Cross Border Virtual Incubator
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With learners outside traditional cohorts increasing and universities just awakening to the LLL charter, the need to act on adult learners & workers is apparent. By years of experience, ODL institutions can flexibly act on the adult population, simultaneously a population with higher chances to succeed in entrepreneurial activities, as identified by the Kauffman Foundation. Cross Border Virtual Incubator (CBVI) flexibly reaches out to workers and learners to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise creation. It has the objective to demonstrate experiments with social and learner-centric entrepreneurship environments for the acceleration of new starters and cross border knowledge exchange.
On the strategic level, CBVI aims to systematically improve discussion and cooperation between higher education institutions (both education and research-based) and regional stakeholders in order to optimise the opportunities for entrepreneurship and the design of the associated entrepreneurship ecosystem. It aims to provide for more transparency of practices to help stimulate improvements and accelerate knowledge transfer on these practices, taking into consideration that these partners are often located in so called science regions, innovative regions, collaborative regions or development regions.
On the tactical level, CBVI aims to support business planning & tenant incubation, utilising social and professional media & networking as a contributor to entrepreneurial success. CBVI subscribes to the need for (networked) business development and joint innovation, with purposive inflows and outflows of professional knowledge in order to accelerate enterprise start-ups. To improve the skilling of individuals in enterprise start-up, it hosts multiple development pilots, which are regional, and are conducted with students, stakeholders, SMEs and multipliers. Both professional intermediaries and experienced entrepreneurs assist in the transfer of knowledge and consultancy to starters. By virtue of the large partner network, the sourcing of expertise is able to transcend one's own region.
On the operational level, CBVI intends to demonstrate that start-ups can utilise more contemporary open tools, technologies and services, in order to decrease the financial threshold of enterprise creation. Overall, CBVI is to sustain a social and learner-centric entrepreneurship environment, which is benign to (individual or multi-party) transfer of resources concerning market conditions, access to finance, technology, culture, legislation, showcases and practice models: a platform which is conducive to the training of non-traditional learners and the start-up of enterprises.