Fontys ICT gives students the opportunity to graduate in their own start-up (graduation+). This has led to successful start-ups and education in a meaningful context. However, Fontys ICT's ambitions extend further. After all, start-ups are an indispensable part of a vibrant IT study programme in the innovative region. Therefore, the student start-up programme is being expanded with the aim of getting more and better start-ups. This new, important, step is that students now remain involved in the Open Innovation Lab even after their studies, as stakeholders of meaningful education and as part of the regional business community.
A number of things have been greatly improved in the new programme:
SPARC unites companies that provide meaningful assignments to third,- and fourth-year students as Partners in Innovation. Fontys ICT would like to be a knowledge partner in the region and help the business community innovate. At the same time, Fontys would like the business community to innovate education. SPARC is crucial and successful in that ambition, which can be further enhanced by the SPARC Start-up Programme. The idea is that selected student start-ups will remain in the Open Innovation Lab for a maximum of one year after graduation as a SPARC Startup. In that year:
In that year, the SPARC Start-up:
The advantages for the start-up:
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