ViBIEC (Virtual Transnational Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center) is an online business platform that aims to provide support for entrepreneurs and information relative to agro-food businesses, guidance in innovation and entrepreneurship activities, training in some major agro-food business topics, networking capabilities, as well a set of online business tools.
ViBIEC offers a digital ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship that helps the development of links and synergies between farmers, agro-food enterprises, Research Institutes and Public Authorities for the promotion of agro-food products’ extroversion, the development of agro-food companies’ internalization and the promotion of environmentally–friendly farming practices.
Use online business tools, such as SWOT and PEST analysis, Business plan, Export price calculator, Business model canvas, simple financial tools, such as Break-even analysis, Loan amortization schedule, Startup cost calculator, Cash flows and financial forecasts, and self-assessment tools in order to self-evaluate their business readiness or readiness for internationalization.
Have access to an online library with information, links, legislation, best practices, etc. in the agro-food sector (e.g., policies for agro-food clusters or cooperation networks, studies related to the agro-food sector, laws and regulations for exports/imports of agro-food products, EU quality schemes for agro-food products, regulations for innovative agro-food companies).
Use the e-learning modules that offer a large list of topics related to the agro-food sector (e.g., Sustainable agriculture, Agroecology, Organic agriculture, Nutrients in waste water, Biofertilizers, Agroforestry, Precision/smart/digital farming, Biodegradable food packaging, Glass packaging, Reforming CAP, Common food policy, EU Quality Schemes, Agro-food sector and tourism).
Have access to an e-networking system in which the registered users may search, find and be connected with, universities, research centers, service and technology providers, etc., including lists of agro-food clusters or cooperation networks, exporters, importers, wholesalers, and trade fairs, trade shows and exhibitions for agro-food products.
Use the e-incubator module in order to develop their business ideas, requesting a feedback or searching for products and services of other users, through the online forum of ViBIEC. Mentoring on new business ideas is also possible through peer-to-peer (private) communication among registered users.
Technical University of Crete