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Fostering university-enterprise cooperation and entrepreneurship of students via SMART Caffes

SMART Project is part of the Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education, within the ERASMUS + Programme, more specifically to support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalization of higher education in the Eastern European countries: Armenia, Moldova and Belarus.

Coordinated by The International Hellenic University (IUH) along with State Agrarian University of Moldova (SAUM) has a total of 15 entities associated with the project (12 higher education institutions, 3 NGO) and several project associated partners. The project will last for 48 months (from 10-15-2017 to 10-14-2021)

Transversally, meetings are being held to manage and coordinate the project, as well as study visits to business incubators and start-ups. The first phase of the project has been dedicated to identifying good practices existing in the member countries of the EU (Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Germany and Belgium) with respect to the finances of innovation and new companies, as well as the practice of incubating and accelerating the newly created entities. A report has been generated at the end of the research.

At the same time, the entities of the Eastern countries had managed the acquisition of technical and real estate resources for the SMART CAFFES that were launched in the aforementioned countries.​

Likewise, a series of training courses were prepared, given by experts from the EU Universities of the project, which was taught in 2019 to students, professors and professionals related to the topics identified in the good practices. This training, with modular character, has been carried out in Bulgaria, Armenia, Belarus and Moldova.

The implementation of the SMART CAFFES has coincided with the launch of an online educational tool called SMART CHANNELS, which can be accessed by both SMART CAFFES users and participants in the training courses.

Also, a dissemination strategy that started with the launch of the project website and a series of activities in various fields and formats

The exploitation of results starts with the launching of the SMART CAFFES.




Moldova State University

Republic of Moldova

Alexey Mateevich Street, 60, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


State Agrarian University of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

Mircești Street, 42, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


Alecu Russo Balti State University

Republic of Moldova

Pushkin Street, 38, MD-3100 Balti, Republic of Moldova


Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

Banulescu-Bodoni Street 61, MD-2005, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


Technical University of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

Stefan-cel-Mare street 168, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova


Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts

Republic of Moldova

A. Mateevici Street 111, Chisinau, MD 2009, Republic of Moldova


Gavar State University


Gegharkunik Marz, Gavar, 1 Hrant Hakobyan Street 1201, Armenia


Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences


Tumanyan 42, Yerevan



Vanadzor State University after H.Tumanyan Foundation


36 Tigran Mets Avenue, Vanadzor, Lori Province, Armenia


Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives


50 Oktyabrya Avenue, Gomel, 46029, Republic of Belarus


Minsk Innovation University


Lazo 12, Minsk, 220102 Republic of Belarus


Ilia state university


Kakutsa Cholokashvili Ave 3/5, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia


Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University


19 Rustaveli Ave., Tbilisi 0108, Georgia


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