The second day of the BeCircular’s project final conference, organised by GAUSS Institute, was held on 20th October at Hotel Millenium, Shirok Sokak 48, 7000 in Bitola. Project partners’ representatives (from DIADYMA, CluBE, Gauss Institute and ZMAI), stakeholders from the Pelagonia region, and representatives of relevant projects under the EU’s Interreg IPA programs attended the conference.
Dr Igor Nedelkovski, Rector of the University “St. Kliment Ohridski” emphasized the role of education in circular economy processes, highlighting the significant role of BeCircular, which integrates circular economy topics into certain university courses.
During the conference, a book entitled “Managing Changes in a Circular Economy through Circular (business) Models,” developed as part of the project, was officially presented. This book will serve as a textbook for master students.
The conference also showcased the platform and a promotional video developed by GAUSS Institute, introducing the circular concept of “Rent (don’t buy) everything you need.”
ZMAI association representatives highlighted activities, particularly the newly refurbished Entrepreneurial and Creativity Center in Prilep, which serves as a hub for circular economy ideas. Business ideas generated there have turned into real businesses, attracting third-party investors and entering the startup phase.
The open session concluded with questions and discussions, while the closed session, dedicated only to project partners, focused on the projects results, their dissemination and the potential future cooperation.