Launched Mobile Application for Business Opportunities “InoBiz”

The free mobile application “InoBiz” has been created, which aims to help Macedonian companies in finding foreign partners for business cooperation, technology transfer and participation in research and development projects. This application was developed as part of the project “Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs through improved innovation support” implemented by the Foundation for management and industrial research (MIR).

Companies through the mobile application will be kept up to date with all developments in the field of innovation and technological development, will receive announcements about open calls for funding, requests from foreign companies for cooperation as well as opportunities for participation in conferences and networking events. In addition, the application contains a resource center that will offer to the companies useful content for raising their innovation capacities as well as an opportunity to assess the degree of technological readiness through the Technology self-assessment tool.

The project “Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs through improved innovation support” is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Youth Entrepreneurial Youth Foundation (YES) in partnership with MIR Foundation and ARC Fund from Bulgaria, and aims to contributed to the creation of a strong innovation climate in the country by promoting the concept of innovative businesses.

The mobile application is available for Android and iPhone mobile phones and can be downloaded from the following links:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.innomsp.eumk (Android)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inno-msp-mk/id1439369459?mt=8 (iPhone)

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.

 

Enterprise Europe Network – through local cooperation towards new business partnerships

 

 

Enterprise Europe Network in Macedonia (EEN-M) realizes its mission for supporting the innovativeness and internationalization of the Macedonian SMEs by collaborating closely with variety of local business support stakeholders. Utilising different local cooperation mechanisms, numerous Macedonian companies and organizations were supported during the course of the years, particularly concerning market access and connection with potential partners for long-term and beneficial cooperation.

In this regard, EEN-M collaborates with the Macedonia-Turkey Chamber of Commerce, especially concerning the participation of our companies at the traditional fair and networking event – Match4Industry Business Matching, regularly held in Turkey. On its 2017 edition, six Macedonian companies took part and were able to present themselves in front of numerous visitors and exhibitors as well as to participate in the pre-scheduled b2b meetings. As a result of this networking, the Macedonian companies signed several cooperation agreements with foreign business partners that will contribute to their growth and development. Our clients will take part at this year’ edition as well, facilitating their access to new markets or products/services that might enrich their assortment and strengthen their market position.

Similarly, EEN-M cooperates with the Association of Business Women, jointly supporting our women entrepreneurs to increase their international operations, improve their innovation skills and access different sources of funding. As a result of this local cooperation, several agreements were signed with regional and European organisations. Moreover, Macedonian women entrepreneurs found valuable business partners abroad.

The Network will continue to promote and nourish the cooperation with relevant local stakeholders in the future as well. Joint initiatives are planned with the Textile cluster, with Macedonian association of the metal and electro industry, as well as with the National association of investors in Macedonia, to name few. Through joint support, it is expected that Macedonian companies will improve their operation and consolidate their position on the national and foreign markets.

 

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.