What do successful companies like Gjirafa, ZAG Apps, Appsix, and Solaborate have in common? The answer is easy: they were all a part of the incubator program of the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK). From now on, others have this same opportunity.
Kosovars with a commercial idea have the chance to become part of the incubator program, and will benefit from many services. “We support young entrepreneurs and businesses with mentoring, consulting and training”, says Safet Rama, Incubator manager of ICK. “And teams within the Innovation Centre Kosovo have access to an office space and conference facilities.” Next to that, startups within the incubator program benefit from online services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft BizSpark, which save a lot of money. Also, all incubator teams directly benefit from local and international events and hackathones, such as: Global Entrepreneurship Network, Hello Tomorrow Challenge, Startup Grind, Startup Week, NASA Space Apps Challenge, Startup Live and more.
Access to international networks
The Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) is a fully equipped facility for entrepreneurship and business development, with a special focus on information and communication technology (ICT), including computers, software applications, internet, mobile and web based applications, databases, et cetera. Rama: “Our incubators have access to local and international networks, partners, and buyers.”
People with a great commercial ICT idea who want to start a business are welcome to apply online (deadline: March 6th). But also others, that are already running a company less than two years, and want to expand their business, can apply online.
Filling in the online form is the 1st phase of the process of becoming an incubator of the Innovation Centre Kosovo. After the 6th of March, the staff of ICK will go through all applications and see which persons go to the second phase of the process. For more information about this, see the guidelines about the Call for Proposals (in Albanian, Serbian or English).
ICK is funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Prishtina and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prishtina.