ARC FUND

Publications

ARC Fund coordinates, through its subsidiary ARC Consulting, the Enterprise Europe Network for Bulgaria. The Network supports SMEs to improve their positions on the international market. EEN-Bulgaria further advises businesses, research and industry organizations on the Framework Programs of the EU, including the European Innovation Council, facilitates the establishment of international partnerships, enhances the SMEs’ capacity to manage their innovative processes, to transform digital or sustainable, and introduce resilient business models. The target group of EEN-Bulgaria includes SMEs with high potential for growth or development of innovation. The services are open to enterprises from all sectors of economic activity. The portfolio of services includes access to finance, partner search, sustainability consulting, digital transformation, introduction of sustainable business models.

Digitization of small and medium enterprises

In a large-scale European survey, organized and conducted by experts of the Applied Research and Communication Found, regarding the level of digital maturity and the need for innovative training of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises, the main challenges to the introduction of digital technologies were highlighted, among which are: Lack of clear and correctly identified priorities at the European level regarding the real needs of the business; Shortage of highly qualified workforce; Underestimated amount of investments in the construction of “smart” factories; Lack of...

Handbook: ‘DIY vertical garden for urban farming’

Experts, students and volunteers from civic initiatives have developed DIY kits for vertical mini urban gardens under the CityZen urban farming initiative of the Applied Research and Communications Fund, Sofia Development Association and Sofia Green Program. The guide provides an opportunity for anyone with the tools at hand to create a calming space with a visual connection to nature in their home or office. The benefits of urban farming are numerous and go far beyond aestheticizing the surroundings. Gardens contribute to better air quality, reduce noise, save resources and shorten the path...

Innovation.bg 2022

The Innovation.bg report provides an annual assessment of the innovation potential of the Bulgarian economy and the state and development opportunities of the Bulgarian innovation system. It contains recommendations for improving public policy on innovation in Bulgaria and in the EU, drawing on the latest theoretical and empirical research and taking into account the specific economic, political, cultural and institutional framework in which the country’s innovation system develops. The 2022 report Innovation.bg notes that in 2022, the EU will have the highest innovation performance in...

A comprehensive model for building key competences in schools

A methodological guide for developing key skills and competences across the whole school from grades 1 to 12 across the curriculum. Successfully tested during one school year in 90 secondary schools in Sofia. Contains links to additional materials for applying the methodology: 
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Journeys in Design Thinking

A handbook with plans developed (based on the Design Thinking method) for various initiatives and trainings, including youth media projects, peer-to-peer trainings, fundraising events, volunteer initiatives, etc.:
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Youth lead the change

Methodology for training young people as peer educators on the topic of online sexual exploitation prevention:
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Innovation.bg 2021

The Innovation.bg report provides an annual assessment of the innovation potential of the Bulgarian economy and the state and development opportunities of the Bulgarian innovation system. It contains recommendations for improving public policy on innovation in Bulgaria and in the EU, drawing on the latest theoretical and empirical research and taking into account the specific economic, political, cultural and institutional framework in which the country’s innovation system develops. As in its previous editions, Innovation.bg 2021 analyses the state and opportunities for development of the...

ADMA TranS4MErs assists SMEs with new online platform

The Applied Research and Communications Fund presents the new website of the ADMA TranS4MErs project, in which it participates. This is a €5.6 million project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme, based on the work of ADMA, the Advanced Manufacturing Support Centre. The project officially starts on 1 October 2021. It will run for 3 years and will be implemented by a consortium of 38 partners from the 27 Member States of the European Union. Coordinated by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), ADMA TranS4MErs is a European partnership...

Promoting constructive capital in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, the country with the lowest GDP per capita in the European Union (EU), faces a number of unresolved socio-economic challenges after three decades of democratic transition to a market economy. Through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience mechanisms, the country has an unprecedented opportunity to address a number of structural problems through the largest public financing instrument in its history. The Bulgarian government needs to provide the conditions for sustainable change and multiply EU financial resources by attracting additional private sector investment –...

The young people (re)act

A handbook with 13 training modules to develop digital-media literacy, social and leadership skills, teamwork and active citizenship in young people:
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