institutions in the world, and 39th in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2018. The higher education strategy consulting firm Firetail recognises Anglia Ruskin University as one of the 20 "rising stars" in global Higher Education. It is the only UK university to feature in the top 20.

The mission of Anglia Ruskin University is to sustain and continue to develop, at a number of locations in the Anglia region. It is an institution of international standing and quality which serves the particular educational, economic and cultural needs of the region, so assisting its development and identity within the European and wider communities.

ARU employs 1700 members of staff and has 39,400 students, and a turnover of around £190 million.

ARU works with a network of businesses and entrepreneurs and provides support to a wide range of enterprise and entrepreneurial activities. These include: mentoring students, delivering specific seminars around setting up small businesses and equipping students with the skills, knowledge, mindset and confidence to work intrapreneurially; judging business ideas competitions and lecturing on entrepreneurial matters.

The involvement of Walter Herriot OBE, Chair of the network and founder and former Managing Director of the foremost incubation Centre in the UK, St John’s Innovation Centre ensures that the products and services are relevant to students and small businesses alike; they are up to date, contain current and correct information, reflect enterprise and entrepreneurial standards and draw upon best enterprise practice.

The Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA) has been established as a way of coordinating our enterprise and entrepreneurship activities and to achieve the key milestones outlined in our latest corporate plan. AREA consolidates and coordinates existing activities whilst providing enhanced signposting to students and staff. It will establish an entrepreneurial teaching and learning repository that can be accessed and utilised by all staff wanting to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship education into modules and courses.

AREA places an emphasis on student engagement with enterprise and entrepreneurship activities and provides targeted support to the recently established Student Union’s Enterprise Society, in collaboration with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).

AREA draws upon expertise within all five faculties, Research Innovation & Development Office (RIDO), Student Services and our Student’s Union. AREA is an effective and visible conduit through which enterprise and entrepreneurship can be fostered and facilitated. Furthermore, it acts as a mechanism through which we can continue to demonstrate and articulate ourselves as a leading Entrepreneurial University within the UK. ARU has just been awarded Centre of Excellent status by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for our current and continued work in enterprise and entrepreneurship.


Martin Priem


Research Associate & Coordinator minors +
Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation


Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is one of the major Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The university is divided into eleven schools, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programmes in seven fields: art, technology, media and information technology, health, behaviour and society, education, and of course, business. Currently around 30,000 students are working on their professional future, studying at RUAS.

The so-called Rotterdam Educational Model (REM) of RUAS is focused on merging national and international best practices with in-school curricular programmes, giving form to the principle of "Outside in, Inside out". This also means that the school programme is enriched by best practice experience, while the results of up-to-date teaching contribute to bringing everyday business practice to a higher level.

The School of Commercial Management has around 3000 students divided over four years of study. The School trains ambitious students to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs and marketeers. The School offers a variety of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programmes: creative marketing and sales, global markering and sales, marketing of social business, sports marketing and management and entrepreneurship. The international perspective and awareness in business approach are a must.

The Research Centre for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation aims to contribute to the improvement of the professional practice and training of professionals on the basis of practice-based research.

The School of Commercial Management has a strong focus on real life case education, mainly in the third and fourth year major and minor study programmes. One of the main bachelor programmes of the School is Entrepreneurship. This programme educates young people to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs. Also within the other major programmes, the School focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills among their students as a key tool for self-employability.


Mikhail Nemilentsev

D.Sc. (Econ.)

Project Manager /
Creative Industries Research Unit,
Principal Lecturer

Ari Lindeman

Research Manager /
Creative Industries Research Unit

Teemu Järvisalo

RDI-expert /
Creative Industries Research Unit


South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is an innovative higher education institution driven by the idea of unlimited lifelong learning and study. XAMK promotes well-being and sustainable development through global networking and by creating new digital solutions.

XAMK is the second largest UAS in Finland in terms of budget; annual turnover is EUR 70 million. The number of staff ca. 750, 9000 students with 1700 graduates per year. We offer 60 Bachelor's programmes, 23 Master's programmes and extensive research, development and innovation (ROI) activities. XAMK has 350 partner institutions around the world and receives approximately 600 international students each year representing over 20 countries.

XAMK profiles as a strong implementer of ROI activities. With over 180 ongoing projects / 50 milj. EUR (31.12.2017), we are one of the Finland's largest University of Applied Sciences in ROI. Research is reinforced with wide research infrastructure and through the degree programs by engaging students. The aim of our ROI is to increase well-being and competitiveness in the region and in business life.

XAMK has eight ROI-centres with high expertise and facilities:JUVENIA - Youth Research and Development CentreNELi -North European Logistics Institute

  1. NELi -North European Logistics Institute
  2. Small Business Center SBC - entrepreneurship professional, coach and tutor along the entire business life cycle of the SME's
  3. FIBER LABORATORY - biotechnology innovation center
  4. DIGIT ALIA - supports and advances the maintenance and preservation of digital information and data
  5. 3K-FACTORY OF ELECTRONICS - Electronics R&D, PCB design, Contract electronics manufacturing (CEM), Vibration and Climatic product testing (environmental testing)
  6. MIKPOLIS - promotes clients' activities and know-how in sectors of materials technology and manufacturing industry
  7. KYMILABS - sustainable energy solutions, accredited first-rate laboratory services.

XAMK cooperates with national companies and organizations, universities and research centers. ROI in the international level is mainly operated in Europe and in the Baltic Sea Region and Russia. Innovation and a constant regeneration of the activities are encouraged by setting up open development environments within XAMK where ideas can be tested and refined before applying for external project funding. Students, the entire staff and representatives of stakeholders can participate in the activities. The outcome will be genuinely need-based, solution-oriented openings.

Entrepreneurship is one of the three strategic cross-disciplinary themes of XAMK. XAMK has extensive experience of bachelor programmes in English language including International Business and Business Management programmes for 20 years and Design/ Game Design for 10 years as well as International Business Management MBA for 8 years and Master in Design for 3 years.