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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

Social Businesses

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

Solidarity Europe

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

European Project

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

Business Information and Consulting Centre (BICC – Sandanski) is a non-profit association founded in 1997 as a result of the initiative of local entrepreneurs and representatives in the municipality of Sandanski. The organization was established with the expert assistance of the German consulting organization GFA – International Management Consulting and the financial support of Deutsche Ausgleichsbank, Germany. The main objective of BICC is to foster the economic development of the region by assisting the development of private enterprises and by promoting the region as an attractive site for investment and tourism.

In 2008 Business Information and Consulting Center – Sandanski became a part of “Enterprise Europe Network” together with national consortium with 12 other organizations in Bulgaria. The new European network includes more than 600 organizations and 4000 skilled professionals from 40 countries.

The activities of BICC – Sandanski support the economic, cultural and educational development of South-West Bulgaria. It does this through providing assistance to the needs of the local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and through the promotion of the region as a modern economic, social, cultural and sports center. BICC – Sandanski assists the SMEs in the region by organizing exhibitions, conferences, business forums, matchmaking events, etc. The organization works to increase the competitiveness and competence of local companies by informing them about current economic and social topics through seminars, training courses, workshops, round tables, discussion forums, and also through the publication of a monthly electronic newsletter, as well as other periodic publications. The organization develops and maintains a business and investment related Internet portal with various business information and news from the region of South-West Bulgaria. BICC  Sandanski strives to attract foreign investors to the region by creating conditions for easy and quick access to competent and timely information on opportunities and administrative requirements needed start a new business and/or invest in an existing business.

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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