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  • Title: Business Innovation Programs
    Descriptive info: .. BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAMS.. Business development through training, trade, quality and micro credit programs.. Home.. Contact us.. About BIP.. Cross Borders.. Bosnia Herzogovina.. Iraq.. Kosovo.. Montenegro.. Serbia.. Norway.. Archives.. Focus Areas.. Bosnia Herzegovina.. Irrini.. Headlines:.. Last updated: October 1, 2014.. The first generation of BIP Mentor Trainers in Iraq are ready to take responsibility for Business Startup trainings and the follow up of existing businesses established through the program in their regions.. Read more.. Minister for Labor Social Affairs Dr.. Nassar Alrobay opened the Graduation Ceremony for the second phase of BIP local trainers in Baghdad on January 5th.. Minister for Youth & Sport Jasim M.. Jaffer opened the Graduation Ceremony for 81 BIP local trainers in Baghdad.. 403 potential entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzogovina, mainly unemployed youths and women have been trained and have developed their own business plans with an aim to starting their own businesses.. This year's 7th Cross Borders Summer Camp was attended by a grand total of 71 participants from 4 countries that took part in the workshops and other activities that were organized.. For the second year running, in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth Sport, Business Innovation Programs conducted a new Business Plan Development course  ...   with great regret we have to announce that on July 2nd Jon Steinar Østgård died peacefully at the age of 69½ in hospital in Norway surrounded by his family after valiantly trying to fight lung cancer that was first diagnosed in January.. Condolences have already poured in from all around the world expressing fond memories of a phenomenal man.. Although he was a good fighter he liked to keep in the background and worked tirelessly and unselfishly.. With his fair, friendly and encouraging demeanor he was popular and successful in his never-ending quest to create change by helping develop people of all ages and from all walks-of-life to build up their talents, skills and independence.. Through his friendly, pragmatic and systematic approach he contributed directly to help achieve long term, sustainable growth in countless numbers of small businesses, and in entire regions in a long list of countries.. Jon Steinar leaves behind a huge legacy.. He will be missed and not forgotten.. ^.. Tel.. 0047-91633440.. Local Contacts.. BiH Homepage.. Iraq Facebook.. Serbia Facebook.. Business Innovation Programs · P.. O.. Box 613 · N-1522 Norway.. : +47 916.. 33.. 440 · E-mail: · Internet: www.. bips.. no.. Registered no.. : NO 980 601 714..

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  • Title: Business Innovation Programs
    Descriptive info: About BIP:.. Business Innovation Programs (BIP) is a non-profit foundation whose objective is to contribute to the establishment of jobs and facilitate the development of expertise in the field of economic development as an effective means of building or rebuilding countries.. The core activities revolve around exploiting the principles of market economy and to transfer entrepreneurial expertise.. BIP is currently running projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Iraq as well as laying the fundament for development in other countries.. In addition, BIP organizes entrepreneurship courses in Norway for refugees who aspire to return  ...   each individual project.. BIP generally applies three basic concepts for developing expertise and entrepreneurial skills in order to promote economic development:.. · The BIP Start Your Business (SYB) program including Business Plan Development (BPD) for training of adult entrepreneurs;.. · The BIP Student Enterprise (SE) program for training students at upper secondary and university levels in how to start their own businesses;.. · The BIP Growth Program (GP) for small- and medium-sized companies with a potential for growth and with focus on possibilities for export.. For more information or a copy of the original presentation.. contact BIP..

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  • Title: Business Innovation Programs
    Descriptive info: BIP Head Office:.. BIP Local Offices:.. Contacts.. Bjørn Reite, General Manager.. E-mail:.. Wiggo Slaatsveen, Chairman.. Phone.. Phone: (+47) 916 33 440.. Post.. Business Innovation Programs.. P.. Box 3.. 1601 Fredrikstad.. Office.. Valkyriegate 4.. 1608 Fredrikstad.. Internet.. http://www.. BIP.. Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Main Office Banja Luka BH.. Silba Ajdarov.. BIP Program Coordinator for BH.. Address: Kralja Petra I Karađorđevića.. 78 000 Banja Luka RS/BH.. tel/fax: +387 51 317 357 / +387 51 216 238.. mob:  ...   14.. 71 000 Sarajevo BH.. tel/fax: +387 33 644 810.. mob:+387 61 341 582.. Field Office Trebinje BH.. Slobodan Vulešević.. BIP Program Manager.. Ee-mail:.. crh@teol.. net.. Address: Ložiona bb.. 89 000 Trebinje RS/BH.. tel/fax: +387 59 260 375.. mob: +387 66 643 713.. BIP Iraq.. Dr.. Hussein Tahir.. Phone: +964750 4236882, +964770 5318380,.. +964770 2222259.. Office: CO/PAO Center.. (Behind Sheraton Hotel).. Erbil Center.. Erbil.. KRG Iraq.. BIP Serbia.. Bratislav Dobric.. Srdjan Mladenovic.. Marijana Milenkovic..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Cross Borders:.. 2013.. 7th BIP Cross Borders Summer Camp.. BIP organized the 7th Annual Cross Borders Summer Camp in Sutomore, Montenegro from 16th to 21st of June for Students who had won the award for Overall Best Company under the Student Entrepreneurship Program run in participating secondary schools.. The theme for the camp this year was Methods for Problem Solving in small comanies , in addition to be a meeting place for young entrepreenurs from Norway and the West- Balkans.. This year s winners from Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina comprised 35 participants, (30 students and 5 teachers) from both countries.. They spent all 5 days working on topics such as problem solving, design and process organizational techniques.. Participants from Norway came from Malakoff School in Moss, with their winning product of an internet based news bulletin service for young people.. The 4 secondary schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina came from Banja Luka, Teslić, Srebrenik and Pale.. Their winning products were: a double seat city bicycle; a folding coffee table, marketing services and a garden chair.. In addition to the workshop sessions, students and accompanying teachers had free time to get to know each other and enjoy the seaside and go on field trips to other towns in Montenegro.. On the last two days of the Summer Camp an additional 37 students and 7 teachers from Montenegro and Serbia joined the other participants.. This group were the award winners from the Student Entrepreneurship Fairs in their regions, coming from the towns of Mojkovac, Berane and Rožaje in Montenegro and from Kraljevo, Ivanjica and Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia.. For the last two days of this year's 7th Summer Camp there were a grand total of 71 participants from 4 countries taking part in the workshops that were organized and the farewell party.. The Summer Camp was also attended for the first time by the Project Manager for the BIP Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Iraq, Dr.. Tahir Hussein.. Cooperation with Sparebank 1, Østfold and Akershus.. Once again this year the Sparebank 1 for Østfold and Akershus sponsored one of the winning companies from Østfold County to paticipate and to represent Norway on the Summer Camp.. Unge Tider from Moss was selected and came to Sutomore via Dubrovnik Airport in the middle of June.. As describged above, the camp lasted for five days with extensive group work, friendly competitions and presentations.. In between the lessons, the participants went on excursions and also got a chance to go swimming.. It was some interesting days filled with new knowlede and lots of new impressions for all the participants, and it might even create a base for more cooperation between schools and individuals in the future.. The feedback from the participants has been very good and Business Innovation Programs want to thank for the support from Sparebank 1 that made this possible.. Report from UNGE TIDER (in Norwegian).. 2012.. 6th International Cross Borders Summer Camp.. This year the Cross Borders Summer Camp in Sutomore took place from 16th to 21st June.. It gathered 48 students, 9 teachers-mentors and 7 BIP staff from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Norway.. Participation at the Camp was an award for being the best student company at previously organized regional fairs.. After opening the Camp, all 9 student companies from Bosnia Hercegovina, Serbia and Norway presented themselves, their schools, hometowns and countries.. Since each student company was coming from different towns and countries, it was very interesting to hear their presentations and to meet new faces.. During the Summer Camp students got along very well, during the free time as well as during the working hours.. The working hours included theory session and practical work in groups.. Participants were divided into 12 groups - 10 student groups and 2 teacher groups.. They were mixed between the various companies, so it was a challenge to cooperate with people they barely knew.. This also provided an opportunity to meet colleagues and to communicate in English, since there were participants who didn’t understand local language.. The topics were: “Systematic problem solving” and “Process analysis and design”.. After each theory session, the groups got a case study to work on.. The participants showed a high level of understanding of the topics and were very interested in contributing to the group work.. As usual, the program offered free time after the working session.. Since it was warm and sunny all five days, participants spent much of their free time at the beach.. Part of the program run every year was a trip to Skadar Lake and farewell party at the beach bar.. Both events included lots of music and dancing and of course competition: the Limbo Dance at the boat and “Strange Hats” at the farewell party.. On the morning of June 19th, the Mayor of the municipality Bar, Mr.. Zarko Pavicevic, visited the Summer Camp during the working session.. The Mayor expressed a hope that schools from Montenegro would participate in the Student Enterprise program and the Summer Camp in the future.. 2011.. 5th BIP STUDENT ENTERPRISE SUMMER CAMP.. Another successful Business Innovation Programs (BIP) Summer Camp took place from June 18.. to 23.. This was fifth successive international camp, bringing together students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Norway and Serbia.. During the Camp a total of 69 participants were present at “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore, Montenegro.. Teamwork in progress.. Since participation in the Camp is an award for being the best SE in their region, the activities were a good mix between learning and pleasure.. Therefore, the agenda of the Camp was designed to give enough  ...   