Starting in September with the first workshops, Uplift Western Balkans brought investors, entrepreneurs, and experts from different industries to share their experience with 12 startups that joined the acceleration program.

During the first weeks of October the first international experts came with Peter Bruner from Slovenia being the first and mentoring Uplift startups with the fourth workshop of this edition.

On October 14 Kotryna Kurt, founder of consulting company Linkedist helping businesses grow by utilizing the power of marketing on Linkedin, came in Albania to talk about entrepreneurship, leadership, sales, and marketing.

In simple words, your brand is your reputation and the biggest platform for this type of presentation is Linkedin,” said Katryna.

She spoke about building professional profiles on Linkedin and how to create new stable and valuable connection on the social media platform.

Jewel Sparks returned this year to Albania in the fourth edition of Uplift Western Balkans to help moderate a workshop on November 3. CEO of BitHouse, Sparks is a global executive who has worked in both Corporate and Startup environments across the globe (Japan, USA, Germany) for over 20 years.

In order to come up with a good market strategy, you must know your market. Knowing your market is a must to engage customers, discover new problems and implement solutions“, said Jewell.

On the second workshop of this month on November 4, Reita Hackaj, a marketing and social media expert with more than 10 years of experience, explained how startup should present their brand online and how to use online communication channels.

Your brand is a person, and you need to communicate through content that will connect to people with the same interests,” she said.

In 2012 Reita founded Senstylable and today has more than 2 million followers around the world.

The fourth edition of Uplift Western Balkans

Uplift Western Balkans was founded with the mission to turn Western Balkans into one of the most attractive startup ecosystems in Europe increasing their chances for success.

Uplift Western Balkans is financially supported by Minister of State for Entrepreneurship Protection and is organized in the framework of “Qëndro” Project financed by Italian Government and implemented by UNICEF in Albania.

Uplift Western Balkans is a program to support startups and organized by ICTSlab, in cooperation with VentureUP in Kosovo and Ican in North Macedonia.

Uplift also enjoys the support of a broad partnership such as partners such as SwissEPEU4InnovationAlbvisionBashkia TiraneUniversiteti i PrishtinesUniversiteti i Evropes Juglindore and many more partners.