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 

Project "BE YOUR OWN BOSS”, acronym BYOB,

Erasmus + Programme, KA2







  • Partner 2: Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre, Bulgaria
  • Partner 3: OXFAM ONLUS, Italy
  • Partner 4: Viteco S.r.l., Italy
  • Partner 5: Stichting Incubator, Netherlands
  • Partner 6: CEEIM, Spain

Web-site of the project: 


Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) aims to adapt&transfer a methodology of adult education which develops entrepreneurial skills in learners &increases their capacity to create their own jobs.It is a solution to EU wide unemployment as it trains&provides adult educators with a flexible&practical coaching methodology (BYOB Europe) to enable learners in disadvantaged&peripheral communities to create their own employment&become entrepreneurs.


BYOB partners will work in several fields for reaching its objectives:

1. State of the art analysis and research.

All partners will ellaborate a document collecting important information in their regions as regards the need of adult educators, the world of work, what “wannabe self employment” need and want so they become self employed, existing support for the self employed, existing support for self employed people who wish to grow their enterprise.

2. Handbooks development

The project will create high quality training resources, which will be two handbooks, one for adult educators and one for incubators and entrepreneurs. The handbooks will ensure that the methodology is shaped into a guide for self employment.

3. Pilot phase

Netherlands, Spain and Bulgaria will develop a pilot phase selecting, in each country, adult educators, world of work representatives and leaders in order to discuss self employment developments, self employment start-up and self employment QEAS. After creating the right framework with all target groups, each region will implement a 6-month pilot phase for a minimum of 9 beneficiaries.

4. E-Resources development

During the pilot phase, partners will create e-resources showing the whole process and will develop also material for the case studies. That will includes videos showing the real application of the methodology.

5. Dissemination

During the whole project like, partners will create strong awareness of project results at european level, enhancing project visibility among policy makers, business incubators, people to want to be self employed, employability centres and adult educators. At the end of the project, partners will ensure the promotion of results, as well as the difussion of the materials created to target groups.


BYOB can benefit a wide variety of individuals and organizations:

  • Tutors and adult learners
  • Students
  • Young entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Entrepreneurs from marginalized communities
  • Elderly entrepreneurs


Summarizing, anybody who has the potential, ambition or skills to be self-employed/entrepreneur irrespective of their background, age, gender or educational qualifications.

BYOB Pilot in Bulgaria 

Business Incubator – Gotse Delchev has started the BYOB pilot training in Bulgaria this September. The twelve trainees, most of them women, will find in the practice the answers of the questions like: Are you motivated to become self-employed? What are the benefits of self-employment? What risks and challenges it has? How much time and efforts could you devote to it? What skills it needs and how to develop them? Which main steps to make from the idea to the business? How to develop the business?

BYOB partners meeting in Bulgaria

BI-GD hosted the 3rd partners meeting in Sofia 7-8.10.2015.




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.

 Partner with BI-GD

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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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