Regional Start-up Ecosystem Development
Fuelling selected local start-up hubs across Albania by developing programmes, partnerships and capacities
Starting and scaling-up a business successfully depends on a variety of factors. Entrepreneurs act in
an interconnected setting with multiple actors from the public and private sector and are influenced
by cultural and societal conditions. Start-up activities and actors are often concentrated in and
around capital cities or bigger municipalities. Local and regional start-up support mechanisms are
often insufficient to provide appropriate support to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.
As part of its mandate to strengthen the innovation and start-up ecosystem in Albania, the EU for
Innovation project is supporting selected municipalities across Albania to develop programmes,
partnerships and capacities to strengthen local entrepreneurs and businesses. For this purpose, the
project will work with policy makers, universities and Innovation Support Organisations (ISOs) in these
municipalities helping them to offer tailored services and start-up support programmes and to
embed them in the national and international start-up ecosystem.
Who are the project collaborators in the initiative?
In order to support the selected municipalities on ground an international and a local expert have been identified. Both experts bring in extensive international and national experience to support the development of regional and local start-up ecosystems.
|International Expert||National Expert|
|Eileen Trenkmann||Kushtrim Shala|