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Posted by: Daniela Socolovschi

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27 Sep. 2020 / 19:07

Entrepreneurs from the Business Incubator in Soroca have adapted their activity to the new digital requirements

They have adapted their activity to the new digital requirements or even reshaped themselves. We are talking about the entrepreneurs from the Business Incubator in Soroca, who due to the quarantine measures imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic had to change the specifics of their activity. Meanwhile, the authorities have introduced some support measures, Moldova 1 reports.

For ten years, Sergiu Ursachi has been running an advertising business. During the pandemic, he could hardly cope with the challenges. In order to stay on the market, he has adapted his activity to the new requirements. He began making visors for nurses and front-line employees. But the income is not even enough to pay the employees' salaries.

"Now we have started a project to create the online platform. For the realization of the project, a very large amount is needed, given the fact that we have invested in the equipment and we have not yet reached the harvest and it is a bit harder," said Sergiu Ursachi, entrepreneur.

Maria Stepanyants, who runs the "Ingenious" Development and Education Center, founded two years ago with several grant programs, found herself also in a complicated situation. Until the pandemic, the institution was attended by 50 children, especially those who were passionate about robotics.

"We provided services through social networks and educational platforms only to children with special needs, ie at the request of parents, otherwise all the activity of the center was suspended," said Maria Stepanyats, central development administrator.

At the Soroca Business Incubator, there are currently 19 residents, four of whom are just starting out.

"Residents had permanent access to the incubator. We tried to follow all the rules that were imposed. At the same time, we, in very close partnership, have with the project "People in need" during this pandemic period, they replaced our revolving fund, which is a loan fund for residents with 220 thousand lei," said Liliana Babăra, manager of the business incubator.

Despite the crisis, a World Bank study showed that in some sectors of the economy, the dynamics were positive. These are companies that have managed to adapt faster to the online regime and have implemented digital technologies. In order to support the transition of online businesses, the Ministry of Economy has developed a program, through which companies will be able to receive a voucher in the amount of 20 thousand lei and a non-reimbursable loan of 200 thousand lei. The total cost of the project is 20 million lei.

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