Business Problems Interactive
Web Portal

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Project is starting...

24 May 2022

Project is starting...

VŠFS as the main coordinator and through the participation of East European University, the International Consortium Project (ID# 22210127) ,,Business Problems Interactive Web Portal“ is the winner of the VISEGRAD FUND Grant Call 2022! We are happy to announce that our amazing project is going to start on October 1, 2022. We are very looking forward to meet new challenges and our new path full of new experiences, meetings, cooperations and added values.

About Project

Project title:

Business Problems Interactive Web Portal

Project Period:

1 Oct 2022 - 31 March 2024

Place:

VŠFS, Prague, Czech Republic
https://www.vsfs.cz/en/?id=1548-research-projects

Grant Program:

Visegrad+ Fund Grants
Visegrad+ Fund Grants
www.visegradfund.org

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Focus Area:

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Research,Building up new business and cluster networks for SMEs, startups, and research institutions within and outside the V4.

Main coordinator:

Ing. Eva Kostikov, Ph.D.
Ing. Eva Kostikov, Ph.D.
Head of Finance Department at the University of Finance and Administration
Mail: evakostikov@gmail.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/eva-kostikov

Participating Countries

Czech RepublicCzech Republic
University of Finance and Administration

University of Finance and Administration

www.vsfs.cz

Ing. Eva Kostikov, Ph.D.

Eva Kostikov
Mail: evakostikov@gmail.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/eva-kostikov

The mission of the University of Finance and Administration (VŠFS) is to become a leading respected and sought-after educational and a scientific and research institution that creates prerequisites for its graduates for their permanent growth and full-fledged personality development. From the professional perspective, VŠFS concentrate on business management, marketing communication, finance, the area of regional development and public administration, informatics, applied law, security and criminology. VŠFS’s strategic objective is to participate in solving global research challenges (including in international research consortia), such as financial stability, digital economy and Industry 4.0, security including cyber security. It continuously organizes international conferences and scientific seminars, solves a number of research task.  It participates in mutual scientific projects for state institutions and private entities. VŠFS is a partner university of international projects focused on Corporate Social Responsibility Investment, Challenges of Small Businesses, Alternative ways of financing for SMEs, Startup Financing, Competence in EuroPreneurship (EU), Law, Taxation and Regulation in Blockchain and Competence of university teachers (EHP). VŠFS develops cooperation with foreign universities and participates in international student exchange programs, summer schools, double-degree program and the Erasmus Plus program.

GeorgiaGeorgia
East European University (EEU)

East European University (EEU)

www.eeu.edu.ge
 

Tatia Gherkenashvili

Tatia Gherkenashvili
Mail: t.gherkenashvili@eeu.edu.ge
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatia-gherkenashvili-276a25159

Irakli Tusiashvili

Irakli Tusiashvili
Mail: irakli.tus@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irakli-tusiashvili/

East European University (EEU) is a private university in Georgia oriented on the implementation of educational programs compatible with international standards. Accordingly, it is beneficial for EEU to share V4 universities’ knowledge and experience in focusing on research-oriented teaching and directing the new knowledge acquired by students towards the improvement of the business environment in Georgia through establishing close cross-border partnerships with project partner entities.

GeorgiaGeorgia
Georgian Small & Medium Enterprises Association

Georgian Small & Medium Enterprises Association

gsmea.ge

Mikheil Chelidze

Mikheil Chelidze
President at Georgian Small and Medium Enterprises Association
Mail: mchelidze@gsmea.ge
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikheil-chelidze-78152863/

Georgian Small and Medium Enterprises Association (GSMEA) aims to protect the interests of SMEs, to promote the creation of healthy competitive conditions in the country, as well as to establish active communications between SMEs and public agencies, financial institutions in Gerogia and international organizations. With about 4500 members, GSMEA will be a valuable project partner. Their involvement will be beneficial in terms of bringing in prospective new partners, investors, and experts. The partner has experience in implementing projects in the field of transnational cooperation in the Eurasian Partnership. Currently implementing the project "Small Business and Sustainable Public Procurement: Advocacy for transparency and more accessibility" aims to increase the involvement of SMEs in Public procurement process. and run an advocacy campaign for a sustainable procurement system.

HungaryHungary
Budapest Enterprise Agency (BEA)

Budapest Enterprise Agency (BEA)

www.bvk.hu

András Lázók

András Lázók
Mail: lazok.andras@bvk.hu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andr%C3%A1s-l%C3%A1z%C3%B3k-611195250/

Attila Skopál

Attila Skopál
Mail: skopal.attila@bvk.hu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/attila-skop%C3%A1l-03915278/

BEA is the only organization founded by the Budapest City Council back in 1993 for the development and promotion of the SMEs. The 2 pillars of the activity are innovative SME development and nonprofit microfinancing. BEA is a vibrant organization and active member of the Hungarian innovation ecosystem, successfully co-operating with the academia and market players in order to enhance the performance of startups and SMEs of the capital. The organization dedicates its efforts to help entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, turn them into viable, successful and sustainable businesses. Through their active participation an international event in Budapest will be organized gathering partners, a mentoring program will be implemented involving their expertise, training will be organized tailored to startups and SMEs and training modules will be created using their knowledge.

