EU for Innovation believes in the power of innovation

challenge fund

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.

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

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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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Masterclass 2.0 – “HOW TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP”
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Masterclass 2.0 – “HOW TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP”

As part of its mission to strengthen the innovation ecosystem of Albania & in line with other capacity building interventions for Albanian Universities, the EU for Innovation programme in collaboration with Preneurz.Amsterdam will present a new program for Entrepreneurial Universities. The “HOW TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP” programme, targeting all Albanian University Lecturers who are enthusiastic about […]

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iKorça Hackathon – Final
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iKorça Hackathon – Final

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Matchmaking and Exposure Programme – 2nd Cohort
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Balkan FLOSStival 2020
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Ethics and Integrity in Research – Week of Integrity Albania
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Ethics and Integrity in Research – Week of Integrity Albania

On December 7, 2020 in framework of Week of Integrity Albania, EU for Innovation and the Albanian National Agency for Scientific Research and Innovation (Agjencia Kombëtare e Kërkimit Shkencor dhe Inovacionit) organized a virtual conference regarding integrity in scientific research. The 6 speakers were representatives from higher education institutions, that have endorsed the European Charter […]

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Women Founders Network Albania: Demo Day Pitch Competition
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The big day is almost here! On the 4th of December, Women Founders Network Albania, Spring Activator and EU for Innovation are proud to invite you to the “Demo Day Pitch Competition” of the 1st Women Founder Accelerator in the Western Balkans, where the participants will pitch for the final prize of 5000 Euros! Register […]

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