The first startup accelerator to be founded in Albania, Uplift Albania paved the way for the second batch of 12 startups that came on top of Selection BootCamp towards a 4-month long acceleration program.

Lots of training, workshops, mentoring and investor meetings will follow Varg.io, FoodFilled, Neuroyouth, Wellnes+, Hermex, Maia, iNegotio, AlbBnb, Swipin, Crossplag, Udhë and Nutriprep during their journey at Uplift Albania.

“𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗨𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘁” was the first workshop that took place on October 8 with participating startups of the second batch focused mainly on startup assessment.

It started with an introduction to the Uplift program details, sharing with founders everything they need to know about the participation on Uplift, regarding workshops and 1-on-1 mentoring sessions.

After that, every startup went to a meeting Coaches for the startups assessment with the purpose of defining the expert mentoring, key goals, and deliverable metrics for their startup. At the end of the process, we defined the expert mentoring, key goals, and deliverable metrics for each Startup Dashboard.

On October 16 the second workshop led by business coaches Tomas Penxa, Kushtrim Shala, Driton Musolli, Sara Usinger and Meri Roboçi startup entered an intensive process of lecturing, mentoring and knowledge exchange.

Shkelzen Marku led the Lead on Value Proposition workshop followed by an open discussion with the guests of one of Uplift Albania SwissEP partners like Igor Madzov, Enea Mema and Eglence Bici as angel investors.

The third workshop lead by Jules Banning on October 22, startups were introduced to “Lean Startup” methodology and “Lean Canvas.” The teams learned how to build and run their startup in a lean way and how to extract assumptions out of their business model and test them. Using “Lean Canvas” startups are now easily able to explain their idea to mentors, partners, and investors.

Uplift Albania is an accelerator established in Tirana by ICTSmedia publishing house in cooperation with SOVVA and SlovakAid support. This year in the second edition, more than 50 experts, mentors, coaches, and investors will accompany and support the startups towards the January final in “Demo-Day.”

More than 40 startups applied to join Uplift Albania and only 12 of them passed the Selection BootCamp. Uplift Albania comes as a result of a close cooperation between ICTSmedia and SOVVA with the financial support of SlovakAid and the partnership of Vodafone Business, Albision, EU for Innovation, Municipality of Tirana, Swissep, ICTSlab, Huawei, EY, and media coverage of PCWorld Albanian, CIO .al, ScanTV and GeekRoom.