[Video] Benefits of the EIT Manufacturing eco system and the success story of the Smart Learning Factory – Skopje

We want to thank everyone that participated in todays online event: “Benefits of the EIT Manufacturing eco system and the success story of the Smart Learning Factory – Skopje“.
Huge thanks to the speakers Niki KousiBojan Jovanoski and Panagiotis STAVROPOULOS that shared their experience as well as future opportunities.
Current open calls that Dr. Niki Kousi presented include:
✅Evolution of RIS Innovations ➡ https://lnkd.in/eK3C8Ums
✅Teaching Factory Competition ➡ https://lnkd.in/eG5jNwMt
Our CEO and host of the event, Aleksandar Stamboliev, MSc presented the role of BAU Accelerator as EIT RIS Hubs National Secretary for North Macedonia.
Replay the session:

Event: Benefits of the EIT Manufacturing eco system and the success story of the Smart Learning Factory – Skopje

Dear representatives of the Macedonian industry,

We have a special honor and pleasure to invite you to the event: THE BENEFITS OF EIT MANUFACTURING ECO SYSTEM AND THE SUCCESS STORY OF THE SMART LEARNING FACTORY – SKOPJE, where we will present the possibilities of EIT Manufacturing funding opportunities towards the development of innovative products and services by the Macedonian companies.

The event will be held online at the following LINK  on July 26, 2023 (12:00-13:00).
Working language: English


Dr. Niki Kousi: EIT Manufacturing and CLC South East Europe

EIT Manufacturing CLC South East, called CLC South East, is at the heart of the EIT Manufacturing community in South-East Europe. The team of the Athens-based innovation hub seeks to stimulate the regional manufacturing ecosystem by strengthening and creating cross-national synergies among the different manufacturing actors. The latter include start-ups, scale-ups, manufacturing companies, solution providers, small and mid-sized companies (SMEs), universities, and research institutes.

Aleksandar Stamboliev MSc: EIT Community RIS Hubs National Secretary for North Macedonia

The newly opened center in N. Macedonia (EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia) represents all EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities and will focus on attracting and engaging as many Macedonian participants as possible in EIT activities. The RIS Hub and the National Secretary Aleksandar Stamboliev will provide innovators with a centralized source of information on all services and opportunities provided by the entire EIT community.

Dr. Bojan Jovanoski: Success Story about Smart Learning Factory – Skopje

The Smart Learning Factory – Skopje is located at the UKIM Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and is the only learning factory in the region focusing on Lean and Industry 4.0 topics. Its goal is to create a physical simulation environment for learning production concepts where practitioners and students can upgrade their skills and learn new concepts. With its currently hardware modules, it presents a scaled-down didactic environment for hybrid learning, training and research. The lab is open for any company and research institution that wants to learn and experiment with the most modern technologies.

Dr. Panagiotis Stavropoulos: Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation – Patras

LABORATORY FOR MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS & AUTOMATION (LMS) is focused on research and development in cutting edge scientific and technological fields and its based in University of Patras, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics. LMS is involved in a number of research projects funded by the CEU and European industrial partners. Particular emphasis is given to the co-operation with the European industry as well as with a number of “hi-tech” firms.

European institute for innovation and technology (EIT) is an independent EU body that increases Europe’s innovation potential by supporting new ideas and nurturing entrepreneurial talent. EIT supports dynamic pan-European partnerships, EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (EIT KIC), among leading companies, research labs and universities. Together with their leading partners, the EIT Community offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across Europe: entrepreneurial education courses, business creation and acceleration services and innovation driven research projects.

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce the launch of its first joint hub in North Macedonia set to take regional innovation to the next level and provide local entrepreneurs, innovators and learners with innovation support!

The EIT Community will boost innovation in the Western Balkans region by opening the first joint regional hub in Skopje, North Macedonia. By connecting regional actors, innovators, and partners to Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, the new EIT Community RIS Hub – the first of its kind, will strengthen cooperation among leading business, education and research organizations while increasing the region’s competitiveness and sustainable economic growth. The new Hub is part of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) programme designed to tackle Europe’s persistent innovation divide.

The new hub is being launched today at the Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation in Skopje, North Macedonia, with local stakeholders and distinguished guests.
Fatimir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs said: ‘Given their expertise and presence across Europe, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology is uniquely positioned to support us in increasing our innovation capacities and creating stronger synergies among regional partners. I look forward to seeing new ground-breaking technologies emerge and new opportunities for entrepreneurs in North Macedonia.’

