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.