Mladi in posebej mladi podjetniki so del družbe, ki navadno prekipevajo od energije, dobrih idej in pozitivne naravnanosti. Nekaj več takega pristopa v državah Zahodnega Balkana pogrešamo, zato smo letos ponovno združili moči z Ministrstvom za zunanje zadeve RS in nemško razvojno agencijo GIZ. Po štiriletnem bilateralnem sodelovanju z Bosno in Hercegovino in triletnem sodelovanju s Kosovom, smo lansko letos prvič program pripravili regionalno za vseh šest držav – Albanija, Bosna in Hercegovina, Črna gora, Kosovo, Severna Makedonija in Srbija. Zaradi odličnih odzivov in bogate izmenjave izkušenj med državami, smo se obrnili na regionalno pisarno GIZ v Sarajevu, ki že ima izkušnje z regionalnimi startup delavnicami in združili moči v odličnem programu, ki bo potekal v angleškem jeziku. Štiri delavnice se bodo odvile v različnih mestih in državah: Tirana (Albanija), Nikšić (Črna gora), Priština (Kosovo) in Ljubljana – Maribor (Slovenija), v vmesnem času pa bo potekal intenziven mentorski program. Celoten program smo poimenovali ‘Building the WB6 Unicorn’, s čimer smo jasno nakazali, da trdno verjamemo v odlične ideje v regiji, ki jim želimo omogočiti, da postanejo globalno vodilne na svojem področju.

Delavnice so pripravili strokovnjaki z mnogo izkušnjami, zato so intenzivne in zelo praktično naravnane. Temu je prilagojena tudi velikost skupine, saj smo iz vsake države izbrali po najboljša 2 startupa, ki se bodo udeležili vseh predvidenih aktivnosti. Dodatno je poudarek programa na dveh dimenzijah – medsebojnemu učenju in povezovanju regije, saj je mednarodno sodelovanje veščina, ki jo za globalen prodor podjetnikov vsekakor potrebujejo.

Prva delavnica je namenjena akterjem startup podpornega okolja (vodjem pospeševalnikov, inkubatorjev), ostale tri pa startupom.

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SUPPORTING STARTUPS AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS THIS YEAR CONTINUES – WB6 STARTUP ACADEMY

Youth and especially young entrepreneurs are a part of society that is usually bursting with energy, good ideas and positive attitude. We are missing more of such an approach in the Western Balkan countries that is why we have once more joined forces with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the German development agency GIZ. After four years of a bilateral cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and a three-year cooperation with Kosovo, last year’s program was for the very first time organized regionally, and included all six countries namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia. Due to excellent feedback and a rich exchange of experience among countries, we have contacted the regional office of GIZ based in Sarajevo that already has experience with regional startup workshops and joined forces in a rich program that will be organized in English. Four workshops will unfold in different cities and countries: Tirana (Albania), Nikšić (Montenegro), Pristina (Kosovo) and Ljubljana – Maribor (Slovenia), with an intensive mentoring program occurring between the activities. We named the overall program ‘Building the WB6 Unicorn’, and by doing so clearly indicated, that we firmly believe in excellent ideas in the region. We want to empower them and make sure, that they will take the lead globally.

Workshops were developed by experts with vast experiences and are therefore pretty intensive and very practically orientated. The size of the group is also suited to this type of work, as we have selected 2 best startups from each country that will cooperate in all of the planned activities. In addition, the focus point of the program is based on two dimensions – peer to peer learning and regional networking, as international cooperation is a skill that is essential for a global breakthrough of startups and their positioning on the international market.

The first workshop is intended for actors of the startup support environment (leaders of HUBs, accelerators, incubators), while the other three are intended for startups.

 

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