Nektarios Tavernarakis, Chair of the EIT Governing Board added: ‘We are delighted to open the EIT Community’s first joint hub in North Macedonia. Because of the region’s talent pool and economic strengths, particularly in smart agriculture, and information and communications technologies, the Western Balkans is an important region for the EIT Community. We aim to increase access to EIT opportunities through the new hub and to strengthen the innovation capacity of North Macedonia. We anticipate many success stories to be born here and scale towards the European market.’

The newly opened hub in North Macedonia will represent all the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and focus on attracting and engaging an increasing number of Macedonian participants into EIT Community activities. The hub will provide innovators with a centralized source of information on all services and opportunities provided by the entire EIT Community, both locally and more widely. Additionally, it will spearhead the EIT Community’s engagement with local authorities, including providing policy support and expertise as required.

At today’s opening of the Center in Skopje, Marton Herczeg, Head of the Innovation Ecosystem Unit, EIT, explained that the EIT unites a huge network of about 2000 companies, 1000 higher education and research institutions and 300 cities, regions, and non-governmental organizations, through training new generations of entrepreneurs, developing innovative products and services and strengthening start-ups and scale-ups. According to the data presented, in North Macedonia during 2021-2022, 800,000 euros were invested within the framework of the EIT grant, 5 ventures were created and supported, and more than 1,300 participants were engaged in EIT educational activities and trainings.

The Rector of the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje, Prof. Dr. Nikola Jankulovski referred to the Smart Specialization Strategy of North Macedonia, which is in the finalization phase and should provide a modern approach to economic development, especially in Smart Agriculture and Food Processing with high added value, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, Industry 4.0, and Sustainable Materials and Smart Buildings. “We are ready to put our whole capacity at disposal for the implementation of this Strategy and to contribute, not only with our scientific and research potentials, but to also contribute to a wider social context. In that respect, we have already made serious steps for the development of study programs and research infrastructure that would contribute to the development of national capacity in the implementation of the Strategy”, Jankulovski said.

As the state aims to increase economic growth, it is important to develop competitiveness in its private sector through knowledge and innovation, and smart specialization should create a skilled workforce capable of innovation and generating higher income and economic value, said Orce Simov, vice president of the Union of Chambers of Commerce of Macedonia. “We hope that in the upcoming period, the EIT will accelerate and increase the number of innovations through its activities, thus ensuring greater added value, competitiveness, and profitability for companies in Macedonia. We expect that cooperation between business entities, educational institutions, research institutes, and organizations will be strengthened to achieve the goals. We expect a quick adjustment of the necessary legislative regulations to the newly emerging global conditions”, said Simov.

The EIT has appointed Mr. Aleksandar Stamboliev as a National Secretary to lead the operations of the new hub. He brings over 20 years of experience in the start-up and technology field, and is currently the CEO of BAU Accelerator, committed to helping technology start-ups scale globally.

The launch of today’s hub North Macedonia is the first of such regional hubs to open with more planned in the next three years to provide the EIT Community with a strengthened on-the-ground presence across the whole of Europe. Stay tuned for the EIT Community Day event happening in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 14 June, where the EIT will announce the calls for establishing similar innovation hubs in Cyprus, Malta, Montenegro and Ukraine. All interested organisations are encouraged to apply to shape the EIT Community RIS Hubs in their respective regions.

InfraBooster: BAU Accelerator hosts EIT representatives in Skopje

It was our pleasure this week to host EIT representatives and the official launch of EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) Community flagship programme aimed at Western Balkans: The InfraBooster, designed for institutions with research infrastructure.

This is the next step in EIT Community support for the region that has already received over €4.55M.

Big thanks to the speakers for making all this possible with sharing valuable insights and knowledge about EIT Community possibilities, and to all participants from the academic community which are in-charge for the R&D laboratories across UKIM and other Universities:

  • Our CEO & EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in N. Macedonia, Aleksandar Stamboliev, MSc, moderator.
  • Luke Incorvaja (EIT), Innovation Officer at EIT.
  • Marta Kaczmarek (EIT xKIC SRI, EIT Health) EIT Strategic Regional Innovations.
  • Adam Strzelecki (EIT Food) EIT Western Balkans activities.
  • Emilija Fidancevska (Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy-UKIM, S3 coordinator for Sustainable materials and Smart Buildings), EIT National Contact Point.
  • Aleksandra Martinovska-Stojcheska (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food- UKIM), S3 coordinator for Smart agriculture and food processing with high added value and
  • Krzysztof Klincewicz (University of Warsaw, EIT Food), EIT Infrabooster.


