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Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
Institut für Gründungs- und Innovationsforschung
Gaußstraße 20

42097 Wuppertal

Räume O.11.31-34

Tel: +49(0)202 439 3979
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Cross Border Virtual Incubator



CBVI has the objective to demonstrate a social and learner-centric entrepreneurship environment for the acceleration of new starters and knowledge exchange. It intends to sustain a (networked) platform, conducive to the training of learners and start-ups.

It aims to sustain a social and learner-centric entrepreneurship environment, which is benign to the sharing of resources on market conditions, access to finance, technology, culture, legislation, showcases and practice models.

Strategically: CBVI aims to improve discussion and cooperation between HE institutions (both education and research-based) and regional stakeholders, to optimise opportunities for entrepreneurship and university ecosystem.

Tactically: CBVI aims to support business planning & tenant incubation, utilising social and professional media & networking as a contributor to entrepreneurial success.

Operationally: CBVI intends to demonstrate that start-ups can utilise contemporary open tools, technologies and services, in order to decrease thresholds of enterprise creation.

       The project is an ERASMUS University-Enterprise Cooperation project

       The project’s eligibility runs from: 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2012

       The project is contractually obliged to start on 1 October 2010


Work packages and partners

WP1      general project management (leader: EADTU, The Netherlands)

WP2      cross-analysis of entrepreneurship and incubator models (leader: MCSU)

WP3      organisation of the learner-centric entrepreneurship environment (leader: EADTU)

WP4      first pilot series: networked virtual business planning (leader: UNED)

WP5      second pilot series: versatile field coaching of new entrepreneurs (leader: MISKOLCI EGYETEM) 

WP6      optimising the entrepreneurship ecosystem regional and cross-regional (leader: IGIF)

WP7      dissemination (leader: TALLINN UNIVERSITY)  

WP8      exploitation (leader: UTIU)

WP9      quality assurance (leader: EADTU)


Project responsibilities of IGIF:

1)      Work package WP 5:


Definition WP6:            Pilots on versatile field-oriented coaching of new entrepreneurs


Executing Pilot 5:          More intensive student-entrepreneur involvement, meeting & working with successful entrepreneurs, and aspects of social entrepreneurship (IGIF)


2)      Work package WP 6:

Definition WP6:            Optimising the entrepreneurship ecosystem regional and cross-regional Lessons for improved knowledge transfer and higher regional impact (leader: IGIF)

Activity:                            assessing performed activities and the impact on the regional and cross-regional entrepreneurship ecosystem

Objective:                       recommending a ‘to-be’ regional ecosystem, based on the lessons lesson learned from the pilots, the potential of flexible learning technologies,                   and knowledge transfer

Results:                            report of the pilot approaches, impact, lessons learned, recommendations

Methods:                        charting the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and threats of the approaches in the context of the ecosystem, along with the priorities in the framework of regulatory, market conditions, access to finance, R&D technology, entrepreneurial capabilities and culture

Targeted delivery:       31-08-2012


See PDF-File for more information on WP6.

Website CBVI

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