What is SmartchannelFostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via Smart Caffes
SMART CHANNEL is a knowledge repository and collaborative playground for getting knowledge, generating ideas and linking companies with the ones created within the project “Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via Smart Caffes” 585620-EPP-1- 2017-1-ELEPPKA2-CBHE-JP.
SMART CHANNEL is a reflection of Smart Caffes as innovative hubs not limited by the borders of one country and allow us to:
boost knowledge exchange and learning due to multidimensional extracurricular training programs targeting business development by youth;
create joint open innovations due to design of solutions by individuals and start-ups on operational efficiency, production costs, new products creation, innovations creation with companies, strategic collaborations;
improve involvement of external specialists due to mentorship activities in start-ups development;
practice new techniques and improve old ones, learn new things from the best mentors and experts;
attract the financing for start-ups creation, growing and scaling up;
improvement of the real-time collaboration on topics of joint interest and discussion about innovative ideas and general trends in the industry;
assurance of valuable and useful information from experts’ articles and thematic podcasts;
support in search of outsourcing solutions;
foster co-working and communication channels;
organise networking and collaboration events.
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EXPLORE OUR NETWORK OF SMART CAFFENetwork of Smart Caffe is both a physical and a virtual space
As a physical space, Smart Caffe is a combination of an incubator and a business accelerator, providing young people with creative or business ideas with:
infrastructure for residents: workspace equipped with furniture, computers, office equipment along with the sharing spaces for meetings, trainings, networking, conferences, etc.;
workspaces for co-working and networking, collaboration and communication due to innovative hubs created within 13 Higher Education Institutions in Moldova, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia;
assistance in business launch and development (from developing ideas to entering the market) due to multidimensional extracurricular training program adjusted to the real market requests and needs;
assistance in attraction of financing for start-ups development;
mentorship and involvement of external specialists in supervising and start-ups development activities though thematic seminars, trainings and advises, etc;
joint creation of solutions by individuals and start-ups on operational efficiency, production costs, new products creation, innovations creation, building of strategic partnerships and collaborations, etc. (open innovations);
“packaging” projects for investors: design and preparation of presentation materials, organization of different networking events, including exhibitions and presentations (pitches) of projects and other services.
In order to streamline the activities carried out in the physical spaces, a virtual extension of the Network of Smart Caffe was created through the SMART Channel platform, it allows to effectively strengthen the collaboration between all actors involved in the process of generation, validation and implementation of innovative ideas.
Project title: Fostering University-Enterprise Cooperation and Entrepreneurship of Students via Smart Caffes
Reference number: 585620-EPP-1- 2017-1-ELEPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Durations: 48 months (2017-2021)
For more details visit: www.smartcaffe.eu
Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020
KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education