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List of implemented projects by year:

2019

1. Project Name: Trainings and Personalized sessions for increasing SME’s capacities for e-business and e-commerce

Period: 1 June 2019 – 30 September 2019

Target Group: entrepreneurs, owners of SMEs in city of Skopje

Activity Description: Project’s goal is to increase capacities of SMEs as well as to individual entrepreneurs for e-business and implementation of e-commerce in their work through trainings, personalized mentoring sessions and setting up their products in the e-shop of YES Foundation, https://eshop.pretpriemac.mk/ .

Achieved Results: Project is in phase of implementation

 

2. Project Name: Creation of sustainable entrepreneurship opportunities

Period: 15 September 2019 – 15 September 2020

Target Group: young people in the age of 18-30, with special focus on women

Activity Description: The main goal of the project is to contribute towards youth entrepreneurship development through encouraging and stimulation  of young people, especially women from the Eastern parts of the country in order to create and start innovative businesses that in longer term would result with strengthening the capacities of young people, entrepreneurs and overall entrepreneurial potential of the country, creation of sustainable economic development, higher level of employment and lower immigration.

Achieved Results: Project is in process of implementation

 

2018

Project Name: From startup to scaleup: Scaling up Europe’s entrepreneurial future

Target Group: innovative startup companies from the targeted CEI countries

Activity Description:

Achieved Results: The Balkan Technology Match Conference attracted companies from 10 different countries from CEI: Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The following outcomes were accomplished:

 

-        18 meetings were evaluated as insufficient interest/no further contact planned

-        48 meetings were evaluated as very informative but no cooperation planned

-        131 meetings were evaluated with cooperation possible

-        7 meetings already resulted in international cooperation established

2017

1. Project Name: Balkan-Mediterranean Centre for Entrepreneurship and innovation

Period: 24 July 2017 – 23 July 2019

Target Group: Current and potential entrepreneurs, CSOs working in the field of entrepreneurship, organizations offering business support, local government.

Activity Description: The overall objective of the project was to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking, encourage the creation of innovative business start-ups and foster a friendlier culture for entrepreneurship and for the growth of small and medium-sized businesses. Furthermore, the best business ideas and plans got benefits like mentorship and study visits that increased the growth and development of newly created start-up companies.   

Achieved Results: Project is still in process of implementation.

 

2. Project Name: Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs through improved innovation support (InnoSupport)

Period: 18 December 2017 – 17 June 2019

Target Group: Macedonian SMEs, students interested in innovations, innovation supporters

Activity Description: The overall objective of the InnoSupport project was to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs through stimulation of the development of innovation capacities. With the planned activities, the project contributed to the creation of strong innovation climate by promoting the concept of innovative businesses with world-class innovation capacity. Some of the outputs involved: online innovation management course, innovation-related guidelines, technology transfer mobile app, introduction of the National innovation award and organisation of various training and networking events.

Achieved Results: Within the project was created the first online course for innovation management with studying materials and multimedia elements, available on the platform pretpriemacedu.mk; toolkit with simple tools for innovation support for SMEs as well as toolkit with opportunities for financing innovations for SMEs; first mobile application for keeping companies updated for the supply and demand of innovative technologies on world level and easier transfer of it. The project also included a training for protection of intellectual property and the European program “Horizon 2020” for companies. As a final event was organized national competition for choosing the most innovative company of 2019. 3 winners were chosen from 3 different categories and awarded on manifestation with recognition and financial prize.  

 

3. Project Name: Strengthening capacities and mechanisms for supporting Chapter 20 reform processes (“YESNetwork+”)

Period: 15 May 2017 – 14 May 2019

Target Group: national and local CSOs active in the area of Chapter 20

Activity Description: Project activities contributed towards creation of the platform of Chapter 20 and the creation of resource center for monitoring and evaluation of the process of implementation of the reforms of Chapter 20- Enterprises and industrial policy. All the activities and training were intended to increase the capacities of CSOs for creation and monitoring of policies and networking. Part of the activities for improvement of policies for SMEs were creation of documents for public policies, expert workshops and international forum for best practices.

Achieved Results: 6 one-day long training with 3 foreign and 5 domestic experts, creation of resource center, educational videos, toolkits, webinars, 3 expert workshops on chosen topics from Chapter 20 about status and challenges in the Chapter, access to finance and support and stimulation of innovation for SMEs. First International Forum for networking, knowledge transfers and sharing of best practices. Support of 8 projects from 8 different CSOs, creation of 11 short documents for public policies based on researches, analyses and expert meetings.  

 

4. Project Name: Enhancing CSOs capacities to enforce the creation of youth policies

Period: 19 December 2017 – 18 February 2019

Target Group: CSOs and young people

Activity Description: The overall objective of this project was to improve the organizational capacity of civil society and strengthen the capacities of organized active citizens, in the process of youth policy creation through several activities: training for CSOs, online course for creation of youth policies with included examples and good practices, toolkit for skills development for advocacy and lobbying and networking events for CSOs and other relevant stakeholders in the process of creation of youth policies.

