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.

 

SUCCESS STORY: Strategic partnership for accessing European research programmes with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network

ICT sector is one of the main contributors to innovation and growth to both, the Macedonian and overall European economy. At the same time, the sector faces several challenges including the need for intensifying the RDI (research, development and innovation) activities within the companies.

One of the Macedonian companies that builds its competitive advantage on such activities and development of innovative solutions is 4Virtus, software developer with expertise in web solutions, mobile applications, Internet of Things solutions and digital marketing services. Being awarded with several international awards in the field over the last years, the company has already established itself as an example of an innovative and successful IT company in Macedonia. For the purpose of better utilizing its innovative potential and increasing its international activity, 4Virtus is a respected client of the Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, one of the 600 branches of the largest network for SME support, present in 66 countries – the Enterprise Europe Network (http://een.ec.europa.eu/).

„We support SMEs to commercialise their innovative solutions through providing advisory services, partner search activities and facilitating access to programmes for research and development” – explains Aleksandar Filiposki from Enterprise Europe Network in Macedonia. Network’s clients are offered a broad range of services including support for participation in EU projects, brokerage partnering services for establishing business collaboration, technology transfer and research cooperation, as well as organizing educational and B2B events.

With the support of the network, in October 2015 4Virtus participated in the SICILY4EXPO Brokerage event in Milan, Italy, having meetings with numerous companies from different parts of Europe. One of these companies was PFM SRL, an Italian company specialised in e-learning, knowledge management technologies and semantic web services. Their initial meeting held during this network event mark the beginning of a strategic partnership between the companies, nowadays jointly focusing on accessing the European funds for research and development, suitable for SMEs. Having no prior experience in this regard, 4Virtus allowed the Italian company to lead the overall process for project preparation, including creation of the consortia, a project that was submitted under the SME Instrument from the programme Horizon 2020, the largest EU programme for supporting R&D activities in Europe.

„Thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network we were given an opportunity to find new strategic partner who has opened new horizons for us. We have never before explored the possibility or have been fully aware of the opportunity of reaching international markets through the support programmes of the EU”, stated Igor Hristov, owner and CEO of 4Virtus.

SUCCESS STORY: Macedonian innovative application to support biotechnology research in Italy

SyNRG Software and IT Solutions is a Macedonian based company  that designs and develops advanced software solutions and uses the most up-to-date technologies. It specializes in the process of transforming ideas into products and bringing them to a global IT market. The company provides innovative IT products and services, such as real-time control, artificial intelligence, computer graphics with 3D algorithms, web development and social network applications with special attention for the medical field.

SyNRG contacted the Foundation for Management and Industrial Research (FMIR), a partner in the EEN Macedonia, with the idea of finding partners for their innovative solutions at international level. FMIR suggested the Brokerage Event Innovat&Match (June 6-7 2012, Bologna Italy), as an excellent opportunity to meet other IT companies and to promote their work.

Among the potential partners from EEN in the event there was also Silvia Mari, a former researcher at a major hospital complex in Lombardy which in 2011 founded the company R4R, a service company for research in Pharma Industry. The Italian EEN partner FAST supported the participation of R4R at the fair. The two companies come together, share information about their business and objectives and leave the fair with a first agreement for adapting the so-called SNAP application, proprietary of SyNRG Software and IT Solutions, to the needs of R4R.

“Thanks to Enterprise Europe Network I got the opportunity to find out the tailored IT application I was looking for,” says Silvia Mari. “I am confident that the collaboration with R4R will go beyond this single cooperation,” adds Ljupco Koceski, co-founder of SyNRG Software & IT Solutions.

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