Partnerships & Projects

Vocation-Oriented Innovative Transformation to Unlock Resources for Employability (VOITURE)

Willing to address the problems surrounding employability among Tunisian graduates with the aim to support University-Business-Partnerships between higher education institutions and business partners in Germany and developing countries, the project partners of VOITURE aim to bundle forces and know-how to support Tunisian universities to prepare their graduates for entering the labour market after finishing their studies. VOITURE contributes to African Entrepreneurship through:
• Organizing Summer Schools with students from Tunisian and German Universities
• Organizing Idea competitions
• Financing prototype development of promising ideas and committed teams

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EXIST in Germany

Be part of a German Start-up Team!

Promising Start-up ideas from German universities are often looking for the IT-experts from collaborative design and development of initial (first) prototypes. However, finding these needed IT specialists within their regions has proven to be a challenge.

We, at the “International Startup Campus”, a project of the universities of Leipzig, Jena and Halle want to match German teams that apply for EXIST grant with international young IT experts and complete their teams from the early stages of their application status. The EXIST grant is a program of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) offers one-year support for innovative business ideas.  More Information: EXIST grant

For more information on the German teams and the profiles of the experts they are interested in, please contact Mr. Christian Hauke (

The Sur Place Project

Within the framework of the Sur Place project, SEPT successfully organizes annual Summer Schools for Master’s and PhD students in economics and social sciences since 2017. The Summer Schools focus on the participants’ project ideas in the fields of research, innovation or entrepreneurship. The aim of the Sur Place project is therefore to support the participants to further develop their project ideas and to improve their competencies for teaching positions in their respective home countries.

To this end, SEPT invites the 30 participants to Leipzig (Germany) for four weeks to take part in workshops and diverse cultural programmes. In this way, the participants will not only expand their knowledge and gain insight into German culture but also get to know, exchange and network with the other students and support their respective projects.

The summer school is divided into four major thematic blocks: Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship Promotion, Participatory Teaching Methods and Academic Writing and Research Project Development. These topics are developed by experienced coaches in the form of inputs and participatory phases.

In 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, new creative ways of knowledge transfer and intercultural exchange had to be found and tried out. The Summer School 2020 was successfully implemented digitally with digital tools such as Mural and joint leisure activities such as online cooking evenings.

For further information, please contact Robert Meyer (

Access and Benefit Sharing – Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (ABSbio)

Project Partners: Leipzig University, Makerere University, IRGIB Africa University

The joint project seeks to introduce the important topic of entrepreneurship promotion as a cross-cutting issue into existing programmes related to biodiversity at our partner universities in Uganda and Benin.

With this approach, this project enriches the AGEA network with an exciting and important field of action. The project was developed against the background of two major challenges in our globalized world:
• A lack of meaningful jobs for highly qualified people in the partner countries, which result in high unemployment rates.
• A critical threat to the rich biodiversity of the involved countries. Key factors in threatening the biodiversity are linked to unsustainable business models.

We see the need to enable knowledgeable young scholars to develop better business models to help people to benefit from their rich biodiversity in a sustainable way.
The core of the project is curricula development and capacity development among trainers at our partner universities.

Though the idea challenge held in 2020 we have seen the rich resources of ideas of young scholars in Benin and Uganda and we are eager to continue to work on the further facilitation of such ideas.

For further information, please contact Robert Meyer (