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Fostering innovation at University of Debrecen
Peter Popovics, Zoltán Bács, Károly Pető, Zoltán Szakály, Lilla Jutkusz

Last modified: 11-09-2019


The paper seeks to summarize opportunities offered by the University of Debrecen (UD) for the further development of students’ and researchers’ innovative ideas to enter the marketplace, and to identify the essential links of the university’s innovation ecosystem resulting in mutual benefits at local, regional, national and international levels.

The  Innovation Ecosystem Center (IEC) is an organizational unit of UD responsible for innovation management and technology transfer that is evolving according to needs. It aims to promote the exploitation of research results and introduction of new technologies and goods into the market.  Fostering entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging cooperation with the private sector and promotion of societal and environmental aspects of innovation  are amongst the IEC activities.

In order to fully fulfill its mission of innovation and become recognized by relevant stakeholders, it is essential that UD provides its services in a professional setting that meets the demands of the 21st century and offers opportunities for coworking. The specifically designed incubation centercontributes to the wider (market) exploitation of ideas and thus local economic development based on the cooperation of innovative teams with the actors of private and government sectors, while efficiently addressing environmental-socio-economic challenges.


Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Incubation; Innovation Centre; Startup ecosystem

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