Project partners

Fachhochschule des Mittelstandes (FHM) Gmbh - project coordinator

The Fachhochschule des Mittelstandes (FHM)  is a private state-approved University of Applied Sciences. Founded in 2000 by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the FHM is nowadays one of the most successful private universities in Germany with a strong focus on the needs of German SMEs. We create and offer tailor-made educational services and research activities to boost SME’ innovation potentials and entrepreneurial spirit making them think outside the box!

The FHM’s goal is to provide students with necessary theoretical and hands-on skills for their later business career. The FHM’ concept focuses on practical career orientation, individual tutoring, and small group sizes. At present, there are approx. 5500 students in BA, MA and MBA programs, 100 in doctoral programs, and 630 in scientific further education. The programs on offer include 32 BA study programs, 9 MA programs, 1 doctoral programs in cooperation with the British universities of Gloucestershire and Worcester, and 9 programs in the field of scientific further education. Study programs cover 3 main areas: Economics; Media & Communication; HR, Health and Social Work. The FHM employs 95 professors and cooperates with about 240 experts from business sector as guest lecturers.

PAIZ Konsulting Sp. z o.o.

PAIZ Konsulting Sp. z o.o.  Since 1997, PAIZ Konsulting has been a stalwart provider of training services, catering to adult learners and organizations of varied sizes. Having trained nearly 10,000 individuals across Poland and Europe, PAIZ specializes in enhancing knowledge and facilitating effective changes in skills, behaviors, and attitudes at both individual and organizational levels. As the Leader/Coordinator of the Erasmus+ Project „Extended Learning Support System (ELSS),” PAIZ developed an online system supporting skill implementation in the workplace. With a multidisciplinary team of 7 and an extensive network of external experts. PAIZ is currently a partner in 2 projects: „L2C: Linear Turns Circular -Fostering SMEs Circular Economy Transition” and „Packless -Supporting SME Sustainable Packaging Transformation” and a leader in 2 projects: „Shift2green – Promoting green work habits through gamification” and „Too Good To Go – Transforming the waste-free economy for SMEs.”

Fundacja Ekopotencjał -Przestrzeń możliwości

Fundacja Ekopotencjał – Przestrzeń Możliwości Founded in 2013, is dedicated to ecological education, environmental protection, and development. Established by graduates of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wroclaw, the foundation emphasizes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to environmental challenges. With expertise in environmental protection, ecological education, tourism, and spatial management, the foundation aims to apply solutions through education. Their mission is to reveal the „eco-potential” of our surroundings, focusing on social activities and projects that harness the natural environment’s potential. The foundation also undertakes initiatives to enhance the quality of life in urban areas.


 OSTERREICHISCHES OKOLOGIE-INSTITUT   The Austrian Institute of Ecology (AIE) was founded in 1985 as a non-profit, non-governmental research organisation and runs two offices in Vienna and Bregenz. Up to 25 employees from different disciplines work on innovative strategies in the field of sustainable development. The target of the AIE lies in the integration of social and environmental aspects into business and consumption activities. In cooperation with partners from municipalities, organisations and companies interand transdisciplinary research projects and consulting activities are performed. Because of its versatile profile, the AIE is able to target the specific needs of its clients in the following fields: Urban and Regional Development; Environmental Assessment, Resource Management and Waste Minimization, Green Procurement, Development of sustainable products and services; Green Event Management, Information and Participation and Society, Science and Technology. The Institute holds valuable experience in the field of sustainable packaging through countless research and application projects and consulting activities. Communicating research and best-practices towards businesses and policy makers is part of the organization’s core capabilities. Due to its long-term expertise built up in the development of sustainable solutions on institutional and product or productservice system level, AIE brings in competences on methods, tools and criteria for the assessment of the sustainability performance crucial for the evaluation of packaging practices. The AIE founded the ASCB – Austrian Sustainable Building Council that is an independent non-profit organisation located in Vienna together with a number of renowned and independent institutions in the field of sustainable building ( The multidisciplinary team members are certified consultants for the EcoBusiness Plan Vienna –
The Environmental Service Package of the City of Vienna.


YAMBOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY YCCI is the most experienced & well-known regional chamber in south-east Bulgaria. Its regular work includes support, promotion, representation & internationalization of the business of its regular members – 960 industrialists, manufacturers,
retailers, academic bodies, research institutions. It provides integrated solutions by capitalizing knowledge & experience from EU & national funded projects in the field of the entrepreneurial field, focusing on supporting firms with the potential to innovate & grow internationally, regardless of their age or sector, but also providing tailored services to start-ups & scaleups. Its activities involve training & support provisions for SMEs in its own licensed centre for professional training in 37 up to-date & innovative professions, business consultants & advisers, entrepreneurs & prospect entrepreneurs, employer training schemes. It holds extensive experience & expertise in mobilizing communities, building & activating networks, designing, managing & implementing large-scale B2B events. It affirmed its position as a leading organization in support of the cross-border business cooperation between Bulgaria – Greece, Turkey & the Black Sea region, with over 15 European projects on ecology & innovation. YCCI was part of the Bulgarian consortium – Euro Info Centers BG since 1999 & afterwards it started hosting the Enterprise Europe Network since its very beginning in 2008 & it has achieved a wide expert capacity. Its work in EEN provides the outreach & expert potential in 52 countries, reaching not only countries in Europe & networking opportunities to more than 700 expert working worldwide. YCCI is focusing its strength on providing services to SMEs for internationalization( development of market access advice & matchmaking services), basic advisory services, consultations on regulatory requirements, advanced advisory services, general innovation support for SMEs services, advice on access to finance to help businesses innovate & grow international, resilience & sustainability related advisory services.