EBRD Star Venture - Accelerator Program for Startups

The EBRD’s Star Venture programme identifies high potential, innovative start-ups which are ready for lift off.

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EBRD Star Venture - Accelerator Program for Startups

September 07, 2020

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) belongs to a family of multilateral development banks. As a development bank, our main mission is to help businesses and economies thrive. Through our financial investment, business services and involvement in high-level policy reform, we’re well placed to promote entrepreneurship and change lives. We operate in 38 countries of operation, helping them to transition to market economies. We invest around €10billion a year into private and public sectors including enterprises, financial institutions, venture, as well as public entities.

The aim of the Star Venture Programme is to identify high potential start-ups and to mobilise globally sourced expertise to help these nascent firms to scale up rapidly. We are offering technical expertise, mentorships, local advice and strategic business development expertise to achieve the scale. The programme is enrolled in the region of Western Balkans, it programme collaborates with selected regional accelerators and enhances local advisory to channel this support and improve the ecosystem. It is run by EBRD and funded by Luxembourg through the EBRD Small Business Impact Fund.

We are currently receiving applications for the second cohort of start-ups from the Western Balkans.

Please follow the guidelines below and send the application to [email protected] and Dejan Tonic at [email protected]

  • Star Venture application guidelines
  • Application form for Western Balkan start-ups

  • Star Venture assigns these start-ups advisory projects tailored to their specific competencies and needs. Our consulting services cover a wide range of segments, including strategy, business planning, finance, operations, organisation, marketing and sales among others.

    What we offer

    • Business diagnostics workshops
    • Customised consulting projects
    • Online/in-person mentoring sessions
    • Global networks of business partners
    • Access to finance

    Are you eligible?

    • You are based in the EBRD regions
    • You have an annual turnover of up to €1 million
    • You have been in business for less than 5 years
    • You operate in any sector but have technology that makes scalable business

    Do you fit the profile?

    • You demonstrate a high potential to scale
    • You have a competitive advantage
    • You display a strong market opportunity
    • You are committed to continuous engagement throughout the programme

    How to apply

    Every year, we select a cohort of start-ups to join the programme on a competitive basis. A call for applications will be announced here and will be promoted across our corporate social media channels. For further enquiries, please contact us at [email protected]

    We are currently receiving applications for the second cohort of start-ups from the Western Balkans.

    Please follow the guidelines below and send the application to [email protected] and Dejan Tonic at [email protected]

  • Star Venture application guidelines
  • Application form for Western Balkan start-ups


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