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Center for European Perspective is this year, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and in cooperation with the GIZ Regional Office in Sarajevo, implementing a project ‘WB6 Startup Academy,’ whose main purpose is to empower innovative young entrepreneurs from all six Western Balkan countries to strengthen their knowledge and increase the opportunities for realizing their business idea.

The first three workshops were held in the region (Tirana, Niksic and Pristina), and the last one will take place in Slovenia. On Monday, May 20th, 25 young people, representing 15 entrepreneurial ideas from all six Western Balkan countries, will meet with the Business Angels of Slovenia in the ABC accelerator, where the 8 best will be able to present their entrepreneurial idea to investors. Investors will help them improve ideas, a business model or marketing strategy with critical comments and tips. The group will move to Maribor, where the international conference Podim will be held on May 21 and 22, which is the regional largest conference for start-ups, investors and other experts. The young entrepreneurs will be able to present their ideas at the event, look for potential partners, investors and learn a lot through listening to various lectures from world-renowned experts. One of the main dimensions of the whole workshop is also the peer-to-peer networking of young people, who often face similar challenges in the region.