INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP UNIT (MO.K.E.)

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The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (MO.K.E.) has been created in the framework of the Operational Plan "Education and Lifelong Learning ESPA 2007-2013" and is co-funded by European Union and national funds.

The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit (MO.K.E.) aims at: a) encouraging student entrepreneurship, b) helping students acquire an entrepreneurial spirit and familiarizing them with business venturing, and, c) promoting innovation as well as research and technological development.

 

THE LEARNING PROCESS

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1. Introductory course

695162-xsmallThe 9th Semester (elective) course “Strategic Planning of Food and Agricultural Businesses” will be launched at the beginning of the Autumn Semester. The course objective is to offer students an introduction to organizing and running agricultural sector businesses, and to impart the fundamentals of planning and actual investing. The general part of the course is supplemented by business simulation, a particularly important training process during which students get to play the role of a business executive or of the business owners himself and are called upon to make important decisions concerning the future of the business based on actual data. In this way, students learn how to function as business owners, to make decisions, and to deal with actual data in real time; they are thus initiated in the entrepreneurial spirit, and the first cycle of their business training is complete.

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GUIDANCE

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The objective of guidance is to give students the opportunity to take part in activities similar to the actual operation of a business, thus endowing them with valuable experience. Guidance supplies "safe" entrepreneurial experience as well as model creation/development since the guidance of students by experienced business executives relieves the former from strict liability for their actions while providing them with valuable knowledge gained by direct dealing with business executives. In addition, guidance aims at strengthening ties between the AUA and the business world; these ties are further developed and enhanced through additional activities in the framework of DASTA.

Guidance activities address students participating in the Programme; however, any acquired knowledge and experience diffuses to the whole student body through appropriate activities that communicate the teams' results, through recording and storing learning experiences by electronic means (on the internet site), as well as through lectures which can be attended by using asynchronous learning software.

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VISITS

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The main aim of visits is to organize introductory course lectures within a technology park/incubator with simultaneous observation/visiting of innovative businesses. A one day visit including a 4-hour seminar and visits to innovative new businesses is to be scheduled.

A secondary goal is to have students visit businesses in the agricultural sector during in-depth study in order for case studies/business plans to be more fully illustrated. Visits scheduled to take place during in-depth study will not impact other AUA courses negatively as they will take place in the 10th Semester when students are not required to attend classes.

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CASE STUDIES

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The aim of this action is the compilation of actual business Plans through company Case Studies. The business plan material presented will be especially prepared, based on original research and carefully structured in typified form. The material will be perfectly suitable for the Greek reality and adapted to conditions prevailing in Greece. The Case Studies will be conducted by groups of students participating in the Programme. Each team will choose its own object and, under the guidance of scientific advisers- AUA staff members, it will develop a fully fledged actual business plan for developing a new enterprise.

 

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