Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
My greatest previous achievement is related to a social entrepreneurship, rather. I worked directly with middle-age unemployed and hardly employable women in Krushevo, a small and remote touristic town in Macedonia, where the main employer is the local government. On the other hand, Krushevo possesses rich nature of berries, honey, teas and herbs, while these women are endowed with skills for homemade and handmade delicious food. I pioneered an association "Krushevo women" whose objective was to stir the entrepreneurial spirit of these women, by embedding skills for promotion, branding, sales, as well associating among each other and with similar initiatives globally. After a year of work, their production and sales trippled, while a couple of products have been developed in local brands, already starting being recognized by the tourists. Presently, I prepare a follow up, to embed the developed skills into specific touristic rutes, e.g. a tourist visits Krushevo, and has a chance to participate in preparation of wild-strawberry jam, and then to taste it.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The prime group associated with this project is a couple of persons from the Advisory board of my institute. These are usually persons who sit at various boards and/or are somehow related to the policymakers; e.g. the primary contributor from this group is a university professor who is named the primary adviser to the Minister of labor. Broader than this, we cooperate with NGOs/think tanks with similar causes: we share findings, define policy recommendations, participate to events organized by them. We certainly cooperate with the policymakers, where the primary objective is to make them aware of EdPlaKo-MK and the objective it wants to achieve.