Current Activities

  • Iran Innovates (IRI)

    The project Iran Innovates (IRI) aims to initiate innovation processes in vocational education and training in Iran in order to promote a change towards demand-oriented education offers. The project focuses on both the supply side, the higher education units, as well as on the side of enterprises through the training of Industrial Change Agents.

    The project Iran Innovates is divided into three project parts that are interlinked. On the one hand, awareness will be raised at the level of the Iranian vocational training providers Technical and Vocational University (TVU) and the Technical & Vocational Training Organization (TVTO), towards-oriented training and further education, and the use innovation management tools to design new offers.

    At the same time, a first demand-oriented further training course is being developed at the TVU and / or TVTO in Tehran and carried out during the course of the project. The training (working title: Industrial Change Agent – ICA) will be composed of the three modules: Professional Competence, Trainer Competence and Innovation Management.

    As the third module of IRI, there will be a research part that analyzes the embedding of ICA graduates in Iranian business processes as well as the integration of approaches of dual education into the Iranian education system. The aim of the research work is therefore to identify future cooperation potentials for German educational exporters.

    Following activities and Tasks will be fulfilled:

    a) Enlargement of the education system: At least one IRI-training is introduced in the non-degree system of Iranian vocational training. The education and training is certified and recognized according to Iranian laws. After completing the advanced training, the participants of the program receive a certificate which qualifies them for the area of process optimization and continuous improvement in companies of the automotive industry.

    b) Extending the competences of the trainers: At least 15 teachers attended the train-the-trainer seminars at both partner institutions and are qualified as future trainers for the IRI further education.

    c) Access to the Iranian education market: Through direct cooperation with the Iranian institutions (TVU / TVTO), which are responsible for the conception and implementation of vocational education and training across the country, ZAW and SEPT have provided direct access to the education market.

  • The African German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA)

    One important way of sustaining and extending the iN4iN Africa Network was to come up with a new project. In this vein, the African-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA) was conceived. This is an extension based on the argument that the iN4iN Africa Network were only universities. The project will run for a period of four years (2017-2020). Similar to the erstwhile iN4iN Africa Network, the current AGEA project is generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).The main objective of the AGEA is to take our iN4iN Africa activities to the next quality level by creating the conditions that will enable more universities in Africa to establish Entrepreneurial Education Programs and Entrepreneurship Support Centres  After having trained universities in different parts of Africa through the iN4iN Africa Network, two universities have been chosen as hubs to connect with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), business and business associations within and across respective countries. These two universities are the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and INES-Ruhengeri, Rwanda. The choice of both universities is premised on the fact that they are positioned in both West and East Africa, therefore their cooperation will be a useful South-South engagement for the continent. Moreover, these two universities have attracted other HEIs in the iN4iN Africa Network and have conducted business trainings for small businesses in respective countries. They have accumulated knowledge capital which is being applied in running respective entrepreneurship/ incubator centres. Therefore, their knowledge can be shared among other HEIs who are still within the phases of starting entrepreneurship/incubator centres.  Furthermore the AGEA project will included businesses and business associations in Germany, Ghana and Rwanda. The inclusion of associations AGEA widens the iN4iN Africa Network, allowing new approaches to sustainability at the university and business levels. Mr. Richard Adu-Gyamfi, who was the project coordinator of the erstwhile iN4iN Africa Network, will once again coordinate the AGEA project.

    Here it goes to AGEA’s website:

  • Praxis Partnership in Vietnam

    The International SEPT Program at the Leipzig University (LU) decided in 2005 to export its international MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development to Vietnam. The foundation of the cooperation was a strong partnership with Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) which was already established in a context of faculty cooperation in 2004. The first MBA class started in 2006 and up to now more than 260 participants studied in nine intakes.

    In 2008 this MBA program located then in Leipzig and Hanoi was awarded by the DAAD and the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wirtschaft because of its extraordinary contribution to the development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Germany and Vietnam.

    Because of this success, SEPT decided in 2011 to expand its activities towards the south of Vietnam based on a cooperation agreement with the Vietnamese German University (VGU). Now we already running two intakes (60 students) in our MBA programme in Ho Chi Minh City and the third intake will start on September 2014.