their companies.. The theme of the Summer Camp this year was Management and Innovation - From Business Idea to Production.. The goal was to enable participants to manage a creative organisation where new ideas are created and put into production in accordance with customers’ needs.. Working hours were spent not only on the theory of management and creativity, but also on practical work in groups.. Participants were divided in 9 groups and the case study was how to arrange a hotel restaurant so it can meet the needs of families with children.. Participants demonstrated their creativity and used the knowledge gained during the Camp.. A Farewell Party with the theme “Strange hats”, where a lot of interesting and funny hats were shown, was organized for the last night of the Camp.. This year’s third Summer Camp was supported by the “Telenor Foundation”, who equipped an internet cafe for participants with 5 lap tops, and the company “Pro Monte” from.. provided internet connection for the computers.. This meant that during the Camps’ five days, internet was available for all students and teachers.. BIP’s goals for the Camp were successfully met: increasing the participants’ knowledge in the fields of management, creativity and market research.. Free time was spent in good atmosphere.. 2008.. Successful Second Cross Borders Summer Camp.. Business Innovation Programs (BIP) Summer Camp 2008 took place from 21st to 26th of June at the “Korali Hotel” in Sutomore, Montenegro.. It was a truly international camp, bringing together 112 students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia.. As participation at the Camp is a statement of acknowledgement for being the best Student Enterprise (SE) in their region, BIP wanted to give all those who came a good mix of learning and pleasure at the Camp.. Based on the experience gained from running SE Programs in the Western-Balkan countries over the last 7 years, it has become very apparent to BIP that presentation and business communication skills are what students lack the most.. With this in mind, two main goals for the Camp were set by BIP:.. To substantially improve the participants’ fundamental knowledge and skills of how to build up a presentation using rhetoric and verbal presentation techniques.. To bring together students and teachers from different countries, with different languages and cultural backgrounds, in order that they may share experiences and learn from each other.. It was, therefore, rewarding to see that during the camp the communication and rhetoric skills of the participants rose to an evidently higher level, and that the structure of the theoretical part of the Camp will serve as a base for an advanced training in these fields for all the teachers involved in BIP’s SE Program in the Western-Balkan countries.. In addition, it was also very clear that both students and teachers from the different countries and with their different languages and cultural backgrounds “found” each other, exchanged experiences and made a lot of “cross-border” friends.. See all the pictures.. 2007.. The first Student Enterprise Cross Borders Camp.. The first Student Enterprise Cross Borders Camp, organized by Business Innovation Programs, took place in Sutomore, Montenegro from 23rd to 28th of June.. This was an international camp, held at “Korali” Hotel in Sutomore, bringing together 53 students and teachers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Norway.. The participants were selected from the most successful members of Student Enterprises from Bosnia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo, as well as their teachers.. There were 41 students and 12 teachers present, as well as an Albanian translator and five people from BIP.. It is important to stress that when it comes to gender ratio among the participants, it was 70% to 30% in the girls favor, and that says a lot about the interest which is shown for this Program by female students, who see it as tool for acquiring future jobs, and professional and personal independence.. The aim of the Camp was to bring together students and teachers from different countries and with different languages and cultural backgrounds in order to share experiences and learn from each other.. Two main professional goals set by the organizers of the Camp were to learn more about financial and trade aspects of business and to strengthen the need and understanding of new teaching methods.. The Program of the Camp was designed to combine theoretical and practical work with a focus on group work.. On the first day all the participants were divided in eight groups.. Every group formed a company, which got a task to produce a company’s prospect to be presented to potential investors.. Their work continued throughout the next days, and was concluded by the presentation of the prepared prospects.. A five-member jury assessed the results of the group work, and found that the participants demonstrated a high level of understanding of the matter and put a great deal of effort in preparing the prospects.. Therefore, one of the material results of the Camp is eight company prospects prepared and presented on the last day of training.. The company which produced the best prospect was awarded with symbolic prizes.. As part of the practical training a visit to Centro Jadran Company was organised.. It is an export-import company from Bar, a successful start-up, which has grown from a small family business to the most important foreign trade company in Montenegro in last 15 years.. The participants were introduced to the staff, internal and external procedures, and organization of offices and warehouses.. It was important for the participants to experience at first hand what it means to run a full-scale export-import business..

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  • Title: Business Innovation Programs
    Descriptive info: BIP Bosnia Herzegovina (articles):.. Meeting high standards can provide endless joint business opportunities.. Download and read this 10 page collection of stories describing recent visits to a number of companies in Norway, including Hansen Protection (see photo above).. Link:.. HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE BIG WHILE IT IS STILL SMALL.. (PDF).. Successful Start-up program for youths and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Business start-up programs for people that are unemployed are a very important component of the BIP program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where many youths and women who complete their education are not able to find a job in a relevant profession.. Many turn to low quality jobs in the informal – gray – economy, which again leads to a high rate of youth migration to other countries.. Entrepreneurial thinking or learning about entrepreneurship is at a very low level and not incorporated in to the education system, even though BIP is working on the issue through the Student Entrepreneurship Program.. With a youth unemployment rate of 57%, BiH maintains one of the highest rates of unemployment for young people in all of Europe.. To help job creation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Business Innovation Programs has organized 24 start-up trainings in nine areas and thirteen cities.. All this has been done in less than one year, starting in December 2012 and has achieved the following results:.. 403 potential entrepreneurs, mainly unemployed youths up to 35 years old and women (no age limit) have been trained and they have developed their own business plans with an aim to starting their own businesses.. In some places there are still waiting lists of entrepreneurs who want to enter the program.. 17 consultants from local development agencies have been certified in the BIP methodology and are in a BIP network of consultants for BIH.. More than 20 experienced entrepreneurs and company owners have shared their knowledge and experience with start-up training participants.. More than 15 employees in the public sector working directly with business development at the local level have participated in the program.. 9 businesses have been started and registered so far – more to come in the autumn.. Cities that are active in the program are: Banja Luka, Bihać, Bileća, Čapljina, Doboj-Jug, Kakanj, Pale, Srebrenica, Tuzla, Višegrad, Zavidovići, Zenica, and Žepče.. Statistics from the BIP –Start-Up Program (for January to August 2013) show that out of 403 of the training participants, 259 or 64% were women and 144 or 36% were men.. Out of 403 participants, 368 or 91% are unemployed, meaning they have little or no work experience at all and will have difficulties to enter the labour market.. As a confirmation of the World Bank survey of Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning the highly educated and unemployed labour force, of the participants in BIP start up program 196 or 49% had completed faculty and 185 or 46% completed secondary school still remained with a job for long time after their graduation.. The majority of the participants in the program do not have regular internet access, they have little knowledge about legal aspect of business registration and limited information on how to access available governmental support programs and financial support for business start-ups.. They also lack experience in business management.. The sheer number of applicants that responded to the program and the excellent evaluation shows that the practical approach in the program has been a great success.. The participants show great interest in creating employment for them by starting a micro or small business activity and we expect more businesses to be registered by the autumn of 2013.. Participants work on their business plans with assistance of BIP trainers – Zenica, March 2013.. Start-up training in Banja Luka, March 2013.. First BIP Business Start-up training in Bileća, March 2013.. Shipwreck exercise – group work, Pale III training, April 2013.. Participants calculate their operative budget and profit , Pale III training April 2013.. Joint photo , Pale III start-up training April 2013.. Official delegation from the counties of Oslo and Ostfold in Norway get a taste of local produce, people and potential.. The Norwegian Ambassador to Bosnia and Hercegovina - His Excellency Jan Braathu – recently met with a successful 4 day long, 10-man strong delegation investigating bi-lateral possibilities in Mostar, Trebinje and Ljubinje.. The delegation included 6 key representatives from various municipalities and agencies in Norway, as well as four local development facilitators.. The purpose of the visit was to gain first hand knowledge and become better acquainted with local produce and producers; to exchange ideas; and to explore possible areas for mutual cooperation and development.. The delegation started its work in Trebinje on June 1st and ended the tour in Mostar on June 5th, 2010.. In