More than one million euros from the Challenge Fund will be received by 47 beneficiaries of the Third Call for Proposals from the Challenge to Change project grant. The total value of the projects is over EUR 3.6 million. At a ceremony held yesterday in Sarajevo, representatives of these companies were presented with certificates.
Company "Elas metalexpert" from Banja Luka has received a € 25,000 grant for a vending machine that facilitates the daily mobility and care of people with disabilities.
“We did a little research on how many such people are in our city and what the conditions are in public institutions, and since we do vending machines for all kinds of purposes, we came up with the idea of making life for such people a little easier. We would test such vending machines for Banja Luka and later work for BiH, the whole region and beyond, ”says Boris Petrovic.
The Challenge Fund also received support from "Small Farmer" Zavidovici for the donkey pelletizing project. According to Alen Jusufovic, using these funds will solve the problem of dumping large quantities of donkey fertilizer and create a new product.
The "Maguba" company came 10 years ago from Sweden to Travnik. On a public call, they applied for a project to procure a laser tailoring machine. Thanks to the grant, the company will, according to Senada Selimovic, produce medical clogs 10 times faster, a product that fully markets the Swedish market.
Torgny Svenungsson, Head of Development Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy in BiH, who presented the certificates to the beneficiaries of the grant, points out that the intention of the Swedish Embassy in BiH is to strengthen the economic development of our country with this project.
"The C2C program has achieved impressive results so far. We have received 2000 applications so far, 110 users have been contracted and around 500 new jobs has been foreseen. Customers come from different sectors: wood processing, food production, IT sector, metal, ”said Svenungsson.SERDA Director Sevkija Okeric reminded that the project is aimed at innovative companies in BiH that create new employment, new value and increase the competitiveness of their countries and companies. He also emphasized that many companies that applied for funds in this way are learning how to write a project, complete an application, profile their idea and improve their business.
The ceremony also featured successful examples of C2C fund users - "EM plus" Doboj, "AT-ARTEX" Sarajevo, "Glovis" from Zenica and "PD Natura" East Sarajevo. The Challenge to Change project was established in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the help of the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation - Sida / Embassy of Sweden in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is available to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from all over BiH, as well as to small and medium-sized enterprises from Sweden with an interest in BiH. It is also available to startups that have innovative business ideas, products or services that can lead to increased staffing, increased competitiveness and sustainable socio-economic development in BiH. Businesses that meet the set criteria can apply for a grant up to a maximum of € 30,000, which is 50% of their total investment.
Challenge to Change project - C2C is implemented by the Sarajevo Regional Development Agency SERDA and the Republic of Srpska Development Agency (RARS). The project partner is also Region Ostergotland, Eastern Sweden. The aim of the project is to contribute to stronger economic development in BiH, as well as to strengthening cooperation between Sweden and BiH.