Achieved Results:

 

-     Toolkit for skills development for advocacy and lobbying

-     Online course for creation of youth policies with included examples and good practices

-     Training for CSOs

-     3 networking events

-     More than 60 networking meetings

-     Improved CSO’s capacities for creation of youth policies

-     Increased collaboration and knowledge transfer among CSOs and relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the area of creation of youth policies

-     Introduced new tools and technologies in the creation of youth policies and education of representatives of CSOs for their efficient usage

 

5. Project Name: Online Master Study Programme for Circular Economy

Period: 29 December 2017 – 28 January 2020

Target Group: students, business sector, entrepreneurs, professors, educational institutions

Activity Description: The overall project objective was to initiate and support long-term strategic cooperation between higher education institutions and businesses aimed at promoting the concept of circular economy and creating a Master Study Programme for Circular Economy. The project aimed at developing innovative practices in the field of circular economy to improve quality and efficiency in education as well as to contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress.

Achieved Results: Project in implementation.  

 

2016

1. Project Name: Together4Success: Young entrepreneurs, a driving force for good inter-ethnic relations

Period: 1 February 2016- 31 January 2018

Target Group: Current and potential entrepreneurs, CSOs working in the field of entrepreneurship, organizations offering business support, local government.

Activity Description: Project activities are intended to mobilize CSOs working with support and development of entrepreneurship and organizations for business support of entrepreneurs within the campaign “I am an Entrepreneur, too!” in order to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice among ethnic minorities in the country. The project builds upon the capacities of the YESNetwork (www.yes-network.org) and will introduce an inter-community development programme into its Action Plan accompanied by inter-community entrepreneurial development fund for re-granting amounting 46.800 euro.

 

Achieved Results:

-        Conducting of the first inter-ethnic youth entrepreneurship

-        Interethnic Youth Entrepreneurship Camps

-        Entrepreneurial learning and training of potential young entrepreneurs

-        Learning resources for trainers and facilitators

-        Acceleration of local support for start-ups through the organizations for entrepreneurial support

-        Exchange of good practices

 

2. Project Name: t-MAIL - Teacher Mobile Application for Innovative Learning

Period: 1 November 2016 – 37 October 2018

Target Group: Policy creators and decision makers in the area of education for elders, trainers, professors in elementary and high schools, as well as students.

Activity Description: Through project activities will be developed and tested mobile application which will stimulate personalized and self-regulated learning for students in primary education. The app will deliver these through innovative method of analytics, visualization, easy reachable and informative resources, as well as opportunities for experimenting with the individual educational path of every student in order to improve the process of studying. Teachers as well will be trained for using the application.

 

Achieved Results:

-      Theoretical frame for self-regulated learning

-      Analysis of teachers, teachers’ educators and education policy makers’ needs

-      Developed mobile application for self-regulated and personalized learning

-      Training for teachers and teachers’ educators

-      Analysis, Data management and learning resources

-      Pilot study and course for education of parents

 

2015

 

 

1. Project Name: Opening new business horizons through business meetings with Central and South-East Europe countries

Period: September – December 2015

Target Group: Representatives of Macedonian, Central and South-East European SMEs; Organizations and institutions working on support of SMEs’ development in Macedonia;

Activity Description: 2-day long conference for business networking through B2B meetings, exchange of experiences, good practices and regional bounding opportunities, increasing companies’ competitiveness, business offer and market visibility improvement.

Achieved Results: 50 Macedonian and Central-South-Eastern European SMEs included in the conference and B2B meetings; more than 100 bilateral business meetings organized and contacts created for international collaborations.

 

2. Project Name: Facilitating integration of ethnic minorities into the labor market through enhancement of their employment potentials

Period: 14 December 2015 – 14 August 2017

Target Group: Young people from ethnic minorities and women with entrepreneurial spirit and need for skills development for (self) employment, CSOs working in the field of entrepreneurship, support and development of entrepreneurs, improvement of labor market, municipalities, local government representatives, other relevant institutions.  

Activity Description: Project activities are focused towards facilitation of the process of integration of young people and women from the ethnic minorities in the country into the labor market through strengthening their competitiveness. This project included flexible structured program for building capacities of young people from ethnic minorities based on their individual needs. Creation of new businesses from young people and women from ethnical minorities were promoted and directly supported. Were organized several activities for continuous professional development of young people: organization of public promotional campaign, creative workshops, trainings for starting up own business, working internships, business plan competition and development and improvement of web- portal for entrepreneurship on multiple languages.

Achieved Results:

·      Program for (self)employment: trainings for development of individual capacities and skills of youth, English language, IT skills, writing professional CV, motivation letter, business plan writing and business planning;

·       Training courses for entrepreneurship and starting own business;

·       Program for mentors and professional internships;

·       Promotional campaign for entrepreneurship;

·       Competition for business plan where the best 5 businesses got awarded with 5000 Euros for starting the business;

·     Development of web-platform for learning, with courses for trainers working within CSOs on the topic of youth skills and personal capacities improvement;

·       Creative workshops for women interested in starting their own business;

·      Development and improvement of the website www.pretpriemac.mk (Albanian version available and presentation of open tool for online commerce);

 

3. Project Name: Building local capacities for youth policy development

Period: 21 November 2015– 20 May 2017

Target Group: young people, youth CSOs, representatives of three local governments (Probishtip, Staro Nagorichane I Cashka) working with youth policies;

Activity Description: The overall objective of the project is to support the involvement of youth in decision making process and establishment of mechanisms for long term development and sustainable implementation of local youth policies. The goals are: to implement the National Youth Strategy of Macedonia 2015-2020 on local level, adapting it to the local needs and priorities; Promotion of cooperation of CSOs and municipality policy makers; Capacity building of all stakeholders for creation and implementation of youth local policies; Establishing of joint forums for development, monitoring and implementation of local youth programs and creation public opinion.

