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Knowledge Base of Innovative E-Government Practices

The Knowledge Base of Innovative E-government Practices is a compilation of recent case studies of Innovative e-government solutions, services and applications. The Knowledge Base does not promote one solution over another, but rather highlights e-government practices that place the citizen in the forefront.

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Business Incubator
Institution: Bács-Kiskun County Council
Local Authority of Kecskemét town
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 1993
Summary: The business incubator, located in Kecskemét, supports local and regional start-ups and growing businesses in Bács-Kiskun County through the critical period by offering a supportive, sharing environment.

It provides modern ICT infrastructure, including integrated services digital network telephones, asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) Internet connections and videoconferencing. Its two major activities are business incubation and training. All these services are offered at a very low price because businesses can share these costs.

The incubator is sector-neutral: it is open to all local and regional small businesses. Businesses can settle down in the incubator for five years. Optimally before, but otherwise at the end of this period, they should have become financially viable under market conditions.
Impact: The business incubator in Kecskemét has managed to invite a critical mass of entrepreneurs; it has therefore become profitable.

From the point of view of the start-ups, the greatest advantage of settling down in the incubator is the reduction in the costs and complexity associated with establishing and operating a business. Another major advantage of incubators is that they increase the visibility and the credibility of their “settlers”.
Source: Bács-Kiskun County Council
Project Home URL: http://www.etw.org/2003/case_studies/eGov_hungary_startups.htm
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