HERE Study Visit
The role of Universities in Developing entrepreneurial skills

University of Montpellier – 19-20 April 2018



Arrival of participants




Institut de Botanique (Amphithéatre Charles Flahault)
163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet - 34090 Montpellier

08:30  Registration and welcome coffee

09:00  Welcome from host and organizers

  • Welcome by the EACEA – Anne SPANGEMACHER, project officer
  • Welcome from University of Montpellier - Nadia LAGARDE, vice-director of International Relations Department
  • Introduction to the programme and theme - Michael GAEBEL, SPHERE Team

09:40  Tour de table: Presentation of participants and expectations for study visit

10:15  Presentation of the actions and strategies in the Montpellier region: Opportunities for entrepreneurship and the policy context

  • Nadia LAGARDE, vice-director of International Relations Department, UM

10:30  How to enhance the link between the business world and the university

University of Montpellier Excellence project

  • François PIERROT, coordinator of MUSE and vice-rector for valorization and industrial partnerships

Presentation of University of Montpellier Excellence project (MUSE): Funding by the French government to boost the university on both the national and international higher education-research scene. Over 150 private partners supported MUSE in this competition for further investment and partnerships between the university and the business world

  • Discussion

11:15  LabEx Entreprendre: how to build and disseminate knowledge on entrepreneurship with research teams in law, economics and management

  • Claire RIFFAT, responsible of communication at LabEx Entreprendre

11:30  Coffee break

11:45 Innovative strategies and projects for supporting student entrepreneurship - Part 1

Presentation of “Junior Entreprise”

  • Typhaine DEBOT, quality manager and Léa COSTES, project manager

The Junior Enterprise is based on the principle of a consulting office for enterprises. It is composed by students of French Universities at national level. In Montpellier, the Moma Junior Conseil represents this association.
Presentation on the development of the Junior Enterprise group, objectives and competences linked to its importance in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • Presentations of student projects
  • Discussion and examples of good practices from HERE countries

13:00  LUNCH BREAK - Broc’café

14:00  Innovative strategies and projects for supporting student entrepreneurship - Part 2

Promoting Entrepreneurship: Moma Start'up Event

  • Christina THEODORAKI - PhD in Entrepreneurship and Strategy

The Moma Start’Up Event is a challenge to promote the creation of enterprises. This challenge is proposed to the students of Master in Entrepreneurship and SMEs at Montpellier Management faculty.

  • Intervention of three students

14:45  Exploring the interfaces of innovation, entrepreneurship, and “coopetition” focus on coopetition innovation

  • Hervé CHAPERT, teacher-researcher at Montpellier Research Management (MRM)

This research on ‘coopetition’ and alliance focuses on 3 main questions: 1) The reasons why enterprises adopt these strategies, 2) the implementation and management of these strategies and 3) the impact of this kind of strategy on performance. More advanced research concerns management of coopetition and alliances, and its impact on innovation and market performances.

  • Discussion

15:30  Coffee break

16:00  Presentation of the innovative and entrepreneurial center for students “PEPITE LR”

  • Colin CARRERE, Policy officer for PEPITE LR

The PEPITE LR center has the objective to promote the entrepreneurial culture and spirit for students. The center assists the students in their projects of creating an enterprise. The purpose of this session will be to present the role of the local players, their impacts and the relation between them and the higher education institutions.  

  • Discussion on student support services and centres for entrepreneurship

17:30  End of the day

19:30  Welcome dinner at “Le Paresseur”

                        Location: 15 Rue Jules Latreilhe, 34000 Montpellier



Rue Vendémiaires - Building B
- Rooms B.112 and B.311


09:30  IAE Startup Lab: promoting employability and innovative entrepreneurship

IAE Startup Lab is a student association whose goal is to promote employability and innovative entrepreneurship among students at the University of Montpellier. The association gives access to various tools and allows student to create their own network.

  • Loïc DOMINGUEZ, president of IAE StartUp Lab

Presentation of research study on the phenomena induced by the emergence of crowfunding in the landscape of entrepreneurial finance

  • Bastien CLERGUE, PhD in management sciences
  • Discussion

10:30  Coffee break

10:45  Building an entrepreneurial support ecosystem for teaching: novel perspectives and teaching practices

  • Christina THEODORAKI, PhD in Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Two HEREs present their innovative practices for teaching entrepreneurship

  • Vukasin GROZDIC, Serbia and Aleya SERAGELDIN, Egypt
  • Discussion

12:00  LUNCH BREAK Atys Café

13:30  Group exercise: Teaching entrepreneurial skills

Participants are divided into three groups –A short case study or good practice in presented by a HERE as an introduction (5 min). The HERE then brainstorm obstacles for resourcing and supporting teaching and learning regarding entrepreneurship and possible ways to inspire change.

15:30  Closing session

  • Reports from groups (One HERE rapporteur per group)
  • Summary from general rapporteur – Michael GAEBEL, EUA/SPHERE Team
  • Brainstorming on take-aways for HERE
  •  Update on SPHERE activities 2018

16:30  Close