Achieved Results:

·     Field study and comparative analysis of the current status of the youth policies in the 3 municipalities;

·     Developing and introducing youth local policies training aimed for CSOs and local authorities;

·     Piloting 6 youth support measures in 3 municipalities;

·     Organisation of 3 youth forums and 3 public debates;

·     Open call for awarding finance to 6 projects from local CSOs in the 3 municipalities;  

 

4. Project Name: Trainings and personalized consultations for access to finance, for better competitiveness and innovation of entrepreneurs and their businesses

Period: 1 August 2015 – 20 December 2015

Target Group: entrepreneurs, SME owners on the territory of Skopje, aged 18-45

Activity Description: Organized 2 workshops for project management and access to finance through national and European programs and personalized individual consultations with 10 entrepreneurs participating in the workshops and interested in project preparation for access to finance through different instruments. Consultations were hold by experienced mentors, part of the expert network of YES Foundation with long experience in different programs for access to finance for SMEs.

Achieved Results: 24 young entrepreneurs and owners of 18 different startups and SMEs in Skopje participated in 2 specialized trainings for project management and access to finance. 11 of them were part of personalized consultations for access to finance and programs according their businesses and needs, in order to become more competitive and innovative in their work. 7 of the startups working within the YES Business Incubator applied of two call of FITR and 3 of them got awarded with direct financial support.

 

5. Project Name: “Young creative entrepreneurs for sustainable Skopje”- Raising awareness for social entrepreneurship through creation of platform for promotion and support of the concept of youth social businesses

Period: 9 June 2015 – 26 November 2015

Target Group: CSOs on the territory of Skopje, working or having the potential to work in the area of social and youth entrepreneurship; students and unemployed young people of the age 18-30 from Skopje;

Activity Description: Raising awareness of CSOs and young people for the opportunities and advantages of social entrepreneurship through transfer of knowledge and useful European practices. Creating base for joint and systematic work of CSOs in the field of social entrepreneurship through creation of platform for networking, exchange and collaboration. Increasing the level of information among youth through promotional-education material (toolkit and video presentations) about how to start and lead social businesses.

Achieved Results:

·       8 CSOs and 12 representatives participated in the working meeting for social entrepreneurship and discussed suggestions and recommendations for promotional platform for raising awareness within civil sector, youth, entrepreneurs and wider public for support and promotion of social entrepreneurship;

·     Preparation of educational promo materials under the slogan “Get Inspired” (toolkit for creation of social business and disseminated video messages with successful stories from European social companies);

·       Educational promo material was followed with online campaign on the websites of YES Foundation which contributed with at least 3000 young people to get information for the opportunities and advantages of starting social business;

·       The results were promoted on several events visited by more of 30 stakeholders, such as European week of SMEs 2015, Global Week of Entrepreneurship 2015 and Youth Info BOOM project.

 

6. Project Name: Increasing capacities of young entrepreneurs for successful marketing and sale in order to encourage the development of innovative products and their successful placement in the market

Period: 11 July 2015 – 30 April 2016

Target Group: young entrepreneurs who own their business, young people with entrepreneurial spirit who want to own a business;

Activity Description: 2 training for selling skills and successful marketing, mentoring sessions- business meetings with facilitators, 2 video courses for the online audience posted on the websites yes.org.mk and pretpriemac.mk, as well as dissemination through newsletters and social media.

Achieved Results: 30 young entrepreneurs and owners of businesses participated in the training and mentoring sessions and gained knowledge and skills for more successful selling techniques and tools during the placement process of their products and services on the market. More than 3000 young people and entrepreneurs were targeted through the publishing and dissemination of the online courses.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

1. Project Name: SMEs and entrepreneurship support through business meetings of women entrepreneurs

Period: September – December 2014

Activity Description: Creation of direct contribution to women entrepreneurship in Macedonia, internationalization and competitiveness of domestic SMEs through creation of opportunities for networking and business meetings among women entrepreneurs.

Achieved results: More than 100 participants took part in the two-day long international conference for entrepreneurship; More than 50 companies owned or managed by women in the country met on organized business meetings; More than 250 bilateral meetings organized.

 

2. Project Name: Youth Entrepreneurship Support Network (YESNetwork)

Period: 8 April – 6 September 2015

Target Group: More than 150 CSOs working with youth entrepreneurship, 100 young entrepreneurs, 12 experts from partner organizations, 30 experts from local government working with entrepreneurship and employment.

Activity Description: Youth Entrepreneurship Support Network is European network of CSOs working on stimulation and development of youth entrepreneurship. The network works on building and strengthening the capacities and networking of CSOs, promotion of activities and initiatives for strengthening youth capacities in order to increase members’ efficiency. The member organizations offer support of youth in their regions and contribute towards stimulation of socio-economic development on national level through support of innovation, entrepreneurship and transfer of knowledge. One of the focusing aspects of the organization-members of YESNetwork is the social entrepreneurship too, as important driver of the inclusive local development.

