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Innovation Hub Ohrid Grand Opening Ceremony - Official announcement Call for Sub Grants

Date: June 7th, 2019 

Venue: Innovation Hub Ohrid 

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Services 

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. 

Director of the Fund mentioned that this sub-granting call aims to contribute to a balanced regional development and support for young people from the region. 

"Our goal is to bring FITD programs closer to the young people from the southwest region and to encourage them to develop innovative ideas and convert them into their own businesses. This is part of our overall effort to influence the negative trend of brain drains and keep the young home. Also, with such programs, we want to decentralize FITD programs and contribute to balanced regional development. This is a pilot project funded by the EU, "Despotovski said, stressing the importance of such support from the Union. He added that he expects great interest in the call and a lot of quality projects.

The Rector, prof. dr. Korunovski emphasized that such projects are important and contribute to the development of cross-border cooperation and exchange of ideas and knowledge. 

“This space is opened for anyone who has a good idea, and we are here to help the in their realization. This space should become a gathering place for young people who will develop their ideas here. Investing in innovation and knowledge is crucial for the progress of any country”, Korunovski said. 

The sub-granting call is intended for newly established enterprises “start-up” and “spin-of” from the Southwest region, which includes the following municipalities: Centar Zupa, Debar, Debarca, Kicevo, Makedonski Brod, Ohrid, Plasnica, Struga and Vevcani. 

The call was announced on 07.06.2019 in two newspapers, one in Macedonian and one in Albanian language and on the web site of the Fund. The deadline for applying is 23.07.2019 until 23:59 by www.fitr.mk/innov8, where all information related to the call are available. 

The main topic of discussion of the working group that was held on the same day, were the details of the sub-granting call, i.e:

  • What kind of project are supported;
  • The available funds;
  • Who can apply;
  • Acceptable activities for funding;
  • Acceptable and unacceptable expenditures;
  • The selection and evaluation process;
  • How to apply; and 
  • Additional information.