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is dedicated to bridging the innovation gap and fostering entrepreneurship in regions where the pace of innovation is still gaining momentum. Through its efforts, the EIT aims to unleash the hidden potential and value of European research infrastructures, while also supporting the Western Balkans, including North Macedonia, in their journey towards innovation excellence.

In 2021-2022, the EIT demonstrated its commitment to the Western Balkans by establishing four EIT offices in the region and granting €4.55 million to support various initiatives. This investment has yielded impressive results, with the creation and support of 75 EIT ventures in the Western Balkans. Additionally, over 8,000 participants from the region have benefited from EIT education and training programs, further enhancing their skills and knowledge.

While acknowledging the progress made, the EIT recognizes that there is still untapped potential waiting to be realized. As a result, the organization has pledged to prioritize its engagement with the Western Balkans, particularly by supporting the innovation capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). To date, 19 HEIs in the Western Balkans have received EIT support, paving the way for increased collaboration and the development of innovative solutions.


EIT InfraBooster program

One of the key initiatives driving innovation and collaboration is the EIT InfraBooster program. This program focuses on effectively utilizing publicly funded research infrastructures owned by universities and research institutes. By providing a modular training program for representatives of scientific organizations, the EIT aims to enhance their capacity to design infrastructure-based services that cater to the needs of private sector companies and startups. The program also aims to leverage the existing assets, including commercially-relevant research infrastructures, the skills of research teams, and their knowledge. The goal is to bring academia and industry closer together, fostering collaboration, international exposure, and increased innovativeness within institutions. Additionally, the program offers opportunities for these organizations to establish new sources of revenue.

The EIT promotes various pathways for universities and research institutes to commercialize their innovations. These pathways include technology transfer, where existing research and development (R&D) results are licensed or sold; startups and spinoffs, which involve creating new ventures based on existing R&D results; and access to research infrastructures, which encompasses activities such as renting, access fees, joint projects, and consulting. Through these pathways, universities and research institutes can monetize their intellectual property, drive economic growth, and contribute to societal progress.

With its steadfast commitment to fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurship, the EIT is playing a vital role in unlocking the full potential of research infrastructures in Europe and accelerating the development of the Western Balkans as a thriving hub of innovation. By providing funding, resources, and training, the EIT is empowering institutions, researchers, and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into tangible solutions that benefit society and drive economic prosperity.


BAU presents EIT opportunities aligned with Smart Specialization Strategy

Last week, our CEO & EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in N. Macedonia, MSc. Aleksandar Stamboliev was part of the final Smart Specialization Strategy workshop.

Stamboliev presented the EIT opportunities for cooperation which are aligned with Smart Specialization Strategy and BAU Accelerator was an integral part of the Smart Specialization Strategy process since the start of the project.



North Macedonia has set its sights on fostering green and sustainable growth by embedding knowledge, innovation, and technology in the creation of high-value added products and services that can compete both domestically and on the international stage. Through its Smart Specialization Strategy (S3), the country aims to harness the power of various sectors to drive economic development and ensure a sustainable future.

The S3 vision for North Macedonia encompasses several key areas, including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Industry 4.0, Smart Agriculture and Food, Sustainable Materials and Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency, and Tourism. These domains have been identified as crucial for achieving sustainable growth and staying competitive in the global market.

In the ICT sector, North Macedonia is transitioning from outsourcing to the export of innovative products and services, making it a driving force in the digitalization of society. By embracing Industry 4.0 principles, the country aims to develop a smart and sustainable industry that is integrated into global value chains. This integration will not only enhance competitiveness but also contribute to the growth of green technologies and practices.

Smart agriculture and Food are seen as key areas for North Macedonia to unlock higher value-added opportunities. The strategy focuses on promoting collaboration and partnerships across the entire agricultural value chain, including businesses, research institutions, and policymakers. The aim is to develop diverse, high-quality, and innovative food products tailored to both domestic and export markets. This involves investing in research, education, and training to foster a knowledge-based agri-food sector and ensure the sustainable use of resources through innovative solutions.

