EIT FOOD STARTAUP AWARENESS & NETWORKING EVENT

Seize the Opportunity to Upgrade Your Agri-Food Startup

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We invite you to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event taking place on December 4th and 5th, 2023. The event is tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage agri-food startups, students from the Agricultural Faculty or Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, and individuals passionate about agri-food innovation.

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The event is a initiative by EIT Food, designed to equip entrepreneurial talents and early-stage agri-food startups with the skills and knowledge needed for effective participation in new venture creation and growth.

 

 

Topics Covered

  1. Entrepreneurship: Identifying, developing, and acting upon entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Leadership: Enhancing leadership skills for responsible management practices.
  3. Technology Management: Utilizing emerging technologies in innovation processes.
  4. Data Management: Harnessing digital tools for data access, management, analysis, and interpretation.

 

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The event offers invaluable 1:1 mentorship with national and international experts. Additionally, a networking session with prominent agri-food companies provides a platform for learning, experience exchange, and business development. Download the AGENDA for more details and REGISTER.

 

 

 

 

Date and Venue

Mark your calendar for December 4th and 5th, 2023, and join us at Netaville in Skopje. See Map

Don’t Miss Out on This Opportunity

If your goals align with this event’s objectives, seize the chance to elevate your agri-food innovation journey. REGISTER by filling out the form. The registrations will close on 18.11.2023 at 12:00

 

Who Can Participate EIT Food looks for 60 startups in the agri-food sector to help acceleration

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, part of a startup, an individual with a groundbreaking idea, a student, or an enthusiast passionate about agri-food innovation – this event is crafted for you! We are excited to welcome a diverse range of participants to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event in Skopje. A maximum of 25 participants will be selected, secure the opportunity to be selected by completing  registration process before the deadline.

 

 

Connect with Industry Leaders

Professionals, mentors, and stakeholders will share their insights during the event. Check out the AGENDA to plan your participation and REGISTER.

 

Meet the speakers

Our distinguished speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the forefront of our event. Get ready to be inspired by industry leaders, professionals, and visionaries who are at the forefront of agri-food innovation.

Explore the profiles below to get a sneak peek into the expertise and passion that will make our event an enriching experience.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Vladimir Trajkovik, Ph.D

  • LinkedIn: Vladimir Trajkovik
  • Vladimir Trajkovik is a professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Republic of N. Macedonia. Professor Trajkovik’s professional interests focus on ICT-based Collaboration Systems, Education, and Connected Health. He has more than 400 publications in reputable journals and international conferences. Additionally, he is a co-founder or partner in four ICT companies, has provided management consultancy to five ICT companies, and has been a mentor for nine ICT companies. He is one of the founders of NGOs: ICT-ACT and DIG-ED. Vladimir Trajkovik has organized or participated as an invited lecturer, mentor, or judge in more than 60 events related to the promotion of novel ICT services, digital education, and entrepreneurship in the last 5 years.

Prof. Aleksandra Martinovska-Stojcheska, Ph.D

  • LinkedIn: Aleksandra Martinovska-Stojcheska
  • Aleksandra Martinovska Stojcheska is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and currently Head of the Institute of Agricultural Economics at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. Her research interests are in the area of agri-food economic and technical performance, behavior in decision-making and strategic choices, economic aspects of climate change, policy, and sustainable food systems. She is a member of the National Council for Higher Education and Research; National IPARD Monitoring Committee; National Liaison to the European Association of Agricultural Economics; and coordinator of the EDP Smart Specialisation Strategy domain on Smart agriculture and food with higher added value.

Mr. Nikola Ognenovski, MBA

  • LinkedIn: Nikola Ognenovski
  • Nikola Ognenovski is the Business Accelerator UKIM’s energetic portfolio manager, passionate about fostering entrepreneurship in Macedonia by offering founders, startups, and scale-ups mentoring, access to customized acceleration programs, international markets, and business networks, knowledge, and global market entry opportunities. He has experience in building a B2B portfolio of telco core and digital services based on changed customer behavior and new technologies. Nikola challenges the status quo through providing creative solutions enabling company growth and the best customer experience. He has a long-time practice in managing and developing telecom regulatory strategy, focusing on creative actions and solutions within the defined regulatory framework. Nikola has professional expertise in regulatory compliance, telecommunications, price positioning, costing methodologies, product development, and market analysis. He is an economist with an extensive background, operating in many companies subject to acquisitions or restructuring from Macedonia and the region, covering operational and financial due diligence and proposing recommendations in the best customer’s interest.

