Title: Virtual Pre-Incubator: a new entrepreneurship approach

Authors: Dimitris Folinas, Panayiotis Pastos, Vicky Manthou, Maro Vlachopoulou

Addresses: Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece. ' First Elements Ventures Ltd, Ellinas House, 6 Theotoki Street, Nicosia CY-1521, Cyprus. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece

Abstract: This paper presents and analyses the Virtual Pre-Incubator approach. In brief, Virtual Incubation can act as a stepping stone for potential pre-incubator and incubator clients. On the basis of the above-mentioned approach, a pilot project is established with the purpose of providing an environment where all would-be entrepreneurs, with a feasible business idea will be involved in a learning process that would help them to acquire the tools and skills required to implement their ideas for a successful start-up.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; virtual pre-incubator; e-coaching; business incubators; virtual incubation; learning process; start-ups; e-learning; training; venture models; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2006.010064

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, 2006 Vol.1 No.1, pp.29 - 40

Published online: 14 Jun 2006 *

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