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Interreg: SEE-V-lab

Interreg: SEE-V-Lab

SEE-V-lab is a joint project with the intention to foster student entrepreneurship by closing the gap between entrepreneurial intent and action. Besides TU/e, two other universities participate in the project: University de Liège and University of Aachen.

The key objective of this project is to contribute to fill the gap between entrepreneurial intent and action among the young generation and to infuse early on in their projects an international dimension.
In order to achieve its objectives, the project is built around three key actions that reinforces each other. The ITEM group takes the lead in the third activity (research student entrepreneurship).

1. Bridging the gap for international entrepreneurial action. While students have innovative ideas and entrepreneurial drive, they often lack experience and have a limited access to a network of contacts. In most cases, these are strongly focused on their local area. They desperately lack the international mind-set. One dimension of this project aims at facilitating students’ and young graduates’ networking across partnering regions by organizing joint activities (i.e. events, contests, start-up week-ends...), providing acces to lean start-up process (opening doors to student-entrepreneurs for cross-border projects) or supporting teams developments.

2. Providing knowledge and pedagogical support for young entrepreneurs engaged in cross-border projects. In relation with the previous point, more educational support needs to be developed to promote a better understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities, in particular, with a cross-border perspective. Also most existing support is not exploiting modern technologies that young generations favor to acquire knowledge (i.e. social media platforms, including videos, podcasts, streams, Twitter,...). So far most of the knowledge content and support is created individually by each of the project partners. The intention is to develop and share this material for the benefits of young entrepreneurs in each region. The platform will be articulated around the timeline of entrepreneurial actions (Idea generation --> Start-up --> Growth).

3. Research and sharing best practices across partner institutions. As the creation of start-ups by students has been a rather recent trend (at least in the European context), researchers have still a limited understanding of this phenomenon. Further, each partner institution has developed its own action plan to promote entrepreneurship in its region but there has been little sharing of knowledge, experience and best practice. Thus, developing a better understanding of the factors instrumental to student entrepreneurship is of crucial importance in order to better support the students in their endeavors.

Time Frame project:

2016 - 2019



Project leader

TUe ITEM 04 0814  
Dr. A.S.A. (Annnelies) Bobelyn


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