Achieved results: Research of young entrepreneurs ‘needs, meetings with stakeholders (at least 20 CSOs included), trained partners, 8 promo events, 8 training for more than 300 young people, development of mutual action plan and creation of the first national network of CSOs for youth entrepreneurship that works on improvement of socio-economic position of youth through development and implementation of local programme in line with the EU Action Plan for entrepreneurship 2020. More than 150 relevant members of the Network, including: CSOs, companies and institutions for support of youth entrepreneurship.  9 direct grants for local entrepreneurship projects were awarded through the country and 3 awards for promotion of good practices among CSOs.

 

  

3.  Project Name: Life, All-In: Connecting formal and informal learning to enhance social inclusion

Period: 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2016

Target Group: educational institutions, CSOs, governmental educational and other relevant institutions, educational policies’ creators with special focus on education for elders, elders excluded from society processes because of lack of education, language knowledge etc.

Activity Description: Development of improved methods and educational programs for better education for elders, learning of foreign languages for immigrants and minorities in order to increase the social inclusion in the society in the 5 countries included in the project.

Achieved Results: Preparation of toolkit for educators in order to replicate the formal and informal courses for better programs for education of elders. Events for informing the wider public, wide dissemination of the results through electronic media, improved practices within the education for elders.

 

4. Project Name: Serious Games for Entrepreneurship Skills of Adult Learners

Period: 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2016

Target Group: Adult people of the age 35-50, as well as professors, educators and trainers implementing trainings for adult people, with or without qualifications.

Activity Description: Development of “Serious game” (board game) that will contribute towards entrepreneurial learning for adults through application of new, non-formal, innovative educational methods and training courses, with the goal of their implementation in educational institutions, with special focus on adult people with the necessity of self-employment and entrepreneurship skills development, as well as students. Presentation of the game in front of relevant stakeholders.  

Achieved Results: At least 10 trained professors and implementers of the serious game for development of entrepreneurial skills of adults from 6 different countries; At least 90 adults included in the pilot phase for testing of the game and collecting evaluations for user experience in order to create recommendations for its improvements in the 6 country.  

 

5.  Project Name: Building capacities for youth employment through promotion and stimulation of volunteering work

Period:  1 September – 30 November 2014

Target Group: young unemployed people

Activity Description: Training and volunteer work for building capacities of young unemployed people.

Achieved Results: 8-hours long training and 3-month long volunteer work of one young person.

 

6. Project Name: Facilitating access to finance for entrepreneurs

Period: 1 June -31 December 2014

Target Group: entrepreneurs, investors, policy creators

Activity Description: Project aims to provide insight into the main challenges and obstacles established entrepreneurs experience regarding available sources of alternative financing.

Achieved Results: Entrepreneurs from the Balkan region had the chance to promote their businesses, pitch before potential investors, meet prospect business partners and expand on foreign markets. Contribution towards establishing policy measures for facilitating access to finance to relevant institutions was made.    

 

 

 

 

2012

1. Development of startup businesses through direct mentoring of young entrepreneurs
Donor: City of Skopje
Duration: June – September 2012


2. Program for career development
Donor: City of Skopje
Duration: June – October 2012


3. Increasing the employment rate of young women from ethnic minorities in Macedonia and Albania by increasing their competences for a self-employed job
Donor: Les Paquerettes
Partners: Dorcas AID International, Albania and Tabital Foundation, Albania
Duration: January 2012 – September 2012

4. Youth Mobile and Tech Program- creating employment opportunities
Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Skopje
Duration: February 2012 – December 2012


5. Stimulating youth entrepreneurship and innovation through e-learning
Donor: US Embassy, Skopje
Duration: February 2012- ongoing

2011

1. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 – Macedonia (www.gew.com.mk)
Duration: 14 – 20 November 2011
Target group:
Description of activities:
Achieved results:


2. Startup Weekend Skopje (http://skopje.startupweekend.org)
Duration: 11- 13 November 2011
Description of activities: Startup Weekend is intense 54 hours event and its primer focus is creating desktop, mobile or internet based solutions which could be transformed into productive business. The participants had 60 seconds to pitch their ideas, after the pitch they voted for the best ideas and formed 9 teams which transformed the ideas in prototypes and developed a business model. The wining ideas were awarded in direction of realizing their ideas into business.
Achieved results:


3. Career counseling through directing of professional competencies
Donor: City of Skopje
Duration: 01 – 31 December 2011
Target group:
Description of activities:
Achieved results:


4. Career counseling through directing of professional competencies
Donor: City of Skopje
Duration: 06 July 2011- 31 November 2011
Target group: Students and graduated unemployed young people at the age from 22-30 years on the territory of the city of Skopje. At least 50 young people would get the advice for starting their own business; 3 inexperienced people will be directly involved in internship in the next 6 months.
Description of activities: YES will equip and office which will work as a consultation center though which it will assist young people in the process of starting businesses of their own, as a great alternative in bridging the gap between education and economic independence. At the same time, the project involves internship for 3 young people which will be involved in everyday activities of YES in a period of 6 months. The interns will gain experience which they’ll be able to use in their future career development.
Achieved results: The project is at the beginning of implementation.


5. Startup Weekend Skopje
Duration: 24- 26 June 2011
Target group: Young educated people with an ambition for starting a business of their own. The event is focused on IT participants with a special focus on developers and economists which were developing the business model.
Description of activities: Startup Weekend is intense 54 hours event and its primer focus is creating desktop, mobile or internet based solutions which could be transformed into productive business. The participants had 60 seconds to pitch their ideas, after the pitch they voted for the best ideas and formed 9 teams which transformed the ideas in prototypes and developed a business model. The wining ideas were awarded in direction of realizing their ideas into business.
Achieved results: During the weekend 52 participants worked on realization of their business ideas and managed to develop a prototype in 54 hours for the products they’d offer on the market. The wining team got 4 HP laptops from HP in cooperation with Duna, 6 months free office space in the Incubator, registration of the company, consultation hours and starting business trainings. There were 24 sponsors for the event (1 premier, 1 platinum, 7 golden and 15 silver) and 25 media sponsors.