Trebinje the delegation started by visiting the BIP Student Enterprise Project and Exhibition.. Subsequently the group were welcomed by the Business Incubator in Trebinje where several presentations were made covering various projects and activities.. Absolutely no lack of elegance amongst the participants of the Student Enterprise Project!.. On the second day the group met with the Mayor and leading officials from the municipality before departing for Ljubinje.. In Ljubinje the group also met with the Mayor and leading officials from this municipality and visited two agricultural sites to get first hand information about relevant projects and activities.. Trebinje.. Lubinje.. On the third day the group started work by visiting the Nansen Dialogue Center in Mostar for discussions before proceeding to have meetings with LiNK and also visit a successful local furniture producer with exports to Norway.. Addonis Furniture Company.. On the final day in Mostar the group had meetings with Ministers, the Mayor and leading officials from the municipality.. Mostar.. The four day long program and the extensive and comprehensive, well planned agenda enabled all participants to gain new insights and share valuable knowledge and different points of view.. Delegations with this style and practical format greatly enhance the possibilities for building the basis for fruitful cooperation for the future.. Norwegian Ambassador visits multiple local projects.. September 2009.. A delegation headed by The Norwegian Ambassador His Excellency Jan Braathu, secretary Zeljka and representatives from BIP, visited Ljubinje where they met with representatives from Link and the Center for Development Herzogivina (CDH) in order to gain first hand knowledge of various projects in progress.. Here they met with local mayors representing some 5,000 inhabitants in a regional which previously had some small industrial activities, but has now turned to agriculture.. The association that has been started wants to have close cooperation with BIP, not least to help with business development in general, but also more specifically with testing export markets for local produce.. Subesquently the delegation continued to Trebinje, the largest town in this area with some 30,000 inhabitants.. Here meetings were held with ZALFIA in connection with their honey production activities.. ZALFIA and BIP cooperate in various arenas including training young people to become bee-keepers and in the export of honey.. In connection with exports, EC certification is being sought and cooperation with the Norwegian “Honningsentral” is also well underway.. In addition they have also started exporting bee-keeping equipment to.. Later in the day the delegation visited a secondary school in Trebinje where 30 students are actively involved with teachers and the Principal in developing their Student Enterprise projects.. Business Training for young bee-keepers in Trebinje.. Trebinje, June 2009.. The idea of organization of combined agro-business training was initiated and developed in Norway in May 2008, when representatives of Apiculture cooperative Zalfija and Business Association LiNK, visited Norwegian Honning Centralen and BIP in Norway.. Representative of BIP Mr.. Jon Steinar Ostgaard suggested having this Bee-keeper’s School before the season (April, May and June 2009) and afterwards to organize business training for all participants.. This was a first time to have this type of combined agro-business training; participants had a lot of practical work and exercises in bee-farms and also made some evaluations of their business idea of being individual bee-keepers.. See these web site links or more info:.. linkmostar.. org.. rtvmo.. ba.. depo.. Student Entrepreneurship (SE) Fairs.. (BiH) 2009.. Norwegian Ambassador Jan Braathu opens.. Student.. Enterprise.. Fair in BiH.. Business Innovation Programs (BIP) organized the 6.. Student Entrepreneurship Fair in 4 regions in.. between 6.. – 13.. February 2009.. First SE Fair ever was organized in.. Sarajevo.. in year 2002 for 9 schools and 25 student companies formed by approximately 125 students.. For the 2008 generation student enterprises, BIP Program organized 4 Regional SE Fairs for 810 students from 23 schools who had formed 181 student companies under the supervision of 42 teachers.. Regional SE Fairs were organized together by the BIP Norway, BIP BiH Office Banja Luka and local regional coordinators, under the patronage of Royal Norwegian Embassy in BIH, Ministry of Education and Culture RS, Cantonal Ministries of Education in FBiH and with sponsorship of “Marbo” and “M:Tel” Companies from RS.. Competitive categories at all 4 Regional SE Fairs followed equal criteria for assessment:.. Best Stand, Best Product, Best Business Plan and Best Overall Student Company.. First prize, for the Overall Best Student Company, from each fair is participation at the BIP Summer Camp in Sutomore (.. ) from June 20-25 2009, together with the best companies from.. Short overview of the Regional SE Fairs and the Overall winners for 2009.. 1.. 06/02/09 – Lukavac-Tuzla.. This first Regional SE Fair was organized for 51 Student Company with more than 250 participating students from 7 different schools.. It was noticed that this SE Fair offered a lot of companies dealing with  ...   Cake” with their cakes and sweet products.. The following Fairs took place in February 2008, in Sarajevo, Doboj and Tuzla.. Sarajevo, 7th of February 2008:.. SE Fair at the Hotel Hollywood, gathered schools from 8 towns, i.. e.. Sarajevo, Pale, Fojnica, Fo a, Gora de – from the Mid-West BiH, and Trebinje, Mostar, Kupres – from the South of BiH.. The Fair in Sarajevo assembled 11 schools, 22 teachers, 49 students’ companies and 235 students.. The Fair was visited by the Norwegian Ambassador in BiH, Jan Braathu, who showed great interest in the students’ work.. Besides the Ambassador, the Fair was also visited by the Italian representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who offered their cooperation in future activities.. Among the different products and services, such as: tourist souvenirs; agriculture magazine; paint-ball facility; cleaning service; physiotherapeutic services; trinkets; cook-book; fluorescent school bags; the company “Velbu t” from the Mixed secondary school Trebinje, with the wooden souvenirs of their town, won the prize as the overall best company.. Exporting melons.. BIP has been instrumental in bringing together the Norwegian COOP, local producers, municipal authorities and the Ministry of Agriculture.. The resulting outcome has been the signing of an agreement between local producers and the COOP with a view to exporting 75 tons of seedless water melons and canteloupe melons to Norway during the summer of 2007.. Training in Trebinje provides skills for new business start-ups.. March 2007: 15 participants were trained in all the key aspects of putting together a successful business plan.. Altogether, 13 business plans were developed by the participants for their own use after the training was completed.. The Business Development Plan training was put together by BIP based on experience gained running dozens of similar courses, not only in this area, but in other regions and other countries.. BIP used their specially trained personnel and a number of selected special guest speakers to cover all the topics.. The training was held in two 4 day sessions, with participants continuing to work on their projects at home between the sessions.. At the end of the final 4 day session an evaluation commission selected the best business plans and made the following awards:.. 1st prize (1.. 500 Euros): Mr.. Milidrag Kulji for his production of pickled cabbage in a traditional way.. 2nd prize (1.. 000 Euros): Mrs.. Nada Mandeganja – for her production of eco-products that do not require heat processing (rosehip marmalade, blueberry wine, liquors, rose berry wine).. 3rd prize (500 Euros): Mr.. Velibor Toi for his Web Shop for the sale of traditional Hercegovinian products.. The training received coverage on television and radio, as well as in the press and on the internet.. High quality Hercegovinian honey for export.. April 2007: BIP has been instrumental in bringing together the Norwegian Honey Producers’ Association (Honning Centralen AL), local producers, municipal authorities and the Ministry of Agriculture.. The resulting outcome has been the signing of an agreement between local producers and the Honning Centralen with a view to bringing Trebinje honey to markets that demand the natural and high quality inherent in locally made honey from Hercegovinia.. The interest shown by the Honning Centralen in the export potential of locally made honey because of its pure natural quality has also caused a lot of interest in the local media.. BIP Adult Enterprenur Training for female and youth of Trebinje.. Project Goal: To organize and deliver BIP Adult enterprenur Training for youth (18-30 years) and females of all ages, business plan development in duration of 4 days training, one week off for follow up and 4 days final training and final event and awards.. Participants had chance to learn about financies and administration (practical exericises) that follows any business activity, laws and procedures about registration of business.. Participants worked on development of their own business plans, and they had brief presentation by CRH, Mr.. Vule evi on how to present their business idea and plan to evaluation commission (body-language, self-confidance, instructions for speakers, etc.. ).. Evaluation comission listened presentations of business ideas/plans conducted by 13 candidates, one by one.. Evaluation commission had half an hour to make decision, evaluation was made by calculating the average number of points for each candidate and the decision about three prizes was made.. Mr.. Nedeljko Vukovi - Starting a Bee-keeping ( production of Herzegovinan honey and other bee products) – received III prize (500 EURO).. Zeljko Zubac - Production of dried plums received II prize (1.. 000 EURO).. Ms.. Milica Berdovic - Production of platic packages (bottles for milk) received I prize (1.. 500 EURO).. For more info see:.. www.. trebinjedanas.. com.. , and.. MOSTAR, Bosnia and Herzegovina - The best women ideas awarded!.. Report on Adult Entrepreneurship Training – Mostar, 12-21.. January 2006.. Business Plan Development.. In cooperation between BIP Norway (Business Innovation Programs) and LINK Mostar (Association for Entrepreneurship and Business) the training for future women entrepreneurs was organized in period of 12-21, January.. During the training 15 women got chance to learn about business plan development and how to make a good financial plan that is necessary for getting bank loan when starting or expanding their businesses.. At the end of training participants presented the business ideas and plans to jury that was consisted of representatives of BIP, LINK, local bank and one experienced entrepreneur.. Since there was lots of excellent ideas and it was very difficult for jury to choose the best 3 business plans, the 1st prize of 1.. 