PROJECTS

AI Startup

Regional Accelerator Camp

The Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) is partnering with the prestigious Special Competitive Studies Project – SCSP in bringing to Kosova the 1st edition of the AI Startup – Regional Accelerator Camp, aiming to foster the AI-driven startups and SME’s in the Western Balkans. The Camp will take place in Prishtina (ICK) from May 27-31, 2024.

Guided by US AI experts, this event is set to ignite knowledge and skill enhancement, leveraging AI’s potential across several sectors including ICT, Manufacturing, Wood ect. Prishtina will become the epicenter of the most advanced AI event of time in the Western Balkans, by also hosting some of the leading AI mentors and experts.

By fostering collaboration and networking, the program aims to strengthen the interconnectedness of the AI startup ecosystem in the Western Balkans, identifying promising ventures for potential investment and driving technological advancement and economic growth. Moreover, this initiative shines a spotlight on Prishtina, Kosovo, as a flourishing hub for AI innovation, elevating its visibility on both regional and global stages. With esteemed partners and stakeholders, participants can anticipate invaluable insights and growth opportunities across diverse industries.

Application Deadline: May 10, 2024

About

Junior Geeks, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is an inclusive platform for high school students to discuss, explore and learn about technology, entrepreneurship, science & innovation. The goal is to kickstart a wave of interest in research, science, technology and entrepreneurship among youth in Kosovo. Junior Geeks also aims to help youth consider tech-oriented programs as their future careers, as well as identify with their entrepreneurial spirit.

This platform is open to students aged 15-18 years old, and aims at grouping 90 students into cohorts that discuss, explore and learn about topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, robotics, coding and basic of algorithm, cybersecurity, online marketing, multimedia, social media management, search engine optimization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, scientific research and methodology, data analyses, business model, business planning, presentation skills and body language.

This platform is highly lacking in our education system and represents a gap in knowledge which needs to be addressed to open career and study opportunities for youth. To date, there is no such initiative that fosters an inspiring climate for youth to materialize their tech, innovative and entrepreneurial talent.
Junior Geeks aims to help youth consider tech-oriented programs and careers as well as identify their entrepreneurial spirit. This will serve not only as an intellectual and social resource but as an economic power for the country.

Furthermore, it might not only have an impact on economic development but function as means to introduce increased opportunities for underrepresented categories of society such as girls and minorities who through their involvement and development of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) abilities will find ways to shape their ideas and attract opportunities in these fields. In addition, the platform will offer a space for youth to express their talent and learn the basics of these understated fields so they are prepared to either take initiative to a.) innovate and/or create business opportunities or b.) continue the academic advancement on these fields.

This project is awarded to Kosovo US Alumni Ms. Eldita Tarani, Mr. Shpend Lila & Ms. Zana Tabaku, by the US Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2018. “Junior Geeks” concept was established by the Innovation Centre Kosovo, in 2015.