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. 


  • 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 

InnoSchool - "Strengthening Social Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit of Secondary Schools’ Students by Using Highly Innovative Learning System" project is financed under the The Danube Transnational Programme and tackles the need for system change, to support weak entrepreneurial culture and low engagement towards social innovation and entrepreneurship starting from adolescence years.

Project co-funded by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI) 

Objectives of the InnoSchool project 

InnoSchool’s general objective is to strengthen social innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of secondary schools' students by developing, testing and introducing the highly innovative InnoSchool Learning System, combining innovations introduced for adolescents in order to achieve attractiveness and educational impact.
The first InnoSchool specific objective is therefore to improve attractiveness and impact learning systems used at secondary schools curriculums to strengthen social innovation and entrepreneurship spirit. The second specific objective is to improve stakeholder knowledge on using innovative Learning System. The third specific objective of the InnoSchool project is to improve educational frameworks by implementing an innovative Learning System into curriculums.

InnoSchool’s innovative approach 

The InnoSchool project introduces 4 core innovative elements:
(1) serious game for online simulation of social innovation and entrepreneurship will be combined with lectures, guiding, reflection sessions held by teachers to maximize educational impact through an experiential learning process, and territorial organizations working in social services to boost attractiveness and impact

(2) social media's and interschool competition's aspect will be added to boost the attractiveness of the learning system

(3) inclusive design and development of the InnoSchool Learning System involving policy bodies, secondary schools, representatives of business helix and territorial organizations working in social services to boost attractiveness and impact

(4) development of Action plans in order to include the Innovative Learning System in territorial curricula to ensure sustainability and wide impact on society

Key outputs for InnoSchool

- Development of the InnoSchool

  • Serious game
  • Teacher lecturing / guiding sessions
  • Social media interaction
  • Interschool competition

- Pilot testing in 9 territories

  • Open call for schools
  • Teacher training workshop
  • 4-month pilot at selected schools
  • Impact Report measuring Educational impact

- Inclusion to curriculums

  • Institutional learning workshops
  • Policy roundtables
  • Action Plans to include ILS to curriculums
  • Policy Guidance for Transferability to further territories

Project Partners:

  • DEX Innovation Centre
  • Business Incubator – Gotse Delchev, Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre
  • Regional Agency for Development and European Integration Belgrade
  • The European Center for Socio Professional Integration ACTA
  • Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd.
  • Vienna Board of Education, European Office
  • Technical University of Kosice
  • Regional Department of Education - Blagoevgrad
  • Centre for Resources and Educational Assistance of Bihor County
  • Agency for Economic Development of City of Prijedor “PREDA-PD”
  • Regional Agency for Development and European Integration Belgrade
  • FACLIA - Association for Children and Youth

Associated Strategic Partners:

  • Regional Authority of Liberec Region
  • Vocational Training Center, Székesfehérvár
  • Ministry of Education and Culture of Republic of Srpska
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development
  • Košice Self-Governing Region
  • Ungheni Education Directorate


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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