There are strong connections between the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship research theme and the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).

A key strategic partner of the CIE research group is WU Wien as co-organizer of the yearly CIE Symposium and participant in joint projects.

The CIE research group is also involved in the Virtual Entrepreneurship Centre, which is a cross-border inter-university research network comprising Maastricht University, KU Leuven (BE), Hasselt University (BE), Liège University (BE), RWTH Aachen University (DE), and TU Eindhoven (NL). The Virtual Entrepreneurship Centre organises and supports joint research events and projects in the broad field of entrepreneurship.

Lastly, with respect to societal outreach, the CIE research group is connected with the highly innovative and entrepreneurial Brightlands ecosystem, including its incubator, Brightlands Innovation Factory