Prof. Ivan Chorbev, Ph.D

  • Ivan Chorbev is a Full Professor and Head of the Software Engineering Department at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at UKIM. His main interests and activities include Software engineering, Machine learning, ERP systems, Student information systems, Learning management systems, Assistive technologies, eHealth. He served 7 years for two terms as dean of the faculty as a legal entity with 4000 students and 100 employees. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors in the Business Accelerator UKIM representing the major shareholder – the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM). He also serves as a project and startup evaluator for the Fund for Innovation and Technological Development of North Macedonia and the Fund for Innovation of Serbia. He also works as an expert consultant for the analysis and development of ICT systems, Software Information Systems, ERP systems in banks, parliaments, corporations, and industries, etc.

Mr. Filip Petrovski, M.IS

  • LinkedIn: Filip Petrovski
  • Filip Petrovski is the co-founder and CEO of Data Masters and a faculty assistant at the Nova Information Management School in Lisbon. His main focus is the applicability of analytics in business processes, Self-Service business intelligence, and simplifying the adoption processes of analytics projects in organizations. Filip has many years of experience in all phases of the life cycle of a Data Science project, starting from business analysis, all the way to production and adoption of the project.

Meet the mentors

These mentors are the backbone of our event, bringing a diverse range of expertise and experience to the table. From seasoned entrepreneurs to industry veterans, our mentors are here to guide and inspire you on your agri-food innovation journey. Explore their profiles below to discover the wealth of knowledge they bring and the unique perspectives that will make your mentoring experience truly enriching. Get ready to connect, learn, and grow with the invaluable support of our esteemed mentors.

 

 

Giorgos Papapostolou, MSc

  • LinkedIn: George Papapostolou
  • George Papapostolou is an Economist and Project Manager in Foodscale Hub. As a Project Manager, he has worked extensively on projects specializing in bridging the gap between academia and the business sector, with a focus on Horizon and regional cooperation. He has served as a Financial Officer in the JS of the GR-MK IPA CBC Programme, gaining extensive experience in the implementation of European-funded projects and in evaluation and audit processes. As a private consultant, he has worked extensively in securing funds for innovation-driven SMEs.

Prof. Jana Klopchevska, PhD

  • LinkedIn: Jana Klopchevska
  • Jana Klopchevska is an associate professor at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, UKIM, with expertise in food technology, biotechnology, and chemical engineering. She’s a leader in research and development, specializing in project proposals and implementation for both national and EU initiatives. With a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maribor, Jana has 14 years of consulting experience in the food and pharma industries, focusing on biowaste transformation. She plays a key role in projects like “Skopje’s New Biotech Lab” and “Food and New Technologies.” Jana is a multilingual professional, fluent in research, project management, and innovation in the food industry. She is also a certified trainer for HACCP and ISO 17025 lab accreditation.

Aleksandar Stamboliev, MSc

  • Linkedin: Aleksandar Stamboliev
  • Aleksandar is passionate about driving interdisciplinary change and embracing innovative approaches in business, knowledge management, and capacity building. Committed to fostering economic cohesion and facilitating social dialogue to fuel accelerated growth. With over 20 years of experience in the startup and technology field, Aleksandar serves as the CEO and Co-founder of BAU Accelerator, dedicated to helping technology startups scale globally. He also holds the role of EIT National Secretary in North Macedonia.

Nikola Ognenovski, MBA

  • LinkedIn: Nikola Ognenovski
  • Nikola Ognenovski is the Business Accelerator UKIM’s energetic portfolio manager, passionate about fostering entrepreneurship in Macedonia by offering founders, startups, and scale-ups mentoring, access to customized acceleration programs, international markets, and business networks, knowledge, and global market entry opportunities. He has experience in building a B2B portfolio of telco core and digital services based on changed customer behavior and new technologies. Nikola challenges the status quo through providing creative solutions enabling company growth and the best customer experience. He has a long-time practice in managing and developing telecom regulatory strategy, focusing on creative actions and solutions within the defined regulatory framework. Nikola has professional expertise in regulatory compliance, telecommunications, price positioning, costing methodologies, product development, and market analysis. He is an economist with an extensive background, operating in many companies subject to acquisitions or restructuring from Macedonia and the region, covering operational and financial due diligence and proposing recommendations in the best customer’s interest.

