Ecosystem Overview

The tech community is blooming in one of the highest potential countries of Europe! As we speak, you are about to discover how to plug into it.

Incubator & Accelerator Programs

Even though a young and fragile ecosystem, many players have started to design programs to help startups innovate and grow. These programs support a wide range of startups in various stages of growth but mainly focused on Pre-ideation, ideation, Seed Phase, and Startup Phase. They play a major role in offering the opportunity to take a quick education in turning an idea into a scaling business while at the same time fostering an entrepreneurial culture. Take a moment to reflect, not two...and learn more on how to apply! Your moment is NOW!

Argjiro

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Gjirokastra created Argjiro Innovation Hub, through a series of projects co-financed from the European Union and National Sources that incorporate holistic services for start-ups, SME's, enterprises, and local stakeholders.

Incubation Facilities – including a co-working space and professional services for startups and entrepreneurs.

Acceleration Services – free coaching and mentoring to accelerate the market introduction of your idea.

Training Academy– learn how to build unique products and become a successful entrepreneur from the best.

Funding Support – find public grants and private equity through our investor’s network.

Deloitte

Connecting innovation, transformation, and leadership!

If you’re ready to innovate and transform your business, Deloitte can help you imagine, deliver, and run your future, wherever you compete, using the latest technologies, from strategy development through implementation. Because impact isn’t created alone. Together we can make history.

ElevatorLab

ElevatorLab aims to identify and support seed/early-stage startups and single founders who have an idea/product/service which might have the potential to turn into an innovative solution that can be applied in the financial sector.

The Bootcamp format offers the possibility of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) with the help of local banking experts. Bootcamps for local startups provide to the startups an educational program and serve as an entry ticket to the startup world. That means that the program is looking for individuals or companies passionate about their idea who have the will and the vision to create a solution that might be valuable to the sector locally and globally.

The Elevator Lab Kosovo & Albania is powered by Raiffeisen Bank International, Raiffeisen Bank in Kosovo, and Raiffeisen Bank in Albania, in partnership with the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) and New Media.

IDEA-Challenge

IDEA-Challenge offers a unique opportunity to 2000 innovative start-ups, to scale up their entrepreneurial competencies and business skills, by helping them to develop the necessary set of skills for generating ideas and delivering a final, convincing business plan. IDEA-Challenge combines business development training, coaching, and mentoring. It will provide the CEFE methodology to improve business development services in Albania. CEFE is a highly inclusive, training methodology, used in more than 60 countries around the world. It encompasses theoretical and practical experience to facilitate the development of viable business ideas and plans.

Ofiçina

Ofiçina is a strategic initiative focused on supporting Albania’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. Ofiçina runs yearly incubation and acceleration programs in partnership with various international support organizations and private sector companies. Their team actively participates in various EU-funded projects covering cross-sectoral innovation and strategic SME development. They also offer free use of our co-working space program participants, partners, and collaborators. Their site offers indoor and outdoor seating and access to all technical infrastructure. 

RISE

RISE supports young change-makers in developing their impactful ideas into sustainable social businesses. The tailor-made support program, RISE Journey, is being implemented by 6 local incubators from different parts of the Western Balkan region – ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nesto Vise, Smart Kolektiv, IEC Tehnopolis, and Yunus Social Business.

Their experience, expertise, and resources make the RISE project a unique hub for regional social entrepreneurship initiatives.

Startup Grind Tirana

Startup Grind Tirana is a community that educates, inspires, and networks young entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Tirana is a monthly activity that focuses on networking as an efficient and direct way to connect and bring together business actors, young people with business ideas, representatives of initiatives in the field of technology, etc. It is an activity that also aims to educate and inspire these entrepreneurs and that is why every month a well-known and successful Albanian businessman is invited to the event who shares with the attendees his experiences in doing business in Albania, the difficulties, and challenges. Startup Grind is a global network that educates, inspires, and connects (networks) young entrepreneurs with each other. The values of this activity are clearly expressed in its global motto "Make friends, not contacts" which in the first sense reveals the secret of networking: To establish good relationships with the contacts we create and those we know in the activity! Every month, a well-known Albanian businessman is invited to the event who shares his experience in the field of business with the audience. Startup Grind Tirana crowned its annual activity with the organization of the first startup party in Albania, an important celebration in terms of the messages it conveyed, the echo it made in the media, and the high-level audience. Activity motto: If you leave the activity without making at least one new contact, call yourself a failure!

Tirana INC.

