Award for the second NEWBIE winner

The third NEWBIE contest in Bulgaria is not completed yet and Bulgarian new entrants have few days to apply.

The members of the Steering Group and the NEWBIE team were spreading the information widely and waiting for applications of inspiring newbies and believe again it will not be easy to choose the winner. As a journalist of Bulgarian Farmer newsletter said all the 3 finalists of the second contest deserved the first place.

The second NEWBIE winner Mitko Kukundzhiev and his family are very proud of the award and used the award for marketing training.

Mitko Kukundjiev from the village of Yagodina has a small mountain farm at 1200 m above the sea level in the Rhodope Mountain for grazing livestock.

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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 

Bridging the Gap

Leonardo Da Vinchi Life-learning Programme - Transfer of Innovations



The aim of The Bridge Model is to create new businesses and jobs driven by fresh ideas, innovation and bright minds.

The aim of this EU funded project, Bridging the Gap, is to make The Bridge Model a truly European methodology which will be available to all who wish to access it. The Bridge Model breaks down barriers….it can be used in rural and urban areas; peripheral and core areas; by women and men and is an approach that works irrespective of ethnicity, sexuality, religion, disability and location – it is inclusive and cost effective.


  • Bridging To The Furture(UK)
  • Merseyside Expanding Horisons(UK)
  • Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP)
  • Business Development Friesland (BDF)


The aim of WP1 is to:

  • Ensure the strategic and operational success of the project
  • Ensure that all partners work effectively together and that they maintain close adherence to the plans and objectives of the project.
  • Ensure that the partnership produces the highest quality transfer of innovation it can.

WP2 - Needs Analysis and Evaluation

WP2's aim is to fully understand the characteristics and variety of the micro-entrepreneur ecosystem across the EU as the foundation for the TOI and what and how it needs to be adapted to meet the needs established in the State of Art.

WP3 - Preparation, Adaption and Transfer

The Aim of WP3 is to create the final products (a dvd, a coursebook and a step-by-step guide) of the Bridging the Gap. This will see MEH take the initial entrepreneur & enterprise training and support Programme "The Bridge Model" developed by Bridging to the Future and to share experiences amongst partners.

WP4 - Piloting and Testing

The aim of WP4 is to successfully test and pilot The Bridge Model Europe. The purpose of this is to ensure that the adapted and trasnferred products fully meet the needs of business incubators, VET trainers, learners and the World of Work

WP5 - Quality Management and Evaluation

WP 5 aims to guarantee quality at every stage of the project and to evaluate the development of the project and its progress towards reaching the objectives. WP5 will ensure that quality is built into the working processes: this means a top-down dimension regarding the formulation of overall procedures.

WP 6 - Dissemination and Exploitation


The aim of WP6 is to create strong awareness of project results at European level, with the aim of multiplying the impact and subsequent exploitation of the final products. This aim will be addressed through meeting the following sub-aims; To enhance project visibility and create awareness within business/ enterprise.



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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