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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

IT&C tools, the main resources used by eEntrepreneur 2012 winners to foster the local business environment

01.11.2012

The eEntrepreneur competition has reached its second edition, aiming to identify the best 6 business plans of rural, small entrepreneurs, created jointly with local RECL managers. These plans will be financed and their creators will receive three months’ worth of implementation assistance. By the end of 2012, all the entrepreneurs’ activities and objectives will be tracked.

The eEntrepreneur competition, part of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP), is a competition started and financed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCIS). The competition targets local entrepreneurs in the 229 localities part of the programme, and aims to become a true challenge for the local business sector. Participants are encouraged to develop innovative activities through which their own businesses, as well as the local business environment, can become more competitive in use of IT&C resources.

This year, 20 teams from 16 communities joined the competition: Arbore, Bălan, Băneasa, Belin, Corabia, Dărmaneşti, Hangu, Jurilovca, Licurici, Luduș, Luncavița, Perişor, Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Șaru Dornei, Târgu Lăpuș, Zlatna. They uploaded materials for all activities, so they became eligible for evaluation.

Mixed teams were formed, with a maximum of three entrepreneurs and a team coordinator. They had to present a sustainable plan, with specific results and benefits for small entrepreneurs in KEP communities, as well as a target to generate profits and attract funds in the community.

The evaluation was based on criteria including: business profile, how activities are scheduled, truthfulness in the business plan, the strategy used to attain short-term objectives and the relevance of set indicators.

“By launching eEntrepreneur, KEP shows its support for initiatives which promote good practice examples for local entrepreneurs. The aims of eEntrepreneur is to create, foster, consolidate and promot an entrepreneurial culture in rural and small-urban areas, while taking full advantage of the competitive edge provided by the new trends of IT&C assimilation”, says Diana Voicu, head of the Project Management Unit, MCIS.

The six winning teams are (in order of score): Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Mureș – with the plan ”e-Store for hand made products” (92 points), Licurici, Gorj – with ”Little bee” (87 points), Arbore, Suceava – with ”IT Trans Academy” (83 points), Luncavița, Tulcea – with ”EU Business Consulting” (80 points), Șarul Dornei, Suceava – with ”Promoting through IT” (75 points) and Bălan, Harghita – with ”Tradition promoted through IT” (72 points).

Sângeorgiu de Pădure – a natural result of the partnership between PAPI and local entrepreneurs


Hand made products to be sold in the virtual store
created in Sângeorgiu de Pădure

For the team which got the most points, it all started in 2010, when a sustainability plan was created for the next three years in the life of RECL Sângeorgiu. The plan had analysed the social and economic situation in the locality and the surrounding micro-region.

“At the time, I managed to get a deep understanding of the issues craftsmen are facing”, RECL manager Istvan Menyhart says. He spoke to producers, as well as sellers, and realised that in summer traditional homemade objects are easy to sell right in the street, in front of the house. However, for the rest of the year, there are virtually no sales.

He then came up with a sustainable business plan through which commerce with handmade products could become possible during the entire year.

„Those who create the products only sell occasionally, but an online shop is open around the clock”, the RECL manager explains. Since he’s not specialised in commerce, he looked up specialists in the field. “We don’t have many companies around here, so we partnered with Nodec SRL and created a common business plan”, Menyhart says.

The two entrepreneurs registered on a specialty consulting site for online businesses and tested how such an online store works. “We learned the details we must pay attention to”, Kocsis says. The two decided to have the store in Romanian, Hungarian and English. They contacted producers, calculated costs and spoke to delivery companies which could transport products to buyers. “It’s clearly not easy but it’s well worth a try”, Menyhart concludes. “Our plan will ensure a market without borders for local craftsmen, thus generating extra revenue and increase the revenue of companies in the eMagazin (eStore) Team”, Kocsis concludes.

Licurici – a project for beekeepers


Beehives in Licurici

An online store is also the plan of the team in Licurici, Gorj County – however, not for craftsmen, but for beekeepers.

Since Licurici makes remarkable honey, three beekeepers in the area, as well as the local RECL manager, drafted a plan to build a specialised site where they could promote and sell beekeeping products.

All three - Ionuţ Daniel Cojocaru, Doru Lăutaru Burlan and Iulian Gheorghe Mutulescu – are old partners of PAPI Licurici, and all have beekeeping in their family, being the second generation to work in the field. According to the business plan, in order to promote and sell their products (honey, propolis, pollen and wax), they will build and manage a website, buy a laptop, a digital photo camera and a printer for each. “We will use modern technologies to consult the online market and increase our market share”, Licurici RECL manager Elena Dobromir says.

