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 – 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:

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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, ( 02 3077 008)