Student-Industry Partnership Projects

At Cosaris we have been helping universities, businesses, NGOs and membership organisations to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Our student projects and hands on learning experiences give students insight into the real world of business and spread solutions globally.

  • Students work closely in small teams with innovative organisations and businesses

  • Experience sustainability and innovation in real life business scenarios

  • Create new solutions to real-life business challenges and leverage international growth opportunities

  • Cross-pollinate ideas and help spread best practices across industries, disciplines and countries

  • Gain understanding of economies and business practices outside local area

Why us

As a 360° Provider we:

Identify engaged partners with a clear need

Manage the program and guide included projects from start to finish

Coordination with students, university staff, project partners and all other relevant stakeholders

Schedule all required project meetings like kick-off, interim and final presentations, feedback sessions, etc.

Provide and setup IT and communication infrastructure if required

Troubleshoot any issues if they arise

Provide communication and marketing support

Facilitate content creation, curation and posting for any supporting Social Media campaigns

Marketing collaboration and coordination

Our detail oriented approach makes the most of synergies by making sure all aspects of the program align with the goals of the stakeholders.

Project Timeline

Some examples of a typical program and project timeline to give you an idea of what you can expect:

Initial meeting

Meeting between university team and Cosaris, discussing scope, scale, potential partners and project themes

Securing Partners

We research relevant organisations and contacts, explore project opportunities and identify potential objectives to find the best candidates for your projects

Project Team Formation

We work with your academic staff to build student teams based on their interests, experiences and our project requirements

Kick off Meeting

Meeting between university team and partner organisation management

Creating Project Briefs

Finalising the scope, objectives, work plan, methodology, and deliverables of the engagement
Preliminary research and analysis by the university project team
In-class oral report by the student teams summarizing the projects

Weekly consultations

Regular communication and project meetings between the student and partner teams

In-class oral updates to review project progress with professor or course lecturer

Interim Report & Review

Presentation of the university team’s interim report
Determination of mid-course adjustments of project work plan
Review of the initial findings of the teams and specification of next steps in the engagement

Final Presentions & Report

Compilation and analysis of the results of the project into a report

Briefing by the university team summarizing the results of the project
Delivery of the team’s full written report to project partner

Project Evaulation and Feedback

Meeting with the university faculty, Cosaris project manager, and partner management to evaluate the outcomes of the project

Our Projects

Hexicon

Hexicon is a Swedish cleantech company that develops wind
power projects in deep waters internationally. The company
has its own patented technology: TwinWind, which consists of
a floating foundation with two turbines.
The objective of the project was to develop an operational plan
to support Hexicon’s U.S. market expansion strategy, focusing
on port infrastructure in target regions in the United States.

Project Scope

Hexicon’s senior management team identified deep water port access as a major barrier to entry in the United States. Port infrastructure affects Hexicon’s capacity to source wind farm components and sub-assemblies from foreign suppliers.
As part of its U.S. expansion, Hexicon was also looking for opportunities for domestic sourcing and manufacturing of TwinWind systems.

Outcome

The students evaluated and identified a range of relevant deep
sea ports in the US that were technically capable and suitable
for the company’s entry into the US market.
They also assessed opportunities for creating local jobs,
environmental impact and stakeholder relationships.

Crumbs Beer

Crumbs has launched an innovative business model to convert
bread waste into beer. Through partnerships with bakeries,
retailers, and microbreweries.

Crumbs aims to:

  • Mitigate the problem of bread waste
  • Manufacture and distribute premium beer products that replace malt content with rescued bread
  • Promote local economic development through the application of a circular economy approach to food sustainability.

Project Scope

  • Developing an operational plan to track local sources of bread waste and measure the content of rescued bread affecting the flavor profile of beer.
  • Formulating a “Bread Manifesto” to communicate the social, environment, and economic benefits of bread waste upcycling and enhance the branding of Crumbs’ line of craftbrewed lager and ale

Outcome

Our student team helped them to build a new traceability app to document the lifecycle of the product and its ingredients.
They also created a new business model focusing on circularity as a service as an offering for retailers and restaurants.

Sopköket

Sopköket’s business model centers on the application of circular economy practices in food waste. The objective of the project is to develop a business model to accelerate the growth of Sopköket’s enterprise in Stockholm, building a foundation for the company’s eventual expansion in Sweden and target foreign markets.

Project Scope

The project focuses on growth opportunities in Stockholm for
Sopköket’s frozen food products. The Kogod team will
examine both the B2C component of Sopköket’s business
model and B2B component.

Outcome

The students helped develop a new business model and packaging solutions for a fully circular frozen ready meal product line.
They also helped find sustainable transport options for their upcoming subscription based business model.

Solvatten

The Solvatten Foundation is a social enterprise with headquarters in Sweden. It has one mission: to provide people in developing countries with safe and hot water in a portable, environmentally-friendly way.

Project Scope

With a successful growth strategy underway in Sweden, Solvatten was ready to expand their presence in the USA. They were looking for:

  • New marketing strategies to increase brand recognition in the US
  • A list of potential US partners, and through this, donors who would support their cause

Outcome

The students provided comprehensive analysis of the foundation’s target donor demographics and how they choose causes to support. They outlined strategies for social media marketing and engaging with volunteers. They created strategies for outreach, subscription, fundraising and corporate sponsorship – and they presented a list of individual influencers and organisations to approach as potential partners.

For the American University, the Scandinavian program has burnished our sustainability brand. It has enhanced our standing as a leader in sustainability among American colleges and universities.

David L Bartlett

Professorial Lecturer and Program Director
The American University

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our services please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

office@cosaris.com
+44 (0) 333 567 6768

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