The EBRD’s Star Venture programme targets promising start-ups, accelerators and consultants to unleash their full potential. Working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for over 25 years has given the EBRD unique expertise in bolstering the start-up ecosystem across its regions.
To maximise impact, they work with:
Star Venture leverages a dedicated network of mentors and advisers to channel a whole range of bespoke advisory services and industry best practices to start-ups. Through workshops, mentoring and technical assistance, the programme helps start-ups improve the efficiency of their results and scale rapidly.
At the same time, Star Venture helps young companies remove some of the systemic barriers to accessing finance by connecting them to a network of investors with a strategic interest in the early-stage space.
Star Venture mobilises mentors to help build accelerators’ own capacity to train start-ups and support their growth journey. The programme lends accelerators the tools to enhance the business performance of their cohort of young companies, while benefitting the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.
We also offer guidance to local advisers on how to work with start-ups so they can mentor them in the future.
Star Venture has supported over 200 early-stage companies across Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia (the so-called Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region (SEMED) region) and the Western Balkans where the programme is currently active. While the programme is only available for the time being in the aforementioned regions, we are committed to extending access to finance and know-how to entrepreneurs across all our countries of operations.
Call for applications
We're currently receiving applications from high-potential start-ups in the Western Balkans. Please refer to the guidelines and the application form below. The deadline to apply is April 16th 2023.