Start:up Balkan
“Start:up Balkan is program in the framework of the project Establishing an Integrated Start-up Ecosystem in the Western Balkans.”

Thank you for joining us in Western Balkans’ capitals! We are happy that over 400 young entrepreneurs had a chance to meet with their fellow start up enthusiast and network with
investors and strategic corporate partners from the region and globally!

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The Start:up Balkan winning company Meerkiddo travels to London for a business-boosting visit

The founder of the winning start-up of the Start:up Balkan programme Meerkiddo from Bosnia and Herzegovina will at the beginning of September travel to London and visit a global start-up hub. With the 5-day visit of the winning start-up to the global capital and...
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20 start-ups, 20 success stories from BiH and Kosovo

In order to support the endeavor of the countries of the Western Balkans, the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) has been engaged in the entrepreneurial programmes for the last five years and its main objective is empowerment of young entrepreneurs from Bosnia and...
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Start:up Balkans, Development Cooperation programme and Danube experts come together for PODIM Conference in Maribor

The Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans in its conclusions on the issues of economic stability in the region emphasise: “The per capita income of the Western Balkan countries is just 27 percent of the EU15 average. Over 50% of youth population is unemployed,...
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Supporting Young Entrepreneurs from the Western Balkans

Young entrepreneurs are an important part of the today’s societies as they bring an important energy and enthusiasm to the daily life. CEP has been with support of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the official development cooperation engaging BiH and...
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Young Danube Experts join an entrepreneurial programme in Slovenia

Entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking are the foundation of a healthy growth of the economy, which in turn ensures prosperity and an adequate level of development for all inhabitants. Young entrepreneurs are therefore indispensable and very resourceful part...
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Op-ed: Start:up Balkan tour embodies a positive agenda for youth

For the last 3 weeks a team from the Centre for European Perspective, Start:up Slovenia initiative, PODIM Conference and different start-up community experts from all over Europe (UK, Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Germany etc.) visited all six Western Balkans capitals. A...
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Start-up caravan concludes its roadshow in Podgorica

Centre for European perspective (CEP) has successfully concluded its sixth and last event in the framework of the Start:up Balkan tour in Podgorica. 50 young entrepreneurial people participated in the workshop and 6 start-ups pitched their idea in front of business...
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Start:up Balkan roadshow visits Skopje

Centre for European perspective (CEP) has successfully concluded its fifth event in the framework of the Start:up Balkan tour in Skopje. 70 young entrepreneurial people participated in the workshop and 6 start-ups pitched their idea in front of business experts and...
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Start up caravan arrived to Pristina to empower young entrepreneurs

Centre for European perspective (CEP) has successfully concluded half of its way with fourth pit-stop of the Start:up Balkan tour in Pristina. 70 young entrepreneurial people participated in the workshop and 15 start-ups pitched their idea in front of business experts...
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Start-up caravan continues its road to Tirana

Centre for European perspective (CEP) has successfully concluded its third pit-stop of the Start:up Balkan tour in Tirana. 50 young entrepreneurial people participated in the workshop and 7 start-ups pitched their idea in front of business experts and potential...
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Belgrade, Serbia

12 February 2018

Sarajevo, BiH

14 February 2018

Tirana, Albania

19 February 2018

Pristina, Kosovo

20 February 2018

Skopje, Macedonia

21 February 2018

Podgorica, Montenegro

28 February 2018

More about our project

‘Establishing an Integrated Start-up Ecosystem in the Western Balkans’

The Center for European Perspective (CEP) in cooperation with the Start:up Slovenia Platform and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia continues its work to support the development of an integrated start-up ecosystem in the countries of the Western Balkans. With the project, which is supported also by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, CEP, in addition to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, spreads its activities to Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia.

Young entrepreneurs are among the most propulsive in the young population! CEP recognizes the need for stronger, more organized and better supported cooperation between young entrepreneurs in the Western Balkan region. The current cooperation is rather insufficient and lacks systematic stimulation, needed for a prosperous growth of the business environment.

The start-up community is a special form of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that needs to be developed and coordinated progressively. While building it, it is of utmost importance to cooperate and coordinate the activities with the existing local community that would serve as a starting point. Start-up community grows organically around key events, respectively different conferences around the world, which all have in common the following: mission to attract the best start-ups, investors, corporations and other stakeholders of the start-up ecosystem to a specific location.

CEP has been for the last three years engaged into the stimulation and support of the young entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and in cooperation with the PODIM Conference. With the newly established project “Establishing an Integrated Start-up Ecosystem in the Western Balkans”, we continue to spread positive development and start-up entrepreneurship spirit in the remaining countries of the Western Balkans in order to connect the wider region (the Alps-Adriatic region and the Western Balkans) with the most influential and most promising entrepreneurial hubs in the world (EU, US, UK, China, India) and establish a relevant positioning in the international start-up ecosystem.

The project aimed to:

  • Promote the development of start-up ecosystem in the countries of the Western Balkans
  • Implement the pre-competition event for the best start-ups in the region
  • Organize networking with the start-ups from the Western Balkans, investors and mentors at the Podim Conference
  • Choose the best start-up companies from the Western Balkans and take them to the UK for a special networking and business boosting programme