EIT Community RIS Hub North Macedonia

Igniting Innovation Capacities in North Macedonia

Promoting the local innovation ecosystem in North Macedonia is crucial for fostering economic growth, job creation, and sustainable development. A robust innovation environment stimulates the emergence of new ideas, products, and services, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of local businesses on a global scale. By investing in and supporting local innovators, the country can attract foreign investments, creating a positive cycle of economic prosperity. Additionally, a thriving innovation ecosystem cultivates a culture of continuous learning, adaptability, and resilience among the workforce, preparing them for the challenges of the future. This not only contributes to the nation’s technological advancement but also ensures that North Macedonia remains agile and responsive to evolving market demands. Furthermore, a vibrant innovation community can address local challenges through creative solutions, improving the overall quality of life and contributing to societal well-being. In essence, nurturing the local innovation ecosystem is pivotal for North Macedonia’s socio-economic development, positioning it as a dynamic player in the global marketplace.

About the EIT Community RIS Hub

The EIT Community RIS Hub in North Macedonia is dedicated to nurturing innovation to drive economic prosperity and societal well-being. It catalyzes local innovators, offering support and resources to boost the competitiveness of businesses and attract foreign investments. By fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, the Hub aims to address local challenges and contribute to the country’s socio-economic development on a global scale.

“The EIT Community RIS Hub North Macedonia will continue to serve as a vital link between local stakeholders and the EIT Community in North Macedonia. By fostering robust communication channels and facilitating cross-KIC coordination, we will drive impactful collaborations and innovative solutions. Our efforts in initiating joint activities, scouting for local funding, and organizing awareness-raising events will ensure that local ecosystems thrive. We anticipate that our strategic communication and showcasing of EIT initiatives will attract further engagement and support for future projects.”


Aleksandar Stamboliev

EIT Funding & Impact

North Macedonia received a total of EUR 625,000 in EIT grants in 2022, marking a significant increase from the previous year. This funding was directed to North Macedonian organizations through two EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities. The largest share (EUR 456,000) was dedicated to cities, regions, and NGOs, including EUR 169,000 to support North Macedonian SMEs under EIT Manufacturing. This financial support demonstrates a commitment to advancing innovation and economic growth in the region. 

About the EIT Community Officer

Mr. Aleksandar Stamboliev
EIT Community Officer North Macedonia

Mr. Aleksandar Stamboliev is passionate about driving interdisciplinary change and embracing innovative approaches in business, knowledge management, and capacity building. With over 22 years of experience in business creation and education, he is the CEO and co-founder of BAU Accelerator, dedicated to helping technology startups scale globally. As the National EIT Community officer, Aleksandar leads efforts to foster economic cohesion and accelerate growth in North Macedonia. 

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