CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF GOOD PRACTICES

 

Share your good practices in supporting women entrepreneurs

 WEgate and its community of women entrepreneurs needs your wisdom, skills and resources, so get involved now

The WEgate community is the European WE community of practice, that focuses on engaging a growing and diverse number of stakeholders supporting women entrepreneurs across Europe. The main objective of the WEgate community is to enhance WE by facilitating networking, peer-learning and sharing good practices between actors in order to improve the support effectively delivered to women entrepreneurs and to motivate more women to start their business or to support the development of their business across Europe. At the same time, contributing to the public policy processes for improving WE-related conditions, advocating and representing the interests of the women entrepreneurs in front of WE-related institutions and relevant stakeholders.

Why partner on women entrepreneurship development?

The strength of the WEgate community lies on the vast experience of its members. Promoting the partnering around the topic of WE development is a question of efficiency and doing what we as WEgate members do best. Joining efforts means achieving better impact and building momentum to support women’s empowerment. Finally, sustainability is to hard to achieve alone.

WEgate offers an ideal environment for the transferability of good practice because: a) the community members have a common objective – supporting WE, and b) they have a common platform to sharing good practices (i.e. the WEgate e-platform).

With this call for submission of good practices, WEgate aims to facilitate the process of surfacing good practices within the community with a potential for replication and transferability. More concretely, we aim to:

  • Gain insight into WE initiatives: Exploring what initiatives are learning and reflecting on from practical experience.
  • Strengthen practice: Focusing on reaching scale and effective uptake and facilitation approaches.
  • Strengthen coordination: Building awareness of other initiatives / WE practices /strategies that it would be beneficial to coordinate with.
  • Strengthen collaboration: Building relationships among WEgate community members, incentivizing improved collaboration.
  • Strengthen a culture of learning: Building relationships and demonstrating practical benefits of sharing.

What is a good practice?

Good practice is a process, initiative or working method that has proved successful to a) meet the needs of the women entrepreneurs or to b) optimise the operational performance of the WE stakeholders. Good practice is practically a successful response, developed by the WEgate community members, to address different challenges in WE development, ranging from policy development, promotion of WE, capacity building, through services for women entrepreneurs, to intra-organisational tools for improved operational performance.

 Why participate

Get a chance to promote your best practice during the peer-learning webinar for celebrating Women Entrepreneurship Day on 19th of November 2020 and/or share it with the whole community via the WEgate e-platform and social media channels!

Who can apply

Stakeholders supporting women entrepreneurs to start-up and growth and/or organisations implementing different WE – related initiatives.

How to participate

The application process is now open!

Apply with your good practice and share it with the world! Fill the good practice application form here.

This is a continuous call for submission of good practices with a first cut-off date 31 October 2020.

If you are interested to take part in 2020 WED celebration, please apply no later than 31.10.2020 (COB).

The chosen applications for the webinar will be contacted latest by 07.11.2020, so their participation and presentation can be arranged.

 You need more information?

Should you have any doubt or enquiry do not hesitate contact us:

WEgate – European gateway for women entrepreneurship

Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska

WEgate community coordinator

e-mail: gabriela@mir.org.mk

Phone: 00 389 2 3108 891

 

Elena Stojanovic

Knowledge transfer expert

e-mail: elena@mir.org.mk

Phone: 00 389 2 3103 660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access to new markets: Textile company IST Komerc Sanda expanding to the British market

IST KOMERC – SANDA is one of the leading textile producers in the country. Established in 1991 as a producer of women tights and other textile products under private labeling, the company is known as one of the few in the branch that continuously follows the fashion trends in the field while addressing the needs and desires of its clients. The company became an Enterprise Europe Network client in 2018 as a result of the local cooperation between the Macedonian network branch and the Textile cluster, an important local stakeholder of the network. In particular, with the support of the network’s sector group on textile and fashion, the company got in touch with several potential business partners from abroad. One such company was The Milky Tee Company Ltd, a British company specialized in the production of comfortable, practical and stylish clothes for easier breastfeeding.

The two companies established successful cooperation on the creation and manufacturing on a new and unique design of a t-shirt with hidden zipper, made according to the highest quality standards and textile requirements. It is expected for the cooperation to continue in the future as well, and to involve design of new models of clothing to be placed on the British market, but also on the wider European market.

Enterprise Europe Network enabled us to get in touch with potential partners from all over Europe. I would like to highlight the benefits from using the network’s mobile app “Ino Biz where we can easily find all relevant events and partnering profiles from our branch. The network has largely facilitated our efforts for accessing new markets which is one of the main development goals of our company, stated Mrs. Marijana Perkovska, director of the IST Komerc – Sanda.

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.

 

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.