Business Start-up Center Kragujevac

BSC Kragujevac is a non-profit organisation whose field of action is local economic development. BSC Kragujevac has become a recognizable brand, a trusted organisation, with distinctive expertise in the field of entrepreneurship development, human capital in Serbia and competitiveness of human resources, i.e. the economy in the environment. The core of the organisation is made of professional, dedicated and reliable team of four employees, volunteers and a network of experienced local and regional experts. Projects, activities and BSC services are predominantly focused on:
  • informal education in the field of business and entrepreneurial skills,
  • providing consultant services in business, human resources development, small and medium companies development and
  • providing financial support to young people who want to start their own business or to develop the existing one (microcredit line)
With consulting services, it supported over 150 companies and young entrepreneur men and women. Over 300 newly work positions have been opened due to the BSC overall support for the last 5 years.

Business Start- Up Center at the University of Tuzla

Business Start- Up Center at the University of Tuzla, aims to promote and develop the idea of entrepreneurship at undergraduate and postgraduate studies and the ones who graduated on University of Tuzla. Center provides students with training in business planning through training and consulting, and business consulting services designed to assist students and graduates to design and develop ideas based on knowledge and start their own business . University within its existing laboratories to incubate for innovative business ideas that are based on knowledge acquired during their studies . The Centre provides support to young entrepreneurs for the development of small businesses by helping them to find office space in one of the regional incubation centers and information on market lines of credit that financial institutions provide for the development of entrepreneurship.

Office of Business center Cetinje

A key objective of the Local Business Center was providing institutional support for entrepreneurship. In June 2011., between the agreement of the Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises an the Capital Cetinje, Office Business Center Cetinje formally became organ of local government. Office now provides free support to all entities interested in business registration , and existing entrepreneurs on the territory of Cetinje. The operation of the Business Center Cetinje is related to the free support to farmers . Among the activities mentioned authority of the city administration, it include  the following tasks:
  • Analysis of the current situation of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Provide advice to citizens on the occasion of the structure and business registration.
  • Providing information on legislation.
  • Business plans.
  • Preparation of investment projects.
  • Feasibility studies .
  • Making development projects .
  • Making special studies to order.
  • Statistical monitoring of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Royal Capital of Cetinje.
  • Help in marketing , Management, organization, mediation between SMEs and consulting agencies, and other relevant and practical information.
  • Business correspondence , translation , logistics and other support.
  • Research development potential of Cetinje.
  • Making contact with foreign investors.
  • Participation in the formation of business incubators.
  • Preparation of training programs for entrepreneurs in specific areas.
  • Informing citizens and entrepreneurs in the field of energy efficiency.
  • Informing citizens about credit lines and access to banks.

Cross border youth entrepreneurship

Project name: Cross-border youth entrepreneurship Location: Central Serbia Donor : EU, Cross-border Serbia-Montenegro cooperation programme Holder, partners: Regional Agency for spatial and economic development of raski and moravicki region and Regional Development Agency “Bjelasica Komovi Prokletije” Berane, in partnership with Business Innovation Programs  Belgrade, Business Start-up Centre Kragujevac, and the Head Office for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises Podgorica. Amount: 154.798 eur Duration: 24.07.2012-25.07.2013 Goals: To contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in border regions by strengthening  the ties among young people.

NEXT events in the framework of INNOV-ACTORS – Agenda

Save the date: 5, 6, 7 of June, Civitanova Marche (Italy) 

AGENDAMarche Region is organizing the event ‘INNOV-ATTORI: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’. The event will be a place where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies.

The event, which targets local organizations, enterprises and Universities also coming from foreign countries involved in International Cooperation projects with the Marche Region, will be organized in plenary sessions, thematic workshops and B2B meetings. The focus will be on the role that innovation plays in terms of enterprises’ development. start-ups creation and public administration efficiency.

In this framework, several events focused on NEXT project have been planned:

  • Thursday the 5th: NEXT workshop – Start ups: how to gain investors – from 4 to 6 pm
  • Friday the 6th : NEXT workshop – Finance for Innovation: strategy and tools from the European programming perdio 2014 -2020 – from 10 to 12
  • First NEXT match making event: Business Speed Dating – from 10 to 13
  • Interview recording for the INNOVATION SMART PEOPLE GALLERY – from 10 to 17

Please be aware that interpretation Italian English is foreseen for the following events:

Thursday the 5th : Plenary session form 10 to 12:30 Workshop: Innovation voucher –form 15 to 17 NEXT workshop – Start ups: how to gain investors – from 4 to 6 pm Friday the 6th : Plenary sessions –form 10 to 12:30 and form 16 to 18 NEXT workshop – Finance for Innovation: strategy and tools from the European programming period 2014 -2020 – from 10 to 12 Workshop The opportunities for SMEs in Horizon 2020 – form 15 to 16.