6. Education for young Roma population for starting business and preparation for self- employment job
Donor: Les Paquerettes
Duration: February 2011- September 2011
Target group: Direct beneficiaries are 36 Roma that will be able after finishing the courses to write a business plan and start their own business which have basic knowledge of computers and English language, in order to get the maximum value of the courses.
Description of activities: Starting business training for 36 Roma certified by CISCO Entrepreneurship Institute divided in 3 groups. After finishing the course they are writing business plans with which they’d compete for the reward which will be awarded to the 3 best business plans as help for realizing the business.
Achieved results: The project is still being implemented- 36 young Roma have passed through the training process and are now writing their business plans.


7. Education for young Roma population for starting business and preparation for self- employment job
Donor: GIZ Macedonia, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Skopje
Target group: The target groups of the project are 60 young women with university diploma at the age of 22 until 35 unemployed in the Southeast, East, West and Southwest region.
Description of activities: The project compromises of delivering trainings for developing business knowledge and soft skills as well as Career Counseling for 60 young women from those regions followed by providing them a chance for internships in local companies that is expected to result with employment.
Achieved results: The project is still being implemented.


8. Filling the competency gaps of administration and leaders of public organizations and learning them how to be “change agents” exploiting the benefits of ICT solutions
Donor: US Embassy in Skopje
Duration: February 2011- December 2011
Target group: 20-30 people working in public administration or management of public sector organizations in 2 groups of 10-15 each, from 2 municipalities in Macedonia to perform their duties more effectively and efficiently.
Description of activities: The main activity of the project were the trainings from the course iExec Public Essentials certified by CISCO Entrepreneurship Institute combined with 2 hour individual consultations per participant. After the trainings the participants are preparing the business plans from which 2 will be awarded.
Achieved results: The project is still being implemented. The trainings were delivered to 30 participants- representatives from 3 municipalities in Skopje- Kisela Voda, Aerodrom and Center. The participants are writing the business cases.

2010

1. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 – Macedonia
Partners: National Center for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning (NCDIEL)
Duration: 15th of November 2009 – 21nd of November 2010
Target group: General public including: universities, governmental and non-governmental sector, international organizations, business sector and all other organizations and institutions that work upon stimulating entrepreneurship in the region
Description of activities: Organization of more than 30 events in 5 towns in Macedonia for the purpose of stimulating entrepreneurial spirit and addressing the general public for the importance of it. Activities: Business plan competition, Trainings, Presentations, round tables, Seminars, Workshops, Forums, Regional conference, Creativity, innovation, Matchmaking event (Business speed dating between young people and students and renowned businessman in the country) http://www.gew.com.mk/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=categories&Itemid=77&lang=en)
Achieved results: Engageing over 2000 young people from all around Macedonia, in entrepreneurship activities, enhancing their business knowledge as well as informing the business and the governmental sector ,about the importance of entrepreneurship, for the development, of the Macedonian economy.


2. Old Skopje Bazzar
Donor: Foundation Opens Society Macedonia
Duration: 01 September 2010- 01 September 2011
Target group: The craftsmen in the Skopje Old Bazaar, the young people that show affinities for the old crafts which used to exist in the Bazaar or still exist there. The businesses that work there also have direct benefit from the portal because of the promotion of their working environment and the possibility of increased frequency of people.
Description of activities: Development of a web portal containing all the information of the Skopje Old Bazaar , the cultural- historic monuments in the Bazaar, the food and beverages typical for the people tat live and work there, tourist information, information for the events and happenings, visual data- photographs, videos etc. The promotion of the portal was on December 25th 2010 on a special event in the GEM Club located in the Bazaar itself, and as a special activity a Photo competition for a best photo inspired by the Old Bazaar. The firs 50 participants won a free training for photography by Prof. Vladimir A. Veljanovski.
Achieved results: The web portal was developed and placed in two domains www.staracarsija.mk and www.skopjeoldbazar.com (for international use). The regular updates, publishing them on Facebook and Twitter profiles, as the promotional activities brought to many visits (about 20 0000 visits). At the photo competition there were 86 young people that participated with 220 photos from which 3 were awarded with camera Canon EOS 459D 18-55 IS, photo printer and voucher in Photo Mite and voucher for printing in Digital Center.


3. Increasing the economic development and competitiveness on permanent basis, higher employability rate, growth of the standard of living and qulity of life
Donor: City of Skopje
Period: September- December 2010
Target group: 30 young ICT educated people
Description of activities: Starting business training in accordance to the programme of CISCO Entrepreneur Institute
Achieved results: Through creation of croups of young ICT engineers for gaining entrepreneurial skills in order to increase the number of ICT entrepreneurs which will start a business of their own, the further development of the information society in Macedonia was supported as well as the improvement of ICT sector of SMEs was maintained.


