Held a seminar on innovation, diversification and sustainability of SMEs in agriculture and food sector

Representatives of companies from the agriculture and food sectors from the border areas of the Bulgaria-Greece cross-border region took part in a seminar of the Business Incubator - Gotse Delchev, dedicated to innovation, diversification and sustainability of SMEs from these sectors, which took place on 30.03.2023. in Gotse Delchev.

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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 

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to the economic development of the cross-border area through sustainable development of tourism.



Specific objectives:

  1. To increase competitiveness of SMEs within the cross-border region Gevgelija – Gotse Delchev, working in tourism sector through diversification and added value of tourist products and implementation of good practice;
  2. To stimulate cross-border cooperation and develop local capacity by knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences, synergy activities and networking between stakeholders;
  3. To promote cross-border region as an attractive tourist destination and
  4. To strengthen collaboration between SMEs in tourism sector and other complementary sectors which produce high quality local products and services such as agriculture, food, wine, clothing, transport etc.

Lead Partner: Foundation for Local and IT development – Gevgelija (FLORIT)

Project Partner: Business Incubator- Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Center (BI-GD)



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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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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