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.