Research and innovation for business

KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (NIEC) is a link between science and business, ensuring a smooth mutual cooperation, commercialisation of the latest innovations developed at the University, protection of intellectual property and development of newly established enterprises.

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Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) offering a wide range of technology-related studies and research is well-known for maintaining enduring relationships with business and industry. In February 2012, KTU and Aalto University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE, Finland) signed a memorandum, which was the basis for establishment of KTU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre. This, unique in Lithuania, department for facilitation of science-business relationship, became a significant incentive for business and state companies to participate in joint projects and initiatives with the University. Successful cooperation with Lithuanian and foreign-owned companies prompted to apply good practices in expansion of the Centre’s areas of activities.

On 19 February 2014, KTU, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) signed a Joint Activities Agreement and established the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (KTU NIEC), on the basis of KTU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre established in 2012. On 7 January 2015, Vytautas Magnus University joined the partnership.

NIEC is open for all scientists, researchers, students and entrepreneurs. The Centre unites the activities of integrated centres (valleys) of science, studies and business, Santaka and Nemunas. It aims to facilitate the provision of high quality research services to business and industry acting as a “one-stop-shop” for interaction and contact, and making science-business communication more efficient.

National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre

phone: +370 (672)65 146

Full list of the research services provided by the University is available here:


Research and business development services

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Research – business projects

Management of R&D&I projects from idea to agreement – clarification of the need, refinement of the idea, assessment of the potential, proposing an offer, signing contract agreement.

Business entities can use the research services provided by KTU laboratories. The University conducts the following research: thin film analysis, mechanical strength, electromagnetic compatibility, determination of the material composition, etc. Full list of the research services provided by the University is available here.

Clarification of issues faced by the company, forming a scientific group, brainstorming solution ideas, contract signing, implementation of scientific results into business.

The University provides free consultations on the EU structural funds and national financing instruments for the promotion of research-business partnership and development of joint projects.

Establishment and development of new business

Consultations on the topics of team building, establishment of the company, and business development. The University provides mentorship services and access to the network of partners.

Preparation of the technology or idea development plan with specific stages, required resources and costs according to the customer’s needs and capacities. Clarification and selection of business model, access to the international network of mentors and investors, participation in joint activities of the development of new products with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Joint implementation of the project for the innovation and business development (partner status).

Hosting prototyping events (hackathons) according to the topics or fields provided by the customer (200-300 participants). The customer’s logo is published in the list of sponsors.

Protection of the intellectual property

Consultations are provided aiming to determine the object of intellectual property, the means of legal protection and the reasons why this object requires them.

Report is prepared providing the number of patents in the same and related patent groups, assessment of the most active market participants, their geographic distribution, market value and forecasts.

Possibilities are provided to acquire the licences of the inventions, patents or technologies developed at the University.


Research valleys

Santaka Valley


Integrated Centre of Science, Studies and Entrepreneurship

It is a state-of-the-art science and innovations centre, one of the largest in the Baltics,
connecting science, technologies and business for joint activities

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National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre

K. Baršausko str. 59
LT-51423 Kaunas

phone: +370 672 65146

Nemunas Valley


Nemunas Valley integrated science, business and study centre is equipped with unique pilot equipment for food industry. It is the first centre of this kind in the Baltic States. In the laboratories of the Valley new foods and their recepies are being created, fundamental research and R&D services are being carried out. The Valley is particularly focusing on research outsourced by business.

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