Western Balkans Accelerator Program for Startups by GIZ & The Next Web (TNW)

The Growth and Traction Camps are two weeks of free, virtual workshops, mentoring, and networking implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in cooperation with TNW. This is the second time TNW has run this program for startups from the Western Balkans. You can apply using the form below.

Are you part of an innovative startup located in the region that is looking for new clients, connection to investors or expanding to other regions? We can help you with that!

GIZ and TNW aim to bring together Western Balkans startups to support them on their regional and international expansion. The participants will get free access to top notch workshops, training, mentoring, investor connections and a community that can support their business growth. Applications are now open, until the 1st of February 2022 for startups located in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.

You are eligible to apply if you meet these criteria:

  • Your headquarters or key staff are based in one of the six Western Balkans nations (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, or Serbia)
  • You have an existing product or service on the market, or an MVP which you have already piloted with customers
  • You have at least one customer beyond your home nation already
  • You should have a business that is suitable to scale within or beyond the region (a scalable business model, multi-country appeal, existing customer validation).
  • Note: due to the content and set up of the program the program is not looking for software development agencies that do not have a product or service beyond contract software development
  • Female founders in particular are encouraged to apply

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn how to validate your business model
  • Deep dive into the steps to expand your startup into a new market
  • Understand how to attract new customers
  • Match with top-notch investors
  • Enjoy 1-on-1 mentoring session with our pool of experts
  • Join a thriving community of founders and entrepreneurs that can support you with your startup’s next big step!

The early bird catches the worm…

Apply NOW here.