For further information:

COSME, for supporting Sme


Period of implementation: 2014-2020

Total programme budget: EUR 2.30 billion in current prices

LinkCOSME pdfEC COSME website

The programme for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME)’s aim is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the Union’s enterprises, including in the tourism sector, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, and promote the creation and growth of SMEs.


  • Improve the framework conditions to make for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises including in the tourism sector
  • Encouraging an entrepreneurial culture and promoting the creation and growth of SMEs.
  • Improving access to finance for SMEs in the form of equity and debt
  • Improving access to markets inside the Union and globally

Supported activities

  • Specific objective No 1: Actions to improve the framework conditions for the competitiveness and sustainability of Union enterprises (384.4 million EUR)
  • Specific objective No 2: Actions to promote entrepreneurship (86.8 million EUR)
  • Specific objective No 3: Actions to improve access to finance for SMEs (1.4 billion EUR)
  • Specific objective No 4: Actions to improve access to markets (535, 6 million EUR)

SME Instrument


Period of implementation: 2014-2020 Total Programme Budget: 2.8 billion € Link:

Horizon 2020 is supporting Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a new dedicated SME instrument. SMEs can form collaborations according to their needs, including for subcontracting research and development work to apply for funding and support. In total, more than € 2.8 billion will be allocated for the SME instrument from 2014 to 2020, at least 7% of the total budget of the Societal Challenges and Leading and Enabling Technologies (LEIT) blocks of Horizon2020.


The aim of the SME Instrument is to fill the gaps in funding for early-stage, Research and Innovation SMEs and accelerating the exploitation of innovations. Projects will be selected through a bottom-up approach within a given societal challenge or enabling technology of  H2020. They must be of clear interest and benefit to SMEs and have a clear European dimension.

Citek in MED Programme

Marche Region (department of Internationalization) is a LP of the CITEK project, approved in the capitalization call for proposals and financed by the MED programme. This project is capitalizing the outputs developed from the previous projects of the MED Programme and from other EU Programmes such as Central Europe, Atlantic Programme, IVc etc. The Zadar County as a CITEK project partner is organizing, in collaboration with the Marche Region – dept. Internationalization, the first project mainstreaming event in Zadar – 8th May 2014 at the premises of Impact center. The event will introduce and treat the topics related to the new Partnership Agreement of Republic of Croatia, also in relation to the future territorial cooperation programs and their connection to the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region – EUSAIR. The purpose of the debates and discussions is to enable the identification of the priorities of the Republic of Croatia in relation to innovation and its connection with the new Strategy EUSAIR, as well as the identification of potential synergies towards financing among the priorities identified by the Italian regions involved in the implementation EUSAIR and Croatian territory, as well as possibly of the other territories that are participating to the Macroregional strategy

Banja Luka Start up Centre

BanjaBenefits of startup entrepreneurship, among other things,are:
  • speed to market,
  • stimulating the state’s economy,
  • business success and profit.
Successful startup companies typically have exponential growth. Therefore, if a company is not in the short term success recorded, the investment in it is minimal. Startup Entrepreneurship is one of the special form of lifestyle as these entrepreneurs are innovative and creative business people interested in different things. Accurate data on the number of startup companies in BiH does not exist, but these are considered those that operate within the IT and ICT sector. Official statistics on the success of these companies also do not exist, but according to international research, about 10 percent of the startup ideas experiencing success in the classical sense. Innovation Centre Banja Luka has signed agreements with four new start-up companies, from which Interfob Consulting and Technology SW enters into business incubator, a Smart Speed ​​Bump and Luke Sol in the preincubation phase. Two teams that have entered the stage of preincubation, are available for six months free use of the facilities and services of the Innovation Centre to develop their products to the expiry of this period to register and turn right at start up company. The idea is that small and medium-sized businesses offer legitimate software, which is free, and performs all existing tasks. Here more infos: zdravko@startbih.infowww.e/

The Regional Innovation Strategy of Vojvodina

The Regional Innovation Strategy of the AP of Vojvodina, North-East region of Romania and the region of Weser Ems, Germany were discussed at this workshop. The workshop is specific because such type of workshop was held for the first time in a country outside the EU; its aim was to bring together international experts at one place who will contribute to the panel discussion on the reviewed RIS documents. The BSC Centre and the University of Novi Sad, as well as representatives of Vojvodina, hosted the experts from Germany, Austria, Sweden, Great Britain, Hungary, Spain, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. National experts from the University of Belgrade and Novi Sad, as well as experts from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development took active participation in the work. The Regional Innovation Strategy of the AP of Vojvodina (RIS APV) was created as a result of the implementation of the INTERRIS IPA Cross-Border Co-operation Hungary – Serbia project, financed by the EU funds.