The Bulgarian Industrial Association is a lead partner of the ERASMUS+ Project Steps2Scale, which main goal is to create a harmonized qualification and competence framework for the profession Scaling up adviser which doesn’t exist in any EU country. The Commission's Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to become world leading companies. There are many start-up initiatives, but very few make it beyond the critical first few years. The European Commission is determined to change that and help start-ups deliver their full innovation and job creation potential.

What is “scale up company”?

Scale Ups are high tech companies with minimum 5 years of experience on the local market, already proven and well established market niche, developed internationalization strategy and readiness to go and find new markets and partners. The Steps2Scale will create an environment that fosters competitiveness, business thinking, innovation and creativity. The scaling-up adviser is the profession of one more competitive and fast growing future of the EU.

Total budget: 260 000 € 

Duration of the project: 01.09. 2017 – 31.08. 2019

Project’s Goals:

  • Development of support system in the field of adult education and training
  • Support to the enterpreneurs  in key phase of the lifecycle of their business
  • Support of the entrepreneurial culture in Europe and establishment of new innovative managers of Europe


Target Groups:

  • Startups, scale-ups and spin-offs with minimum 5 years of experience balanced business plan and defined local market niche
  • SMEs with innovative product which is already well placed on the local market and has export potential
  • SMEs with export strategy and potential, but still local players
  • VET Centers and training organizations, mentors, trainers and coaches in the field.

Around 50 entrepreneurs from the target group will be trained while testing the training and learning methodology.