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Social, complementary or community virtual currencies transfer of knowledge to SME: a new era for competitiveness and entrepreneurship

Objective

With the advent of social networks and Mobile networks, new online communities are being created around sustainable topics (environmental, social, community development). The phenomena, known as digital social innovation, generates a positive ecosystem where business and social development enabled with new behaviours boosted by social, complementary or community currencies deployed as virtual currencies have a great potential for competitiveness, and entrepreneurship, but also for fostering social responsibility in Europe.
VirCoin2SME projects aims at studying how the business development could be fully deployed around the ecosystem of social networks and virtual currencies, which facilities new exchanges for wealthier communities.
Research objectives to be developed in VirCoin2SME project are:
1.To compare different models of social networks influence on business processes
2.To analyze the mechanisms behind the adoption of social, complementary or community virtual currencies.
3.To research on the potential impact of digital innovation and alternative currencies development in social, environmental and economic sustainability.
4.To develop two sector-oriented proposals/guidelines (healthcare and tourism) for developing sustainable business models based on the use of complementary and/or virtual currencies
The previous research objectives will be achieved by implementing a collaborative working scheme where research entities will design the methodology and elaborate final guidelines to develop, according to the actual business scenarios defined and analyzed by the private companies involved in VirCoin2SME, in the two respective sectors that will act as use cases for study and proposals development: healthcare and tourism.
Dissemination and communication activities will be designed and developed in parallel to ensure the wider impact of the knowledge generated and to foster new business generation around sustainable models not only in Europe,but internationally.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Net EU contribution
€ 108 000,00
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (3)

EASY INNOVA S.L.
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 108 000,00
Address
Avenida Lluis Santalo S/n
17071 Girona

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 81 000,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ADMIN LEUVEN bvba
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 81 000,00
Address
Vismarkt 10B
3000 Leuven

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BUCARAMANGA
Colombia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Avenida 42 Nro. 48-11, Campus El Jardin
680003 Bucaramanga

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 54 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

ESTRATEGIAS SOSTENIBLES EKOSOS SA
Ecuador
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Calle Finlandia 35-36 Y Suecia
170515 Quito

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 54 000,00