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Co-designing Learning for Impact-Focused Entrepreneurship

The CoLIFE project is a Capacity Building initiative of European and Indian higher education institutions. The main objective of this project is to promote impact-focused entrepreneurship within Indian higher education institutions. It also focuses on fostering social inclusion, pursuing sustainable goals and improving intercultural relations, with the ultimate goal of effective exchange of best practices.


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Scope of the project

The CoLIFE project focuses on advancing impact-focused entrepreneurship (IFE) education in four Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in collaboration with European partners. Through an accredited learning module, students learn how to adapt or create enterprises or organizations that have a positive impact on societal, environmental and economic challenges, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • The initiative involves students as co-developers, creating a robust stakeholder ecosystem and fostering collaboration between Indian and EU-based design and business HEIs.
  • By engaging local entities, the project aims to bring innovative value for social inclusion, resulting in positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes through knowledge-sharing.
  • The CoLIFE project anticipates creating meaningful change in communities, aligning with India's need for sustainable interventions and Erasmus+ CBHE goals.
  • It also aims to enhance intercultural relations between the EU and India among HEIs, students, teaching staff, and local businesses, fostering the exchange of best practices for employment and sustainable development. 


The consortium will deliver an accredited impact-focused entrepreneurship learning module (6ECTS) with an innovative pedagogical approach, Learning by Developing (LbD), and employing design thinking, service design and co-creation methods. It will utilize research and development activities of higher education institutions to create relevant solutions.

Project partners

Lab University of Applied Sciences, Lathi, Finland
Ecole Intuit Lab (EIL), Mumbai, Maharashtra 
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Sanquelim, Goa, India
Indian School of Development Management, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Arch School of Design and Business, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Aarhus University, Department of Business Development and Technology, Heming, Denmark
Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Mechelen, Belgium


Nansi Van Geetsom

Nansi has a background in interior architecture and education and instructional sciences. Her current research focuses on the systemic approach to space and service design, emphasizing social inclusion and impactful entrepreneurship.


Andrea Wilkinson

Andrea's research focuses on design participation with a specific focus on design equity and designing for care: with a focus on how participation informs the design of products and services.