This initiative, under the patronage of Startup Europe, aims at connecting key startup players, fostering entrepreneurial culture, and guiding Western Balkan ecosystems towards success.
The Startup Europe Western Balkans (WB) network will:
Focus its efforts in laying the foundations of and sustaining the WB network. Startup Europe will prioritize the creation of new collaborations and connections between start-up players active in various ecosystems throughout the whole region.
Bridge cooperation between the WB and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) networks to advance know-how and best practices exchanges. Startup Europe will reduce prevailing gaps that divide the entrepreneurial systems into these two regions, and help them in accessing funding opportunities.
Release policy recommendations and share advice on the available financial tools and opportunities. Startup Europe is well aware of the WB’s growth potential and, therefore, will commit itself to transform the region into a promising and attractive ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
Guarantee the sustainability of the network through an Action Plan, which will promote the network as a start-up location. Startup Europe will develop an Action Plan gathering a stocktaking of the main obstacles for the start-ups’ growth and a range of concrete actions to undertake.