ICTSMedia to bring the expertise of the best accelerators and innovation centers of Central Europe in Albania
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Startup and innovation ecosystem are buzzing after news about a regional startup accelerator broke out in Albania, promising real opportunities for young entrepreneurs seeking to grow and further expand their startup and business.
Uplift Albania commences its journey for the first time on this month to support local startup community thanks to a close cooperation between ICTSmedia publishing house in the field of technology and Slovak organizations SOVVA and CIVITTA with SlovakAid financial support.
These organizations represent the big aspiration of Central Europe to become a key player in innovation.
Uplift Albania has now opened the doors for startups which can benefit up to 50,000-euro investment, 3,000-euro prize, access on 50 or more industry experts and successful entrepreneurs in Europe and Balkans, 6-week acceleration program with workshops, networking, dedicated business training and mentoring 1-on-1.
In the wake of this partnership with SOVVA and CIVITTA, the team of Uplift Albania visited Slovakia, Czech Republic and Austria to meet their Slovak partners. After several meetings, discussions and intensive training, Uplift Albania is ready to transfer their expertise in Albania as well.
The journey began on Friday the 11-th in Bratislava hosted by CIVITTA in a workshop dedicated to Uplift Slovakia and its activities. After the meeting, Uplift Albania was equipped with the necessary information, materials and techniques to bring these workshops and experts to Albania. Thanks to broad partnership of ICTSmedia with CIVITTA, Uplift Albania took part in an inspirational discussion with a German startup organization, further clarifying its vision of bringing Albanian startups a chance to grow internationally.
On Saturday the 12-th, the team of Uplift Albania followed an intensive training in Selection Bootcamp where they meet startups of Uplift Slovakia and were introduced to all stages and criteria to be followed by the winning startups.
Kushtrim Shala from Uplift Albania served as a mentor for one of the startups focused on Urban Innovation. Together with other mentors from Europe and United States, selected the best startups that are going to enter Uplift Slovakia.
With the experience gather during this research trip, Uplift Albania not only is ready to host Selection Bootcamp in Tirana on November the 9-th, but also promises to bring some of the biggest names of technology and business around the world in Albania.
The journey could not end with a special visit to Impact Hub and JIC innovation centers in Brno Czech Republic. During the meeting, the team of Uplift Albania was presented to organizers, coordinators and field experts ready to answer every question they had about the development process of an accelerator on international level.
Impact Hub is the biggest innovation center in all Europe and the second biggest in the world. At JIC, Uplift Albania was presented with every activity organized under their umbrella from child mentoring to entrepreneurs and those with a consolidated presence in the market. They share the same mission as ICTSmedia in Tirana opening a door towards future cooperation in different fields.
This valuable experience made clear for Uplift Albania what our startup ecosystem needs and what the latter must avoid. The accelerator in Tirana as challenging as it might look, the value it is going to generate will surely make it the number one choice for every Albanian and regional startup.
Uplift is organized as a collaboration between CIVITTA Slovakia and Impact HUB Bratislava with the aim to support and develop the Slovak startup and innovation ecosystem. It’s been an established brand in the Slovak startup ecosystem and number one choice for early stage startups.
Application will remain open until 3 November 2019 23:59. On 9 November Selection Bootcamp will take place and on 11 November acceleration program starts officially.
Uplift is looking for startups that have a potential to build and scale your business internationally. Startups with an MVP and some traction such as first customers, partners, subscribers, will have an advantage.
All you need is to fill the online form here https://uplift.al/apply-now/ and for further developments you will be notified by the organizers.