500 euros was given to Jordanka Orlovic for production of south fruits typical for Herzegovina (dog-rose berry, cherry, dried fig); the 2nd prize of 1.. 000 euros received Ramiza Zukanovic with project of upholster, decorator and tailor; and finally the 3rd prize of 500 euros belonged to Alma Milavic with production of hand crafts – weaving, knitting, sawing, crochet work.. The winners should invest received prizes into their businesses, and with help from LINK and also other entrepreneur associations hopefully they would succeed to survive on tough market.. Best Student Enterprise in 2004.. The Third Central Student Enterprise Fair was held in Banja Luka on 1st April 2005.. The total number of Bosnian students participating was 336, from 87 student companies and 15 schools.. There were also 6 student companies from Croatia, Serbia and Norway competing for the award ‘Best Foreign Student Company’.. The Bosnian students competed in three main categories: ‘Best Stand’, ‘Best Business Plan’ and ‘‘Best Product/Service’.. The ‘Overall Best Student Company’ with the total highest score was “Quattro” from the Technical School in Banja Luka with their sowing machine for seed.. BIP Optika Bosnia 2004.. BIP Optika Bosnia 2004 was a project carried out in cooperation between BIP and Buskerud University College’s Institute of Optometry (Norway).. In April 2004, five final-year students spent four weeks in different villages outside the city of Banja Luka in Republika Srbska.. Their task was to screen the eyes of elderly people selected by the local health service and having no means.. In addition they were to screen retarded children in an institution in Banja Luka.. Before the fieldwork started, spectacles and optometric equipment were collected from Norwegian opticians.. 716 persons were screened and 848 pairs of adapted spectacles were given out.. The students said many people had their quality of life very much improved by a pair of glasses.. Suddenly, activities like sewing and reading were again possible.. The cooperation between BIP and Buskerud University College first started in 1999 and fieldwork from final-year students has previously been carried out both in Bosnia and Croatia.. In 2005, the project will probably be carried out in Serbia and Montenegro.. Student Enterprise Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).. The first Central BiH Student Enterprise Fair was held in Sarajevo in April 2003.. In 2004, the second annual Central Fair was held in Tuzla.. The number of participating Student Enterprises increased from 54 to 81 and competed in the categories: most innovative product, best stand at the Fair, best business plan and best overall student enterprise.. The Student Enterprise (SE) program in BiH is run jointly by the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina and BIP.. Its purpose is to develop a sense of entrepreneurship amongst young people of high-school age, and to provide real-life business activities to help develop knowledge, skills and experience valuable for career planning and life in general.. Participants include students, teachers, entrepreneurs and local communities.. Mrs.. Grethe Fossum, member of the Loan Fund Board and former member of the Norwegian Parliament, visited the Fair in Tuzla.. She talked with all of the participants and tells she met enthusiastic young people that believe in the future, something that is actually rare in Bosnia.. She thinks many of the ideas can be turned into viable businesses, but more importantly she says, is that young people learn methods of how to create their own jobs.. The SE program is run in 20 high schools in 10 towns throughout Bosnia and so far 139 Student Enterprises have been established.. 580 students have participated in the program as well as 65 local entrepreneurs.. Three seminars have also been held for 30 teachers.. Student Enterprises from Bosnia have also successfully participated in two International SE Fairs.. The hope is that the program can be expanded to include most high schools in BiH, and be fully run and supported by the educational system, local communities, local businesses and BiH centrally.. Computer Training Centers in Bosnia.. BIP has established its own.. Computer Training Centres in Mostar.. and Banja Luka (same concept as in Vukovar)..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Iraq:.. [ Go to:.. Iraq News.. ]..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Kosovo (articles):.. Read the complete article.. KS BIP TRAINING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN KOSOVO.. From skipping school to Summer Camp.. New teaching methodology and practical approach for 3 Municipalities; 4 Schools; 8 Teachers; 30 Companies; 120 students.. Kosovo – Beginning of December 2007, period of big political expectation for the region, but not that important for 120 students of vocational schools from three Kosovo municipalities: Fushe Kosova, Drinas and Obilic.. KS (The Norwegian Association of Local Municipalities) BIP Norway, organized the Second Young Entrepreneurs Fair in Kosovo for 30 student companies under the supervision of 8 teachers.. Teachers and students, with the assistance of KS BIP, organized two-day Fair, as the final face of the one year work on development of business plan.. BIP’s approach to the business plan development brought the new teaching methodology into selected vocational schools.. Replacing the traditional ex-cathedra teaching approach, where teacher is in the center of the learning process, with modern teaching methodology, where teacher has the role as the consultant and moderator keeping the students in the center of the learning process.. Schools in three Kosovo municipalities, even being vocational and technical schools, are not providing any practical teaching for their students.. BIP’s extra-curricula program of business plan development provided the practical teaching and was met with enthusiasm from all sides: teachers, students and BIP KS.. Bringing new teaching methodology in schools changed the way of teachers’ behavior as well as the behavior of students.. During the Student Enterprise Fair, KS BIP representatives were approached by grateful parents who said that their sons were skipping school before BIP introduced the Program for business development, but now they are members of the winning student company that will participate at the BIP’s Summer Camp in Montenegro in 2008.. Traditional approach for decreasing of the number of school drop-outs could have been organized through dialog with educational authorities, but sometimes the complex problems could be solved by simple solutions.. BIP’s practical business plan development initiated the higher interest in education among young people.. Young people organized companies offering the small solutions for the everyday problem – electricity blackouts.. Out of 30 companies seven offered different solutions for the alternative electricity sources: from the solar plates, over the door lights, to the book-holder light.. The experienced gained in Kosovo proves that even the small changes in the educational approach can have significant impact on students future life and the society they live in.. The Student Enterprise (SE) project in Kosovo.. This project was introduced in 2005 and implemented in 2006.. During BIP`s visit in November 2005 the staff at KS Kosovo was trained in order to implement an introductory seminar for selected teachers in December 2005.. Additional training for the teachers was held in February 2006, with follow up in June and September from Business Innovation Programs.. Additionally,  ...   (KS) is running a threefold development project in Kosovo covering municipality development, entrepreneurship and agriculture.. Municipalities in the Hamar region of Norway are cooperating with three municipalities in Kosovo.. On the behalf of KS, Business Innovation Programs is in charge of the entrepreneurship scheme.. This includes training local entrepreneurs, following up existing companies, establishing business centers and last but not least: implementation of the subject Student Enterprises in upper secondary schools’ curriculum.. When it doesn’t conflict with local production, BIP will also assist in finding and sending used equipment from Norway.. The project will run until the end of 2006.. Link to The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS).. Entrepreneur training in Kosovo.. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) has started a project in Kosovo to develop the municipalities of Gllogovc/Glogovac, Obiliq/Obilic and Fushe Kosova/Kosovo Polje.. The project is funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.. As a sub supplier BIPs task is to focus on stimulating business development in the municipalities.. The organization “Norges Vel” is participating as a sub supplier within development of the agricultural sector and the Hamar-Region as a sub supplier for local government support.. BIPs goal in the project is to develop entrepreneurial skills in the municipalities and to assist SMEs in improving their businesses.. The first step of the work in Kosovo was to train local project coordinators and inform representatives from the municipalities involved.. In this “training of trainers” the local project manager Skender Halili, the three project coordinators Boban Stankovic, Myrvete Haxholli and Rexhep Sylejmani plus 6 municipality representatives and 2 participants from the Agricultural School in Lipjan, altogether 12 people, participated.. The local partners selected the entrepreneurs to attain to the business plan development training.. The training of the entrepreneurs took place in Bresovica in November (2004).. 22 entrepreneurs participated, 1 woman and 21 men.. 17 of the participants were Albanian and 5 Serbian.. Some of the participants wanted to start a new business while others wanted to expand their already existing businesses.. The training was carried out by BIP represented by Bjørn Reite and Wiggo Slåttsveen with assistance from Skender Halili and the project coordinators.. The following activities are planed carried out in 2005:.. A micro-credit program will be established by KS in order to support the entrepreneurs.. 4-5 training programs will be arranged for local entrepreneurs.. Support to local entrepreneurs and businesses with second hand equipment and competence transfer from Norwegian business to businesses in Kosovo in co-operation with Norges Vel.. Implementation of the concept Business Strategy Implementation, to support existing businesses.. For further information please contact Skender Halili or Wiggo Slåttsveen.. Contact information Kosovo.. Skender Halili.. Sunny Hill New Shopping Centre.. Office nr.. 16.. UNMIK KOSOVO.. Phone: +377 44 156 295.. ks@ks-kosovo.. Picture: Rexhep Sylejmani advising local entrepreneurs in the product market matrix..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Montenegro (articles):.. 