Thursday, January 21, 2016

InvestHorizon in Belgrade: supporting innovative ideas of SMEs

On December 16th 2015, the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia (CCIS) organized a raising awareness seminar on InvestHorizon, with 82 participants. The goal was to prepare and facilitate access of small and medium-sized enterprises to investing in innovative areas.
The seminar included presentations on the investment readiness, and it took the form of an interactive communication between lecturers and representatives of the SMEs.

Jovan Stanojevic, senior adviser at the Center for European Integration in Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, presented to the participants of the workshop an EU project INVESTHORIZON as well as an SMEInstrument. The main objective of both initiatives are to support thosesmall and medium enterprises, who want to improve their competitiveness by investing in investment skills, research and development activities. The goal, she explained, is to support companies that want to strengthen competitiveness, and encourage innovative ideas.
During the workshop, which took place in the the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Dr. Ljiljana Ćurčić (Educons University - Faculty of Environmental Protection in Novi Sad) analyzed several important topics such as investments in ecology and various opportunities for SMEs. Representatives of KfW Bank, Darko Ivkovic and Kristina Rumke, presented the funding possibilities for SMEs.
Moreover, Olja Munitlak Ivanovic (Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences) explained the aspect of taxes as a function of the investment incentives. Finally, the topic on innovation and competitive advantage for small businesses was introduced by Milivoje Jovanovic, the director of company ENECA from Nis.