Some of the most significant projects by the department in the area of research and transfer


Under the auspices of the BILBAO CITY COUNCIL, the goal of the project is to increase the competitiveness of companies in Bilbao in the knowledge intensive business services sector by means of a collaborative process of generating capacities that can provide suitable responses to challenges associated with the digital transformation of the industrial sector.

To achieve this goal, the proposal is to create a collaborative ecosystem called AS FABRIK made up of clusters, public institutions, knowledge agents and businesses.


Alongside LABORAL KUTXA, we've created the Compyte Competitiveness Observatory, among whose first large projects is the competitiveness test for SMEs that lets them diagnose and identify a quick action plan.

Technical Talent

In collaboration with the MONDRAGON Corporation, we have initiated projects for drawing technical talent to organisations like Fagor Electronics and ULMA Packaging. A methodology has been designed and executed in these projects that starts with strategic planning of the talent requirements and ends with designing initiatives for creating an employer brand or strategic relationship with training centres.

Participative Culture

Our department has a strong tradition of studying and putting into practice projects related to the participation of workers in management. Consequently, we have done projects in companies like GSR or GORABIDE where an instrument for measuring the participation of workers in management and a set of tools for setting into motion improvements in that field has been developed and adapted.


Inter-cooperation and the strategic management of alliances has also been fertile ground for projects. One example of that is how we worked jointly with CAF POWER on designing and initiating a process of strategic alliances where we put a lot of importance on making decisions related to the risks of joint ventures.

Learning Ecosystems

Another field where we are developing projects is in redefining training processes in organisations. Along these lines, we can highlight the ORAIN Campus project, which was initiated with GRUPO EROSKI, that will enable the business group to update the focus, methodologies and technology it uses in the important task of training its employees to face the future.

SCC (Sharing, Collaboration, Cooperation)

SCC (Sharing, Collaboration, Cooperation) is a strategic partnership that unites co-working spaces, higher education institutions (HEI), innovation communities, international networks and umbrella organizations, with the general objective of stimulating the development of collaborative spaces for innovation and anticipating the transition to a digital society.

The specific objectives are: to support the transformation of co-working spaces into collaborative spaces, to promote the creation and systematization of the work flow between co-working spaces, HEIs and the innovation community and to develop methodologies for organizing educational partnerships trans-sectoral, incorporating transnational cooperation and international mobility.

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A4i (Alliance for Inclusive Investment in Social Care and Support)

Erasmus+: KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (2018). 

The objective of the Alliance for Inclusive Investment in Social Care and Support (a4i) European project (Erasmus +) is to create a new breed of decision makers amongst social service providers, investors and public authorities to have the skills and confidence to secure financing from both public and private sources.

The project involves Service Providers, Private Investors and Higher Education Institutions in Belgium, Czech Republic and Spain. And this consortium is supported by an Advisory Board composed of high-level institutions and organisations linked to both the social service provision, and public and private investors.

The partners are: (1) European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) (coordinator), Belgium; (2) Mondragon University, Spain; (3) Caja Laboral Kutxa, Spain; (4) HCN, Netherlands; (5) Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain; (6) Fundación ONCE, Spain; (7) APSS CR, Czech Republic; (8) CEVRO Institut, Czech Republic; (9) Ceská sporitelna, Czech Republic; (10) Union des entreprises à profit social (UNIPSO), Belgium; (11) Université de Liège, Belgium; CREDAL, Belgium

CircularStart into Business 



The CircularStart into Business project is a 2-year ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership, that brings together 9 partners from four EU countries to address the need of know-how and competences of start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of Circular Economy, to move towards more sustainable and circular Business Models.

The aim of CircularStart is to support incubators, trainers and consultants in sustainability and circularity training of start-ups, through the development of an interactive guidance tool supported by eLearning resources, so that start-ups increase their competences to understand, evaluate and improve sustainability and Circular Economy issues related to their Business Models.
The idea of CircularStart is grounded on the recognition that there is a lack of know-how and training of start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of sustainability, Circular Economy and their opportunities. Mission-driven entrepreneurs are bringing fresh, disruptive, sustainable innovations to market; sustainability-oriented incubators are appearing too. But this phenomenon is far from mainstream and not methodologically implemented.