40 Student Enterprises compete in Montenegro.. The second Student Enterprise Fair in.. was organized in December 16, 2009 in Podgorica in shopping Mall Delta City.. The Student Enterprise Fair gathered 182 students from 6 secondary schools from.. with their professors and school directors.. At the fair 40 student enterprises exhibited and sold their products / services, and competed for prizes.. Ambassador of the.. Kingdom.. of.. , Mr.. Haakon Blankenborg, General manager of.. European.. Center.. for Innovation and Information, Mr.. Zarko Djuranovic, Mr.. Bratislav Dobric, BIP manager in Belgrade, director Center for VET education, Mr.. Dusko Rajkovic, addressed the students and their teachers while Ms.. Slobodanka Radulovic education advisor in Directorate for Development of SMEs, carried out the official op.. ening.. of the fair.. As a guests on the students fair, we had a 3  ...   Stand/Logo/Image and Best/Most Innovative Product/Service.. The 2 companies with the highest score totally in all 3 categories were awarded the prize as the Best Overall Companies.. The winners were:.. Category:.. Best Business Plan.. Blueberry products.. making homemade different kind of blueberry products.. , VET school „Beco Basic“ Plav.. Picaso.. ,.. production of postcards.. Argila atres.. Production and sale of different kind of clay products.. , Gymnasium, Kotor.. Best Product / Service.. Zlatne ruke.. production of heats, scarfs and gloves,.. VET school Berane.. Tradicional,.. souveniers production.. VET school Vuksan Djukic, Mojkovac.. Best Stand / Logo / Image.. Ljepota sjevera.. production of calaogues and postcards with images of natural beauty of tnorthern region.. , VET school Bijelo Polje.. Sisko.. hairdress saloon.. , VET school Berane.. Medarnik.. production and sale of homemade honey,.. Best Overall Student Enterprise at the Fair:..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Serbia (articles):.. Link to: Information about BIPs engagement in helping to develop Serbia.. With the right contacts in the right markets, Serbia has a great potential to export considerable quantities of quality honey.. Visit to lay foundation for increased, long term exports of quality Serbian honey.. In 2013, based solely on the strength of the reputation and network of contacts that the Norwegian company Business Innovation Programs (BIP) has in Norway and Serbia, an initial 120 tons of good quality honey were successfully exported from Serbia to Norway in 2012.. This has given all parties involved a taste for more.. In order that further development of honey exports can be as effective and efficient as possible, BIP deemed it desirable that the Serbian honey producers be able to work directly with the importers, i.. the Norwegian Honning Central , without BIP acting as an intermediary.. Therefore, to build upon the successful initial 120 tons of honey exported to Norway, BIP took the initiative to lay the foundation to increase long term, sustainable exports of honey from Serbia by arranging to transfer their reputation and high standing in Serbia to key representatives from the Norwegian Honning Central.. In this connection, BIP arranged and coordinated a series of high level introductions and meetings in February 2013 in Serbia in order to take full advantage of the coming season.. For more information,.. click here for the full report.. Entrepreneurship scores high at elementary level.. When the evaluation results for BIP s newest course were counted, on a ranking of 1 to 6 where 6 is best, the overall result was an impressive 5.. 81 and for the instructors an amazing 5.. 92!.. The background for the new course was the South Eastern Europe Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) had started the implementation of a pilot project Entrepreneurial Learning – a Key Competence Approach in elementary schools in 8 countries.. The project started at the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year.. It included four elementary schools from Serbia, all from Belgrade.. Business Innovation Program was asked by the Serbian schools to provide teacher training for them.. The training needed to be specially created for the elementary education level since BIP so far had not worked with elementary schools.. The basis used was the existing BIP training for Business Plan Development that had so far only been implemented in secondary schools.. This time the teachers worked in groups on so-called Project Plan Development.. Besides working on Project Ideas, teachers also worked on entrepreneurial ideas that were related to the subjects that they teach and that could be partly implemented at the classes.. Since the schools were divided into groups of subjects that the participants teach, there were four groups: science, social sciences, crafts and languages.. The groups delivered some great ideas for interdisciplinary project work with students.. The training lasted for three days and it involved 22 participants: 19 teachers in higher lever, two teachers in lower level, and one principal.. The participants also took the opportunity to exchange their previous experience from the SEECEL s project and ideas for future after the Project ends.. Four Regional Fairs all over Serbia.. Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Serbia, Mr.. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg opened the Fair in Leskovac.. As the final activities of the Project for the 2011/2012 school year for the Student Enterprise program in Serbia, four regional fairs were held in the second half of April.. The first took place at the Electro-technical School Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, the second at Gymnasium in Sid, the third at the Second Gymnasium in Kragujevac and forth at the Business College in Leskovac.. In this school year 56 schools were involved in the Program with 182 student companies that presented their business ideas at the fairs.. The Fairs gathered in total about 880 students and 90 teachers/mentors.. At the fairs were representatives from local communities, representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, many visitors, students and teachers.. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Serbia, Mr.. At the Belgrade fair, the first secretary of the Embassy in Belgrade Mr.. Roger Jorgensen addressed the students at the opening ceremony.. First secretary of the Embassy in Belgrade Mr.. Roger Jorgensen at the Belgrade Fair.. At each fair the student companies competed for prizes in three categories: Best business plan, Best stand, logo and presentation and Best product or service.. The best overall student company from each fair is invited to participate at the International Summer Camp.. This year Summer Camp is going to take place from 16th to 21st June at Sutomore in Montenegro.. The winning companies were:.. “Bio energy corporation” from Secondary School of Tourism in Belgrade.. “AE Motors” from Electro-technical school Mihailo Pupin in Novi Sad.. “Cajetinka” from Secondary School of Tourism in Cajetina.. “Whey product” from Technological school in Paracin.. Student Fair in Sid.. The second Regional Student Enterprise Fair was held on 19th April 2012 in Gymnasium “Sava umanovię” in City of S id.. The Fair gathered close to 200 students and 14 teachers from 7 secondary schools from Subotica, Novi Sad, Novi Becej, Sabac, Bogatic and Sid.. 36 student enterprises exhibited and sold their products and services, and competed for prizes.. Program Manager of BIP, Mr.. Bjoern Reite and Principal of Gymnasium, Mr.. Dejan Pribicevic, addressed the students, teachers and guests and carried out the official opening of the fair.. One company with the highest score totally in all 3 categories was awarded the prize as the Best Overall Companies and invited to The 6th International SE Summer Camp in Sutomore 16-21 June 2012.. Category: Best Business Plan.. AE MOTORS, Electrotechnical School “Mihajlo Pupin”, Novi Sad.. business idea: Authorized car service for Opel vehicles.. ˇENSKE PRIČE, Gymnasium „Sava umanovię“, Sid.. business idea: Production of unique and handmade boxes, bags and greeting cards.. MAČVANSKI MLEKAR, Macva Secondary School, Bogatię.. business idea: Traditional production of cheese and cream.. Category: Best Product / Service.. GUMABEL, Electrotechnical School “Mihajlo Pupin”, Novi Sad.. business idea: Production of special rubber cloth for winter tires.. NUNU BOT, Electrotechnical School “Mihajlo Pupin”, Novi Sad.. business idea: Programming of Programmable Logical Controllers(PLC).. FUNNY ECO ART, Gymnasium „Sava umanovię“, Sid.. business idea: Production and Sale of decorative, applicable and artistic items.. Category: Best Stand / Logo / Presentation.. EKO BOCA, Gymnasium „Sava umanovię“, S id.. business idea: Production of paper bottles.. NEXUS ELECTRONICS, Technical School „Ivan Sarię“, Subotica.. business idea: Service, installation and sale of computer equipment and video games accessories.. HOT FOOT, Electrotechnical School “Mihajlo Pupin”, Novi Sad.. business idea: Production of foot splint with heater installed.. Best Overall Student Enterprise on the Fair:.. AE MOTORS, Electrotechnical School “Mihajlo Pupin”, Novi Sad ( 5 male students + 1 female teacher ).. SE Program goes to a new level at High Business School (HBS) in Leskovac.. A Presentation of SE Program took place in HBS in Leskovac on 31st of January.. The School was visited by representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway Mrs.. Jannicke Bein, accompanied by the General Manager of BIP Mr.. Jon Steinar Ostgard and a representative of the International Management Group (IMG) Mr.. Torgeir Hannas.. The aim of the visit was to get a closer look at the activities going on in HBS, where the new building was largely funded by the Kingdom of Norway.. During the meeting with the principal, teachers and students of the school, future plans and ongoing activities, namely the Student Enterprise Program, were presented.. Principal of the School, Mr.. Zika Stojanovic, gave a retrospective view on recent developments and future plans.. HBS has recently become part of the SE Program, and is the first high education institution to introduce practical education on how to start up a business using the learning-by-doing method.. Students at the school have already estabished 7 student companies, and their business ideas were presented during the visit.. Srdjan Mladenovic, Coordinator of SE Program, gave a presentation on the goals and the present status of the Program.. A special presentation was made by Mrs.. Olivera Jovic, president of the Association of Private Entrepreneurs.. She introduced the audience to the activities of the Association, and emphasized the need for a network connecting education institutions and the world of business.. This was theme for a signature of Memorandum of Understanding between HBS, BIP and the Association of Private Entrepreneurs on future cooperation regarding the SE Program in the School.. The main aim of the cooperation is to form strong ties between local companies and student companies through mentoring, internship, and other forms of support.. