On 31.10.2018 in Blagoevgrad there was held the first public event in Bulgaria under the "Strengthening Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit of Secondary Schools’ Students by Using Highly Innovative Learning System", InnoSchool project. It was organized by the project partner Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre with the active support of the second Bulgarian partner - Regional Department of Education – Blagoevgrad and gathered more than 40 participants - teachers, school principals, representatives of public institutions, NGOs, media, stakeholders from different places of South-Western Bulgaria.

At the event there were presented the objectives, innovative components and main activities of the project, the expected results and impact in the secondary schools.

Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev was selected by the European Commission to present its good practice, the only one in the Business section, at the conference "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions", held in Drama on 25th of October.

The Business Incubator presented the pilot activities in support of innovation and smart specialization realized under the Smart Specialization project in the cross-border region Bulgaria - Greece and the main conclusions and recommendations for achieving economic growth in the region. The main barriers to business are the different Bulgarian and Greek legal framework in the region, it is extremely difficult for a Bulgarian company to participate in a Greek public procurement and vice versa, there is no unified e-government and e-services, another issue comes out of the different educational systems and the qualification of the human resources. Suggestions to overcome obstacles:

Entrepreneurship and Business Planning training for people, willing to start their own business has started under "Complex Support for Successful Business Start in Southwest Bulgaria" project.

The training is practical and applies individual approach to each participant. It focuses on supporting the development and assessment of entrepreneurial ideas, acquiring knowledge and skills needed for business management, and developing business ideas in viable plans for real business.

There will be held series of similar trainings in 10 municipal centers in Southwest Bulgaria, involving many people, and sharing the rich experience of qualified trainers and experts.

The first meeting of the National Steering Group in Bulgaria under the

"New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture" - NEWBIE Project

took place this month in Sofia. The Bulgarian National Steering Group consists of 8 very experienced representatives of researchers and educators who work for Agricultural Academy and University of National and World Economy, farmers associations chairpersons – National Association of Young Farmers (NAYF) and Bulgarian National Horticultural Union, who are new entrants, advisors from National Agricultural Advisory Service and BGRegioni, NGOs - Society for Territorial and Environmental Prosperity , NBDN (association of business incubators and centres).

The project New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture, acronym NEWBIE, in which Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev is a project partner, aims to address the significant challenge of enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe.

The NEWBIE network will facilitate the development and dissemination of new business models, including new entry models, to the full range of new entrants - from successors to complete newcomers to the agricultural sector.

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