Spirit Slovenija Agency Helps Slovenian Companies in Exploring Foreign Markets

The Spirit Slovenija State Agency helps Slovenian exporting companies in developing foreign markets, promoting products or services, as well as participating in business activities to strengthen their position on the international level.

Specialized international business events allow companies to present their products and services to the global professional business community. The Spirit Slovenija State Agency participates in the Open Tendering Procedure for Co-financing the Active Participation of Companies in International Business Activities in 2017 and co-finances the cost of participation in such events covering the travel and transportation costs. The tender budget is 500,000 euros. Each beneficiary can receive a grant covering up to 60% of earmarked funds (minimum 3,000 euros, maximum 8,000 euros). Applications shall be submitted in two rounds (the first — until 29 March 2017, the second — until 12 June 2017).

International Certificate Is the Way to New Customers

International Quality Management System Certificate confirms the high quality of the company’s products and allows Slovenian manufacturers to expand cooperation with foreign partners. As part of the tender procedure (Javnega razpisa za sofinanciranje stroškov pridobitve certifikatov po mednarodnih standardih v letu 2017), the Spirit Slovenija Agency covers the costs for certification of products and/or certification of quality management systems to the micro, small and medium enterprises. An authorised certification body carries out these procedures. This year, 300,000 euros have been allocated for these purposes. Each beneficiary can receive a grant covering up to 60% of targeted funds (maximum of 10,000 euros). Application deadline: 17 May 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Research Market to Make the Right Decision

A marketing analysis can examine a number of important issues, such as the target markets for Slovenian companies, a list of potential customers, the level of competition on the foreign market and adaptation of products to the terms of this market, and the optimal sales channels. By participating in the Open Tendering Procedure for Co-financing the Active Participation of Companies in International Business Activities in 2016 and 2017, the Spirit Slovenija State Agency covers the cost of consulting services related to market research and conducted by an independent company to the small and medium-sized enterprises. In 2017, 250,000 euros have been allocated for these purposes. Each beneficiary can receive 4,500 euros or a maximum of 50% funds for market research. Application deadline: 2 June 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Individual Company Presentations at International Exhibitions Abroad

This year, the Spirit Slovenija Agency plans to announce an open tendering procedure, which would provide Slovenian companies with an opportunity of co-financing the costs of individual presentations at international exhibitions abroad. The terms of the tender will be posted on the website for Slovenian exporters: izvoznookno.si.

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Source: delo.si