The company “MM Disoski” as part of the EEN-ScaleUp program

 

 

MM Disoski, software development and online marketing company, entered the Network scale-up programme (EEN-ScaleUP) in October 2017 seeking support for access to finance, protecting intellectual property and internationalisation. The company provides creative solutions in the field of web design, mobile and web applications as well as internet promotion. It continuously works on designing new own products such as educational software for children, internet browser for children, mobile apps for newspaper’s display, car services’ finder and online marketing.

Following the entry to the EEN-ScaleUP programme, an in-depth assessment of the company was performed and advisory plan focused mainly on access to finance & markets was drafted. The company participated in the capacity building activities enabling acquiring national grant for new product development as well as partnering services for finding partners for facilitating new market entries.

Enterprise Europe Network helped me to find the right funding instrument for our company. The assistance provided enabled me to develop proper strategy for protecting our intellectual property. Moreover, the Network enabled me to find valuable Bulgarian partner that will facilitate our entrance on the Single Market as well as enrich our portfolio of products and services for the national market.”

– stated Ms. Valentina Disoska, company’s CEO and renowned women entrepreneur.

Jovana Filipovic, fashion designer & women entrepreneur (EEN-ScaleUP)

Jovana Filipovic, fashion designer & women entrepreneur, entered the Network scale-up programme (EEN-ScaleUP) in October 2017 seeking support for internationalisation. She is an emerging fashion designer whose start-up company almost instantly become a success in the country due to her talent and innovative methods of work. The company is well-recognised by its brand featuring comfortable and fashionably-designed clothes that are clean and minimalistic. The company applied on the open call for selection of innovative start-up companies ready for scaling up their business published under EEN ScaleUP programme. After successful admission to the ScaleUP programme, an in-depth needs assessment was performed and an internationalisation action plan including advisory, capacity building and partnering services was drafted.

The implementation of the ScaleUP action plan has enabled to significantly accelerate the internationalisation growth of the company, enabling Jovana to find business partner from Spain, open an office in Italy, as well as establish valuable contacts for the future by participating at Texworld, a leading textile and fashion trade fair in Paris, and Korea Grand Sourcing fair 2017. The overall success was facilitated by the participation in ScaleUP internationalisation clinic and mentoring scheme where technical and business mentors supported the internationalisation efforts.

“Thanks to Enterprise Europe Network I have started to fulfil my long-time dream – to move the boundaries for my fashion and to start conquering Europe. Their experience and advices helped me to shape my wishes into a focused internationalisations strategy that has already brought to me new partnerships and markets.” – stated the Macedonian fashion designer.

 

Local actions for improved socio-economic position of the youth in the Republic of Macedonia

Foundation for Management and Industrial Research through the granting scheme of the project ‘Together for Success: young entrepreneurs, driving force for good inter-ethnic relations’ is supporting three local projects implemented in Skopje, Stip and Kicevo. More information on these local actions can be found here.

The project ‘Together for Success’ is financed by the European Union through the IPA – Civil Society and Media 2014 Programme.

Solving local challenges with the creation of successful multi-ethnic social businesses

On the 25th of April 2017 (Tuesday), the pre-final workshop titled ‘Draw Your Idea and Business Plan’ within the programme series ‘Solve It! – School of Social Entrepreneurship’, took place at the premises of the University of Mother Theresa in Skopje and was organised by Mladiinfo International. The school has enabled participants to get introduced to the concept of social businesses, to develop their ideas for the formation of social enterprises and to exploit their potential in finding solutions to various problems they have identified in their local communities.

This event was part of the project with the same name ‘Solve It! – School of Social Entrepreneurship’, which is being sub granted within the open call for financing civil society organisations’ projects that promote and enforce multi-ethnic collaboration and youth entrepreneurship. The call was published via the framework of the project ‘Together for Success: young entrepreneurs, driving force for good inter-ethnic relations” financed by the European Union through the IPA – Civil Society and Media 2014 Programme,

The working group consisted of 20 students and young people, most of who reside in two major municipalities of the City of Skopje, the Municipality of Gazi Baba and Municipality of Cair, and also involved representatives of the ethnic minorities who live in these municipalities. They worked on the final preparations of their social business ideas using the business canvas model, and also their presentations. Representatives of the Foundation of Management and Industrial Research also took part at the workshop which was sixth in order of the social entrepreneurship school project programme. The representatives of the foundation monitor the work of Mladiinfo International within their sub granted project. The foundation is part of the project consortia which implements the project ‘Together for Success’.

The social enterprise ideas that have been developed, will be presented during the seventh and final workshop, which will take place on the 3rd of May 2017 (Wednesday), from 16:30 until 20:00 h, at the University of Mother Theresa. In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to establish contacts with relevant experts and stakeholders, during the event. All the presented ideas will also have the opportunity to enter the competition Social Impact Award 2017.

We invite you to find out more about the other local actions in the field, financed by the European Union, via the grant scheme of the project ‘Together for Success: young entrepreneurs, driving force for good inter-ethnic relations”, at the following link:

http://www.yes-network.org/en/news-article/45682/ten-grants-have-been-awarded-through-the-call-for-funding-projects-of-civil-society-organisations-within-the-project-together4success

 

Enterprise Europe Network – 7th meeting of the Sector Group „Women Entrepreneurship“, Bratislava – Slovakia (16.11.2016)

Foundation for Management and Industrial Research participated in the 7th meeting of the Sector Group „Women Entrepreneurship” (WEG) held during the Enterprise Europe Network 2016 Annual conference in Bratislava, Slovakia and hosted by the Slovak Business Agency. WEG members together with the representatives from the DG Grow and European platforms for promotion of female entrepreneurship (WINGS, WEgate, WE CONNECT) discussed the new EC initiatives for supporting women in business.

Mr. Patrick de Smedt, deputy head of unit within DG Grow presented the new call for pilot projects entitled as “Enhancing the women’s participation in Horizon 2020 SME Instrument” expected to be published by the end of 2016. The call amounts 500.000 euro and aims to support two projects coming from consortia consisted of partners from at least 4 EU member states that represents a great opportunity for WEG.

During the meeting, aforementioned e-platforms for supporting business women were presented as well – WЕgate by Ms. Sandra Steinhauer, policy officer from DG Grow and WINGS by Ms. Sandra Meier from the University of Applied Sciences from Graz, Austria. Connecting WEG organizations with these platforms as well as their further promotion among female clients was emphasized as very important and beneficial. This was also highlighted by Ms. Miriama Letovanec Svetkovska, chair of the Slovak platform for women entrepreneurship who provided an overview of the platform’s position within the national ecosystem, its activities and initiatives, as well as the so-called “White paper” containing good practices from around the world.

WEG members further discussed the group’s progress since the last meeting in April 2016, agreed upon the new concept of activities and on the activities to be finilised in the upcoming period, including actions for increased visibility, networking events for women entrepreneurs, collection of good practices and similar. The meeting was rounded up with the presentation of the new members from UK, Sweden and Turkey and followed by an informal networking during the reception organised and hosted by the Slovak Business Agency.