Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Arrival and accommodation of participants in Dvorska vas (Slovenia)

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

08.45 - Arrival and registration of participants

Seminar “Public support to entrepreneurship initiatives in rural areas”

How to meet challenges of today and the future – how SMEs and local/regional authorities can work together towards innovative sustainable development of our regions

09.00–10.30 - Welcome by Rok Šimenc (director BSC Kranj) and Damjan Maletič (vice-dean)

  • Ricardo Pizarro, director, SODEBUR, Spain. Lead partner of RURAL SMEs project

 Rural SMEs challenges, goals, good practices 

  • Mary Fogarty

 Presentation of best practice: ‘The Cottage’ Tearooms, Tipperary, Ireland

  • Hilde Hoefnagels, Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium

 Eco system in rural areas, challenges for the future (OSS – Interreg Europe project)  (by teleconference) 

  • Esteban Pelayo, director, EURADA  Future EU policies (by teleconference)
  • Helena Cvenkel, BSC Kranj

 How makerspaces can support rural SMEs (URBAN M – Interreg Europe project)

  • Prof. Phd. Robert Leskovar, University of Maribor, Faculty for organisational science

 Smart ICT solutions in rural SMEs challenges of today and the future

  • Marjana Dermelj, Government office for development and cohesion policy

 Circular economy – challenges & future possibilities (local communities and SMEs)

  • Nataša Kristan, Kranj School Centre – Inter-company Educational Centre

 Projects of cooperation between the school, SMEs and local community

10.45–12.45 SEMINAR

Workshop I. RURAL SMES – Entrepreneurship. SWOT Analysis’ results.

1. Turning weaknesses into opportunities for entrepreneurs in rural areas.

2. How can we take advantage of detected opportunities?

Workshop II. Which ideas can help us in providing innovative products/services  of today/future (how SMEs and policy level (local, regional) can work together)?

Workshop will connect RURAL SME.s partners, regional stakeholders (Gorenjska), young and other stakeholders.

14.30 - 15.30 Guided tour of Elan (global producer and supplier of sporting activities equipment, and  technical advanced composite components for the wind-energy market)

Management meeting in hotel Lambergh, Dvorska vas


16.30 – 17.00 COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION (Tipperary County Council)

17.00 – 17.30 ACTION PLANS (All Partners)

1) Partners will inform about their action plans’ development presenting first


NEXT TRANSNATIONAL MEETING (Greece) – April 2019 (Region of Western  Greece)

1) Place, dates and foreseen agenda for the next event.

- Seminar “Public support to innovation for SMEs in rural areas”.

- Study Visits.

2) Tasks to be developed.

19.00 Partner’s official dinner @ Vila Podvin

Thursday, 15 November 2018

08.00 Study visits in Gorenjska region (Škofja Loka, Kranj, Bohinj)

09.00 – 11.00

Visit of Škofja Loka

- Creative centre Kreativnice

- Art&Craft Centre of Škofja Loka

- School centre Škofja Loka (inter-entrepreneurial centre) (materials, wood)

11.30 - 13.00

Visit of Kranj

- Coworking centre Kovačnica (support to SMEs, start-ups)

- Open Lab (empowerment of youth for ICT, creativity)

- Foundation Vincenc Draksler (shop) (social enterprise, circular economy)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch @ Restaurant Brioni

15.00 - 18.00

Visit of Bohinj

- Collective brand “Bohinjsko/From Bohinj” (support mechanisms in the

National park and nearby areas)

- Kmetija Pr’ Odolnek


Dinner @ Restaurant Lectar

22.00 Arrival to hotel

Friday, 16 November 2018

Checking out of the hotel