Another critical domain is Sustainable materials and Smart buildings, which aims to foster green growth through knowledge transfer, circular economy practices, innovative materials, and smart building technologies. The strategy emphasizes the importance of building strong partnerships, modernizing the education system to support innovation and entrepreneurship, and strengthening scientific excellence. Furthermore, companies are encouraged to adopt environmentally sustainable business models, while the use of recycling, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources is actively promoted in the business environment.

To achieve these objectives, North Macedonia recognizes the need to develop human capital and skills for innovation, as well as for green and digital transformation within the S3 domains. The strategy also emphasizes the importance of the green and digital transformation of both society and businesses, ensuring continuous dialogue and collaboration to drive progress.

By aligning its efforts with the Smart Specialization Strategy, North Macedonia aims to position itself as a hub for innovation and sustainable development. The country recognizes the potential of these sectors to drive economic growth, create job opportunities, and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. With a focus on collaboration, knowledge transfer, and embracing new technologies, North Macedonia is poised to pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future.

EIT Food: RIS Straight2Market Call

As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Food call!

👉 EIT Food is looking for startups, scale-ups and small or medium size organizations participate in EIT Food “RIS Straight to Market (RIS S2M)” programme.
👉 The RIS Straight to Market is coordinated by EIT Food South and seeks connect retailers with small and medium-sized companies, startups and scale-ups, to bring to mainstream markets and supermarkets food products that are new or highly improved at a nutritional/sustainable level.
👉 The goal of the programme is to address EU policy priorities through R&I, and increasing the number of consumers using products developed with the support of EIT Food to personalize or change diet in line with relevant Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Europe, by bringing to mainstream markets and supermarkets food products that are new or highly improved at a nutritional/sustainable level, in alignment with EIT Food’s Impact Framework regarding new food products
Find out more at: https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/ris-straight2market-2

Deadline: 31.05.2023

1st EIT Manufacturing Call 2024 for Innovation proposals

As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Manufacturing call and North Macedonia citizens are eligible to apply!
📢 It’s time to submit your innovation proposals as the 1st Call for Proposals is now open!👉 https://lnkd.in/eDdb39VR
We are looking for #innovation proposals in the following topics:
👨‍💻 Optimizing production processes and increasing resources efficiency through digital solutions
👨‍🌾 Socially sustainable and human-centric manufacturing
♻️ Environmentally sustainable manufacturing through circular business models and new technologies
🔔 Winning EIT Manufacturing yearly Call can boost your professional profile and open up new opportunities for growth and development. Discover how from yesterday’s info day recordings & slides: https://lnkd.in/eDdb39VR
Deadline: 19.06.2023

Top Female Founders Summer School

As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Health call and North Macedonia citizens are eligible to apply!
🤔 Are you a female student or future entrepreneur with an innovative idea to tackle healthcare challenges? If you have a background in engineering, medicine, business or life science and want to level up your skills to excel in healthcare, then Top Female Founders Summer School is the right program is for you!
👉 Blending online learning with onsite training in Vienna, Austria, EIT Health program has been designed with insights from accomplished female founders and addresses the unique obstacles encountered by women entrepreneurs.
✅ Receive mentoring from industry experts in big pharma, academia and healthcare as you learn to identify healthcare needs, build a dynamic team, create a business model, and pitch your ideas like a pro.
Sign up and make your healthcare vision a reality!
Deadline: 01.06.2023

Open Innovation Call for Central-Eastern Europe

Attention innovators! As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Food call and North Macedonia citizens are eligible to apply!

EIT Food is accelerating innovation to create positive change in the food system. RIS Central and Eastern Europe CEE have an open innovation call, looking to tackle the significant issues of the agri-food supply chain in the CEE region, namely:
✅ pressure on the supply chain,
✅ low investment in intellectual property,
✅ lack of intra- and inter- sectoral cooperation and need for investment in sustainability.
👉 We seek activities that are implemented by consortia, that will bridge different sectors and enhance intersectoral collaborations; which can be applied universally and significantly impact the food supply chain within selected industry/industries. We are in search of innovations encompassing open standards, protocols, tools, and technologies to promote collaboration and the potential for innovative solutions. We prefer to support solutions with open access; however, it is not obligatory and last, but not least, solutions that will put new products on the market, introduce new and improved commercial processes and services.

Find out more at: https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/ris-central-and-eastern-europe-cee-open-innovation-call

Deadline: 05.06.2023