For the purposes of the project “Innovation Eco-System in the CBC-area” (INNOV8), as part of the IPA program for pre-accession assistance by the European Commission represented by the Delegation of EU in the Republic of North Macedonia, there was a presentation by PhD Radmil Polenakovik and PhD Borislav Nestoroski about “Capacity Building in SME-s and Start-Ups”. The presentation was held at Innovation hub at the Faculty for Tourism and Hospitality-Ohrid in the presence of representatives of the SME-s, active sport associations and eco-groups and grant applicants from Ohrid and Struga.

A public presentation of the projects submitted to the public call for projects for newly established Start-up and Spin-off companies in the southwest region as part of the "Innovative Eco-System in the Cross-Border Cooperation" project is underway. The selection of the best project proposals will be done by the Evaluation and Selection Committee.


This training was hosted by Mrs. Manuela Meçe, serving as Capacity Building expert and the Intellectual Property expert Mrs. Albana Laknori. Mrs Mece introduced a whole description on “Innovation management”. This one is also the second training module prepared by Mrs. Meçe. 

This training was hosted and leaded by Ms. Manuela Meçe, serving as Capacity Building expert. She introduced a whole description on “Innovation capacities and management”. This one is also the first training module with students, prepared by Mrs. Meçe. It was first training on behalf of this project, with a moderate participation of students from different fields, and two just graduated doctors. 

This meeting has been held at the “Fan S. Noli” University of Korçë premises. Mr. Dume opened the meeting stating sub grant applications as the most significant part of this Project. Mr. Stefanllari emphasized also, focusing in evaluation criterias and three month pilot projects. Moreover he said that evaluation process should strictly follow the approved criterias in sub granting instructions/guidelines. 

The Fund for innovations and technology development officially opened the Innovation Hub, within the Faculty of tourism and hospitality in Ohrid. At the same event, the public call for sub-granting newly established enterprises “start-up” and “spin-of” from the South-West region was officially published. 

Speakers of the event were the Director of the Fund, Mr. Jovan Despotovski and the Rector of the “St. Kliment Ohridski” University – Bitola, prof. dr. Saso Korunovski. 

On this day, at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality in Ohrid, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University “St. Kliment Ohridski “in Ohrid and” Fan S. Noli “University in Korca as a symbol of officially starting the cooperation between universities related to the newly established Innovation Hubs. 

The importance of meeting stood at: 

  • Discussions on the Innovation Hub full operation
  • Sub-Granting and “Calls for Proposals 
  • Setting up the date for MoU signing 

On January 25, 2019 at the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism in Ohrid, a stakeholders meeting was held with the aim of implementing the recommendations from the analysis of the innovation potential in the area and strengthening the communication among the stakeholders. At the meeting, the project results were presented as well as planned activities from which the opening of the Innovation HUB was highlighted. The opportunities offered by the same were promoted in detail for all stakeholders, in particular:

Main purpose: Training staff for innovation hub future well functioning 

The importance of meeting stood at: Staff selection criterias, additional and provisional services