The launch of the project “RE-thinking MICROcredit as a tool to support SMEs and boost LOCAL economies” – REMICRO LOCAL was marked by the opening event held by KEPA as lead partner of the project, on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Alexandria Innovation Zone in Thessaloniki.

 

In the event, the participants had the opportunity to be informed about the goals and expected results of the project by Mrs. Despina Kabouridou, EU funded projects Coordinator of KEPA, for the upcoming project actions with emphasis on regional Unit of  Serres by Mrs. Vasiliki Bitsiou, External Collaborator of the Chamber Urban Development Company of Serres  (EPANESER), partner of the project but also to be informed about the training programs of the project in Greece by Mr. Konstantinos Papachatzis, Director of Human Resources of the company Consulting Business “ANADIKSI” and a certified trainer of business executives, who is an external collaborator of KEPA.

The project aims to develop cross-border cooperation between project partners in Greece and Bulgaria, who will exchange good practices and work together to address the issue of empowering existing and new businesses in the cross-border area with particular emphasis on productive sectors that have been recognized as the most dynamic in the region, such as Agro-nutrition, Renewable Energy Sources, Waste Management, Tourism etc.

The educational activities of the project focus on the cultivation of professional, mild, technological and green skills for small businesses and people with an interest in entrepreneurship and will be “activated” within the next year. The project implementation areas concern the Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Serres, Kavala and Komotini for Greece and the Regional Units Smolyan and Haskovo for Bulgaria.

Among the actions that will be developed by the project partners, are:

  1. a) Business education actions (Masterclasses & workshops)
  2. b) Business support actions (personalized support – mentoring / coaching, networking events, B2B meetings, etc.)
  3. c) Business support tools (Blockchain-based credit scoring application, e-matching platform)
  4. d) “Doing Business” – info points for start-ups and start-ups (information on the start-up / operation procedures of a business, available sources of funding, etc.)

The Project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national funds of the countries participating in the Interreg V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme.