With learners outside traditional cohorts increasing and universities just awakening to the LLL charter, the need to act on adult learners & workers is apparent. By years of experience, ODL institutions can flexibly act on the adult population, simultaneously a population with higher chances to succeed in entrepreneurial activities, as identified by the Kauffman Foundation. Cross Border Virtual Incubator (CBVI) flexibly reaches out to workers & learners to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise creation. It has the objective to demonstrate a social and learner-centric entrepreneurship environment for the acceleration of new starters and cross border knowledge exchange.
CBVI will effectuate far reaching pilots on (networked) business planning and successive field-oriented coaching of new entrepreneurs by universities, multipliers and SMEs. It takes full advantage of Web2.0 technologies and utilises multi-level (open) services to exploit the social & technological connectivity of individuals. The platform provides a larger social springboard on each new case. The environment has already been the springboard for the launch of 5 multilingual (pedagogically-rich) virtual Masterclasses in entrepreneurship and consecutive business planning trails inside the Good Practice of Cross Border Virtual Entrepreneurship (CBVE).
CBVI performs regional SWOTs of (pre)incubation approaches, education-based and research-based, to establish flexible technology opportunities for connecting starters and stakeholders. It organises open services to host tenants and professionals. It pilots materials, tools and guidance with virtual business planning. It executes methodologically different demonstrations of field coaching for (pre)incubation, and draws lessons from the entrepreneurship-centred environment, the business planning exercises, and the (pre)incubation pilots, to enable more regional and cross-border knowledge transfer, and a higher regional impact