Business Support Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises

Projects, which have been won and implemented by the Business Support Centre solely or as a Lead partner

  • 2002-2003 EIC Local Cooperation – financed by DG Enterprise of the European Commission, project total 3000 EUR;
  • 2003-2004 EIC Internal Call – Business Opportunities with Enlargement Campaign – financed by DG Enterprise of the European Commission, project total of EIC BG812 8000 EUR;
  • 2005 – National Contact Point for Bulgaria of eMarket Services – the official network of the European Commission for e-commerce and e-marketplaces;
  • 2006 – member of Designing Hub – international network for exchange in the field of industrial design.
  • 2007-2008 – Developing the capacity of environmental NGOs, through transfer of best practices from NGOs in the EU25 Call of EC, Project “Capacity Building for Actions on Environment Development and “Green” Effectiveness (CBAEDGE)”, with coordinator BSC SME and partners The Environment Centre tEC (UK) and Med.O.R.O. Scarl (Italy), project total 44 410 EUR.
  • 2009 – 2012 – CBC Romania-Bulgaria 2007-2013 Programme, project „TourNet – Promotion of Cross-border Networking for Development of a Common Bulgarian-Romanian Tourist Product” with coordinator BSC SME – Ruse and with partners Giurgiu County Council, Association Euroregion “Danubius” – Ruse and Academy of economic studies – Bucharest Territorial University centre - Giurgiu, project total 490 500 EUR.
  • 2012 – currently – Danube Competence Centre call, project “Online Ecotourism Guide” with coordinator the BSC SME and partners the Human Resources Development Agency (HRDA) in Ruse, Bulgaria, the Municipality of Elena, Bulgaria and the Assocation for Ecotourism in Romania (AER), project total EUR 38 680.

