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Deep Tech Talents – Innovation & Entrepreneurship Support

Branch: Entrepreneurship and business

Duration: 1.05.2023-31.07.2024

Region: International

Financed by: EIT Raw Materials and European Union

Project Manager: Athith Sagar

The project intends to transform participating Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) into universities of significantly increased entrepreneurial and innovation capacity and enhance their impact on the surrounding ecosystem. This will be achieved by 6 dedicated actions boosting innovativeness and entrepreneurial skills, preparing adaptation plans and transferring best practices with and between more experienced HEIs.

The project will be implemented in two phases:

1st phase takes place between 1st of May 2023 and 31st of December 2023, and the
2nd phase takes place between 1st of January 2024 and 31st of July 2024.

Centria’s deeptech dates during Phase 1 and Phase 2

Centria DropIn

The Centria DropIn, held at the Ylivieska Centria campus, showcased our research and development efforts. This open event introduced teachers, RDI staff, companies, and students to our latest solutions and laboratory capabilities, with a special focus on deep technology (Deeptech). Antti Merilehto, a digital business expert, delivered the first keynote on the practical implications of artificial intelligence in daily and professional life. Tomasz Serafin, an international speaker from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, followed with a keynote on “Processes and Digitalization First: How to Avoid the Trap of AI?” highlighting key considerations in AI.

Centria Drop-In flyer
Invitation to the Centria DropIn 2023.

Innovation for growth: Deeptech solutions in Healthcare

Centria’s Deeptech Date, held in Phase 2, was a resounding success. Organized with the support of WUST and Centria’s health team, the event featured insightful presentations. Prof. Dariusz from WUST discussed the synergy between technical and medical worlds, highlighting the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration. Additionally, Tuomas Planman from Business Finland delivered an engaging talk on “Deep Tech Startups – Innovation for Growth,” offering valuable insights into how deep tech startups can drive innovation and economic development.

HealthTalks program
Deep Tech Solutions in Healthcare program.

International Open Innovation Training: IDEA-up DEEP TECH

IIOT aimed at elevating the quality of innovation and bolstering entrepreneurial education through the development of the International Open Innovation Training: IDEA-up DEEP TECH. A 50-hour lecture-based program implemented by each partner in the consortium bringing an international dimension into it. The lectures were designed to address the cutting-edge aspects of Deep Tech, Open Innovation, and Social Product Development. The curriculum aims to design and promote high-tech solutions, enhancing the innovative capabilities of participants.

A picture with Idea-Up training details

Innovation challenges

The goal is to create an environment that fosters innovation-driven research and enhances the overall innovation capacity of HEIs. Each partner in the consortium added deeptech innovation challenges to the Synergy platform. This involved participants from all consortium countries, ensuring diverse insights and solutions to enrich the innovation process.

Picture of Centria's innovation challenges on Synergy platform
Some of Centria’s added challenges on the Synergy Platform.

The Consortium

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Athith Sagar