Tirana INC. is an initiative of Albanian universities in setting up the first multi-university incubator for student start-up teams. The 5 founding partners are Polytechnic University of Tirana [Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism], Faculty of Economics [University of Tirana], EPOKA University, Metropolitan University of Tirana, and Polis University. They envision that in three years, Tirana Inc. will be the number one destination for ambitious Albanian student entrepreneurs to kickstart their company.

The first pilot program will kick-start in September 2021. The 10 selected teams will spend 100 days in 1 program that consists of: 

1- Introduction Bootcamp: one intensive week during which start-ups jointly work on masterclasses and team building activities; 

2- Startup Launch Classes: one day per week masterclass and progress session during 10 weeks; 

3-Mentoring Sessions: structured according to the needs of the teams and mentor availability spread throughout the program; 

4- Demo Day: all teams present their start-ups to an expert jury, as well as an audience of investors, partners, and launching customers.

Tirana Inc. already has several confirmed partnerships with key ecosystem actors, hoping and aiming to build a network of supporters that will truly empower and enable young entrepreneurs to succeed and thrive.

Tirana Inc. initiative is powered and implemented by the EU for Innovation and Preneurz.Amsterdam in partnership with the City of Tirana.

Uplift

Uplift is an early-stage startup accelerator program focused on growing business and increasing valuation. They aim to support dozens of the most innovative and promising startups from the Balkans region. Through Uplift startups will learn how to pitch to investors, protect their intellectual property, improve their business models and apply the lean methodology. 

UK-Albania Tech Hub

UK-Albania Tech Hub is a program that supports collaboration between Albania and the UK in the area of technology. The hub aims to facilitate bilateral tech partnerships between Albania and the UK. It focuses on tech start-ups that have the potential to contribute to growth in the UK by sharing innovation, skills, and business opportunities between the two countries.

The project does this through identifying targeted solutions, partners, and models of collaboration for tech start-ups engaging entrepreneurs with capacity-building events with key business experts leading to UK delegation to meet potential business and tech partners. 

Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business (Albania) Balkans is a funding program that financially and technically supports young people who want to implement social business ideas. Participants in this accelerator must successfully pass the first stage of application. Their social idea is discussed and mentored by professionals in the field, depending on the field where the idea will be implemented. During the accelerator, young entrepreneurs learn how to create business plans and models, how to present their idea to the market, and how to gain first customers. The program is free and started in our country in 2012.

Women Founders

Women Founders in Albania, the first accelerator for women founders in the Western Balkans. Based in Tirana, Albania.

Ivanaj Foundation

The Ivanaj Foundation’s Business Incubation & Innovation Hub (BIIH) offers a variety of services to support, train, and guide budding entrepreneurs who have the right idea but lack the physical resources and/or know-how to carry their ideas from conception to successful established businesses. To state it plainly: our business is to help your business! 

Growpreneur

  • A rich acceleration program of 60 hours of trainings, workshops, coaching & mentoring sessions (during 3 months) tailored to the your specific needs.
  • A flexible program curricula, where you can pick and choose the key modules you need to bring your startup to the market or help you grow faster.
  • A 3-months post-acceleration support with follow-up mentoring and facilitation of access to networking and 3rd party services.
  • A personalised support program of about 16 hours/team, fully based on 1-to-1 coaching and expert advise from highly experienced professionals.
  • Year-round application opportunities and flexible duration, tailored to the specific timelines and priorities of your team.
  • Opportunities to attend as a visitor up to two accelerator trainings/workshops and any cohort events.
  • FasterCapital

    FasterCapital is an online incubator that is operating in Albania. They help accelerate/incubate startups in Albania. They usually help by providing work per equity. The work can be technical development per equity or business development per equity. They also help startups Raise Capital or find funding for startups from Albania or any country in the world, from angel investors, getting funded by Venture capitals in Albania, other accelerators/incubators (with whom they have partnered), getting a small business loan for startups in Albania, getting small business grants for startups in Albania, and getting funded through crowdfunding for startups in Albania, government funds, and other funding sources.

    Ofiçina Hub

    OFICINA HUB part of the Harry Fultz Institute is an innovation and coworking hub that seeks to build an ecosystem of innovators and social changemakers working on technology, accountability, and social change. At OFICINA HUB

    you can find networking opportunities with professionals from diverse sectors of society. Innovative programs to grow your ideas and to empower your entrepreneur and leadership skills. Coworking spaces with a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers and to get the work done.

    Academies / Education Programs

    Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

    ACADEMY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS - AWE is an educational opportunity for women entrepreneurs, that uses a facilitated online course called DreamBuilder at its core. AWE is designed for energetic women with entrepreneurial ideas.