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding.. Training Seminars for teachers in Student Enterprise Program.. Business Innovation Programs arranged two three-day seminars for new teachers in the Student Enterprises Program in Serbia in December 2011.. Altogether 33 teachers from 20 vocational schools and gymnasiums participated.. Since entrepreneurial activities already exist in these schools, the purpose of the seminars was to improve the proficiencies of teachers involved in the Program.. Part of the training focused on theory, and a part on creative team work.. The teachers were divided into groups and worked on development of business plans.. Throughout the training the main emphasis was on market research and the importance of understanding customer needs.. By focusing on the needs of their target group, students will not just be ready to develop their business plans, but also be very well prepared for their presentations at the Regional Fairs.. The training is also an important opportunity for teachers to exchange experiences and to gather useful information that will help them in mentoring their students.. The trainings were, as previously, authorized by the Serbian Institute for Enhancement in Education.. They took place in Nis, at Regional Centre for Professional Development of People Working in Education.. Teachers from 30 schools trained in Entrepreneurship.. In close cooperation with Serbian Ministry of Education and Science, Business Innovation Programs (BIP) organized three days of training for 57 teachers from 30 vocational schools from Serbia during May 2011.. The subject of the training was “the Development of student enterprises in secondary vocational schools” and the training module, which is approved by Serbian Institute of Enhancement in Education, gives additional accreditation to participating teachers.. Along with the teachers, one representative from the Serbian Ministry of Education and Science and one of BIP’s new coordinators participated at the training.. All the schools were selected by the Serbian Ministry of Education and Science.. These schools are now invited to take part in BIP’s Student Enterprise (SE) Program.. The main criterion for their selection was the fact that in these schools the subject of Entrepreneurship is already included in the regular curricula.. In accordance with approved teaching plans for vocational schools in Sebia, the subject Entrepreneurship will be part of the curricula for the fourth grade.. The teachers that participated in the training will teach Entrepreneurship in the school year 2011/2012.. The trainings continue to incorporate BIP’s practice of engaging the best teachers from the SE Program as trainers of new teachers, i.. , the teachers selected to take part as trainers have been implementing the SE Program for several years and have a lot of experience in teaching Entrepreneurship as a subject in their own schools.. All three training sessions took place in Nis at the Regional Center for the Professional Development of People Working in Education.. There were four trainers at every training session: One member from BIP’s management, one of BIP’s Serbian coordinators and the two experienced teachers from BIP’s Student Enterprise Program in Serbia.. The aim of the trainings is to give necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to the teachers for teaching Entrepreneurship as a curricular activity.. The 3-day training session was also used for professional discussions with and between teachers.. At the end of the trainings each teacher received support materials useful for their future teaching in the subject of Entrepreneurship.. Training the Trainers.. Cooperation with DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency) FRUITS BERRIES project in South-East Serbia.. As part of the Fruits Berries Project, BIP conducted training in Business Plan Development for future trainers from the region in Nis from July 4th to 7th 2011.. The Fruts Berries Project is an initiative run by DANIDA aimed at the economic empowerment of farmers in South and Southeast Serbia.. The project is primarily targeted at producers of fruits and berries.. Amongst other things, the project provides financial support to individual producers in the form of grants.. In order to assure the sustainability of the grant program, BIP was hired to give necessary theoretical and practical training to the local consultants who will train the producers in future.. The training in Nis brought together 25 consultants from most cities in region.. BIP's involvement does not end with this initial training.. In order to become certified as BIP trainers the consultants need to complete three separate trainings.. During the first round, BIP personnel were present at every session, supporting the trainers and ensuring the highest possible quality.. Laptops donated to schools in Serbia.. Telenor Foundation makes valuable contribution for third year in succession.. The Telenor Foundation has donated five laptops, to the Norwegian organization Business Innovation Programs (BIP), every year since 2007.. The laptops they donate are given to and used at the Cross Borders Summer Camps that BIP organizes every year in June for the Best Overall Student Enterprise Companies from Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Norway.. The attending students use the laptops for the tasks and group work they are assigned to complete during the Summer Camps.. Each year, when Summer Camp has ended, BIP - in cooperation with the Telenor Foundation - in turn donates all the laptops to secondary schools that have participated in the Student Enterprise Program in Serbia.. This year, each of the following schools received a laptop:.. Economic school, Kragujevac.. School of technology, Paracin.. Tourism and trade school “Toza Dragovic”, Kragujevac.. Secondary school “Kralj Petar I”, Topola.. Secondary crafting school, Belgrade.. The criteria for selection of the schools is based on their conditions for work and school’s approach and involvement on SE Program.. The laptops were handed over to the recipients on 1st November 2010 at the Telenor Company in Belgrade.. Present were principals, teachers and students from all five schools, coordinators of the SE Program in Serbia and General Manager of BIP, Mr.. Jon Steinar Ostgard.. Proven concept: 8 years old in 2010 and still going strong.. Close to 500 students from 19 secondary schools in Belgrade compete for annual awards.. The 8th annual Student Enterprise Fair for schools in the Belgrade area was held on 2nd December 2010 once again as part of the Belgrade Business Base Fair.. The Student Enterprise Fair gathered close to 500 students from 19 secondary schools in Belgrade and surrounding areas.. Altogether 90 student enterprises each promoted their products and services, and competed for prizes.. Director of the National Agency for Regional Development, Mr.. Ivica Ezdenci, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr.. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg and the General Manager of Business Innovation Programs (BIP), Mr.. Jon Steinar Østgård, officially opened the fair and addressed the students and their teachers.. Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Mr.. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg opened the Student Fair.. The student companies competed for prizes in three categories: Best Business Plan, Best Stand/Logo/Presentation and Best/Most Innovative Product/Service.. The two companies with the highest aggregate score in all 3 categories, Dream Electronics and Innovation Works, were awarded the prize as the Best Overall Companies.. More than 500 students show their capabilities in Kragujevac.. 95 Student Enterprises compete for prestige and prizes.. The fifth annual Regional Student Enterprise Fair took place at Sumadija Sajam in Kragujevac on 26th November 2010.. The Fair gathered more than 500 students and teachers from Kragujevac, Raca, Jagodina, Knic and Paracin to promote their product and services, meet colleagues from others schools, and get to know their market competition.. The Fair was addressed by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the National Agency for Regional Development and the City of Kragujevac.. The General Manager of Business Innovation Programs (BIP), Mr.. Jon Steinar Ostgard, opened the Fair and introduced the visitors to the SE concept in Serbian schools.. Jon Steinar Ostgard, opened the Fair.. Participating at the Fair were students from 11 secondary schools and gymnasiums from Sumadija and Pomoravlje region, who represented an amazing 95 different Student Enterprises that competed in three categories: best business plan, best stand/presentation/logo and best/most innovative product/service.. The two best companies overall were “Dodir prirode” from the School of Technology from in Paracin, and “ArtInk” from the Economic School in Kragujevac.. Speeding up in Serbia.. Vladimir Sic from Sic Engines visiting sports car producer Koenigsegg Automotive AB in Sweden.. Under the auspices the Ministry of Commerce and Regional Development and of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, BIP has, over the past 12 months, put in to place and overseen the start-up of a successful system for ensuring the development of youth entrepreneurship in Serbia based on a down-to-earth, practical, real-world approach.. The system is grounded in extensive international experience gained over many  ...   then, owing to changed priorities from the Government, the activities have been replaced by research and development related to the country’s industrial development.. The research areas in focus today are physics, chemistry, biology, radiation protection, energy and nuclear technologies, electronics and computer engineering and materials.. At the Business Base Fair in Belgrade in November 2006, BIP was approached by Dr.. Dusan M.. Kicevic, deputy director of the Vinca Institute.. He expressed interest in cooperation on the development of business ideas within the Institute.. A dialog between BIP and the Institute was established.. This process resulted in Dr.. Kicevic`s participation at a BIP Entrepreneur Training for teachers in Serbia.. The idea was that if everything was according to his expectations, this training should be arranged at the Institute.. Kicevic’s expectations were met and training was carried out at the Institute from the 4th to the 13th of March 2007.. The aim of the training was:.. - To provide a theoretical fundament for working effectively with business planning.. - To develop business plans relevant to future strategy of Vinca or business plans already suggested by employees at Vinca.. - To train some dedicated participants from Vinca so they can take over and operate the concept of Business Planning in cooperation with BIP.. 17 representatives from all research areas at the Institute participated in the training.. They evaluated the training as being highly relevant and gave a average score of 5.. 