The main mission of NBC is to implement the concept of a one-stop-shop offering a wide portfolio of information and supplementary services to all entrepreneurs.
The strategic goal of the national project was to create a National Business Centre (NBC) as an interface among the private/business sector, research and development. NBC is implementing a concept of a one-stop-shop offering a wide portfolio of services for all starting and established businesses in different stages of their life cycles.
NBC offers three types of support and services:
a) Support for starting a business;
b) Business support;
c) Innovation support.
Creative point (CP) is one of the several sections of NBC (f.e. Front Office, Co-working area, Incubation, Acceleration, Internship and Growth programe). The main goal of CP is to provide access to new technologies – enhancing creativity, knowledge sharing or proven procedures to a wide target group and inspiring entrepreneurs. NBC with Creative Point services goes deeper with the support to SMEs and offers also besides information and supplementary services access to technology and possibility to creating modules and prototypes as well as development of new products. This CP can be defined as a “lab” focused on the area of CCIs.The CP activities are free of charge and covers services such as access to devices and technologies in CP; organizing training and informational events; providing individual counseling services.
NBC including its CP represents a unique service window, that connects all types of different services at one place and takes part in boosting CCIs contribution to regional development.
Operational Programme Research and Innovation – National project: Establishment and Development of the National Business Centre in Slovakia – 1st phase: 9 989 602,86 €.
Evidence of success
NBC hosted a number of events on various topics of marketing or creativity (in 2017 11 worshops/ 209 participants; e.g. Fashion business; Summer Business School: On the road to your own e-shop; Branding; Intellectual property rights etc.). Concerning CP, it also raises awareness of digital fabrication and technology utilization for business purposes - from 08/2017 till 03/2018, there were organized regular workshops on Tuesdays and discussions once a month - 8 times (total over 400 participants)
Concerning the experience of Creative point, the biggest problem is the weak awareness of technologies, digital fabrication & building of the community from scratch. In cooperation with secondary schools, we met with reluctance to participate in the student's technology education.
Potential for learning or transfer
NBC has been created as a one-stop-shop centre for clients who already have their own business they wish to expand, as well as for the non-entrepreneurs who are aspiring to build one. Various workshops and seminars are regularly organized. The aim of the workshops is to expand the knowledge and business skills of NBC clients so that they are able to build and develop successful businesses. All NBC events are published regularly on social media and agency website and NBC also cooperate with local schools and universities and advertise our activities among student communities.
Potential for learning lies in improving the services offered, e.g. through collaboration with other Slovak or foreign organizations. Regarding the fact that the NBC was implemented last year, its results with proven track of evidence cannot be evaluated in adequate way yet. But the specific combination of provided consulting services and services provided by CP represent a unique service window for companies.