(This Project had finished)
The overall aim of the CraftsMatch Project under the Asia-Invest Programme of the European Union is to reinforce the capacity of the Asian crafts SMEs to access new markets and encourage the development of new Asian-European crafts business partnerships between Asian crafts communities and Asian and European trade professionals (retailers, exporters, designers-cum-entrepreneurs, wholesalers) through the use of advanced information technologies.
The CraftsMatch Project will support the creation of a Euro-Asian sustainable and high-quality IT-assisted matchmaking network focused on authentic, high-quality an environmentally friendly handicrafts in the participating countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, Germany and Greece.
Matchmaking activities will combine
- three (3) focused matchmaking events (to be organized in Thailand, Cambodia and Germany)
- with three (3) IT-assisted Virtual Crafts Incubators (to be set up in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao PDR)
- the operation of the IT CRAFTSMATCH Platform.
The post-sustainability of the Project activities will be ensured through a number of activities carefully designed to “accompany” the appropriation of the outputs of the Project by the local crafts businesses and guarantee both the survival of the IT-assisted Virtual Crafts Incubators and the expansion of the CRAFTSMATCH network to be created.
The CraftsMatch Project is supported by a network of organizations and business associations from European and Asian Countries involved in the crafts sector, namely:
1. EGNATIA EPIRUS Foundation [EEF] – Greece.
Responsibility: Overall Project Management, supports the transfer of know-how, develop the IT Platform and coordinate the dissemination activities.
2. Berantungsstelle fuer Formgebung [BF] – Germany.
Responsibility: supports the transfer of know-how, develop the IT Platform, coordinate the dissemination activities, and organize the Matchmaking events
3. ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association [AHPADA] – Thailand.
Responsibility: Technical Manager, implement the IT-assisted incubators and the related training activities, and organize the Matchmaking events
4. National Chamber of Handicraft of Sri Lanka [NCHSL] – Sri Lanka.
Responsibility: coordinating the evaluation activities, implement the IT-asisted incubators and the related training activities.
5. Cambodian Craft Cooperation [CCC] – Cambodia
Responsibility: implement the IT-assisted incubators and the related training activities, and organize the Matchmaking events.
6. Lao Handicraft Association [LHA] – Lao PDR.
Responsibility: implement the IT-assisted incubators and the related training activities.
The Consortium is assisted by an “Expert Advisory Board” that will guide the Project Partners throughout the Project life. Standard management techniques will be implemented and a shared workspace, accessible through the Internet, will support the smooth implementation of the Project activities.
What is business incubator (BI)?
A business incubator is an organization established to provide supportive and protective environment to individual entrepreneurs and start up companies, for the development into business ventures.