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.

"We, the Founding members, commit ourselves to achieve a long-lasting impact on the WB network through enhancing existing ecosystems, creating both solid connections within the region and synergies at a pan-European level, facilitating a smooth access to different sources of finance, and nurturing the entrepreneurship education and culture."

Bridge cooperation via know-how and best practices across ecosystems

Bridge cooperation via know-how and best practices across ecosystems

Facilitate access to available financial tools and opportunities

Facilitate access to available financial tools and opportunities

Promote further expansion of the participating ecosystems

Promote further expansion of the participating ecosystems

Guarantee sustainability and grow into one of Europe’s leading hubs

Guarantee sustainability and grow into one of Europe’s leading hubs

We gathered the greatest minds from the WB region to inspire and empower startups with their knowledge and extensive experience into the field. In so doing, they will support mutual collaborations among start-ups, provide them with expertise and significant advice to maximise their growth, and boost the potential of their region in becoming the leading startup hub of the future.

Core Members

Vesna Ivanoska
General Manager
Sara Lerota
Startup Program Manager
Vladimir Vulić
Co-founder
Tatjana Kalezić
President
Arjan Ymeri
Director
Uranik Begu
Executive Director