DURATION: March 2022 – September 2023
DONOR: Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme
The Association for Research and Analysis – ZMAI is part of the project “Boosting employment through entrepreneurship in the circular economy – BeCircular”. The donor of the project is the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme. The partners of the project are DYADEMA and CluBE from the Republic of Greece and GAUS Institute from the Republic of North Macedonia.
The main goal of the project is to create employment opportunities for graduates and students, by using the comparative advantages of the cross-border area, if possible, by using innovative tools and practices. BeCircular approaches the concepts of circular economy and bio-economy, to create job opportunities for young engineers/scientists/artists/technicians. Through further training and preparing them to function as entrepreneurs by using higher education skills and knowledge. The activities of the project are fully in line with the strategies of the EU, national and local authorities for waste management and the promotion of the circular economy.
Within the framework of the project, ZMAI plans to establish a “Center for Entrepreneurship and Creativity” for the preparation of young entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, technicians and engineers for entering the circular economy and bio-economy. The activities envisaged include joint local cross-border employment initiatives achieved through counseling campaigns and the development of business models by students. The targeted events will be organized as educational presentations in secondary schools in the Pelagonian region, workshops to gain interest and increase awareness of circular economy, bio-economy and entrepreneurship within the framework of the Center, while special trainings for teachers and mentors will be organized through the project partners.