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The Challenge Fund is a competitive financing facility which will be used as a means of addressing the issue of access to finance for innovative companies at an early stage of development, as well as for organisations engaged in services to innovative start-ups and promotion of the Albanian innovation system.

The fund builds on the idea that both start-ups and innovation service providers receive capacity building through various forms of technical assistance from GIZ and grants through Swedish Embassy in Tirana.

The Challenge Fund would provide funding to the most promising companies to carry them through the ‘valley of death’ and scale up their innovative businesses.

The Challenge Fund is a competitive financing facility which will be used as a means of addressing the issue of access to finance for Albanian start-ups and innovation support organizations.

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EU for Innovation aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and to boost start-up creation in Albania.

The project will focus in developing three distinct result areas:

• Strengthening the capacity for innovation

• Building linkages within the Albanian innovation ecosystem and internationally

• Funding innovative startups and innovation support providers

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Spanning Boundaries Agents Testimonials: Erjon Curraj
April, 2022

Spanning Boundaries Agents Testimonials: Erjon Curraj

A series of “Spanning Boundaries” Agents’ testimonials of Albanian professionals who, with the support of EU for Innovation, attended the 2nd cohort of SB Training Programme.   Erjon Curraj’s Profile Erjon Curraj is an expert in digital transformation and innovation, and avails of a blended professional experience in academia, public and private sector. He has […]

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4th EU for Innovation Project Steering Committee Meeting
April, 2022

4th EU for Innovation Project Steering Committee Meeting

The 4th EU for Innovation Project Steering Committee Meeting was held at the premises of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, with the presence of representatives from the EU Delegation in Albania, the German and Swedish Embassies in Tirana, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of State for Protection of Entrepreneurship, GIZ in Albania […]

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Connect IT student team for “Sallon Arber”
March, 2022

Connect IT student team for “Sallon Arber”

We want to introduce to you another student-team from Connect IT programme. Drini Demushi, Edison Ponari, Megi Nako, Xhoel Bano and Zenel Hila are 3rd year students of Computer Engineering, at Epoka University. Since December 2021, they have been working on a digital solution for a well-known barbershop in Tirana, “Sallon Arber”. During this time, […]

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Spanning Boundaries Agents Testimonials: Blerjana Bino
March, 2022

Spanning Boundaries Agents Testimonials: Blerjana Bino

A series of “Spanning Boundaries” Agents’ testimonials of Albanian professionals who, with the support of EU for Innovation, attended the 2nd cohort of SB Training Programme.   Dr. Blerjana Bino’s Profile Dr. Blerjana Bino is a researcher in social sciences, with a particular focus on media and democracy, civil society, and participation considering European integration […]

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Launching of the 1st Albanian Start-up Database
February, 2022

Launching of the 1st Albanian Start-up Database

As EU for Innovation, we’re really proud to have supported the launch of the 1st Albanian Start-up Database! AlbaniaTech, the statewide platform for tech and innovation has launched a Dealroom – powered ecosystem map in a huge hybrid event. The new platform provides intelligence on startups, innovation, investors, funding rounds, and other insights online at […]

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The final Graduation Ceremony for the 3rd batch of Connect IT student-teams
March, 2022

The final Graduation Ceremony for the 3rd batch of Connect IT student-teams

On 11 March, EU for Innovation hosted the final Graduation Ceremony for the 3rd batch of student-teams, part of Connect IT programme, at the premises of Polis University. 11 teams, made of ca. 40 students, presented their digital solutions ranging from website building and optimization, to creating digital applications, web-shops, order-systems and much more, for […]

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