A Responsible Research & Innovation Model for Impact investment & Responsible Startups (RRIstart)

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 101005937
Duration: 36 months
Starting date: 1/03/2021
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RRIstart will be carried out by a consortium of 6 organisations from 4 European countries, coordinated by the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
RRIstart intends to promote RRI among STEM start-ups, in the framework of the EU support of “impact investment” (i.e., investments that produce fair results from an environmental, social and economic point of view). Based on this, the project has the specific objectives of developing an innovative RRI-based model for start-ups, complemented by an RRI-based impact investment indicator list in a multi-stakeholder (beyond the quadruple helix, represented by research, industry, policy and civil society sectors) context. RRIstart will also identify new constellations of actors to enable RRI-based start-ups and impact investment and will pilot the contextualized RRI model for start-ups and the adapted RRI-based impact investment indicators through them.
The research activities of RRIstart will be carried out using mainly qualitative methodologies, including literature review, stakeholder consultation and implementation of pilot projects with start-ups, which will be accompanied whit a systematic observation process. These pilot activities will involve STEM start-ups in the fields of environment, advanced materials and biotechnology (agrifood). The research, networking and scientific communication activities will include exchanges and relations also outside the countries of the Consortium members.
RRIstart comprises 6 Work Packages. K&I will be involved in the main activities and deliverables of the project and will be responsible for the WP3 entitled “Policy, Governance & Exploitation”, in which it will follow, in particular, the definition of the “Guidelines for governance settings for exploiting RRI in start-ups”.


In February 2022, the first version of the RRI-based model for the development of Startups and related indicators was completed. The model and indicators, which were discussed in a Workshop held on March 10, 2022 with representatives of some startups and with some investors, are the subject of two Deliverables of the project, D1.1 and D1.2. K&I has contributed to all phases of the work and will be active in the next phases of the project when the model and indicators will be tested through some pilot experiments ...
On the 3 rd of March the on-line Kick-off Meeting of RRIstart (A Responsible Research & Innovation Model for Impact investment & Responsible Startups) project took place, with the participation of the representatives of all the organisations that form the Consortium. The works were opened by Andrea Riccio, Project Coordinator on behalf of Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. Vincent Blok and Eugen Popa, of Wageningen University (the Netherlands) presented the research activities that will be at the core of the project and that will involve all partners in the framework of WP1. In their presentation Blok and Popa ...