Project Partnerships

Projects, implemented by other organization with the partnership of the Business Support Center for SMEs
  • 1997 – project “Start your own business”, implemented by UNDP (United Nations Development Program) in Ruse, Silistra and Razgrad, project total 140 000 DM;
  • 1998-1999 project PHARE „Exhibition Facilities “Danube”, implemented by the Regional Union for Economic Enterprise – Ruse, project total 107 000 EUR;
  • 2000 PHARE ACCESS, project „Organization of group for labour therapy and self-support for patients with chronic mental disorders from Ruse in a workshop for hand-made products”, implemented by Center “Decisions”, project total 35 000 EUR;
  • 2000-2002 PHARE, project “Capacity Building for Accelerating Growth of the SMEs Sector in Bulgaria”; SCR-E/11/0959/D/SV/BG, implemented by PNT, in partnership with BARDA (Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers) and the National Agency for SMEs, project total 2,8 million EUR;
  • 2003-2005 Program MACIP, project “Capacity Building of Bulgarian Municipalities and Associations”, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by VNG International and International Civil Servants Ltd.;
  • 2003-2004 PHARE “Development of Civil Society” Program 2001, project “New Horizons – Model for social and economic integration of unemployed women from rural area in economic decline in the field of alternative agriculture”, implemented by Association for Regional Development of Ruse Region, project total 15 000 EUR;
  • 2004-2005 PHARE CBC project „Found of a Technical Support for Cooperation Between University Business Incubator-Giurgiu and Business Incubator-Russe” for providing of know-how on business incubating to the Romanian partners, implemented by the University Business Incubator – Giurgiu, project total 45 000 EUR;
  • 2002-2004 project of the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA „CANADA/BULGARIA EXPORT MARKETING TRAINING PROJECT”, implemented by BARDA and the Bulgarian Trade Promotion Agency, project total 640 000 USD;
  • 2003-2005 projects Integra and Integra Plus of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for internationalization of the SMEs, implemented by Mondimpresa, Italy, projects total more than 1 million EUR;
  • 2005-2006 – project “Active Measures on the Labour Market” of USAID with a program for optimization of the supply chain.
  • 2007-2009 – CBC Romania-Bulgaria Programme 2007-2013, PHARE CBC 2005, project “Cross-border Business Centre Danubius”, with coordinator Giurgiu County Council and partner BSC SME - Ruse, project total 389 925 EUR.
  • 2008-2009 – CBC Romania-Bulgaria Programme 2007-2013, PHARE CBC 2006, Project “Business Development – Foundation For Regional Development”, with lead organization Giurgiu County Council and partners BSC SME - Ruse and Giurgiu County Association for SMEs (PJIMM) Giurgiu, project total 113 710 EUR.
  • 2008-2009 –Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo Da Vinci – project “European Design Training Incubator” with coordinator design innovation - Belgium and partners from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, France, and UK, project total 663 311 EUR.
  • 2009 - 2011 – CIP “Intelligent Energy”, project “Regional Clusters for Energy Planning – RegCEP” with coordinator Shannon Development Ireland and partners from Bulgaria, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, UK, Estonia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Italy, project total 1164 887 EUR.
  • 2009 - 2011– FP7 Programme – REGIONS – 2009-1 Regions of knowledge, project “Biomass mobilization – BIOMOB” with coordinator Shannon Development – Ireland and partners from Ireland, Hungary, Denmark and Bulgaria (also Ruse Municipality and Ruse University), project total 1 010 449 EUR.
  • 2011 – 2013 – CBC Romania-Bulgaria Programme 2007-2013, Project “Ecologic Cross-Border Operations For A Business Integrated Zone – ECO BIZ” with coordinator Giurgiu County Council, Romania and partners BSC SME – Ruse (BG), Ruse University (BG), The Research -Development National Institute for Textile and Leather – Bucharest (RO) and Fundulea National Research- Development Institute (RO), project total 1.413.998,09 EUR.
  • 2011 – 2013 – CBC Romania-Bulgaria Programme 2007-2013, Project “Integrated systems of monitoring and controlling wastewater, the quality and security of textile products commercialized in Romania and Bulgaria - ENVICONTEH” with coordinator The Research Development National Institute for Textile and Leather, INCDTP, Romania and partners BSC SME – Ruse (BG), The Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BG) and Academy Of Economic Studies Bucharest Territorial University Center Giurgiu (RO), project total 722 280.51 EUR.
  • 2011 – currently – CBC Romania-Bulgaria Programme 2007-2013, Project “Common Strategy for the Sustainable Territorial Development of the Cross-border Area Romania-Bulgaria” with coordinator The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (RO) and partners Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (BG), Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry (RO), EUROPROJECT (RO), National Administration for Land Reclamation (RO), District administration – Pleven (BG), Human Resources Development Agency Ruse (BG), BSC SME – Ruse (BG), Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration – Ecoregions (BG), Bulgarian Association For Alternative Tourism (BG), Veliko Tarnovo Municipality (BG), Association of Danube River Municipalities “Danube” (BG), project total 6 895 380.98 EUR.
  • 2012 – currently - DG Enterprise and Industry call, project “REDI – when regions support entrepreneurs and designers to innovate” with coordinator APCI (Agence pour la Promotion de la Cration Industrielle), Paris (FR) and partners BSC SME – Ruse (BG), CCIB (Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Bretagne-ARIST), Rennes (FR), DZNRW (Design Zentrum NordRhein-Westfalen) Essen (DE) and LUT (Lappeenranta University of Technology-Lahti Living Lab) Lappeenranta, (FI), project total EUR 999829,71.
  • 2012 – currently - South East Europe Programme, project “AGRO-START - Transnational network for SME support in the animal breeding and horticulture sector” with coordinator National Federation of Labour Union for Agriculture, Food, Tobacco and Related Areas and Services (RO) and partners BSC SME – Ruse (BG), The Regional Development Agency of the South – East Development Region (RO), Centre for Research and Technology - Thessaly - Institute of Technology and Management of Agricultural Ecosystems (GR), Bulgarian Economic Forum (BG), Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia, Regional federation of farmers Puglia (IT), E.R.F.C. (European Regional Framework Co-operation) (GR), University of Molise (IT), Molise Region - Presidency - Regional advocacy, legal and juridical affairs and institutional relations (IT), Livestock Entrepreneurs Association of Albania and Federation of the Farmers in the Republic of Macedonia (FFRM), project total EUR 1 713 000.
  • 2013 - currently - Call for Proposals ENT/CIP/12/D/N04S00, Specific Action "To promote eco-design by SME manufacturers", project "DanubePIE - Product Innovation through Eco-design in the Danube region" with coordinator Steinbeis Europa Zentrum (DE) and partners BSC SME – Ruse (BG), Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Timisoara, RO), Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HU), Technology Park Varaždin (HR), and University of Novi Sad (RS), project total EUR 830~155.