YESS (Young entrepreneurship Startup School) aims at creating the first CB incubator within the Regions of Apulia, Achaia, Ionian Islands and Epirus. The incubator will provide most of its services both through a physical and a virtual environment, which will foster new business ideas, encouraging the co-design and co-operation within students, researchers, startuppers and entrepreneurs, maximizing the benefits of the Web 2.0 technologies and using an open access innovation approach. With this goal, a heterogeneous and complementary partner consortium has been created by involving a university specialized in technology and management (LP), a research centre specialized in vocational and high professional training (P2), an association of enterprises (P3), an NGO, member of AI-BAN, representing citizens (P5) and a university specialized in business (P4). The project proposal grounds its roots in the theories of social capital and wants to maximize the potential of social networking, identifying it as a flywheel of entrepreneurial success.
The overall objective of YESS Project is the promotion of the entrepreneurial process and incubation, encouraging the economic development of the regions involved and the exchange of knowledge between partners and stakeholders. Indeed, YESS incubator wants to be an opportunity for CB Area, strengthening managerial and transversal skills, in order to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and open up new markets through networks, partnerships and training. For this, YESS specific objective is the implementation of an innovative ecosystem on entrepreneurship issues in the field of: tourism, design, blue growth and e-health. The choice of these sectors has been addressed by the needs of the both countries. Tourism is a strategic sector for Greece and Apulia Region. Tourism can directly benefit from new business ideas promoting public-private partnership, expanding the market, developing sustainable tourism services/goods and solving the problem of seasonality. The sector of design, as part of the creative industries, has a key impact for the CB Area. Design, in terms of graphic design, web-digital design, fashion design, interior and industrial design, is a significant sector for Apulia Region, for number of employees and turnover and started increasingly attracting attention in Greece. This sector can benefit from the Project by providing training, coaching and mentoring, filling up the lack of information in the CB systems. Blue growth is a pillar for the both economies. YESS Project aims to tackle innovative maritime and marine businesses by promoting sustainable economic development, employment and business opportunities in the blue economy, including aquaculture and fisheries. E-health is expected to undergo to an exponential growth in the next years, creating jobs, new services and wellbeing.
Polytechnic University of Bari – IT (Lead partner)
Universus CSEI – IT
Chamber of Commerce of Bari – IT
University of Ioannina – GR
European Regional Framework for Cooperation (ERFC) – GR
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