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HEADLINES – Higher Education Accelerating Directed Learning In Nurturing Entrepreneurship

HEADLINES is an international activity funded by EIT within the HEI Initiative for the promotion of training in Entrepreneurship based on technological innovation around the areas of Food and Health.

Toimiala: Yrittäjyys ja liiketoiminta

Projektin kesto: 1.7.2021 – 31.7.2023

Toiminta-alue: Kansainvälinen

Rahoittajat: EIT Food

Projektipäällikkö: Athith Sagar

This project aims to incrementally improve the integration of entrepreneurship within partners universities ecosystems, focusing on accelerating directed learning in nurturing entrepreneurship, and turning universities into drivers for local and regional growth, leadership, knowledge and innovative thinking.

Led by Universidad de Burgos (Spain), the HEADLINES consortium is constituted by Centria University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Munster Technological University (Ireland) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) as higher education institutions. IMDEA Food Institute (Spain) and Mashauri Limited (United Kingdom) contribute to the consortium with their expertise in entrepreneurship learning programmes.

Partners develop and promote entrepreneurial initiatives at both local and international level, working in an integrated and common framework by sharing their expertise, prior experiences and good practices in nurturing entrepreneurship. The goal is to develop new shared knowledge and well-focused polices to achieve a new higher education framework where entrepreneurship is deeply embedded into their education systems.


IMDEA Food is a public research foundation translating first quality food scientific research to industry and society. Its research focuses on Precision Nutrition, with the aim of improving the health of the population effectively through personalized nutritional strategies based on the genetic characteristics of each individual, along with their physiological, clinical and metabolic status, microbiota, etc. IMDEA Food provides added value to personalized food products, targeting diet-related non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, its research also targets specific age groups, with a program specifically focused on elderly nutrition. The GENYAL platform of nutritional interventions, which serves researchers, industry and hospitals, leads a long-term project to prevent childhood obesity in primary schools within the Madrid region and in collaboration with the Education Council of Madrid Region. IMDEA Food also contributes to many activities within EIT Food, European community developed to achieve new healthy and sustainable food.


Munster Technological University (MTU)

MTU is one of the largest Universities in Ireland and delivers a wide range of courses across the Faculties of Engineering and Science and the Faculty of Business and Humanities. As a regional Technological University, we have our main campus locations at Cork and Tralee, which are 115 kilometres apart. An integrated digital education Infrastructure connects both campuses facilitating the joint operation of both campuses and enables distance teaching and learning for our 18,000 students.

MTU also incorporates the Cork School of Music, the Crawford College of Art and Design, as well as the National Maritime College of Ireland.

MTU has a rich social and sporting infrastructure, providing a rewarding university experience for our students, among whom are a rich diversity of nationalities and cultures.

MTU’s vision is to lead social transformation and economic growth in the South West Region, Ireland and beyond, through education and research activities, which focus on regional strengths and RIS3 objectives. In achieving our vision, MTU works very closely with regional stakeholders in Policy-Making, Enterprise and Civil Society.

The University possesses a very strong culture of supporting and promoting entrepreneurship. We are recognised as a field leader in entrepreneurial training within Ireland and MTU operates two large publicly owned incubators at Cork and Tralee, where we provide training and mentoring in entrepreneurship for students, staff and regional entrepreneurs.

We have a range of Centres of Excellence in areas such as Photonics, Medical Devices, Clean Technologies Cyber-Physical Systems , Agri Tech and the Internet of Things. MTU also has a rich portfolio of international partnerships, with whom we have successfully delivered a wide range of European projects, in fields covering all aspects of our educational and research briefs.


The University of Burgos

The University of Burgos is located within the Campus of San Amaro, which boasts an extremely fine historic and artistic enclave: The Hospital del Rey. A former hospital for pilgrims of the Road to Santiago, it was founded in 1195 by Alfonso VII. Within the university campus both the ancient heritage and the most avant-garde facilities and technology coexist in a perfect dialogue of harmony that favours both teaching and innovation. Furthermore, the University of Burgos is located just a short distance from the core centre of Burgos, a city whose artistic jewels, monuments and history are a lure and an invitation to study the Spanish language and culture. Burgos is also a privileged city, peppered with most attractive parks, gardens, promenades and natural spaces, some of which can be enjoyed within the university campus, making possible both contact with nature and the practice of leisure and sporting activities. The University of Burgos has currently about 10.000 students and offers courses leading to over 40 under and post degrees



Mashauri is an organisation dedicated to helping Universities give their students an entrepreneurial mindset. In so doing, we unlock massive innovation capacity as well as better preparing the graduates for the 21st century world of work.


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

UAM, with more than 23,000 students and 3,000 professors and researchers, is a consolidated institution in research and teaching excellence, ranked second nationally in the QS World University Rankings 2021. It is organised into 7 Faculties and a Polytechnic School. Its willingness to transform, driving sustainable growth, competitiveness and innovation capacity in Spain has had a strong impulse during the last years, but it still has a wide margin for improvement. In this respect it is interested mentioned the following: i) CIVIS, a transnational alliance of 8 civic universities, pioneer in the European University initiative devised by the European Commission (EC); ii) CEI UAM+CSIC Campus of International Excellence, it plays a leading and cohesive role in the educational, social, cultural and economic sphere of North Madrid; iii) The 2025 Strategy establishes that Social Commitment and sustainability are two of the main axes; iv) One of its hallmarks (2025 Strategy) is the commitment to innovation and knowledge transfer as a driver of social and economic development. Within this framework, we would like to highlight two initiatives: 1) UAM leadership in DIH-bio, a Digital Innovation Hub; 2) UAM leadership in K-node, open Innovation Ecosystem of the Northern Territory of Madrid.



Case study of Start-ups

Students Trained by Centria

Academic and Non-Academic training

HEADLINES International Student Pitch Competition at Cork, Ireland

Centria students pitching their ideas in Food and Health in the Rubicon center at Cork, Ireland

Startup mentoring for Academic and Non-Academic staff

Start-up mentoring brochure

Lego Serious Play workshop


Athith Sagar

RDI Coordinator