4. Promotion of entrepreneurship among young women in four regions of the Republic Of Macedonia
Donor: US Embassy in Skopje
Duration: February 2010 – December 2010
Target group: 60-80 young women from four regions of the Republic of Macedonia
Description of activities: trainings for starting a business in six modules, intended for women who like to start their own business
Achieved results: promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit among young women in Macedonia and enriching their business knowledge and skills. Increasing the number of start-up business started by young women. Promotion of the entrepreneurial culture in the country.


5. Responsible youth entrepreneurship: Creating a culture of anti-corruption in the private sector
Donor: European Commssion
Partners: INCEPTUM, Development Center for Entrepreneurship Potentials Ltd., Association of Citizens ‘Independent Bureau for Development’ (IBD) Gradańćac, Initiatives
Duration: 12 months (January 2010 – December 2010)
Target group: The direct target group of the project are the young entrepreneurs in all the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, BiH, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia) who have recently started (or are about to start) their businesses.
Description of activities: To make an effective contribution by civil society in the fight against corruption in the business sector, and in promotion of a culture of ethically responsible youth entrepreneurship.
Achieved results: Civil society in 7 countries is mobilized around the issue of anti-corruption and responsible youth entrepreneurship; effective addressing of the issue of corruption in the private sector and awareness of corruption raised in young entrepreneurs and a culture of responsible youth entrepreneurship promoted.


6. Youth Entrepreneurial Service
Donors: SINTEF and FOSIM
Duration: 2005-2010
Target group: Young entrepreneurs
Description of activities: The Youth Entrepreneurial Service (YES) project seeks to develop a comprehensive system for supporting innovation, job creation and entrepreneurial activities among youth in Macedonia. Organizes business plan competitions, entrepreneurial trainings and incorporates a business incubator, promotion and networking between companies and matchmaking between the Macedonian and Norwegian companies (through the donors network)
Achieved results: 30 new businesses were established in 2 years (2007-2009) and more than 400 people have participated in the entrepreneurial trainings. Additionally, YES runs a network of virtual members of the incubator which obtains 15 companies.

2009

1. Job creation through support to the SME sector
Donor: SPARK
Duration: 12 Months (1 December 2009 – 30 November 2010)
Target group: Young entrepreneurs; young would be entrepreneurs (special focus on women); young unemployed (special focus on women)
Description of activities: Reducing youth unemployment and poverty in Macedonia through promotion of youth entrepreneurship as a direct means for the creation and retention of sustainable new jobs; Provision of subsidies for new employments and trainings with included matchmaking between young people for starting new businesses and their promotion.
Achieved results: Up to 15-20 new business and at least that many job created through 4 business start-up cycles and up to 40 new jobs created in up to 25 youth run companies through wage subsidies.


2. Promotion of entrepreneurship among young women in four regions in the Republic of Macedonia
Donor: US Embassy in Skopje
Duration: 1 September 2009 – 1 June 2010
Target group: Young educated women in the region of East, Southeast, Polog, and Southwest region in Macedonia.
Description of activities: The project consisted of comprehensive course in business startup for young unemployed women from the areas of Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo, and Strumica (divided in 4 groups of 15-20); business plan competition for the course participants; selection of 10-15 best business plans from the business plan competition; mentoring of the selected business plans by experienced business women; award of seed funding up to the amount of USD 500 (maximum possible amount) to cover basic company setup costs (legal, accounting, etc.); free inclusion of the new women led business ventures in the tech assistance and training agenda run at the YES Incubator.
Achieved results: The total number of graduated participants of all the 4 courses through this project is 109. The total number of rewarded business plans through this project is 8. Even though 3 of them canceled the award, the rest 5 were able to register their businesses, and are very much grateful and satisfied that they could realize their ideas into real businesses. The rest of the women, which did not succeed to realize their businesses, and also more women that participated in the trainings will register their businesses in the future, and will look for our help to mentor them again and help them with the process of realizing their ideas.


3. Investment readiness of the hi-tech sector in the South-East Europe countries workshop
Donors: SPARK, SENSI Network, ECAbit network
Duration: September 2009 – December 2009
Target group: Country representatives/officials, donor representatives, SME’s from the hi-tech sector, firms incubated in YES incubator/other Western country’s incubators/SENSI members
Description of activities: Creating awareness about the objective capabilities and objective drawbacks of the high tech/new-technology-based firms under the circumstances in the region leading towards understanding the possibilities for sustainable positioning of the sector on the global market while utilizing access to finance possibilities.
Achieved results: Creation of new businesses, thus positioning the entrepreneurship as a tool for lowering the unemployment rate, in the country.


4. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 – Macedonia
Partners: Agency for promotion of entrepreneurship in Republic of Macedonia (APERM)
Duration: 16th of November 2009 – 22nd of November 2009
Target group: General public including: universities, governmental and non-governmental sector, international organizations, business sector and all other organizations and institutions that work upon stimulating entrepreneurship in the region
Description of activities: Organization of more than 70 events in 10 towns in Macedonia for the purpose of stimulating entrepreneurial spirit and addressing the general public for the importance of it. Activities: Business plan competition, Trainings, Presentations, round tables, Seminars, Workshops, Forums, Regional conferences, Creativity, innovation, Matchmaking event (Business speed dating between young people and students and renowned businessman in the country) http://www.gew.com.mk/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=categories&Itemid=77&lang=en)
Achieved results: Engageing over 4000 young people from all around Macedonia, in entrepreneurship activities, enhancing their business knowledge as well as informing the business and the governmental sector ,about the importance of entrepreneurship, for the development, of the Macedonian economy.