    From July 2012 until end of 2014, we are supported by the DAAD Praxis Partnership Programme in order to establish at the two destinations in Vietnam a partnership project with SMEs and SME support institutions in Vietnam as well as in Germany. The portfolio of actions consisted of

    a) implementing practical projects with SMEs in the context of the MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development;

    b) a range of short-term training courses covering topics of growing relevance for Vietnamese and German SMEs; and

    c) an entrepreneurship training for undergraduates, graduates and staff members at the Vietnamese partner universities

    Our new project proposal “Academia meets Business” aims to institutionalize our approach and to secure the long-term sustainability of all activities. Furthermore, we want to increase the outreach of our activities especially in the context of the 40 Years of Diplomatic Relationship Anniversary between Germany and Vietnam in 2015.

    Therefore, the proposed project has the following specific objectives:

    • Establishment und Development of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre (EIC) at Vietnamese German University in Ho Chi Minh City
    • Implementation of the Bach Khoa Entrepreneurship Programme (BEP) at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)
    • Knowledge transfer to public and private economic support organisations as well as other Vietnamese universities

    For more information please visit:

  • Certified Innovation Manager Trainings in Costa Rica

    In 2011, iN4iN worked in a middle-term cooperation schema together with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica with the purpose of developing the innovation competencies of different actors of the private sector, as well as, promotion and support organizations from both, governmental and private institutions. The objectives of the cooperation included the development of innovation management capabilities, and the development of implementable innovation projects by the participating companies and organizations.

    The National Technical University of Costa Rica (UTN) is our local academic partner. In 2011 iN4iN trainers provided the first edition of our Certified Innovation Manager (CIM) Training in San Jose. Since then, every year our experts visit Costa Rica to provide the training, sometimes more than once a year. In 2016, iN4iN finished successfully the 10th edition of this training. We believe that all these years of an active cooperation with our partner, UTN, clearly demonstrate the satisfaction of the participants and our partner, with our training.

    Our CIM program allows participants to learn about the application of different concepts and tools in order to improve innovation management in their organizations. In addition, the program includes coaching sessions for the participants, as a way of supporting them during the development of their innovation projects or the implementation of innovation systems within their companies.

    Each training has as a result the development of a variety of innovation projects. An important portion of them are successfully launched to the markets or implemented within the processes and structures of the companies and organizations.

    Additionally, iN4iN has conducted other shorter activities in Costa Rica, which are normally planned for specific target groups, for instance: personnel and affiliates of the Chamber of Exporters, Chamber of Food Manufacturer Companies, Chamber of IT Companies, etc.

    If you want to learn more about the results and the impact of the Innovation Management Trainings in Costa Rica, please click below to read the publication (only in Spanish):

  • MELES II Fostering Entrepreneurship at European Universities

    After the great success of the Project MELES I, we have decided to persist our efforts promoting entrepreneurship at European universities and we got the funds to continue the work in MELES II.

    More Entrepreneurial Life at European Schools (MELES) is a project developed by a group of European Universities located in Poland, Portugal, Greece and Germany.

    (MELES I) started in 2014 and its primary goal is to introduce in the curriculum of these educational institutions elements in order to provide entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in this field. The project is implemented in the departments that have little experience in teaching entrepreneurship or do not have any experience at all. The classes are designed to equip young people with the right skills, so that they can consciously pursue new business opportunities, evaluate the risks of decisions in professional life and develop their interests.

    MELES allows both, students and teachers, to develop skills that have so far been neglected in the curriculum. In addition, it fosters the cooperation between higher education institutions with a variety of fields of study. Moreover, it introduces unconventional and innovative methods of teaching, displacing the traditional approach of the teaching process.

    Two summer schools were developed as part of this project. Each summer school had as participants 30 students from all partner universities. The first summer school was in Greece in 2015 and the second in Portugal in 2016.

    During these summer schools students presented different and very interesting business ideas. The best ideas were selected to be further developed with the support of experienced teachers from different European countries. Each summer school was organized for a period of two weeks. During this time students worked on the selected projects, participated in workshops to develop their skills, learned from entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and worked in teams to solve different challenges.

    The University of Leipzig, as partner of the project, sent six students from the International SEPT Program to participate and learn from this experience.

    Here you can find more information about MELES I and MELES II::

    In addition, between November 17th and 18th 2016, the SEPT Program hosted the International Symposium on „International Entrepreneurship Promotion at Higher Education Institutions“ with the aim of finding efficient ways to support internationalization of start-ups. Participants from 28 countries, including international entrepreneurs, members of NGOs as well as academics, presented their experiences and the challenges of internalization. In this framework, the presentation of the MELES Project introduced all participants to the experiences in establishing entrepreneurial education courses in academic curricula, as well as the development of summer schools to teach entrepreneurial knowledge.

    The team of MELES II has hold his kick-off meeting at Maritime University of Szczecin on the 8th and 9th of November 2017. For more information please check our website above.