Arbore – a project based on efficiency

The team in Arbore, Suceava, managed to get 83 points with the business plan called „IT Trans Academy”, put together by three local companies specialising in international transport.

Ionuţ Daniel Manoilă from SC Grigman SRL, Teodor Vasile Vântu from SC Teo&Geo SRL and Vasile Sturzu from SC Emyflor Trans SRL, together with RECL manager Valentin Iulian Ursan, wrote a plan including IT solutions for making their activity more effective. The three companies will be listed on the European Transport Exchange, in order to get favourable loads; they will be able to post announcements with locations from where their truck has to come back, so it won’t come back empty and all trucks work in continuos flux.

They will also be able to buy spare parts and insurance online, as well as to track their fleet. By implementing this plan, three local companies working in international transports will have bigger profits and create new jobs for locals.

Luncavița – a business plan meant to bring two companies back on the road to profit


Work session in Luncavița

Luncavița stands out with a partnership between two local entrepreneurs from totally different lines of work: Gabriel Ionașcu owns production company SC Ionaşcu&CO Gabi SRL, and Răzvan Bumbar owns consultancy company S.C. Crapina S.R.L. The business plan, which got 80 points, was written by RECL manager Marian Ilie. ”The name of the team is Business Consulting Luncaviţa and includes the two local entrepreneurs. One is specialised in the furniture and textile industries, the other is a young graduate who opened a consulting firm. He already has several projects submitted which received European funds. The entrepreneur who makes furniture and clothes has already lost several customers due to newly-appeared competition so we are trying to put his business back on track thanks to the management company. The latter will create an up-to-date business plan with all the market requires right now and will offer support in respecting that plan for up to one year”, Ilie explains.

The business plan states the consulting company must buy IT equipment, because they are lacking in this respect, but the counselled company is also to buy new equipment so that the quality of its products will increase.

Șaru Dornei – ideas to promote the entire community


Hand made products from Șarul Dornei

The tem in Șaru Dornei, Suceava County, has gone further and proposed a business plan to promote the entire commune. Of course, the Internet is the cornerstone of this approach, and the people who will proudly represent the commune in virtual space are Elena Hunea, a talented maker of hand-made objects, and Daniela Floarea Țarcă, owner of a resort located at the base of the Călimani Mountains.

The idea of the project „Promoting through IT”, which accumulated 75 points, came from RECL manager Ana Maria Palma. She knew the two entrepreneurs and decided that, by realising a promotional site, by opening Facebook accounts and creating flyers, the commune of Șaru Dornei will be much better known, both regarding the agility and talent of local entrepreneurs and the sensationally looking landscapes. The things to be promote are the hand-made objects (earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, paintings, photo frames, dolls and more), whose fame has already gone beyond the borders of the commune, and the Poarta Călimani boarding home, located in the old volcanic depression of a huge crater formed 5 million years ago.

Bălan – online promotion, as well as organising regular fairs

In Bălan, Harghita County, the team is made out of Gheorghe Iojiban, RECL manager, and Robert Kovacs, local entrepreneur. The two will promote the area and its specific through IT means: they will create a site, organise specialty fairs and produce promotional, personalised items. „The plan started from our personal skills: IT in my case and expertise in social economy, community development and event planning of Mr. Kovacs”, RECL manager Gheorghe Iojiban says.

They studied local activities and decided to base their plan on promoting Bălan’s traditional products. Such entrepreneurs include producers of traditional items, mushrooms, fruit berries, honey, dairy products and companies working in the HoReCa sector.

“As private promoters of local entrepreneurs, we will periodically organise producers’ and service providers’ fairs, promote the online with a special website designed for the project and intermediate client access”, Robert Kovacs explains.

What’s next?

KEP will now ensure financing of the entrepreneurs in the winning team, in order for them to attain the objectives set out in their business plan. All winning teams will be assisted in implementing the business plans for three months, until the end of 2012, so that all activities and objectives identified by entrepreneurs would be tracked. More information about the competition, as well as the full list of competitors, can be found on ecomunitate.ro/ Business section.

Online resources:

Businessmen in Sângeorgiu de Pădure, in the e-Entrepreneur competition

A tech farmer in the eEntrepreneur competition

Business women in Saschiz join the eAntreprenor competition

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Awards and prizes

 

EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.

 

The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.

 

National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.

 

THE HIGHEST HONOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.

 

e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.

 

Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

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