Sasho Risteski

Sasho Risteski started his professional career back in 1996 while since 2000 he is a co-owner and project manager at MCG, an independent consulting company composed of professionals who specialize in Agribusiness  marketing and management; trade and promotion; food chain management and training. In the last 20 years working as agribusiness consultant, he was involved in development, implementation and management of various projects in the areas of agribusiness development, strategic planning, export marketing planning, regional and international cooperation, export competitiveness, etc.  During this period he has been contracted by many donor agencies, institutions and projects (UNDP, World bank, SIPPO, USAID, GIZ, SIDA, CIDA, EAR, FAO) and worked with numerous professional regional and western consultants.  Ha also supplemented his academic background with additional practical work and courses at: Wye College, UK (1996); in Iowa, USA (1998); in Germany (2001); Greece and Bulgaria (2004); Germany (2006); and California, USA, (2013). Mr. Risteski has also suported Macedonian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors – MAP since its establishment – firstly as a consultant on behalf of GTZ PSP project and later (from 2004) as a professional contracted by the Managing Bard of MAP. His current role and responsibilities at MAP include: Capacity development and institutional strengthening, lobbying, strategic planning, sub sector analysis and strategy development, deployment of contract farming, export marketing assistance etc.  As a result of this initiatives MAP has become a socio economic partner of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the RNM. During the last 3-4 years Mr. Risteski has been very active in the region, working in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. At present, he is involed as Western Balkan F&V Sector Expert under USAID Economic Development, Governance and Enterprise Growth (EDGE) Project. He was also involved in the development of the Nation Smart Specialization Strategy (as part of a team supported by the World Bank), is member of the national Agriculture and Rural Development Council (under the auspices of MAFWE) and full time member of IPARD monitoring comitee.

 

Meet the panelists

From industry trends to innovative solutions, our panelists are ready to share their perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue that will shape the future of agri-food innovation. Explore their profiles below to get acquainted with the diverse and influential voices that will make our panels an enlightening experience. Get ready to join the conversation and gain valuable insights from our esteemed panelists.

 

 

 

 

Prof. Jana Klopchevska, PhD

  • LinkedIn: Jana Klopchevska
  • Jana Klopchevska is an associate professor at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, UKIM, with expertise in food technology, biotechnology, and chemical engineering. She’s a leader in research and development, specializing in project proposals and implementation for both national and EU initiatives. With a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maribor, Jana has 14 years of consulting experience in the food and pharma industries, focusing on biowaste transformation. She plays a key role in projects like “Skopje’s New Biotech Lab” and “Food and New Technologies.” Jana is a multilingual professional, fluent in research, project management, and innovation in the food industry. She is also a certified trainer for HACCP and ISO 17025 lab accreditation.

 

Giorgos Papapostolou, MSc

  • LinkedIn: George Papapostolou
  • George Papapostolou is an Economist and Project Manager in Foodscale Hub. As a Project Manager, he has worked extensively on projects specializing in bridging the gap between academia and the business sector, with a focus on Horizon and regional cooperation. He has served as a Financial Officer in the JS of the GR-MK IPA CBC Programme, gaining extensive experience in the implementation of European-funded projects and in evaluation and audit processes. As a private consultant, he has worked extensively in securing funds for innovation-driven SMEs.

Sasho Risteski

Sasho Risteski started his professional career back in 1996 while since 2000 he is a co-owner and project manager at MCG, an independent consulting company composed of professionals who specialize in Agribusiness  marketing and management; trade and promotion; food chain management and training. In the last 20 years working as agribusiness consultant, he was involved in development, implementation and management of various projects in the areas of agribusiness development, strategic planning, export marketing planning, regional and international cooperation, export competitiveness, etc.  During this period he has been contracted by many donor agencies, institutions and projects (UNDP, World bank, SIPPO, USAID, GIZ, SIDA, CIDA, EAR, FAO) and worked with numerous professional regional and western consultants.  Ha also supplemented his academic background with additional practical work and courses at: Wye College, UK (1996); in Iowa, USA (1998); in Germany (2001); Greece and Bulgaria (2004); Germany (2006); and California, USA, (2013). Mr. Risteski has also suported Macedonian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors – MAP since its establishment – firstly as a consultant on behalf of GTZ PSP project and later (from 2004) as a professional contracted by the Managing Bard of MAP. His current role and responsibilities at MAP include: Capacity development and institutional strengthening, lobbying, strategic planning, sub sector analysis and strategy development, deployment of contract farming, export marketing assistance etc.  As a result of this initiatives MAP has become a socio economic partner of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the RNM. During the last 3-4 years Mr. Risteski has been very active in the region, working in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. At present, he is involed as Western Balkan F&V Sector Expert under USAID Economic Development, Governance and Enterprise Growth (EDGE) Project. He was also involved in the development of the Nation Smart Specialization Strategy (as part of a team supported by the World Bank), is member of the national Agriculture and Rural Development Council (under the auspices of MAFWE) and full time member of IPARD monitoring comitee.