The "SMART Caffes" are conceived as open centers that welcome students, recent graduates who have initial ideas or creative potential, but who lack the skills and resources to realize it.
The core environment will provide full hardware and software support, training, mentors and networks for the growth of student ideas. It will also improve the educational experience of students in general and prepare them for an active role in the labor market.
To accomplish a boost of new enterprises, the entrepreneurial vibe should be nurtured during education. In all levels, pupils and students can participate in projects, aimed at entrepreneurial thinking. In higher education at most, students should have all the necessary means to be immersed in entrepreneurship, such as one-on-one business coaching, legal aspects of becoming an entrepreneur, business modelling… regardless of their fields of study, as in any of those, entrepreneurship can be stimulated.
The vision of the SMART CAFFES project is to create an entrepreneurial climate in which the threshold to start up a profit or non-profit business is lowered so that anyone feels up to the challenge. Next to that, people should feel empowered to undertake any challenge that they feel up to, because of the fostering of their entrepreneurial skills.
Establishing SMART Caffes
2.1 Setting up equipment
2.2 Developing the virtual segment of SMART Caffes
2.3 Training PC staff on entrepreneurial skills (training of trainers)
2.4 Developing a set of trainings
SMART Caffe operation
3.1 Training SMART Caffes users (students & companies)
3.2Mentoring students’ ideas & start-up
3.3 Developing open innovations
3.4 Establishing marketplace for ideas
4.1 Developing & maintaining the project web site
4.2 Developing & publishing promo material
4.3 Organizing dissemination & networking events
4.4 Running EaPC students’ start up competition
4.5 Starting up annual regional conference
5.1 Developing sustainability strategy
5.2 Including SMART Caffes in teaching process
5.3 Partnering with companies & governments
5.4 Applying for membership in the European Network of Living Labs
Quality control & monitoring
6.1 Establishing quality control system
6.2 Internal & external quality control & monitoring
6.3 Evaluating SMART Caffe programs & conditions
6.4 Exchanging best practice with other E+,CBHE,KA2 projects
7.1 Organizing project management meetings
7.2 Developing project management procedures
7.3 Managing & reporting project activities