CIIM’s Interreg: I3 Entrepreneurial Training in Skopje, FYROM

Friday 25th January 2019, marked the end of the second successful workshop for CIIM’s Interreg: i3 project “i3 – Education for ideas, inventions and innovations for entrepreneurship”.

The second of a total of five trainings took place in Skopje, FYROM, organised by our project Lead Partner, The Center of Knowledge Management. 10 trainees from each of the project partner’s countries joined specialised entrepreneurial training, geared towards a different theme in each country. The project aims to promote territorial development and cooperation by the establishment of a model for entrepreneurial training and transfer of knowledge for young entrepreneurs.

The workshop opened with speeches by Mr. Suhejl Fazli, the Minister of Local Self-Government, followed by Ms. Anita Nikova, Director of the Chamber of Commerce (MASIT), and Dr. Andrijana Bogdanovska, the Director of the Centre for Knowledge Management. They outlined the state of the “IT” sector in FYROM, and emphasized the need for sustainable innovations in this theme, within FYROM, and the whole Balkan-Mediterranean region.

For the next three days, the trainees would undergo specific training including; Business-model-creation, value proposition, budgeting and planning, state of the “IT” sector. The 50 trainees from the partner countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, FYROM, & Greece) were divided into five teams that represent all of the countries in each. Sector professionals then mentored the teams in applying innovative approaches and tools to “IT” themed business ideas, that were created by the teams. The workshop ended with awards for “Most Innovative Idea”, “Best Business Model”, “Best Value Proposition”, and “Best Presentation”. After which, all of the teams were treated to a night of traditional cuisine and music by our FYROMian partner, the Center of Knowledge Management team, where all the participants celebrated the completion of a successful workshop. The Cyprus delegation was led by CIIM’s i3 Project-Coordinator, Dr. George Guirgis.

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Besides the valuable tailored knowledge gained through the workshop, the trainees also met a vast network of like-minded individuals and entrepreneurs, as well as experiencing a new cultural involvement in a different country. CIIM- Cyprus International Institute of Management always strives to build bridges and opportunities for our graduates and the whole Cypriot community, which was the reason we ventured in joining this project, and will be looking forward to observing the finale of these efforts through the success of all the participants.

“This workshop has introduced the innovative mindset as well as hands-on training in entrepreneurship. As a participant, I have gained confidence, and have also acquired the necessary skills to build startups that can solve real-life situations.”

Andreas Zelos, i3 Trainee from Cyprus

“I3 was a great experience. It gave us the opportunity to obtain new knowledge,  meet new people with different ideas, habits and way of thinking. Additionally, it helped the creation of new friendships and new partnerships”

George Pippos, CIIM MBA Student

For more information about the project, and applying to upcoming workshops please follow the link by clicking the button below.