Smart Cross-border Entrepreneurship Accelerator
|Project Number – MIS
|1 - A Competitive and Innovative Cross-Border Area
|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)
|6th CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS
|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
|Apr 13, 2021
|Jul 12, 2023
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.