Individual training in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship
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Green Entrepreneurship Academy in Northern Kosovo

At the Green Entrepreneurship Academy in Northern Kosovo, young aspiring entrepreneurs from Kosovo receive individual training in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship, with the intention of assisting them in realizing their sustainable business ideas.

The project is organized by the Borderstep Institute in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which already executed entrepreneurship academies in Kosovo in the past within their “Youth, Employment and Skills” (YES) program. Due to its expertise and experience in the areas of the green economy, sustainable entrepreneurship and green innovation, Borderstep was selected to organize and especially to develop the professional content of the Green Entrepreneurship Academy.

Since Borderstep recognizes a high potential for sustainable development in developing and emerging economies, the Green Entrepreneurship Academy is designed to stimulate startup concepts solving economic, social and specifically environmental challenges in Kosovo. The natural environment of Kosovo is facing severe challenges such as threats to biodiversity, degradation of water resources and high levels of air pollution. Therefore, participants are encouraged to establish a startup business with a focus on green products and/or services.

During ten days of intensive training, interactive coaching is provided in which entrepreneurship trainers from the Borderstep Institute and from Kosovo instruct the candidates about the necessary steps to make the green startup ideas feasible for Kosovo’s market. Candidates receive feedback and participate in discussions about relevant topics related to Green Entrepreneurship. Moreover, skill training in pitching is offered to prepare selected candidates for the final pitching event of the Green Entrepreneurship Academy, where the winner is awarded with the “Sustainable Startup Award Kosovo”.  Additionally, the seven best ideas presented at the pitching event will receive a grant from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of the Republic of Kosovo.

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