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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.

 

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.

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.

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

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Co-organisers:

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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