Stronger Together - Product Development and Internationalization

979.309,91 EUR



The STRONGER project addresses SMEs in the Programme area working with growing, collecting and processing of herbs. Trying to overcome the lack of organized businesses and clusters, lack of specific knowledge for the herb-related industry sector and missing specialised laboratories or information centers, the partnership of the project will focus on education and advisory activities. The goal is to empower business supporting organisations and research institutions to provide support and advisory services for SMEs in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Providing better support to SMEs will grant them access to the market and promote cross-border activities in the herbs collecting and processing industry. The project will address stakeholders in all three countries and initiate cross border cooperation that will result with a cross-border cluster e-platform for B2B and e-learning; educating more than 20 SMEs and 4 business support institutions and setting up 2 laboratories for research, product testing and standardisation purposes of herbs and plants set up.


Centre for Development of Brod – Posavina County (CRO), acting as the lead partner, will ensure efficient implementation of the project with support of all partners. CTR will also take care of implementation of project activities in their own region, including realisation of capacity building, education and advisory services to SMEs working in Brod-Posavina County. The partner will educate SMEs on EU and other funding opportunities, cluster activities, e-commerce and B2B, herbal plant processing and other.

Business Women Association of Montenegro (MNE) is an NGO working in Podgorica. Within the project, the partner will identify SMEs in Montenegro, provide support in the area of business and product promotion to assist them in expanding their businesses.

Similar as the Business Women Association of MontenegroAssociation of Business Women in B&H (BA) will identify SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and further assist them in missing expertise regarding herbs and plants processing. The partner will also acquire laboratory equipment, machines for extraction and distillation and plant dryers and processing machines for herbal plant processing.

Institution for development of competence, innovation and specialization of Zadar County (CRO) will use their experience in working with SMEs to bring added value in developing innovation and entrepreneurship potential. Besides educating SMEs on the importance of funding, marketing and product internalisation and providing advisory and mentoring services for SMEs, the partner will design and develop the cross-border B2B web platform with e-learning facilities.

With years of experience in scientific research, University of Zadar (CRO) is in charge of bringing new research opportunities to the herbs and plants processing industry. The partner will acquire specialized equipment for this specific field of work, making the University a regional center for SMEs dealing with herbs and plants. The partner will provide education and advisory services as well, and organize a study tour for business support organizations trainers and beneficiaries.


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Conference of STRONGER project

STRONGER, co-financed within the Priority Axis 4 of the Programme, announced upcoming educational activities for SMEs during a project conference held on 27 February 2019. Trying to overcome lack of

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