5. Responsible youth entrepreneurship: Fostering a culture of anti-corruption in the private sector
Donor: United Nations Development Programme
Duration: October 2009 – January 2010
Target group: 80 young entrepreneurs, business owners and NGOs
Description of the activities: a survey of businesses run by young people, and potential young entrepreneurs on their perceptions of and attitudes to corruption; three 1-day seminars (combined with press events) in three different towns, for young businesses, NGOs and civil society, and government representatives, on corruption in business, and challenges to responsible entrepreneurship; report on corruption as a challenge for responsible youth entrepreneurship, with recommendations to governments, business, and civil society (to combine results from survey, and additional research); production of training module on responsible youth entrepreneurship, promoted and distributed to interested business incubators and other business development NGOs in the country;
Achieved results: more responsible youth entrepreneurship and NGOs working with young entrepreneurs will be better prepared to address the issue of corruption in the business sector; encouraging the creation of conditions for more responsible youth entrepreneurship as a way for less corrupt businesses and societies;


6. East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program
Donor: SOROS
Partners: BIT Centre, SOROS and the SENSI Network
Duration: February 2009 – November 2009
Target group: Innovation centers, companies clients in innovation centers, local and central government
Description of the activities: Organization of the work of the project partners through mutual communication and kick-off meeting, organization of one regional workshop in Bosnia, collecting data and comparative analysis, organization of thematic conference in Macedonia in order to present the result of the project to the policy makers in the countries and lobbing for support the concept for more affordable business environment; another goal of the conference was to network the business incubators in the region and provide matchmaking of the entrepreneurs and companies functioning within the business incubators network.
Achieved results: Examined and established factors like jobs created by incubators, client companies in incubators and graduated companies, product innovation, number of business and start ups, success rates of incubator firms, and impact on economic development and local community.


7. Analysis of the specific needs for promotion of employment of young people and women on local/ regional level in the four RED programme regions (East, South-East, Polog and South-West)
Donor: German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Programme for Regional Economic Development in Macedonia (GTZ RED)
Duration: April 2009 – October 2009
Target group: Young educated unemployed people, most of whom are women
Description of the activities: Direct programmes for unemployed (skills retraining and job placement programmes, enterprise trainings, subsidies for start up businesses, and internships) and indirect programmes for improvement of the education system and creating new educational institutions (educational centres, Universities and faculties) and facilitation of the access to market
Achieved results: To contribute to clear and concrete distribution of the role and the responsibilities in the public, private and civil sector, but also to more coordinated approach in promotion of employment of young people and women in the Republic of Macedonia. This is the guiding base to define the role of GTZ RED in the regional development and to achieve the indicator 3 of Component 3: “In at least three programme regions, municipalities and Centres for RD use specific tools for the promotion of employment of women and young people.


8. CISCO Entrepreneurship Institute (Trainings for young, unemployed people)
Donor: USAID/MLGA, Municipality of Gazi Baba
Duration: June 15 – December 31 2008
Target group: 60 young, unemployed people from the Municipality of Gazi Baba
Description of the activities: The goal of this project is introducing worldwide known training program developed by Cisco Entrepreneur Institute that aims for teaching local entrepreneurs the skills needed for running a small or medium-sized business successfully. In those terms trainings were held on the following themes: Business potential, Writing a business plan, Importance of using ICT in business, Organization, License, permits and names; Insurance, Location and leasing, Accounting and cash flow, How to finance a business, E-commerce, Buying a business or franchise, Employees, Opening and marketing, Expansion and handling problems, International trade.
Achieved results: Two employees form YES became certificated facilitators for the course starting a business, developed by CISCO Entrepreneur Institute and worked upon development of the methodology and translating and adapting the materials according to the Macedonian legislative and business conditions. The long term goals of the project is increasing knowledge and business capabilities in direction of creating successful businesses for young people, which will lead to decreasing of unemployment rate.


9. Project Title: “Starting a business” module for Roma population
Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Skopje, Roma Business Information Centre (RBIC)
Duration: April 14 - April 22 2009
Target group: A group of 11 young, unemployed people (from 18 to 30 years old) from Roma population, with lack of business knowledge and soft skills
Description of the activities: Developing methodology and concept for business and soft skills training for the purpose of obtaining primary business knowledge, on-site assistance for preparation of business plans, and awarding the three best business plans for the purpose of stimulating creation of start-up businesses among the young Roma population.
Trainings delivered for the following modules: Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship, What does the business plan serves for?, Vision, mission and goals, What actually sells your business plan- executive summary, Market, Marketing and Sales techniques, Management, Human Resources, Trade law and different types of organizations and Finance
Achieved results: Enhanced business knowledge for starting own businesses, developing skills for business plan writing and creativity at working place. The will ultimately lead to increase of the business knowledge and soft skills among the young, unemployed Roma and decreasing the unemployment rate.

