A colorful group of representatives of incubators, accelerators, universities and other support institutions, which are working to improve the environment in which innovative business ideas emerge and are developed, gathered in Tirana on 7th and 8th of March. They represented all major players from the six Western Balkan countries. The Center for European Perspective (CEP) in cooperation with the German development agency GIZ from Sarajevo organized the first of the four workshops that will be held in the region this spring. A two-day interactive workshop took place in Tirana, where many positive and encouraging ideas were heard on the possibilities of cooperation, networking and thus the expansion of support for young entrepreneurs in each of the six Western Balkan countries. We are pleased that the participants were also welcomed by the Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Podgorica, Milena Radenković, who emphasized the commitment of Slovenia to the region, youth and economic prosperity, and this project perfectly combines all three dimensions.
The main purpose of the workshop was to present to the actors of the supportive environment new and effective ways of encouraging, supporting and developing the entrepreneurial ideas that are developed in their environment. Three experienced experts were perfectly complemented by their diverse experience in sales, investment and the creation of a supportive environment. Slovenian experience was presented by Jakob Gajšek from the Ljubljana University Incubator, which provides the widest support to startups and young entrepreneurs who want to test their ideas in the economy.
Second workshop will be held in Nikšić, Montenegro, on March 28-29 and focused on pitching and fundraising skills of the startups.
Project is part of the activities that are through the Slovenia’s Development Cooperation financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia.