A unique business support service and networking platform connects young creative entrepreneurs in remote and rural areas.
Launched in 2011, NoCry2 was developed by young entrepreneurs for young entrepreneurs. Under the slogan ‘Live of what you love where you love to live!’, the project delivered virtual and real-life opportunities to young people keen to start and/or develop a business. Promoting collaboration between like-minded individuals in different EU countries and regions, the project aimed to establish “creative business clusters” to accelerate the development of innovative products and services.
One of the main outcomes is the Experimental and Alternative Business Support Service (wecooperate.net) comprising: The Real Factor, which offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to promote themselves and their businesses/skills and to collaborate to improve their competitive advantage; the integral tools briefcase, that includes interactive learning opportunities; and The Cloud Creative Community that enables a continuous exchange of ideas through an ever-expanding community.
Another main outcome is the Creative Office. This is a virtual 3D environment built with many different functions, actors and possibilities in mind, such as working spaces and an auditorium with an interactive screen making it possible to simultaneously host, for example, virtual and face-to-face workshops, lectures or business coaching sessions, either within smaller groups or to a wider audience.
16 organisations from Sweden, Finland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Iceland and Scotland were partners or associated partners, including business and regional development associations, and companies specialising in training, education and R&D. With their entrepreneurial approach and support, over 30 enterprises and 100 young creative entrepreneurs shared ideas and worked together on projects.