PolandPoland
University of Lodz, Technology Transfer Center
University of Lodz, Technology Transfer Center

www.ctt.uni.lodz.pl

Adam Kaźmierczak

Adam Kaźmierczak
Director of the Technology Transfer Centre of the University of Łódz
Mail: adam.kazmierczak@uni.lodz.pl
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-kaźmierczak/

The Centre for Technology Transfer of University of Lodz (UL) has a wealth of experience in various national and international initiatives related to technology transfer and commercialization of R&D results, incubation of innovative projects, and transfer of knowledge from science to business, etc. Their participation will be beneficial in areas such as presentation of good practices in the field of cooperation between science and business and building an innovative ecosystem in a university. EEU has an active academic and scientific cooperation agreement with the UL including conducting student mobility activities as well. Working on this project gives them a great opportunity to take their already successful partnership to the upper level that will contribute to further strengthening their collaborative activities both in future ventures and, most importantly, within this project.

SlovakiaSlovakia
University of Zilina (UNIZA)
University of Zilina (UNIZA)

www.uniza.sk

Veronika Šramová

Veronika Šramová
Mail: veronika.sramova@uniza.sk
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronika-sramova-63628958/

Andrea Čorejová

Andrea Čorejová
Head of the Centre for Technology Transfer
Mail: andrea.corejova@uniza.sk
Web: https://cointt.sk/speaker/andrea-corejova/

The Center for Technology Transfer within the University Science Park (CTT) has a growing number of students and researchers participating in incubation programs and has acquired a deep understanding and appreciation of how the power of encouraging innovation, promoting entrepreneurship and startup culture among students and others contribute to long-term eco. growth. CTT is open to implementing active international cooperation in the field of incubation, acceleration, and commercialization of startups and innovative technology projects. CTT’s university subject Job Entrepreneur is focused on connecting innovation theory with practical teaching about business development. The knowledge and experience of such partners and their active participation in testing new technologies and research infrastructure, strategic management and planning will be greatly beneficial.

Project Purpose

The project is aiming to create and support new cluster networks by creating effective conditions for close cooperation between academia and businesses both in Georgia and V4 countries. Result of the project will be the Interactive Web Portal with elements of the Web 4.0 to help Start-ups and SMEs with starting and running their businesses in order to gain sustainable and long-lasting business to be competitive with more developed countries with longer entrepreneur history and supportive culture.

The project aims to improve the competitiveness of SMEs through university research and business practical life. The project will address specific problems that arise when founding and managing startups and SMEs and, thanks to a large amount of input, will create a platform for sharing solutions and creative approaches to problems in an international context. In the long term effect helps the businesses sustain the business over the long term and despite a highly competitive environment (According to the National Business Capital, startup failure rates are around 90%. 21.5% of startups fail in the first year, 30% in the second year, 50% in the fifth year, and 70% in their 10th year.) Businesses, for competitiveness and development, constantly require offering customers innovative products/services, which is achieved through the commercialization of research findings. At the same time, such close cooperation will provide universities with the funds needed for research, resulting in the country's economic and social advancement as well as enhancing the research potential of universities. According to Global Competitiveness Report, V4 countries and Georgia lag in components such as: Companies embracing disruptive ideas, Growth of innovative companies, R&D expenditures (% GDP), Research institutions prominence, Innovation capability, Commercialization, Ease of finding skilled employees, among others. These indicators can be significantly improved by successfully implementing the project.

Using the Web portal with the integrated chatbot, unified interactive network and a huge range of problems arising in the life cycle of start up and SME businesses in the V4 countries and Georgia, they will be able to report problems they face and help solve those problems as quickly as possible. In the first phase, solutions will be provided personally by the experts and academics experienced in the field of touch. Soon after a problem is registered, researchers will compete to provide the best solution for the applicant. To preserve participants' rights, only the essence of the problem will be posted, and transferring papers will be permitted after signing the relevant obligations.

The project will bring the following added value:
  1. Support the growth and sustainability of scientific clusters at the local and international levels, as well as the participation of businesses in the pioneering of new ideas.
  2. Creation of a database of problems (with integrating automated chatbot) in the initial first years of running start-ups and SMEs. It will continue to collect data for researchers to work on identifying and solving SME and start-up problems in the future. The database will be fully online and, in line with the Green Deal, will avoid paper-based forms of information.
  3. Participation of academic staff and students of all levels. Students will be able to choose topics and tailor coursework, thesis, or dissertations to address real-world business issues, allowing them to work while still studying. They will also gain valuable experience that will help them launch their own businesses, avoid potential mistakes, and remain competitive. Indirectly, the project will help improve educational systems and educate a new generation of businessmen and businesswomen.
  4. Presented Web Portal will be one of the pillars that will give birth to the first international Research Centre in Georgia and, with the help of V4 partners, will create an interconnected business and scientific environment for the long-term promotion of competitiveness in the region. The web portal will serve all countries, will be primarily in English, but with language mutations, and thanks to the partners' contributions will provide a greater number of Best Practices for solving problems.

The project aims at maintaining continuous impact and sustainability beyond the end of the funding period. The partners will continue to work closely in the area of cross-functional collaboration for future innovative projects once the first project implementation period is over. Moreover, as revealed in the preliminary survey and feasibility study, we already have organizations and universities from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Moldova who expressed their interest in participating in the Business Problems Interactive Web Portal. We would also want to incorporate the project's outcomes into EEU's educational procedures and build an entrepreneurial student bachelor or master program. The educational curriculum will symbolize new means of combining theory and practice, and the academic environment with global practice. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will have fundamental abilities to use in practice. Students might apply their expertise to other university research initiatives. Selected student groups may be motivated to develop their ideas into a company or spinoff.