4 on a scale from one to six.. As a result of the training and the evaluation, the Institute and BIP entered discussions regarding further development of the cooperation and signed an agreement focussing on two areas: The first is to expand the business development training to university students.. The second is to focus on development of business ideas within the Institute and to offer similar training to other research institutes in the country.. Student exchanges.. Following a preparatory visit in August, 8 students and 5 teachers from Raufoss in Norway visited Serbia for 5 days in November.. Besides visiting cultural sites, everyone was engaged in joint activities with Serbian students from the Secondary Vocational School and ETS Nicola Tesla.. Students and teachers from both countries expressed then that this kind of exchange should be arranged on a regular basis.. Business Plan Development Training in Lazarevac.. The town of Lazarevac is one of 16 municipalities in Serbia where Student Enterprise (SE) Program will be carried out in 2007, involving almost 800 students and more than 50 teachers.. The Program is expanding at high pace, and new schools are expressing their interest to enter.. In this connection, training was organized by the Municipality of Lazarevac and Regional Center for SME in Belgrade and carried out by BIP at the “Kolubara” Secondary school from 5 – 9 March.. The aim was to train the teachers and SME consultants from Lazarevac in Business Plan Development, so that the SE Program may be successfully implemented in “Kolubara” Secondary School.. The participants, 13 teachers from the “Kolubara” Secondary School and employees of the Regional Sub Center in Lazarevac, were introduced to the concept of Student Enterprises and the BIP method of Business Plan Development.. It was also an opportunity to promote Student Enterprises and inform the participants on the results and perspectives of the Program.. The five days of intensive training were led by BIP facilitators Marko Martic and Srdjan Mladenovic.. Belgrade 4th Student Enterprise Fair draws over 750.. December 15th 2006: 250 students representing 47 student companies from Serbia and 3 from Croatia gathered together with over 500 guests at the 4th Belgrade Student Enterprise Fair.. The opening speeches were held by Mr.. Hans Ola Urstad, Head of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, Mr.. Vekislav Janicijevic, State Secretary within the Ministry of Education and Sports, and Mr.. Jon Steinar Ostgard, General Manager of Business Innovation Programs.. This year the number of competition categories was increased to six, and awards were made for the best business plan, the best web page or multi-media presentation, the most innovative product or service, the best presentation from the stage, the best stand/image/profile, as well as the public’s special award.. “Strawberry”, with their teaching aids, was announced as the overall winner and that gave them the prize of a trip to Norway to the Norwegian Regional Young Enterprise Fair in Ostfold.. New Computer Centre opens in Kragujevac.. A new Computer Centre is opened in Kragujevac as part of Student Entrepreneurship Program.. Kragujevac, June 23rd – Norweigan non-profit organization BIP (Business Innovation Programs), in partnership with the Regional Agency for Economic Development of Sumadija and Pomoravlje – REDASP, has been implementing the Student Entrepreneurship Program.. The Program includes training of students in starting, developing and realization of a small business and is offered as one of the activities in schools which are participating in the Program.. More than 150 students have taken part in the Program and 25 student entrepreises have been registered in Kragujevac.. The aim of the Program is give young people necessary basic knowledge and experience in business management.. The students have been transffered theoretical and practical entrepreneurship knowledge through products and services development, as well as through usage of real money for needs of their entreprises.. The program includes 3 vocational schools in Kragujevac at the moment, two techical and a School for turism, and more than 80 students and ten student enterprises.. In adittion to this, BIP has decided that , in cooperation with REDASP, a new computer training center will be established in Kragujevac.. The goal of opening a classroom equipped with such a modern computer equippment is to enable the students, participating in the Program, to aquire ECDL certificate.. In adittion, students will be free to use the facilities for other purposes connected to their work within student enterprises.. At the same time, the classroom will be used for different kinds of training which will be organized by REDASP for other clients and citizens.. Focus on entrepreneurship gives results.. In the project run by the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) in the municipalities of Obilic, Fushe Kosova and Glogovac in Kosovo, Business Innovation Programs is responsible for training local staff in counselling business start ups and local SME’s, as well as giving student enterprise training in the secondary schools and support to Business Centres established in the participating municipalities.. Three Business Centres are now fully operational and provide services such as individual counselling to local business and farmers, arranging local fairs, business plan development training and other business sector specific training and networking.. The Business Centre premises will be enlarged during the summer to include space for computer centres that offer basic training programs and provide access to the Internet, primarily for individuals, businesses and municipalities participating in the project.. The Student Enterprise Program is implemented in four schools where 8 teachers are involved in training 32 student enterprises with an average of four students per enterprise.. A visit to two of the schools in June, documented enthusiasm and motivation from both teachers and students involved.. The business ideas presented showed creativity and varied from services to innovative products.. All the efforts will be evaluated at a local fair in the municipality of Fushe Kosova in November 2006 when all 32 student enterprises and their products will be presented.. The winner will be invited to participate at the national student enterprise fair in Norway in 2007.. Serbian Student Enterprises won trip to.. BIP implemented the subject Student Enterprises at six schools in.. 2003.. In.. 2005, there were 146 students with 39 enterprises competing for the title of “Best Student Enterprise in.. ”.. The winner was LoBoKo and its team of three boys from the.. Peter.. Drapsin.. Technical.. Another entrant, SITAM, from the.. Stefan.. Dicanski.. for young people with hearing problems, won the special public award.. Both LoBoKo and SITAM won a trip to the Student Enterprise Fair held in Fredrikstad on February 7, 2006.. LoBoKo produces plaster board holders and have, in addition, developed their own tool for manufacturing the holders.. There is a market for the holders as these were previously being imported from.. Poland.. at a higher cost.. The.. will continue as an ongoing business after the school year is ended.. SITAM produces wooden kitchen utensils.. One of the teachers, Zlatomir Stefanovich, says that the Serbian Government wants to stimulate entrepreneurship also amongst handicapped people.. LoBoKo and SITAM met the Croatian Student Enterprise winners, House of Music, whilst they were in.. Among other things they visited the.. Nobel.. Peace.. and other sites in.. Oslo.. together.. SVS Student Exchange.. The Secondary Vocational School (SVS) in Belgrade and BIP cooperate together on the Student Enterprise program.. In this connection 13 students and two teachers from Belgrade visited the Raufoss Secondary School in Norway in December 05.. The Secondary Vocational School in Belgrade is engaged with the professional rehabilitation, up bringing and education of pupils with problems in learning and maturing.. The principal Vladimir Fustic is a fountain of enthusiasm and encouragement for the students who all require special assistance with their education and development.. The exchange visit to Raufoss was very successful and everyone involved is looking forward to the next exchange when students from Raufoss visit the school in Belgrade in February/March of this year.. Picture:.. Students and teachers exchange in Raufoss.. 3rd Annual Student Enterprise Fair in Serbia.. Just a few days before the end of last year, on 20th December, the big day for students in Serbia took place in “Youth House” (Dom Omladine), in the center of the capital Belgrade.. The fair was organized jointly by the NGO Civic Initiatives and Business Innovation Programs.. 35 Student Enterprises from Serbia, 4 from Bosnia and 1 from Croatia gave their best to show how creative, clever and consistent they can be when competing for prizes in three categories - The best business idea and business plan; The best presentation/stand; and The most innovative product.. In addition an award was made to the overall best Student Enterprise.. The best presentation / stand award went to SE “Different” where the students showed how to make beautiful, natural and edible table decorations and prepared delicious meals for various events.. The overall best Student Enterprise and first prize for the best business plan went to SE “Z.. B.. K.. ” for their gypsum panel support system.. Adult Entrepreneurs Training Program.. Following the success of similar training in 2004, BIP and their partner in Pozega, FORZA, took the initiative to repeat BIP’s Adult Entrepreneurs Training Program in December 2005.. In order to attend the training, the participants first have to qualify.. After the training the participants are followed up, and from the first group in 2004, 9 of the 15 participants subsequently started their own businesses.. As part of the training, to encourage participants to achieve their goals, financial grants are made available for the three best and most realistic business plans.. At a small ceremony at the end of the training held in December, the three grants were awarded to Kristina Stjepanovic for her “One day chicken production”, to Radmila Popadic for “Shii-take mushroom production” and to Jelena Pavlovic for “Design and production of women’s clothes and bags”.. Jon Steinar Ostgard, General Manager, BIP and Jasminka Lukovic Jaglicic, Director of the Regional Economic Development Agency in Kragujevac after signing an agreement on cooperation in the region of Sumadija and Pomoravlje.. From the December Entrepreneur Training.. From Belgrade to Lillestrøm.. Student Enterprise Fair winner.. The company Optimus won the first prize in the Student Enterprise fair in Belgrade March 2005.. Optimus consists of four pupils at Nikola Tesla electro technical school in Belgrade.. Using their technical skills they have developed a remote controlled massage device for the whole body.. The first prize winners were invited to a SE fair at Lillestrøm in Norway in April.. One of the boys, Hikola, got ill and could not go.. For the other boys, Aleksandar, Marko and Predrag all 18 years old, it was their first trip outside the Balkans.. Comparing the SE fairs in Belgrade and Lillestrøm, the boys say that the products and business ideas in Belgrade were technically orientated, while Lillestøm was focused on food products.. The boys are now working hard preparing their final exams to be able to further studies at Belgrade Technical University.. BIP Optika Serbia 2005.. BIP Optika Serbia Montenegro 2005 was a project carried out in cooperation between BIP and Buskerud University College’s Institute of Optometry (Norway).. Five final-year students participated in testing pupils at the Veljko Ramadanovic school for visually impaired students at Zemun in Beograd.. 