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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.

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).

Sector group on Woman Entrepreneurship (WEG) within Enterprise Europe Network

New, horizontal sector group on Woman Entrepreneurship (WEG) has been launched within the Enterprise Europe Network as from the beginning of 2013. The group has 30 members from 15 European countries, including a representative from Macedonia, from the Foundation for Management and Industrial Research.

First meeting of WEG has been held on 18th March 2013 in the premises of Unioncamere of Italy in Rome. The aim of this inauguration meeting was to set the roadmap for the development of the group as well as to discuss the possible means of cooperation with other sector groups within the Network. High representatives from DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission were also present at the meeting, highlighting the need for increased utilization of the economic potential of women.network

WEG focuses on woman entrepreneurship from economic rather than gender point of view. It aims to better streamline the services of the Enterprise Europe Network to help the development of women led business through increased competitiveness, innovativeness and internationalization.

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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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WE-EEN training: Eco Label and Waste Management

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The first training for the SMEs within the WE-EEN project in Macedonia was organized on the 6th of December in Skopje hotel Kontinental. Eco Label and Waste Management were the topics covered on the training.

A representative from the Ministry of environment of Macedonia, accepted the invitation to give a presentation on Eco labelling, thus the companies had an opportunity to receive information concerning the latest regulation on eco labelling from the most relevant source on this subject.