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Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem

Objective

VOICE delivers an entrepreneurship support ecosystem based on (i) open innovation, (ii) crowdsourcing and (iii) co-creation principles. The project underlines the importance and focuses on the "interest" or "ideation" phase of entrepreneurship. In this direction, VOICE presents an open online collaborative ideation platform and community that, as a priority, facilitates business idea development by evolving concepts, enriching their content as well as creating partnerships and matchmaking with business and product developers. In addition, it offers virtual incubation services, enabling the development of minimum viable products (MVP) and solid business models, in view of supporting the launch and growth of startups, empowering the community to innovate and prosper.VOICE will help bridge the gap in the broader entrepreneurial development ecosystem where individual users, start-ups and companies, mainly SMEs, will meet, find collaborators and partners, co-create and/or harvest ideas and prototypes, utilize the wisdom of the crowd to assess the value of the project idea and/or prototype, share and find connections/partners, business and technical information, knowledge on start-up related topics, online tools, online content and open educational material as well as access to capital and crowd-funding. This crowd-driven open online collaborative ideation system will: (a) underline the importance and focus on the "interest" or "ideation" phase of entrepreneurship, a currently unaddressed phase where the individual has the need to be actively involved in entrepreneurial activity, but does not have any business idea or business partners or special expertise about how to proceed; (b) facilitate business idea development by evolving concepts, enriching their content as well as creating partnerships and matchmaking with business and product developers. VOICE will enable individuals that aspire to become entrepreneurs to tap into the collective intelligence of the crowd and turn their entrepreneurial interest or need into a collaborative research project that will result into a prototype and to a successful "crowd-venture". One of the core competitive advantages of the proposed model relates to the benefits that can be derived from the community and the crowd-capital that stems from it. VOICE focuses upon the ICT market (online & mobile applications, open data apps, social networking apps, games, etc.) and addresses the needs of the: (a) B2C segment (i.e., individuals, students, graduates, etc.), (b) B2B segment (i.e., companies, mainly SMEs, universities, investors, VCs, mentors & innovation consultants, business incubators, start-up associations, etc.); (c) B2G segment (i.e., EU, national governments, national ministries of innovation, public agencies, etc.) and (d) the community at large. VOICE ecosystem will be tested in a real-life setting within the project lifetime and then commercially exploited by the partners.

Coordinator

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Address

Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
9220 Aalborg

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 393 466

Administrative Contact

Anne Rommerdahl Bock (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY

Australia

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION LABORATORY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 266 550

MILITOS SYMVOULEUTIKI A.E.

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 110 100

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 215 200

INNOVA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 192 829

INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 278 450

STOWARZYSZENIE ROZWOJU SPOLECZNO-GOSPODARCZEGO WIEDZA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 26 840

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 146 565

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 621137

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2014

  • End date

    31 August 2017

Funded under:

CIP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 406 500

  • EU contribution

    € 1 630 000

Coordinated by:

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark