The MEPKIT project is implemented by the Technology Centre, Hradec Králové in cooperation with Masaryk University, the University of Hradec Králové, JIC and Microsoft. The project was started in mid-May 2011.
Currently, students of a technical orientation have the biggest problems with a lack of knowledge of the business world, a lack of soft-skills and the ability to work in a team. The result of this is that future employers must invest considerable financial resources in training fresh graduates. At the same time, the lack of information about business leads to students having a lack of interest in this area, which is shown in the results of a survey, where 95% of students consider employment conditions.
In response to this fact, the MEPKIT project was created, which will encourage students in the field of Information Technology in relation to their potential application in the business sphere. The main objective of the project is to support viable business plans and prepare their owners for starting a business. The JIC is a project partner and within the context of its budget will during the duration of the project draw on the amount of 2,541, 974.08 crowns.
The project will support student teams and also academic staff in the shape of management of their innovative projects. At the same time, regular interactive meetings, seminars, short internships and consultations will be implemented. For example, students will try managing actual projects under the supervision of experts from established companies.
The project is focused on the cooperation of multiple types of organisation (educational institutions, business incubators and companies) and brings innovative approaches for each of the participating organisations. After completion of the project the participating universities will work on introducing the experience gained into their teaching methods and they will further be able to develop their cooperation with the applicable sphere (i.e. business incubators). The result of the whole project will be the visibility of Czech students’ projects in the Czech Republic and abroad and a compact programme to support their future business and personal development.
In the context of the project, several publications have been created aimed at supporting business, primarily, but not only, in the technical field. The manual What to think about before we start a business is a summary of the best and worst practices of aspiring entrepreneurs, the Guide to European incubators and accelerators brings the latest overview and comparison of the institutions involved in supporting start-ups throughout the whole of Europe. Particularly for future entrepreneurs in the IT field is the publication Competitiveness of the Czech Republic in the field of ICT, which contains a lot of valuable data which can be used at the beginning or later in the development of projects focused on information and communications technology.
Project implementer: Technology Centre, Hradec Králové