“Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme”
About the project
The DLTech UP project is funded by the Interreg V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme”, which focuses on the development in the cross-border area. The target area of the project includes 7 prefectures on the Greek side (Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi, Drama, Thessaloniki and Serres) and 4 districts on the Bulgarian side (Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo), which cover 40.202 sq km with 2,8 million inhabitants.
For various reasons, starting and making a business in the above-mentioned area is not so easy. Those who want to start their own business usually face various obstacles, among which are such difficulties as limited access to business know-how, limited access to general information and contacts, lack of support services for developing competitive product services, lack of access/ now-how regarding cost saving technologies, inadequate human development and skills, difficulties in obtaining business finance, etc., and this situation has a negative impact on the sustainable development of the whole region.
The project DLTech UP aims to contribute to addressing the problem, through the creation of a well-structured, well laid out, scalable and replicable accelerator program for those who have good business ideas and want to implement them. The consortium will conduct an open challenge to identify and select up to 10 projects pursuing DLT applications for social or public good to be supported by the accelerator. Selected projects will be awarded with initial funding and connected with other organizations. At the end of the accelerator, all projects will submit their proof-of-concept applications and/or use cases for final evaluation. A set of best projects will be announced at a final event and rewarded with additional funding.
Interreg V-A «Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020»
Greece and Bulgaria, two neighboring countries with a rich past, since the end of the 1990s have entered an era of closer co-operation, due to the INTERREG Programme “Greece-Bulgaria”.
The main idea behind “INTERREG” is that countries have issues which can be better solved if they work together with their neighbors than if each one remains confined within its borders. So for this reason, in our Programme we promote activities that bring our people closer.
One needs to look no further than the land and the rivers we share and move on to roads and then to culture, food and traditions. In every case what happens on the one side of the border affects the other side as well. The need for joint actions is gradually becoming the normal than the exception.
We focus in Northern Greece and in Southern Bulgaria around our common border.
All of our actions take place in the area of Evros, Kavala, Xanthi, Rodopi, Drama, Thessaloniki, Serres and in Blagoevgrad, Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo.
We work with public and other institutions on both sides of the border that can benefit and positively influence the widest possible numbers of inhabitants, funding a very diverse range of activities that fall in the sectors of competitiveness, environment, culture, transportation, health and social issues
For this reason, the European Union together with Greece and Bulgaria are providing 130.000.000 Euros from 2014 up to 2020!
We improve co-operation on issues of common interest and deal with the challenges of the modern era in a more efficient and effective way. Our ultimate aim is a better everyday life.
We cooperate! We act jointly and we all win!
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European Institute for Local Development
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The Project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by national funds of the countries participating in the Interreg V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme.