Macedonia2025

a non-profit, non-political organization with primary focus on economic and leadership development, working in partnership with business, government and academia to generate opportunities and build capacities for economic growth, therefore helping build a stronger nation.

Macedonia 2025 Summit

An international conference that brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and policymakers to promote sustainable development and prosperity in Macedonia and South-Eastern Europe.

15-16 May 2024 | Skopje Marriott Hotel

Промотивна кампања „Науката и јас“

Ајде да инспирираме повеќе ученици да ја засакаат НАУКАТА! Ги повикуваме сите научници да ја инспирираат следната генерација! Дали сте научник страстен за разгорување на љубопитност и инспирација на младите умови на иднината? Ако е така, Ве покануваме да се придружите на специјалната иницијатива која има за цел да ги мотивира и поттикне учениците од основното образование преку вашата стручност, искуство и мудри зборови.

ПОВИК ЗА НОМИНАЦИИ ЗА ПРИЗНАНИЕ ЗА ПРИДОНЕС НА ПРИПАДНИЦИТЕ НА ДИЈАСПОРАТА за 2024 година

Оваа иницијатива е наменета за поединци, припадници од дијаспората, кои без оглед кога и каде се родени се нераскинлив дел од националното ткиво на македонскиот народ, како симболично признание за нивниот несебичен и континуиран ангажман и придонес во различни сфери кон родната земја.

Open call for scholarships for the OHRID HI-TECH EXCELLENCE CAMP 2024

The Camp combines traditional summer fun with an exclusive opportunity to develop and practice coding, STEM, and robotics skills with peers from all over the world.

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A word from our Chair of the Board

We believe that innovation, leadership, and global partnerships are the key ingredients to building a brighter future for Macedonia. As the Chair of the Board, I am proud to lead an organization that is dedicated to fostering economic development, promoting entrepreneurship, and creating opportunities for young people. Together, let us work towards a prosperous and thriving Macedonia.
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Our success over the years

6,640

Participants at our events

800 +

Educational programs alumni

82

Countries and territories

70

Active members

96

Partners and supporters

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USA Active Members: 21 Events: 15+

Canada Active Members: 7 Events: 10+

Macedonia Active Members: 18 Events: 200+

Europe Active Members: 18 Events: 6

UAE Active Members: 3

Australia Active Members: 7 Event: 1

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What people Say About Us

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It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the “Atanas Bliznakoff,, foundation. The scholarship is a motivation that provided me with a quality and modern education. There were many challenges, but from today’s perspective, I am grateful for all the difficulties along the way – which scholarship made easier. As an ambitious student, who aims for professional development in the field of dentistry, the support in the past period allowed me to get involved in significant processes that advanced my knowledge. As a person who wants to constantly improve, the scholarship is a great positive motivator that has influenced many aspects of life. The “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship was the successful change in my education, which happened quite quickly, and the very reason for my decision to focus on advancement in the field of dentistry. Nothing is impossible! As a first-year student at the Faculty of Dentistry, I was an active participant in the 28th International Dental Student Congress and the 3rd Summer School for Dental Students and Young Doctors of Dental Medicine. Anything that motivates me to be productive and challenges me is a sense of fulfillment when I master something. I encourage all students to apply because the opportunity to show yourself with the support that the “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship will provide you is a real opportunity to invest in yourself, your ambition, and your persistence.

Nadica Jovanova (Vinica)

A student at the Faculty of Dentistry

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The “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship, was the best thing that happened to me at the beginning of my student life. In addition to financial support, this scholarship has been a great support and motivation to work hard, and achieve my academic goals; opened a door to a new world of contributing by most as a door opens and perspective for a brighter future. My biggest success in the last academic year was that I managed to pass most of the exams because I studied hard throughout the school year. To all those students who will apply for the “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship, I would advise them to work hard to achieve their goals, and not to give up on the things they want to achieve, at first it will be difficult, but nothing is impossible. You are braver than you assume, stronger than you look, and smarter than you think.

Ezana Bekteshi (Skopje)

A student at the "lustinianus Primus,Law Faculty

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The “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship, was the best thing that happened to me at the beginning of my student life. In addition to financial support, this scholarship has been a great support and motivation to work hard, and achieve my academic goals; opened a door to a new world of contributing by most as a door opens and perspective for a brighter future. My biggest success in the last academic year was that I managed to pass most of the exams because I studied hard throughout the school year. To all those students who will apply for the “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship, I would advise them to work hard to achieve their goals, and not to give up on the things they want to achieve, at first it will be difficult, but nothing is impossible. You are braver than you assume, stronger than you look, and smarter than you think.

Marija Bogoevska (Veles)

A student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (FEIT)

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As a child of a single mother, I can tell you that getting this scholarship is of great importance to me, as well as to my parent. Coming to Skopje to study was a challenge that was much easier to overcome thanks to this scholarship. It is of exceptional importance when paying all the expenses related to the faculty, the participation, as well as the purchase of professional literature for studying. The support we receive with this scholarship makes it much easier for us to walk the path we have envisioned and to focus our attention on our studies without worrying about how the next installment will be paid. Thanks to this scholarship, we have more motivation and incentive to make our studies much easier. My devotion was focused only on studying, which is why I would mention it as the most significant success that I managed to pass all the exams this academic year.

Marija Burmuzoska (Krivogashtani)

A student at the Faculty of Philosophy

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The scholarship from the “Atanas Bliznakoff.. Foundation in the past academic year was extremely important for me to become more productive in realizing the set goals and achieving results. It was a special honor and pleasure that we had the opportunity this year to meet and be friends with the members and relatives of the “Atanas Bliznakoff, Foundation, humans (in the true sense of the word) who, with their competence and timely help, facilitate our studies and open up new opportunities and perspectives for us. I wholeheartedly recommend all talented students to apply for this scholarship because from the foundation’s team you will always find professionalism, immense dedication, and understanding that enable our studies and give us inspiration and hope for new achievements. Let me express my appreciation for your tremendous work and the extent of your contribution to supporting talented students. On my behalf and behalf of the other scholarship holders, we wish you happiness and prosperity, health, energy, and new successes.

Mila Gjorgjevska (Kumanovo)

A student at the Hans Em Faculty of Forest Sciences, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

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The “Atanas Bliznakoff,, Scholarship is of great importance to me. It helped me financially and was an incentive and motivation for me to put in additional effort during the first year. This scholarship is a constant supporter of my studies and a companion in achieving my goals. Wish all students, students to be, and beneficiaries of the “Atanas Bliznakoff,, scholarship successful studies. Use the scholarship as support in achieving your goals and never forget to believe in yourself and your abilities!

Kliment Shinikoski (Ohrid)

A student at the Faculty of Economics

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The “Atanas Bliznakoff, scholarship is one of the main motives for my decision to continue the educational process in our country. This scholarship motivates me to work on my personal and professional development and to commit to my studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy. The first academic year is a big challenge and brings with it changes to which we have to adapt. This scholarship motivated me to successfully master the studying material and overcome obstacles. In addition, during this academic year, won first place in the International Competition on the occasion of Immunization Week, organized by EPSA – European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. To all students who will apply for this scholarship, I wish them a successful application and advise them never to give up on their dreams, because having dreams means having a vision, and the vision becomes reality.

Jovana Stojcheska (Prilep)

A student at the Faculty of Pharmacy

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Macedonia2025 welcomes sponsors and partners. To become a sponsor/partner, please contact us at office@macedonia2025.com

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Frequently asked questions

If you’re interested in supporting Macedonia2025 and its mission to promote economic development, entrepreneurship, and leadership in  Macedonia, here are some ways you can get involved:

1. Donate: You can make a donation to Macedonia2025 to support its programs and initiatives. You can donate online through our website, or contact the organization directly to learn about other donation options. 100% of donations are dedicated to our programs.

2. Volunteer: Macedonia2025 relies on the support of volunteers to help run its programs and events. If you have expertise in a particular area, such as entrepreneurship, marketing, or finance, you can volunteer your time to help mentor entrepreneurs, teach workshops, or provide other forms of support.

3. Attend events: Macedonia2025 hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including conferences, workshops, and networking events. By attending these events, you can learn more about the organization’s work and connect with other like-minded individuals.

4. Spread the word: You can help raise awareness about Macedonia2025’s mission by sharing information about the organization with your friends, family, and colleagues. You can also follow the organization on social media and share its posts to help spread the word.

5. Partner with Macedonia2025: If you’re a business or organization that shares Macedonia2025’s mission, you can partner with the organization to support its work. This could include sponsoring events, providing in-kind donations, or collaborating on initiatives that align with both organizations’ goals.

No matter how you choose to get involved, your support can make a difference in promoting economic development and entrepreneurship in Macedonia through Macedonia2025’s programs and initiatives.

Macedonia2025 offers a wide range of programs and initiatives that can benefit individuals and organizations interested in economic development, entrepreneurship, and leadership in Macedonia. Here are some ways you can benefit from Macedonia2025 programs:

1. Education and Training: Macedonia2025’s programs offer a range of educational and training opportunities for entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals and young talents. These programs can help you develop new skills and knowledge that can benefit your career or business.

2. Mentorship and Networking: Macedonia2025’s programs provide opportunities to connect with mentors and network with other like-minded individuals. These connections can help you build valuable relationships, gain new insights, and access new resources.

3. Business Support: Macedonia2025’s programs provide support for startups, small and medium-sized businesses, and other organizations. This support can include mentorship, access to capital, business planning assistance, and more.

4. Innovation and Digitalization: Macedonia2025’s programs focus on promoting innovation and digitalization in Macedonia. By participating in these programs, you can learn about the latest trends and developments in your industry, and gain new ideas for your business or organization.

5. Leadership Development: Macedonia2025’s programs offer leadership development opportunities for individuals at all levels. By participating in these programs, you can develop the skills and knowledge needed to become an effective leader and drive change in your organization or community.

6. Young talent development: Macedonia2025 has programs to benefit young talents aged 11-19. By participating in these programs, you can develop the skills and knowledge needed for the future of work.

To benefit from Macedonia2025’s programs, you can explore our website to learn about the current open calls and events, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on upcoming opportunities. Additionally, you can reach out directly to us to learn about ways to get involved and benefit from our programs.

Yes, Macedonia2025 offers programs and initiatives specifically designed for business leaders like yourself. Here are some programs that may be of interest to you:

1. The Zafirovski Executive Education Program (Kellogg): provides scholarships for Macedonian business leaders to the globally renowned Kellogg Executive Development Program. The program aims to enhance the competencies and performance of Macedonian business leaders and contribute to the further development of the Macedonian economy and workforce.

2. The Bitove Family Entrepreneurship Program (Catalyste+): provides senior Volunteer Advisers with experience in diverse sectors and industries to assist entrepreneurs/MSMEs in improving their business operations by providing skills development, training, coaching, mentoring and related best practices, business tools, processes and systems.

3. Connect2MK Platform: connects Macedonian businesses with appropriate experts from the diaspora, who offer mentoring and partnership opportunities, therefore helping them grow and prosper in an international environment.

4. Macedonia2025 Summit: attending the Macedonia2025 Summit can be an enriching and rewarding experience that provides you with valuable insights, connections, and opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to the economic development of North Macedonia. It is the largest economic conference in Macedonia featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops that cover a wide range of topics related to business, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Yes, Macedonia2025 offers programs and initiatives specifically designed for young entrepreneurs like yourself. Here are some programs that may be of interest to you:

1. Business and Entrepreneurship Development Training: The Leader Project: enables high-potential individuals to develop local, regional or international business solutions that create opportunities for their communities. At this ten-day program, participants have the opportunity to learn through business case studies, which are part of the Ivey MBA (Management and Business Administration) curriculum at the renowned Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, Canada.

2. The Bitove Family Entrepreneurship Program (Catalyste+): provides senior Volunteer Advisers with experience in diverse sectors and industries to assist entrepreneurs/MSMEs in improving their business operations by providing skills development, training, coaching, mentoring and related best practices, business tools, processes and systems.

3. Connect2MK Platform: connects Macedonian businesses with appropriate experts from the diaspora, who offer mentoring and partnership opportunities, therefore helping them grow and prosper in an international environment.

4. Macedonia2025 Summit: attending the Macedonia2025 Summit can be an enriching and rewarding experience that provides you with valuable insights, connections, and opportunities to grow professionally and contribute to the economic development of North Macedonia. It is the largest economic conference in Macedonia featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops that cover a wide range of topics related to business, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Yes, Macedonia2025 offers programs and initiatives specifically designed for high school students like yourself. Here is a program that may be of interest to you:

Support Fund for Talented High School Students “Talents Today – Leaders Tomorrow,” provides financial means to help talented youth from the country to advance their full potential. Each year, Macedonia 2025 and its partners award scholarships to 10 individuals in the total annual amount of 60,000 MKD per person. These scholarships provide the selected ten students with the opportunity for continuous talent and skills development through additional training and participation in international competitions. Moreover, Macedonia2025 offers a possibility for mentoring and internships in prominent companies to the program participants.

Yes, Macedonia2025 offers programs and initiatives specifically designed for middle school students like yourself. Here are some programs that may be of interest to you:

1. Ohrid High-Tech Excellence Camp: a week-long program which follows a curriculum delivered by certified STEM lecturers, with the aim of further developing the coding and robotics skills of middle school students. The program delivery focuses on modern, highly effective teaching and learning methods, consisting of both theoretical and practical sessions at the medium/advanced coding and robotics levels. Furthermore, the program provides an opportunity for Macedonian youths from all over the world to create networks, to establish friendships, strengthen and build on native Macedonian culture, explore local nature and our cultural heritage, and experience Macedonian cuisine and specialties.

2. STEM it like a girl: promotes careers (professions) in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields with the focus on STEM education and career for young girls and women. The program aims to reduce the gap in education of young women and men, reduce the professional segregation of women in low-paid occupations and professions with low opportunities for advancement, and reduce the stereotypical division of “male” and “female” occupations. This will reduce gender differences in the labor market (activity, employment and wages) and women will have a greater role in economic development and greater economic independence.

There are several ways to get involved as a member of Macedonia2025:

1. Board of Directors: The management structure of Macedonia2025 is composed of a Board of Directors (currently 21 directors) and led by Chairperson. Becoming a member of the Macedonia2025 Board of Directors is a prestigious and selective process. The organization’s Board of Directors is comprised of experienced and influential business leaders who are passionate about supporting economic development and entrepreneurship in North Macedonia. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Macedonia2025 Board of Directors, you can reach out to the organization’s leadership team to express your interest and inquire about the selection process. It is recommended that you have significant experience in business leadership, entrepreneurship, and economic development, as well as a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Macedonia.

2. Advisory Board: a body consisting of world-leading experts that collaborate with Macedonia2025 to help make our country’s economy, society, and quality of life better. The Advisory Board provides expert guidance, recommendations, analysis, quality assurance, access to funding and research for Macedonia2025. The Advisory Board is a prestigious group. Members are leading experts in their field or sector of business. They have qualifications from world-renowned institutions or have business experience with leading or pioneering companies. Feel free to contact Macedonia2025’s Senior Associate for International Relations at galena@macedonia2025.com for more information on the Advisory Board membership.

3. Ambassadors Club: a group of successful professionals of Macedonian origin from around the world, all of whom share one goal: To help us build a stronger nation! As a network of exceptional individuals, the Ambassadors join their efforts to assist in the implementation of Macedonia2025’s projects and events, adding value to the networking opportunities within the organization, as well as contributing to the expansion of the Macedonian market and fundraising opportunities. If you would be interested in joining our Ambassadors Club, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Macedonia2025’s Senior Associate for International Relations at galena@macedonia2025.com for more information on the Ambassadors Club membership.

In addition, you can also explore other opportunities to get involved with Macedonia2025, such as attending events, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor. These opportunities can provide you with valuable insights, connections, and experiences that can help you build your skills and contribute to the organization’s mission.

To get involved as a member of Macedonia2025, you can visit the organization’s website and explore its membership options and volunteer opportunities. You can also follow Macedonia2025 on social media to stay up-to-date on its latest initiatives and events.

Macedonia2025 is an international, independent, non-political “think & do” tank founded in 2007 by Macedonian expatriates in order to drive sustainable economic growth that will improve opportunities for citizens, companies and foreign investors. Our organization is predominantly financed by Board of Directors membership fees, donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

As the name of the organization (Macedonia2025) shows, the idea of our founders was to support the country to become part of the developed Western world by 2025. Hence, at the time the Country Dashboard was created, preliminary targets were set of what the country should achieve by 2025, so that it prospers rapidly towards EU and NATO, and is a better place for living.

Our vision is to assist the creation of a prosperous economic climate and a ‘stronger nation’ that will improve opportunities for citizens, domestic companies and foreign investors. We seek to promote sustainable economic growth through fostering competitiveness, entrepreneurship, innovations and values-based leadership.

The country dashboard aims to positively influence the government and other stakeholders through related countries’ experiences and best practices. Our efforts were also professionally supported by McKinsey & Company, which provided a synthesis of country dashboard best practices and peer country dashboard examples. Within this process, we ‘funneled down’ a large number of potential metrics (i.e. indicators) to ‘top metrics’ that we found most valuable and informative for Macedonia, alongside with an extensive input from Macedonia2025 Board Members.

Yes, Macedonia2025 offers volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in supporting economic development, entrepreneurship, and leadership in Macedonia. As a volunteer, you can contribute your skills and expertise to help organize and execute the organization’s programs and initiatives, and make a positive impact on the community.Volunteer opportunities at Macedonia2025 may include assisting with event planning and execution, supporting fundraising and sponsorship efforts, providing mentorship and guidance to young professionals and entrepreneurs, and helping with administrative tasks and research projects.To become a volunteer at Macedonia2025, you can visit our website and fill out a volunteer application form. The form will ask for information about your skills and experience, as well as your availability and interests. Once your application is submitted, a representative from Macedonia2025 will contact you to discuss potential volunteer opportunities that align with your skills and interests.Volunteering at Macedonia2025 can be a rewarding experience that provides you with valuable skills, connections, and insights, while also contributing to the economic development and prosperity of Macedonia.

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