166 pupils in the range 6 to 22 years old were tested.. The objective was to diagnose the cause of the vision impairment for everyone tested, and to provide appropriate aids with training in its use where necessary.. Iriscolobom diagnosed in 18 year old girl.. The second Student Enterprise Fair and the conference “Youth Entrepreneurship As National Interest” took place in Belgrade on 16th of March 2005.. 152 students, organized in more than 40 student companies from 9 schools, participated at the fair.. There were also 2 student companies from Croatia that participated.. Exhibiting companies competed for awards in three categories – ‘Best Stand/Presentation’, ‘Most Innovative Product’ and ‘Best Business Idea’.. The main prize for ‘Overall Best Company’ in school year 2004/2005, was awarded to the company “Optimus” from the Nikola Tesla school in Belgrade.. The four members of “Optimus” won a trip to Norway and visited Oslo and the Norwegian National Young Enterprises Fair in April 2005.. At the same time the “Youth Entrepreneurship as National Interest” conference also took place.. The conference was opened by speeches from the Deputy Minister for Education, the National Manager of the EU VET program, Executive Managers of the Procredit Bank and Business Innovation Programs, along with teachers' representatives involved in the program.. The conference was also attended by a large number of teachers, experts in the field of educational system reform, representatives of the business sector, and representatives of institutions dealing with employment and the national labour market.. The goal of the conference was to provide direction for further development of youth entrepreneurship in Serbia through discussions and examples from national and international sources.. The focus was on the potential benefits that the business sector, public institutions and the country in general can gain from youth education and entrepreneurship.. Self development initiatives.. What could I do for myself? Start my own business!.. “I think the Student Enterprise (SE) concept and Entrepreneur training programs cover a need and have a great potential in Serbia” says Milos Stevanovic on his visit to Norway in October 04.. Milos is the link between BIP and Civic Initiatives, BIP’s main partner in Serbia and Montenegro.. “The programs are action orientated” he continues, they could be an answer to the question “what can I do for myself?” In a country where the unemployment rate varies between 20 and 30% there is a need for self development initiatives.. The Student Enterprise Program is implemented in secondary schools in the citiy of Belgrade.. There are plans to extend the program to Kragujevac, and also to include technical faculties.. BIP will cooperate with Askim videregående skole in Norway to adapt the SE program for students with special needs like physical handicaps and concentration problems.. Milos Stevanovic says that the interest from students, teachers and parents is enormous.. When it comes to adult entrepreneur training, BIP has local partners in Subotica, Pozega and Kargujevac.. BIP’s general manager, Jon Steinar Ostgård, is stressing the importance of having solid and well accepted local implementing partners in such programs.. Female entrepreneurs trained in Serbia.. BIP’s course in how to start a business met with enormous interest from women in Vojvodina in Serbia.. 82 women submitted 95 business ideas for evaluation.. Of these 32 were considered realistic and chosen for further development during the course.. The final business plans that were awarded prizes included a home bakery, a dairy, a gallery, production of PR materials, textile design and the production of canned mushrooms.. BIP will continue with Adult Entrepreneur Training courses both in Serbia and Croatia.. First Student Enterprises Fair in Serbia.. On April 23rd, 2004 the first Student Enterprise Fair was held and organised by Business Innovation Programs of Norway together with the Civic Initiative in Serbia.. The Fair was officially opened by the Norwegian Ambassador, H.. E.. Hans Olav Urstad.. Computer Training Centre in Serbia.. A Computer Training Centre has also been established in Belgrade and will, among other topics, start to offer ECDL training and certification (same concept as in Vukovar).. New company creation and establishment.. BIP is working to establish three Competency Centers in Serbia.. The Centres will, to begin with, start training of adult entrepreneurs and later on start to train and assist managers and owners of small businesses as well as business consultants.. Location of the Centers are not determined, yet, but one of the Centres will probably be located in the Vojvodina area because of its proximity to Eastern Slavonia in Croatia and the Centre for Entrepreneurship in Osijek..

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    Descriptive info: BIP Norway:.. Business training as integration for Somalians.. Refugees in Norway have through the introductory program the right and duty to follow qualification schemes to participate in working life, education and society.. In cooperation with the municipality of Oslo, BIP now provides business training for Somalians as a part of the introductory program.. The first course was held in June at Helsfyr for a group of twenty men and women.. The intention is to encourage refugees to start their own businesses, but for most of the participants this is a long-term goal.. To establish a business takes a lot of energy and resources, something that can be difficult for newly arrived refugees.. However, experience shows that an increasing number of immigrants are starting their own businesses and the basic idea is that it is important to provide information at an early stage.. It seems that it is easier for immigrants to create their own jobs than to access the established work market.. The course provides information about budgeting, company culture, taxation and legal aspects that are also useful as general knowledge about Norwegian society.. Bjørn Reite and Wiggo Slåttsveen from BIP are responsible for the course.. They say that the decision to start a business is very much a mental process.. They encourage participants to reflect on the questions: What will you do in three years? If you want to return to your country, what can you do to prepare yourself?.. One of the participants, Liban Yusuf, says he wants to establish a bridge between Norway and Somalia.. One of his plans is to import fruit, halal meat (meat that is allowed for Muslims) and camel milk to Norway.. In the future he wants to have close contact with Somalia, both to participate in rebuilding the country and to strengthen his children’s cultural identity.. Habiba Mahamud wants to start her own textile manufacturing in Oslo and import clothes from Dubai and Djibouti.. She says that the course have taught her many things she did not know.. For more information about the Introductory program, see.. udi.. Norwegian Directorate for Immigration.. More business training for Iraqis.. Despite the political situation in Iraq, many Iraqis in exile have started the planning of their return.. BIP held an entrepreneur training in Oslo in November.. Raja Abed wants to start a chicken farm and egg production in cooperation with her family in Iraq.. She says that she will return when the political situation is stable.. Most of the participants in the training want to start businesses that involve their family now living in Iraq.. Tahir Hussein is working with BIP as interpreter and is also involved in the plans of establishing a business  ...   Under the guidance of Mr.. Wiggo Slåttsveen and Mr.. Bjørn Reite, all the participants put together a business plan and presented them for each other.. Slåttsveen told everyone that they should - as a general rule: “multiply all the expected costs by two and then divide all the expected revenues also by two.. ”.. One of the participants, Mohsin Al-Mosafiri wants to establish a sheep and cattle breeding facility as well as a fish farm.. He said that even though he has run a grocery store in Norway, the course has taught him a lot about accounting.. Al-Mosafiri also thinks it useful that the course stresses the importance of having a network of business contacts.. In this connection he sees the possibility of improving the Iraqi breeds of cows by cooperating with the Norwegian breeding association GENO.. But most importantly, he says, is that the BIP course taught him many things are possible when you have a good business idea and work at it seriously and realistically.. Another participant, Mohammedali Emad Sabih, previously studied tourism and hotel management in Baghdad.. He wants to establish tourist accommodation and a hotel near the rivers of Eufrat and Tigris.. He says this has always been his dream and he wants to create work and employ people.. Emad Sabih put together a business plan and is now working on financing for his project.. Some of the other ideas are to start a company for renovating buildings, a taxi company and a company for production of medical equipment.. Some ideas are not based only on a wish to create jobs, but are also idealistic.. After working as a teacher in Norway one of the participants wants to establish a school in Iraq based on Scandinavian teaching methods.. His aim is twofold; first he wants to give children that are used to the Scandinavian education system an easier transition to the Iraqi system.. Secondly he wants to give pupils an education that will enable them able to participate in, and influence the building of society in Iraq.. Everyone on the course wants to establish their company relatively quickly.. Some have already visited Iraq several times and regard the conditions as favourable for starting up new businesses.. They are afraid that if they wait too long there will be no place for them in the market.. A centre in Baghdad to offer support and act as a link to Norway would be very useful to accelerate developments and ensure good, sustainable results.. General course on starting a business.. This is a course targeted at immigrants living in Norway.. The goal is to assist those who want to start their own company with the necessary expertise..

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  • Title: Business Innovation Programs
    Descriptive info: BIP Archives.. Balkens - Various projects.. Balkens - Croatia.. Iraq - From 2006 to 2011..

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