Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Regional Information Center - Ruse, organized conference on "Supporting Innovation and Growth: Discovering New Paths to Funding". The event, which took place on 28.09.2023, brought together representatives of local businesses, including business leaders, managers and specialists looking for financing and support opportunities for their innovative projects and businesses. The conference was part of the project activities "Gazelle – organizing accELaration for high-potential innovative SMEs”, financed under the INTERREG Balkans-Mediterranean program.
Within the framework of the event, the attendees were introduced to the main activities of the Center for Support of Innovative Companies at the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was created under the "Gazelle" project and is part of the newly formed Balkano-Mediterranean network for business support. As part of the program, there was also the presentation of specific opportunities for financing SMEs under the procedures of the "Competitiveness and Innovations in Enterprises", "Human Resources Development" and "Integrated Territorial Investments" programs. The attendees were also introduced to the products and tools to support the innovative development and growth of enterprises, offered by the Bulgarian Development Bank, as well as the opportunities to apply for the program for a sustainable transition to flexible and green enterprises - STAGE.
Milen Dobrev - Executive Director of RTIK, Stella Dionisieva - Expert of European programs and projects at RTIK, Diana Avramova - Manager of Regional Information Center Ruse, Vladimir Petkov - Expert of European programs and projects at BRTPP and Nadezhda Atanasova - Chief expert at Bulgarian Development Bank.
The forum ended with a networking cocktail where the participants had the opportunity to exchange experience and establish new business contacts.
Project GAZELLE is co-financed by the European Union and the national funds of the participating countries.