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Presenting the "Strengthening Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit of Secondary Schools’ Students by Using Highly Innovative Learning System", InnoSchool project

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.

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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. 

Background                         

  • 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 

Priorities                         

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

Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-RUR-2017-1

Duration: 4 years, beginning 1 January 2018

The project New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture, acronym NEWBIE, 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. This will be achieved by a transdisciplinary network of farming organizations, educators, advisors, researchers and industry stakeholders, who will assemble, assess and exchange the state of the art on new entrant farming enterprises, and establish national and European new entrant support networks. NEWBIE will focus particularly on enabling innovative business models developed by new entrants to be integrated into academic research and educational curricula, and broadly disseminated to new entrants across Europe.

Web-site of the project: newbie-academy.eu

Primary Objective of the project is  to increase innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience in the European farming sector by enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe.

Specific Objectives:

  • To collect, critically review and publicise existing and potential new farm business models and new entry models and associated communication channels across a broad range of international contexts.
  • To increase the flow of practical, educational and scientific information on new business models and new entry models between and within the geographical areas in Europe by consolidating durable connections between practice, formal and informal education, advice and research at national and European levels, for supporting further development of strategic business planning methods in agricultural advisory services, training and education.
  • To produce and disseminate practice-based, educational and scientific information on business models and entry models in an easily accessible form, for new entrants through traditional and non-traditional agricultural knowledge systems (including farming organisations; farm advisory services; agricultural colleges and universities; operational groups; LEADER; regional and national business development agencies; and social mediag. twitter, Facebook, websites, You-Tube), making this information available long-term.
  • To increase awareness and user acceptance throughout the agri-food industry and in rural businesses of the available new business and entry models, through establishment of stakeholderled steering and discussion groups and development of practical ‘toolkits’ for new business model establishment.
  • To foster creative experimentation within practice, education and research on new entrant business models, through training and/or study visits, and promotion of innovative business models, thus leading to increased economic, environmental and social gains from these enterprises.
  • To provide support for the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP)
  • 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability', through interaction with Operational Groups, and in particular through the delivery of a substantial number of “practice abstracts” in the common format of the EIP-AGRI, including a library of new entrant visual ‘stories’ illustrating successful new entrant business models.
  • To provide input for research agendas and policy on new business models and new entry models for new entrants, including the identification of current barriers to the up-take of innovative new models (both within farming and associated support systems), helping to develop more resilient European agriculture and rural areas, as well as strong interactions between rural-(peri-) urban areas.

Work Packages

 WP1 Project management

 WP2 Stocktaking and inventory

 WP3 New entrant support network development

 WP4 Key factors, toolkits and guidelines for successful implementation

 WP5 Communication, dissemination and impact.

 

 Main Outputs

  • Increased user acceptance of ‘new entry’ models (i.e. share farming, joint ventures and farming incubators) amongst new entrants, farming advisors and policy makers across Europe.
  • An inventory of business models and entry models currently succeeding in enabling new entrants, achieved through transdisciplinary analysis of academic and grey literature and practical experience of business models for new entrants. This will include a review of the curricular material currently available through European agricultural colleges and universities on new entrant business models and rural development.
  • Establishment of regional/national new entrant support networks (~50 members in each consortium member’s country), including new entrants, advisory organizations, policy makers, other agricultural industry members and stakeholders to identify, discuss and disseminate success promising approaches. This group will be led by a steering group which prioritizes topics for discussion and training.
  • 20 bilateral exchange visits and two European conferences offering seminars, field visits and networking between advisors, new entrants, researchers and policy makers. The conferences will be jointly held with EUFRAS (European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services) and the European Seminar on Extension and Education.
  • Strong social media presence from the beginning of the project (Facebook, twitter, website) for discussion and dissemination of project materials.
  • A set of new entrant ambassadors: an International Advisory Board, as well as regional advisory groups and ambassadors will contribute their expertise and act as advocates and information conduits for the network and its activities; connect to Rural Networks and Rural Parliaments.
  • Publicized new entrant success: NEWBIE will promote new business models for new entrants at national level, and feature these on in press releases, web-site and videos. Such active promotion will foster innovation and it’s communication in new entrant businesses and will include training and/or study visits.
  • A library of ‘visual storytelling’ videos of the successful innovative new entrant business models promotion of selected models (above), and identified by linked projects (e.g. RURAL/ITER, Mentoring Women for Entrepreneurship; MULTIFARM_EU6th and 7th Framework projects ESOF, FarmPath, PROAKIS, Solinsa, SUFISA; Erasmus project Urban Green Train, SIMPACT 11; EIP-Agri Focus Group on Short Food Supply Chains, EIP Agri Focus Group on New Entrants to Farming).
  • A substantive set of pedagogical materials for educators and advisors relating to new entrant business models and entry models, including videos for classroom use.
  • Targeted recommendations with associated toolkits: for new entrants and farming groups on how to initiate specific supports (e.g. share farming, incubators); options for engaging with local authorities; recommendations for policy (local, regional, national, European) on how to stimulate or facilitate new entrants on different levels (legislation, planning, advise etc.)

 Partners:

  1. STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH (WR), WAGENINGEN Netherlands
  2. JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE (HUTTON), DUNDEE United Kingdom,
  3. KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (KU Leuven), LEUVEN , Belgium,
  4. UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA (UÉvora), EVORA, Portugal,
  5. FACHHOCHSCHULE SUDWESTFALEN (FHS), ISERLOHN, Germany,
  6. UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (UL), LJUBLJANA, Slovenia,
  7. RENETA (RESEAU NATIONAL DES ESPACES-TEST AGRICOLES), MONTPELLIER , France,
  8. TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY , CARLOW, Ireland
  9. BUSINESS INCUBATOR – GOTSE DELCHEV, Entrepreneurship Promotion Center
  10. BUND DER DEUTSCHEN LANDJUGEND E.V. (BDL) Belin, Germany

Projects

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 Erasmus+, Leonardo da Vinchi Programmes, OPAC, PHARE CBC Greece - Bulgaria, IPA Bulgaria - Macedonia, INTERREG IVC.

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Training

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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Services

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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