2008

1. A computer laboratory for pre-incubation services and courses held in the Incubator
Donors: Western Union, Export and Import Bank (IK Bank) and Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia (FOSIM)
Duration: November 2008 – November 2009,
Target group: Creating a group of 30 young educated people, with excellent business knowledge, as an asset, to provide themselves with jobs or start their own business, easily.
Description of the activities: Creating a state of the art computer laboratory in YES business incubator, for doing business, soft skills and ICT trainings. The trainings are provided for young, potential entrepreneurs for increasing their practical knowledge in starting and growing a business. Trainings on the following themes: Business potential, Writing a business plan, Importance of using ICT in business, Organization, License, permits and names; Insurance, Location and leasing, Accounting and cash flow, How to finance a business, E-commerce, Buying a business or franchise, Employees, Opening and marketing, Expansion and handling problems, International trade. The goal of the project is to teach ICT and other students from technical faculties in creating successful businesses.
Achieved results: Increased knowledge and business capabilities, in direction of creating successful businesses for youngsters, which will ultimately lead to decreasing the unemployment rate and prevention of brain-drain.


2. Youth in Action
Donor: European Commission and Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia
Duration: 1st of December 2008 – 1st of July 2009
Target group: Young people at the from 18 to 25 from the countries of EU and Southeast Europe (Sweden, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Latvia)
Description of the activities: Promotion of entrepreneurship among the youth from the European Union and Southeast Europe through discussing the situation in those countries in terms of youth entrepreneurship and innovative infrastructure and how to improve them; Providing matchmaking for the young entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs form the regions involved, transfer of knowledge and experiences.
Achieved result: Animation of 30 people through different activities: games, open discussions, trainings, forums and blogs. Cultural differences and barriers were overcome for the purpose of promoting entrepreneurship. Dissemination of the results through publishing newsletter and DVD that will send a message for the need of additional programs and efforts for further promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment.


3. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008
Partners: Strengthening Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation Project
Duration: 17th - 23rd of November 2008,
Target group: General public including: universities, governmental and non-governmental sector, international organizations, business sector and all other organizations and institutions that work upon stimulating entrepreneurship in the country
Description of the activities: Organization of more than 40 events in 10 towns in Macedonia for the purpose of stimulating entrepreneurial spirit and addressing the general public for the importance of it. Activities: Business plan competition, Trainings, Presentations, round tables, Seminars, Workshops, Forums, Matchmaking event (Business speed dating between young people and students and renowned businessman in the country) (http://www.gew.com.mk/mk/index.php)
Achieved results: Engaging over 4000 young people all around Macedonia in entrepreneurship and the possibilities for self-employment, enhancing their business knowledge over the trainings as well as informing the business and the governmental sector about the importance of entrepreneurship for the development of the Macedonian economy.


4. Young and business incubation, a chance for better future
Partners: InfoDev, Technology and Business Incubator – Romania, Software Incubation Center Timisoara – Romania, Center for business development and support – Armenia, Foundation of Incubators – Armenia, Fund for applicative research and communication– Bulgaria, Center for starting own business at the Technical Faculty in Bitola – Macedonia, Sharek Youth Forum – Palestine, Business Incubator “Karkov Technologies” – Ukraine, Kipus Fondation – Bolivia, Kulim technological Park– Malaysia, Academic Training Association Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Business Incubator SODBi – Kirgizstan and BIC Nish – Serbia.
Duration: December 2008 – December 2009
Target group: Innovation centers from the InfoDev network from SEE and Central Asia
Description of the activities: creating a database of innovative centers from SEE and Central Asia that aim for stimulating entrepreneurship among the youth, creation of operative team that will collect the experiences from all members in the database, dissemination of the results and feedback in a form of suggestions for better entrepreneurship support as well as electronic dissemination of the results to all InfoDev members.
Achieved results: Creating a database of innovative centers, practices, knowledge and experiences in the area of stimulating entrepreneurship that will be regularly updated I improved for the purpose of becoming a guide for innovative centers for successful stimulating youth entrepreneurship.


5. Program activities for business incubators as part of the Program for development of entrepreneurship, competitiveness and innovativeness of the SMEs in 200
Donor: Ministry of Economy
Duration: 22nd of December 2008 – 22nd of March 2009
Target group: young, well-educated people at the age from 18 to 28
Description of the activities: Stimulating entrepreneurship among the youth and supporting them for starting own business through delivering business knowledge and soft skills training for young, well-educated, unemployed people
Achieved results: YES Business Incubator aims at stimulating local innovative system in Macedonia through strengthening entrepreneurial spirit among the youth and offering them complementary activities that would ease the start up of new ventures


6. CRB/SEEU-YES business incubator
Donor: South East Europe University (SEEU) and Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia (FOSIM)
Duration: 27th February 2008 – 31st December 2008
Target group: Students from SEEU, as well as young people from Tetovo and Gostivar region
Description of the activities: Delivering trainings (Strategy and planning, Leadership skills, Organizational skills, Time management, Export marketing, Sales skills, Presentation skills, Marketing and Project Management) for writing business plan, as well as starting a business incubator at SEEU premises
Achieved results: Help and support of youngsters in realization of their business ideas through the business incubator, as an institution that offers wide range of services for young entrepreneurs in the region of Tetovo and Gostivar

2007

1. Entrepreneurial trainings and business plan writing
Donor: Foundation Open Society Institute Macedonia (FOSIM)
Duration: February 2007 – September 2007
Target group: 120 young, well-educated people
Description of the activities: Trainings: Strategy and planning, Leadership skills, Organizational skills, Time management, Export marketing, Sales skills, Presentation skills, Marketing and Project Management, mentoring for business plan writing, submitting business plan and awarding the best three business plans
Achieved results: Help and support of youngsters in realization of their business ideas through the enhancing their business knowledge and soft skills