Business innovators in Kosovo now have a home of their own. The grand opening of the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) in Pristina is more than just a brand new building ready to be used by local entrepreneurs that want to be business leaders. The presence of ICK is an incentive for the ignition of a successful spirit of business environment in Kosovo.
ICK grand openingJune 28, 2012
Investment in the business sector of Kosovo is among the crucial priorities for the development of the economy of Kosovo. The establishment and the opening of the Innovation Centre Kosovo is an important step in elevating the economy and creating new jobs for the young people that every year join the labor market of the country.
The centre is a place where entrepreneurial initiatives and business ideas based on technology and innovation will be prepared for the local and international market. ICK offers not only business consulting, but also networking, exchange of experiences and a set of professional trainings dedicated to young people - that will help them find a job or create a job on their own.
“Innovation Centre Kosovo is a major priority for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in Kosovo. The Innovation Centre Kosovo is an attempt from our side to try to stimulate the creativity and the innovative skills that we know are in the people of Kosovo and we think it’s going to be a great success”, says Jan Braathu Norwegian ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo.
The Innovation Centre Kosovo according to Astrid Green, chairman of the ICK board, is a place to be proud of. “ICK is a state-of-the-art institution of incubation, consulting and training. The driving force behind it is the great need for creating and fortifying business and jobs in Kosovo, especially based on knowledge and technology”, says Green.
Currently the ICK has 33 tenants divided in 11 teams. Athene Prosjektledelse, Norway and Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology (STIKK), are the founders of ICK, and Crimson Capital, Kosovo is the main cooperating partner. ICK is funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.