Lead partner country:

PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Science and expirience for business

Lead PartnerRzeszow Regional Development Agency (Poland)

Partnership Lviv Regional Center for Investment and Development (Ukraine)
Malopolska Institute of Economy in Rzeszow (Poland)
Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (Belarus)

Total budget262 921,43 €

Programme Contribution236 629,29 €

Duration18 months

Measure1.1. Better conditions for entrepreneurship

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.01.00-18-151/10

The idea of the project was to activate SME entrepreneurs in the Polish border regions, Ukraine and Belarus to cooperate through the dissemination of knowledge about the conditions of doing business and creating platforms for the exchange of experiences and networking. 450 businesses and 30 business environment institutions from Grodno and Lviv Oblasts and Krosno - Przemyśl sub-region received direct support. After the end of the project, business support programme in the border areas is continued by www.cooperation-pl-by-ua.eu portal, whose administrator is Rzeszów Regional Development Agency. It includes a separate area for cross-border cooperation, where interested companies post their business portfolios and offers. The institutions supporting the companies from the SME sector - higher education institutions, associations, local governments and non-governmental organisations can also benefit from the programme. As part of the project, Malopolska Institute of Economics in Rzeszów was responsible for investigating the current situation and the needs for development of entrepreneurship in three regions covered by the project. 300 enterprises (100 in each region) were surveyed. The results and conclusions were compiled by experts in the document entitled ‘The analysis of the potential of entrepreneurship in three regions,' published in 900 copies in the partners' languages.

The second major publication, which constitutes a permanent result of the project, is ‘Practical guide for the development of entrepreneurship'. It includes such issues as: building promotional-informational strategy of the company, development of innovativeness and competitiveness or the use of modern information technology in the development of the company. The CD containing information about the conditions of doing business in Ukraine, Belarus and Poland has been attached to the guide. The institution responsible for implementation and progress of the project was Lviv Centre for Investment and Development. A fruitful part of the project very well evaluated by the entrepreneurs was training seminars organised for the companies in the SME sector. Their organisation was entrusted to Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. They were devoted to deepening the knowledge about doing business in the cross-border market and identifying the real benefits of international cooperation. The presentations focused on marketing and trade competencies, innovation and competitiveness development management of the companies, customs and visa policies of the European Union and the protection of intellectual property. Three specialised seminars designed for business environment institutions involved the management of cross-border entrepreneurship. Liaison with business partners was introduced by three cooperation exchanges, organised in each of the regions and attended by 97 people. The project has created a basis for further development of entrepreneurship in the border regions, which, in the long run, will result in increase in their economic competitiveness as well as raise the standard of living of the community.



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