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.

Go International – Open innovation in ICT Brokerage Event

Enterprise Europe Networking in Macedonia announces the “Go International – Open innovation in ICT” conference on 17 and 18 November in Skopje that will bring together interested companies, research organizations, education institutions and innovators of ICT-enabled products and services interested in presenting their innovative ideas and keen to initiative new partnerships.

The two-day conference aims to provide better understanding of the key organizational dimensions and the best open innovation practices used to characterize the collaborative innovation mode in order to find way to capture the value of investment in knowledge creation. Registered participants at the conference will be able to pitch their innovative products in 3 minutes in front of their technology peers for the purpose of assessing the impact of open innovation strategies on their innovation procedure. Pre-scheduled b2b meetings will allow the participants to speed the process of establishing international partnerships in the scope developing ICT-enabled projects based on open innovation approach.

More information available at: http://goict2016.talkb2b.net/

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Regional Conference Women Entrepreneurship – Best practices & networking 28th and 29th November 2014, Skopje

On 28th and 29th of November in Skopje, as part of their regular activities Foundation for Management and Industrial Research together with Foundation Youth Entrepreneurial Service have hosted first Logo_publishing_nontransp1Regional conference Woman Entrepreneurship-Best practices & networking.

The event objective was to add support toward women entrepreneurship through promoting good practices and business networking of women entrepreneurs from the region such as Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia.DSC_0843

In scope of the conference was organized trilateral Company mission aimed for pre-arranged business meetings among companies led by female entrepreneurs from Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Main topics:

–           Food industry

–          ICT

–          Textile industry

–          Services and support

–          Furniture industry and design

–          Tourism

–          Pharmacy and cosmetics

Benefits and potentials for participants:

–       Develop new international business relations

–       Participate in pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners

–       Reach different business and technology agreements (joint venture, licensing, distribution, technical cooperation, manufacturing and subcontracting)

–       Find new partners, markets and products



Association of Business Women, Macedonia

Mihajlo Pupin Institute, Serbia

Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Dobrich, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria


Supported by:

Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Macedonia

Central European Initiative – CEI

Enterprise Europe Network


Official Sponsor:

ORBICO, Macedonia


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European missions for growth in Belgium, Greece, Italy and Spain

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani continuously works to promote European industry and SMEs in order to more easily overcome the consequences of the economic crisis.  607 representatives of 425 companies / business associations from 26 European countries participated in the Missions for growth realized in the period 2011-2013 led by Commissioner Tajani .
The European Commission has published a calendar of planned missions for 2014 , focused on several European countries :

• Wallonia , Belgium – February 18, 2014 ( sectors : mechanical industry , biotechnology , logistics , creative industries , etc. . )
• Athens , Greece – 10/11 March 2014 ( agro – food , food industry , biotechnology , energy , tourism)
• Naples , Italy – 13 / 14 March 2014 ( eco – construction , biotechnology , energy , automotive, agri – food , tourism)
• Palermo , Italy – 27 / 28 March 2014 ( agro – food , intelligent energy , ICT , construction and eco – buildings , creative industries )
• Sevilla and Merida , Spain – 3 and April 4, 2014 ( more detailed information is expected soon )


More information about the program stated missions , opportunities for business meetings as well as priority business sectors can be found at the following link :
For more information about the participation of companies / representatives of business associations and other organizations in charge of Macedonia is the European Information and Innovation Centre in Macedonia ( EIICM ) 
Contact person for Missions for growth: Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska,  gabriela@mir.org.mk ( 02 3077 008) 

International conference and B2B meetings, 26-27.09.2013 Nis, Serbia

International conference “Women entrepreneurs of new age: New Opportunities for Regional Economic Revival”, organized by Association of business Women in Serbia, aims to promote best practices in advocacy for female entrepreneurship and also to provide women entrepreneurs an opportunity for business networking based on the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) methodology. The conference would bring together women entrepreneurs from South‐East Europe to learn from their EU counterparts, and exchange experiences in various aspects of female entrepreneurship.

The two‐day conference would take place on September 26‐27, 2013, in Niš, Serbia, with 200 total participants. As a part of conference program, B2B brokerage event is an ideal event to make contacts and to prepare future business. Event will allow participants to get together with the most promising business partners in pre‐scheduled meetings. There is also possibility for presentation of your company and identify attending participants.

Use this unique opportunity for EU SMEs and entrepreneurs and find potential business partners in South‐East Europe through the B2B meetings!
Participation is free of charge, and there will be the other conveniences for participants.
For further details you are invited to contact us as your local EEN partner (contact person: Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska, gabriela@mir.org.mk).