Student-Industry Partnership Projects

At Cosaris we help universities, businesses, NGOs and membership organisations to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Our experiential student projects and hands-on learning experiences give students insight into the real world of business and help 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 and guide the program and projects from start to finish

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

Provide and setup IT and communication infrastructure if required

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

Provide communication and marketing coordination and support 

Facilitate content creation, curation and posting for social media

Troubleshooting

Our bespoke approach makes the most of your unique synergies. This makes 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:

Securing Partners

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

Initial meeting

Meeting between university team and partner organisations

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  
  • Preliminary research and analysis by the student teams 
  • In-class initial project summaries and reports 
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 student teams’ interim reports 
  • Mid-course adjustments of project work  
  • Review of the initial findings and specification of next steps
Final Presentations & Report
  • Analysis of the project results and preparing the reports 
  • Students present the results of the projects to their partner organisations 
  • Students deliver the full written reports 
Project Evaluation and Feedback

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

Project Examples

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 by applying 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, environmental and economic benefits of upcycling bread waste and to enhance the branding of Crumbs’ line of craft lagers and ales

Outcome

Our student team helped Crumbs build a new traceability app to document the life cycle of the product and its ingredients. 

They also created a new business model focused on circularity as a service as an offering to retailers and restaurants. 

Sopköket

Sopköket’s business model centers on the application of circular economy practices in food waste. The objective of the project was to develop a business model to accelerate the growth of Sopköket in Stockholm, in order to lay the basis for the company’s future expansion in Sweden and for entering foreign markets.

Project Scope

The project focused on growth opportunities for Sopköket’s frozen food products in Stockholm. The student team examined both the B2C and B2B business model components. 

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 transportation options for Sopköket’s 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 a comprehensive analysis of the foundation’s target donor demographics and how they choose causes to support. They outlined strategies for social media marketing and volunteer engagement. 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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