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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.

Ventsislav Slavkov: Our goal is to create a new sanitary standard for disinfection in the conditions of COVID-19

Dr. Eng. Ventsislav Slavkov is the founder and manager of the Bulgarian-German company for specialized systems for industrial production automation “SPESIMA” Ltd. The company is the winner of the Innovative Enterprise of the Year 2018 contest in the Market Leadership category. SPESIMA has created a disinfection booth that can be used in the fight against COVID 19, as well as in industries with high hygiene requirements, in hospitals and in public places and institutions. “The aim of the booth was to create a new sanitation standard for disinfecting people and objects in the...

The state is abdicating its function of supporting innovative businesses, warn experts from the Applied Research and Communications Fund

Daniela Chonkova, Head of the Innovation and Business Support Programme of the Applied Research and Communications Fund, National Coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network – Bulgaria, and Prof. Theodora Georgieva, senior expert at the programme, presented their point of view on the announced termination of the procedures “Stimulation of innovation implementation by existing enterprises” and “Establishment and development of Regional Innovation Centres (RIC)” under OP “Innovation and Competitiveness”. They warn that the withdrawal of public resources...

Success Stories of Bulgarian Innovative Companies, Winners of the Excellence in Innovation Label

We share achievements and interesting projects of companies, finalists and winners, in the Innovative Enterprise of the Year Contest and winners of the Excellence in Innovation label of the Applied Research and Communications Fund. We believe that in this way we create a community where businesses find like-minded people and support. Let us know about your successes so we can share!  Contact: maya.tsaneva(at)online(dot)bg Bulgarian company offers free telemedicine technology for online communication with doctors and between medical professionals “Naicoms, a Bulgarian start-up that won...

International experts explore innovation and business models in urban farming in Bulgaria

Seven regional authorities, research institutes and a business support organisation from 5 European countries are coming together to explore local urban farming initiatives at home and in Europe, to exchange best practices and to propose measures and plans for the sustainable development of this activity. CityZen is an initiative of the Applied Research and Communications Fund and six other international partners, and is funded by the INTERREG EUROPE Interregional Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. CityZen aims to strike a balance between good agricultural traditions and new technologies so...

Innovation.bg 2019

The Innovation.bg report provides an annual assessment of the innovation potential of the Bulgarian economy in Europe and of the status and opportunities of the Bulgarian innovation system. It makes 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 within which the country’s innovation system is developing. The leading theme of Innovation.bg 2019 is the European science and innovation policy in the next...

From digital competence to digital citizenship

Second edition: a methodological guide for developing digital-media literacy, containing 11 thematic interactive lessons based on the curriculum content for grades 1-4:
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Meeting of finalists and winners in the Innovative Enterprise of the Year Contest

On 4 October at Puzl Coworking, representatives of five companies from different economic sectors and social entrepreneurship took part in a meeting with the team of the “Innovative Enterprise of the Year” contest. The founders of Avtoikonom, Biomyc, Volontime, Comrade Cooperative, Microweber, Makeis and Micar 21 found potential partners and customers in each other and shared their successes over the years after participating in the initiative. They were unanimous that participation in the competition and the award under the patronage of the President of Bulgaria, as well as the...

IP Helpdesk’s EU and International Trademark (Madrid System) Topic Charts – now in Bulgarian

EU Trademark and International Trademark (Madrid System) – IP Helpdesk’s thematic diagrams have been specially translated and adapted for Bulgarian users and partners of ARC Consulting and Applied Research and Communications Fund. The materials briefly present the signs that can be registered as trademarks and the rights deriving from the registration, the possible options for filing an EU trademark application and the necessary conditions for using the Madrid system for international trademark registration. The advantages of the two systems and the possible interaction between...

Labour Inspectorate helps micro and small enterprises with interactive practical tools for online risk assessment

Thirty-three interactive online risk assessment tools covering different economic activities have been developed by the Executive Agency “General Labour Inspectorate” (GIL) to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the country. With these tools, employers can carry out a quality risk assessment themselves, at their own expense. The tools can also be used for training and coaching. They are available on the website of the project under which they have been developed, “Prevention for Safety and Health at Work”, funded by the Human Resources Development...