On this day five years ago, a small research and development center called ICK was quietly launched. Our goal was simple, to contribute on Kosovo’s economic growth while helping innovators to come together around a shared passion for creativity, learning, and entrepreneurship.
ICK has turned 5 – and we’ve got a lot to celebrate!June 29, 2017
On this day five years ago, a small research and development center called ICK was quietly launched. Our goal was simple, to contribute on Kosovo’s economic growth while helping innovators to come together around a shared passion for creativity, learning, and entrepreneurship. With over 620 job created, 123 startups, 137 training courses, 274 events, 130 B2B, numerous fairs and conferences and over 24,000 attendees, ICK has proven to be the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in Kosovo. We’re constantly inspired by the ideas of our startup members, and grateful for the relationships we’ve built throughout the years. In honor of our 5th birthday, we’re going to look back and see how we have evolved over time.
These last few years, ICK incubator has made a perfect place for young creative people seeking an appropriate environment for their business ideas and themselves. ICK has experienced a hectic pace of the creation of so many startups which now have turned to be very successful locally and internationally. Moreover, ICK has specifically empowered women as co-founders and further contributed on the creation of a more sustainable and inclusive Kosovo economy.
ICK , has served as a bridge between young entrepreneurs, business people and free lancers while shaping their knowledge on some of the most updated tech themes in 21st century. The many organized events and trainings celebrated with pitching, bootcamps, hackathons, fair and conferences, have shown a positive impact in the mindset of our people. A couple of these organizations include: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Weekend, Techstars Startup Week, Startup Europe Week, Google for Entrepreneurs, Global Entrepreneurship Week, SLUSH, NASA Space Apps Challenge, Fuckup nights, Startup Grind and many other tech/business events.
Additionally, our training department has provided many market-oriented and high quality courses, which have highly improved the skills of our startupers, ICT professionals and civil society. These trainings have helped on the building of relationship between the trainees, Kosovo businesses and international companies who constantly seek for employees with trending market skills.
ICK has used the digital diplomacy as a great source of putting Kosovo in the maps of global technological events. Since Kosovo has been one of the most isolated countries in Europe, for years ICK has served as a connecting bridge between our local startups, international investors and business angels with the mission to create more jobs and successful businesses in Kosovo. At the threshold of our fifth anniversary, we have launched the Hub038, a great location for our community members to further get inspired, collaborate and work on further community growth.
Looking ahead: the future of ICK
ICK remains home to a vibrant startup scene helping startups get off the ground and scale up. We are constantly working on bringing them closer together while unlocking their potential for further economic development.
The 30th will be a great date as we are celebrating our 5th anniversary. Mark that date on your calendars – it will be a date to celebrate!
“We all promise, this is just a start of many successful years and results to come from our community and country” - Uranik Begu, Executive Director.