The research of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

The research of the World Economic Forum ( WEF ) shows great results achieved in the development of competitiveness in the area of information – communication technologies in the country. The 46th place out of 142 countries in the world is impressive result and an acknowledgment of our country , but also a great responsibility to the times ahead of us try to make a move toward the top of the charts . In the field of application the Government of Montenegro occupies 53rd place, where the importance of ICT to the vision of the Government projects highlights excellent rating – 24th place. Montenegro is in 70th place in terms of the application of ICT in the business sector , despite being assessed as a good environment for business and innovation 38th . This research points to the fact that Montenegro is one of the leaders in the region in terms of competitiveness in the field of ICT . http://www.vijesti.me/vijesti/drustvo‎/ 

TAM and BAS Programme in Albania

The TurnAround Management (TAM) and Business Advisory Services (BAS) Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are complementary technical assistance programmes that combine direct assistance at the enterprise level to viable micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) across a broad range of industry sectors. TAM – The TurnAround Management (TAM) Programme aims at building strong, competent enterprise management and restructuring through the transfer of international best practice in small and medium sized enterprises These managerial and structural changes within SMEs should be achieved through training activities and the provision of international advisers in TAM projects lasting usually 18 months. Since its start in 2008 the TAM Programme Albania has completed 18 projects in a wide variety of sectors and industries.

EVAL-INNO project

Schermata 2014-05-06 alle 12.35.28Final conference of the project, Strengthening competence in evaluation research, technological development and innovation in the region of Southeast Europe (EVAL-INNO), aims to establish standards for the evaluation of research and innovation, as well as the training of professionals in the field. Transparent and effective standards for the evaluation are the same for the entire region, and that is an important criterion for the quality of research and innovation, which is particularly important in attracting investment. It is particularly singled out the importance of the document which provides information on the purpose and characteristics of evaluation in the field of science, technology and innovation policy- Printing guide standards for evaluation http://www.southeasteurope.net/

ITU 2014 figures

On may 5th ITU (UN agency) released figures related Tlc worldwide: by end 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Fifty-five per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world. The Tlc market is changing:
  • fixed-telephone penetration has been declining for the past five years. By end 2014, there will be about 100 million fewer fixed-telephone subscriptions than in 2009.
  • mobile-phones subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014, and 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region. BUT the market is approaching saturation levels, mobile-cellular growth rates have reached their lowest-ever level (2.6% globally).
  • mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by CIS (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacific (23%) and Africa (19%).
  • By end 2014, fixed-broadband penetration will have reached almost 10 per cent globally. 44% subscriptions are in Asia and the Pacific, 25% are in Europe.
  • Internet access is approaching saturation levels in developed countries. By end 2014, 44 per cent of the world’s households will have Internet access. Close to one-third (31%) of households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78 per cent in developed countries.
  • By end 2014, the number of Internet users globally will have reached almost 3 billion. Two-thirds of the world’s Internet users are from the developing world. This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 per cent globally, 78 per cent in developed countries and 32 per cent in developing countries.
The latest ITU statistics are available at www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/statistics  

Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)

CEED is a scientific and research institution founded to foster economic development through entrepreneurship. The mission of the Center is that through its programs, projects and efforts promote and effectively implement the idea of ​​free markets in Montenegro, entrepreneurship, to strengthen the role of private property in an open and democratic society and the rule of law. For more than fifteen years of its existence, CEED has participated in important programs and projects, which have resulted in the improvement of the business environment in Montenegro and policy-making on the basis of objective and accurate analysis.

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. http://www.bsckragujevac.rs/

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.
http://www.cqcounter.com/

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. http://www.bsckragujevac.rs/projects/

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:

www.regione.marche.it anna.torelli@regione.marche.it