Interreg Estonia-Latvia Programme Export Express – Brave Idea Support Programme
BIA helped coordinate the Brave Idea Support Programme meant to form partnerships between Estonian and Latvian SMEs. The entrepreneurial spirit of new Estonian-Latvian SMEs in the project B-idea was facilitated by a sustainable, result-based, and cross-border approach. Altogether, BIA helped organize 8 joint cross-border events with 134 unique participants.
29 SMEs were involved in the Export Express support programme, including 12 from Estonia and 17 from Latvia. The project focused on the new (up to 3 years old) product and service SMEs, which had sales in the home market and had not or had limited export experience. Their main interest and the need was to further develop the business and get first export sales. The range of sectors where the SMEs operated varied from the food and beverage products, furniture, tableware, and interior elements to IT service and application providers. 19 SMEs graduated from the programme and participated in the final and follow-up events.
As a result of trade missions, 3 SMEs got their export deals in Sweden and Finland and 4 SMEs in other markets. At least 5 SMEs became active in export markets. The participating SMEs developed their export intelligence and businesses activities with the help of the skills obtained in the Export Express programme.
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