Smart Cross-border Entrepreneurship Accelerator
|Project Number – MIS||5070057|
|Priority axis||1 - A Competitive and Innovative Cross-Border Area|
|Investment priorities||3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators|
066. Advanced support services for SMEs and groups of SMEs (including management, marketing and design services)
|Call||6th CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS|
|Lead Beneficiary||CHAMBER OF EVROS|
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BULGARIA
ASSOCIATION BUSINESS INFORMATION AND CONSULTING CENTRE - SANDANSKI
Technology and Human Resources Institute (IATAP)
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (YET) N.G.O
|Start Date||Apr 13, 2021|
|End Date||Apr 12, 2023|
|ERDF Contribution||454.396,53 €|
|National Contribution||80.187,62 €|
1) Scoping the SEA - a preparatory stage for content development of a sound training and mentoring programme considering regional specifics.
2) Building the SEA - Investment and equipment supply to set up the Accelerator’s regional offices - the Start-up Hubs and Co-working Spaces in Evros and Blagoevgrad.
3) Piloting the SEA - implementing a full pilot acceleration cycle for the project beneficiaries. It follows the phase-gate model that goes through a 4-level process of streamline and selection of the most promising business ideas. Level 1, Pre-acceleration, is a series of trainings on business canvas run in parallel in BG and GR. Level 2 is individual mentorship to a selected number of level 1 trainees and mixed teams of entrepreneurs-to-be, allowing for deeper scoping of their business ideas. Level 3 delivers a series of Bootcamps with 2-day tailored trainings to a mixed pool of trainees from BG and GR, with mixed expertise mobilised from across the border. The bootcamps go deep into a wide spectrum of business aspects and entrepreneurship allowing for the participants to acquire new skills and knowledge. In Level 4 the finalists (individual or teamed entrepreneurs) are empowered to pitch before potential partners and investors. The 20 most prospective business ideas will participate in a pitching competition to be organised in the framework of the Final Conference and a Brokerage event.
The project is to result in: A fully operational SEAccelerator; Raised awareness of the regional ecosystem and stakeholders on a wide scale; 120 participants in the pre-acceleration phase; 30 business ideas by approx. 60 potential entrepreneurs (individuals & teams) delivered training, mentoring, coaching; 20 mature business ideas exiting the Accelerator on the verge of setting up new businesses, opening new jobs;
The SEA is to be a pioneer accelerator for new businesses in the entire CB area. The Start-Hub and Co-working Space are as well the premier in the Blagoevgrad region. Sustaining the Accelerator and ensuring its operation beyond project life as a single accelerator servicing the entire CB area is perceived as the project ultimate success.