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CBVI Workpackages

EADTU coordinates the project and coaches the participants towards the stated deliverables. EADTU is responsible for the coordination and the monitoring of CBVI on a day-to-day basis concerning all activities to be carried out. This workpackage will ensure that deadlines are met and deliverables are produced in accordance with the contract, the project timetable, the quality framework and the budget limitations.

All partners will be involved in a substantial way in the different workpackages. For each workpackage, a workpackage leader is appointed. EADTU will stimulate all partners to take up their own role, and will foster collaboration among partners and will be the place to turn to, for partners, should they encounter any problems (conflict management).

The project consortium with the different partners, will meet on a regular basis to guarantee correct fulfilment of the CBVI project tasks and objectives. In between, the project consortium will also communicate electronically, in regular intervals. Communication & collaboration are supported by various (conferencing) tools (discussion forums, project support tools, audio, video & computer conferencing). EADTU will also organise and chair the all-partners meetings, and takes care of the general management of other meetings.

Administratively, EADTU ensures the general project management with regard to financial administration, monitoring & reporting.


CBVI  distinguishes 9 different workpackages

General project management


Cross-analysis of entrepreneurship and incubator models


Organisation of learner-centric entrepreneurship environment


First pilots series: networked virtual business planning


Second pilot series: versatile field coaching of new entrepreneurs


Optimising the entrepreneurship ecosystem regional and cross-regional




Exploitation of results


Quality assurance


We highlight the four main workpackages below with more information. Please note the links on the left side.


Cross-analysis of entrepreneurship and incubator models

A cross-analysis of entrepreneurship & incubator models is performed. Selective models from country & regions are described such as the UK-Wales region, the Öresund Science Region, the Miskolc Hungary & Timisoara region, the  ELAt region of Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, the Austria Graz region, the Spanish IRE region Madrid, the Estonian IRE region of Tallinn, das Bergisches Dreieck (Remscheid-Solingen-Wuppertal), the Lublin regional area, and the Rome innovation area.

Literature, survey questionnaires, expert interviews, and local consultation seminars, are the predominant ways of working in charting the different initiatives for comparison. Based on the different country reports and the profiles of the different universities participating within the partnership, recommendations are formulated on improving the practice of incubatorship for that university. Differences will emerge where different educational systems are compared: educational-based universities focus on personal entrepreneurship and regional economic development, whereas research-based universities focus on transferring research-based knowledge to innovation, and onto the market.

Privately organised for-profit seed capital incubators tend to assist tenants with financing issues with the aim to capitalise on investment opportunities (collaboration & networking as essential asset), whereas science incubators aim to transform research findings into new products, interested in the area of development as an end in itself, as opposed to nurturing & developing personal entrepreneurial talent. Confronting these education and research-based approaches will be a new experience in itself, and along with the possibilities of flexible technology infusion, leading to the formulation of new and/or blended solutions.

A SWOT of different approaches is intended, acknowledging the multi-facetted nature of entrepreneurship, which is often variously rooted in family, education, student hobbies, research, et cetera.


Organisation of learner-centric entrepreneurship environment

This workpackage gathers and deploys a (networked) virtual learning environment: a social and technological hub, which delivers entrepreneurship services and takes full advantage of Web 2.0 technologies. The environment is both learner & entrepreneurship-centred, and infuses the classic entrepreneurship cycle with new generation social technologies. With roots in social capital and network theories, the environment valorises social networking as a prime driver in entrepreneurial success. By virtue of configured open services, incubants can utilise virtual office space, communication facilities, collaboration tools, project planning tools, access to entrepreneurship modules, a community of tenants, access to external social and professional partners, business finance & investment, and types of social-entrepreneurial support.

A social/professional dashboard is created on which university and professional services are stratified to complexity & user group: simple services for the elderly non-traditional cohorts & ICT illiterates, and more complex services for youthful digital natives. The cooperation between incubants, SMEs and multipliers, and the recording of ones case experiences, contributes to the growth of social and intellectual capital of entrepreneurship on each new venture, and the accumulation of an advisory system for young SMEs. The environment levers social media & networking as an instructional method, but also intends to demonstrate that start-ups can actually utilise the vast capital of open and free services in actual enterprise realisation and decrease start-up costs.

The (networked) entrepreneurship-centric environment is multi-layered: (open) learning management system, (open) course-cycle support tools, (open) entrepreneurship-cycle tools, (open) lightweight social & professional services, and more sophisticated (semi-open) professional & premium services. Its concept was first illustrated on the EC 2010 University-Business Forum in Brno, Czech.

First pilots series: networked virtual business planning

This workpackage is designed as an education-based pre-pilot to the coaching of students. This package runs virtual business planning pilots with students. Pilots are locally run and complimented by pedagogically-rich resources from the partners. They infuse additional entrepreneurship-cycle content, tools or services, such as strategic, navigational, assessment, financial or innovation management resources, which act as facultative 'service modules' and are exemplary for the co-innovation approach in the development of the virtual environment and the business pilots.

The multilingual e-Masterclass entrepreneurship in English, Hungarian, Estonia, Italian, and Spanish is such an example. This high-quality e-learning module is developed in the successful CBVE 'university-enterprise' project, and deploys flexible, didactically-innovative and pedagogically-rich learning approaches. The partners can infuse these resources into their pilot's instructional format, and/or use it as an extra-curricular service to promote regional entrepreneurship. Moreover, as an introduction to the building of (more) stakeholder cohesion between university, students, multipliers, and SMEs, this workpackage commences the involvement of (external) parties on the platform. Parties discuss and confirm their involvement in the pilots, and are granted access to the networked business planning environment.

The external parties act as role models, coaching support, professional assessment panels, or future mentors of high-end business proposals. High-potentials are selected and matched to a (next) virtual business incubation pilot. The workpackage (also) functions as an emerging validation of the lightweight tools & services, meant to functionally support the social-collaborative environment. Finally, all experiences and evaluations of business planning with students, academia, and external professionals are submitted into experience-based Wikis, for accumulation of entrepreneurship knowledge.

Second pilots series: versitile field coaching of new entrepreneurs

This workpackage provides methodologically different pilots on coaching new entrepreneurs. It implements a real & authentic experience of enterprise management, valorising the networked virtual incubator as one logical hub of entrepreneurship resources, lightweight & sophisticated services, and extensive social & professional contacts. Although the pilots are different in emphasis, they share one common objective on which results are assessed: flexibly facilitating competence development in enterprise management & start-up, through knowledge sharing between young entrepreneurs and experienced organisations, multipliers and academia. The entrepreneurship-centric environment is the main spring board for social networking & experience logging. The pilots are versatile.

A first pilot-type aims to coach new entrepreneurs in constellation with seed-capital/investment and business-service organisations.

A second pilot-type implements a real and authentic experience of enterprise management for young entrepreneurs, infusing a virtual enterprise, which interfaces with real external clients and genuine market demand.

A third pilot-type, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, focuses on the special target group of family-based SMEs, benefiting from mixed generation entrepreneurs i.e., the older generation experienced in professional business, and the young family members with new ICT competences and language skills.

A fourth pilot-type coaches young entrepreneurs through physical/virtual entrepreneurship internship.

A fifth pilot-type gears towards more intensive student-entrepreneur involvement, meeting & working with successful entrepreneurs, and aspects of social entrepreneurship.

And, a sixth pilot-type trains undergraduates to solve real business problems by twinning with dynamo role models. Finally, all pilots have the objective to facilitate knowledge sharing and relationship building to improve the chances of new entrepreneurs starting-up.