Agro and tourism business academy - SME support system

Acronym

Agro Business Academy
Project Number – MIS 5073427
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
Intervention fields 066. Advanced support services for SMEs and groups of SMEs (including management, marketing and design services)
Call 6th CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS
Lead Beneficiary EUROINTEGRA ASSOCIATION
Beneficiaries AGRIENTREPRENEURSHIP / ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΗ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΜΑΤΙΚΟΤΗΤΑ AGRIENTREPRENEURSHIP ΑΣΤΙΚΗ ΜΗ ΚΕΡΔΟΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑ
ASSOCIATION PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN BULGARIA
Start Date Jun 16, 2021
End Date Jun 15, 2023
Budget 503.838,25 €
ERDF Contribution 428.262,51 €
National Contribution 75.575,74 €
Addressing the common challenges, the project develops an innovative approach, based on the international achievements and business trends for providing a system to support SMEs. The Agro-Tourism Business Academy will develop and provide vocational tutorials and video trainings for entrepreneurs and employees; two experimental fields will provide seedlings to the agricultural producers; mobile App for alternative tourism, as a new a solution, will map the targeted entrepreneurs, will expand the opportunity for market realization of regional product and services and will boost the alternative tourist visits; Web portal will provide digitalized materials and scientific know-how to facilitate the business administrative efforts of SMEs. The Academy will continue to provide consultations and trainings after the project end.
The project contributes positively to the improvement of entrepreneurial climate through the following Business Benefits:
• Increasing the competitiveness of the local and international market by presenting exceptional products of exceptional varieties that have their own history and terroir. Exclusivity of flavors and aromas sought after by consumers of premium goods. Exclusivity in a given production area leads to exclusivity in the economic result.
• Entering new markets, expanding production, increasing production capacity. 
• Diversification of the entrepreneurs’ products and services, which will strengthen their competitiveness  
• Adding additional economic value in terms of acquiring know-how, knowledge and new practices in wine production and wine tourism.
• Adding additional economic value to the land and increasing its cost.
• Bio-wine tourism opportunities.
• Development of new business niche – bio and agro tourism, bio wine tourism.
• Increased skills and knowledge to the human capital in HORECA and tourism business.
The Agro Business Academy scope is also to allow the wine producers to enter new markets, expand and increase production capacity. Diversification of the entrepreneurs’ products and services, which will strengthen their competitiveness. Agro Business Academy also aims at adding additional economic value in terms of acquiring know-how, knowledge and new practices in wine production and wine tourism, adding additional economic value to the land and increasing its cost, increase bio-wine tourism opportunities, develop new business niche – bio and agro tourism, bio wine tourism and finally increase skills and knowledge to the human capital in HORECA and tourism business.

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