The aim of the project was to train and educate young innovation brokers, undergraduates as well as PhD students, who will be able to efficiently contribute to the Visegrad countries’ successful participation in European innovation activities.
01. 09. 2014. – 02. 28. 2015.
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Discovery R&D Center (lead)
Mendel University in Brno
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Szent István University
University of Agriculture in Krakow
Recognizing the importance of universities as the source of knowledge, six institutions engaged in a collaboration to train and educate young innovation brokers, undergraduates as well as PhD students, who will be able to efficiently contribute to the Visegrad countries’ successful participation in European innovation activities.
The consortium selected 21 students from the partner universities. The selected candidates had to attend five theoretical lectures about Innovation management, General project management, EU2020 and H2020, Short food supply chain, EAFRD, EIP and EIP-AGRI.
After the theoretical lectures, student groups had the opportunity to present their innovative project ideas in front of international lecturers and facilitators. Later the seven original student groups were mixed into four teams to work on four of the original seven project ideas presented the previous day. The cases were the following:
- Lack of social trust and cooperation between the farmers in Poland
- The problem with farmers markets in the Czech Republic
- Ineffective short honey supply chain in Slovakia
- Need for coupon system for local products in Hungary.
The students had to identify themselves with the participants of the situations, for instance the farmer, the municipality, the researcher, the suppliers and customers. During the method of roleplaying they could personally observe certain discrepancies between the interests of the members of the agriculture, approaching to possible solutions to close these gaps. Students had to elaborate a mechanism of redefining problems, design goals and objectives, identify a path to solve the problems or satisfy the needs. The four teams had the chance to consult with two Hungarian experts, providing helpful suggestions, such as concentrating more on the needs of the farmers and to think about the value addition of the products. The groups had to draft the project outlines, delineate the time frame, construct a budget and prepare the final presentation and present their final program in front of the others, the Hungarian experts and the four facilitators.
Budget: 11,960.00 €
IVF contribution: 6,000.00 €