Conference "Innovative Approaches and Solutions for Entrepreneurship Development in the Cross-border Region" promoted the results and solutions of the Bu4Inno project

Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre in partnership with theCentre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), Greece and the University of Macedonia, Greece organized a cross-border conference on 09/05/2023 in Gotse Delchev. The conference was the final part of the Bu4Inno project „Βusiness of Κnowledge and Ιnnovation in the primary and related secondary sector” - Βu4Inno , co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the national funds of the countries participating in the Cross-Border Cooperation Program INTERREG V-A Greece-Bulgaria 2014- 2020.

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About Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev

About BI-GD                           

Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre (BI-GD) is a not-for-profit organization in public benefit, working towards encouraging local economic & human resources development. BI-GD provides aid to start-up's SME's from Gotse Delchev and the cross-border region through high-quality business services: information, consultation, training and support for micro-financing. 


  • Business Incubation for start-up's and job-creation since 1999
  • Management of micro-financing leasing scheme from 2001 to 2010 
  • Business consultancy 
  • Vocational training and entrepreneurship training 
  • Project development and implementation 
  • Partnership and networking 


  • local economic development and job-creation
  • social entrepreneurship 
  • tourism and traditional handicrafts 
  • textile and apparel industry 
  • innovations and smart economy 
  • youth activities 
  • partnership development 

Leading Partner: Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre (BI-DG)

Partner: Association of South-Western Municipalities (ASWM)

Human Resource Development Program, Priority Axis "Improving Access to Employment and Quality of Workplaces" Procedure Support for Entrepreneurship.

The project is implemented under contract BG05M9OP001-1.023-0069-C01, with funding from the European Social Fund through the Human Resources Development Operational Program 2014-2020 and implementation period of 12 months.

Project value: BGN 129,508.50, of which BGN 129,508.50 grants, incl. ESF expenditure amounting to BGN 129,508.50.

The main objective is to increase the entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and skills and support to start a real and viable business of the target group representatives - 58 persons: unemployed, inactive or working, incl. young people up to 29 years old (50%), women, people with disabilities, people in active age who want to start their own business.


  • Preparation of representatives of the target groups from 10 municipalities in the Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad regions, willing to develop their own business, for planning and starting independent economic activity and self-employment through informing and motivating;
  • Providing a set of training and consulting services to assist participants in developing and assessing their entrepreneurial ideas, acquiring knowledge and skills needed for business management and business development, and developing business ideas in viable plans to realize real business activity in 10 municipalities from Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad regions:
  • Providing practical support for starting a real business activity and finding suitable sources of funding, practical assistance for registration and business development

How do we achieve them: 10 entrepreneurship and business planning training in groups of 5 to 10 participants and consultancy in the regions of Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad in 10 municipalities Rila, Kocherinovo, Blagoevgrad, Razlog, Bansko, Yakoruda, Gotse Delchev, Garmen, Hadzhidimovo and Sandanski.

The training will be a proven practice in the field of acquiring knowledge and practical skills for starting a business with qualified trainers with more than 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. Self-employment counseling is based on an individual approach, joint concrete steps in developing the business idea, and precise business planning, as well as seeking the most appropriate funding opportunities.


Main activities: informing and motivating future successful entrepreneurs from the target groups in 10 municipalities in the regions of Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad, practical training in entrepreneurship and business planning and consulting


Expected results:

  • Informed 300 representatives of the target groups, institutions and organizations working in their support and local communities about the benefits of the project
  • 150 persons included in information-motivation forums with an interest in independent economic activity, from which to choose 58 with the greatest potential and motivation for self-employment and own business.
  • 58 people trained with knowledge and skills to start and manage a successful business, of which 95% have successfully completed
  • 2100 consulting hours, including practical support for business registration, business plan development, search for the most appropriate funding opportunities.
  • 25% of those who participated in training and counseled to find work, including self-employment.


BI-GD's main approach for achieving the strategic objectives is project financing. That is why the organization focus most of it's resources and efforts in identifying needs, targeting, development and implementation of projects.

BI-GD has successfully implemented projects under the European Union H2020 Programme, Danube Transnational Programme, Erasmus+, LdV Programmes, Phare CBC and Interreg Greece - Bulgaria, IPA Bulgaria - Macedonia, INTERREG IVC and other nationally funded projects.


Our expertise and long-term experience can make us the best partner for an EU project consortium.

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BI-GD has a  Vocational Training Centre and delivers vocational training for new qualification or the improvement of existing ones due to its accreditation of the NA for VET and the National Employment Agency to provide vocational trainings & key competences e.g: entrepreneurship, marketing & management, economics etc. 

Since 2009 BI-GD delivers e-training.
Over 2700 people have passed training in BI-GD through the years. 

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BI-GD services for improving competitiveness:

information  and contacts
trainings for SMEs& their employees and unemployed people with potential
consultancy and advising – enterprise managements, modernization, project development and management
micro-financing and fundraising for companies and organizations
web development and marketing promotion

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