    BetaPlan

    BetaPlan for the first time implements a Silicon Valley boot camp in Tirana. In collaboration with Coding Dojo – a Top 10 coding boot camp provider in the World – they offer state-of-the-art computer science training that will get you closer to your dream job. More than 10 years of curriculum refinement and 5000 alumni later, they are able to provide you all the necessary insights you need to make a difference through your programming skills.

    Code for Albania

    Code for Albania, Coding Hour, and ad hoc workshops with exponents of the Albanian Diaspora from the most prominent technology companies in the world. Putting in the foreground the achievements of role models who have had the same starting point as the young people who are growing up in Albania, AlphaPlan brings to these young people the most contemporary practices in technology and entrepreneurship.

    ICTSlab

    ICTSlab is a regional center of innovation, a multifunctional laboratory focused on informal education which targets young people’s challenges for the 21st century. It was established in Tirana as a fruit of several years of successful experience of ICTSmedia’s company and the support of the Nationwide Technology Association, ALBICT.

    Innovation Management Academy Albania

    Innovation Management Academy is a unique educational format that incorporates lectures, training, and workshops, aiming to build your organization’s capability to manage innovation. The 5-day boot camp will provide the participants with the opportunity to learn why they should innovate, what they could innovate, and then how to do that, from some of the best regional and international experts in that field.

    Innospace Design Academy


    Software Development Academy

    SDA by Protik supports youngsters in transforming their careers by entering a new career path, programming. 

    Hoxton Academy

    Hoxton Academy is a company with a London HQ, focused on professional education and helping individuals start a new career in software development in only 6 months. The mission of Hoxton Academy is to build the next generation of software engineers not only changing young people’s lives but also helping businesses find and retain talent.

    Kodo

    KODO Academy aims to create and strengthen the Albanian developers community and technical experts that will act as a backbone for the empowerment of the startup ecosystem by bridging software developers with new founders. 

    Digital Jobs Albania

    Digital Jobs Albania is a World Bank Group initiative jointly implemented by Coderstrust and EuroPartners Development, aiming to provide young Albanian women from 16 to 35 years old with more access to online work opportunities and connect them to the Global Economy.

    Akademi.al

    Online learning platform with live classes, free of charge. Educational services for every individual, mainly students, implemented with interactive methods, bringing school closer to the customers needs.

    Events / Meetups

    Albanian Information Technology Awards

    ICT - Albanian Information Technology Awards Albania is an annual nationwide activity that awards successful enterprises that have contributed to the development of innovation in Albania for a year in various aspects. It is an activity that brings together in one gala night all the actors in the field of technology and innovation in Albania. The event is organized by ICTSmedia, a company in advertising and media that operates in Albania and Kosovo. The event allows everyone to apply for awards and professional jury awards with the prizes of ICT Innovation of the Year, ICT Awards Rising Star of the Year, etc. ICT Awards was held for the first time in 2012 in Tirana.

    AllWeb

    The Digital Marketing Conference

    AllWeb is a result of a dedicated commitment from people who work, live, and enjoy all things digital. For 8 years now, AllWeb provides great speakers, unique experiences, quality content, networking, and lots of knowledge sharing.

    Always determined to push the market a few steps ahead, this year we are bringing down the focus to transformation, the future of brands, and marketing in the era of the digital.

    Startup Live Tirana

    Startup Live Tirana, the place to boost business projects with the know-how and network of leading experts! Startup Live supports visionaries in building startups within a weekend. This is your chance to get in contact with the who-is-who of the startup scene, land your dream job at one of the startups or just have a great time!

    Start Up City

    Start Up City is the place where students and young people can develop their business ideas, presenting them in front of a prestigious jury. This competition aims to help all innovative young people with an entrepreneurial spirit to realize and present their business ideas.

    Startup Weekend

    Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation. Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and can collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your startup.

    Beta Pitch Tirana

    BETAPITCH is returning to Tirana in search for the most internationally promising startups in town. The best 10 startups will pitch on stage before jury for the main prize - a trip to Berlin on December 6th. There the winner attends personal meetings with investors and corporate partners and competes at the grand finals BETAPITCH Global.

    Open Source Conference Albania

    OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is the first annual conference in Albania organized to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge, a global movement that originally started more than 30 years ago.

    Co-Working Spaces

    Coolab

    Coolab is the place for entrepreneurs, freelancers, business professionals, and technologists who want to be part of an active community. Coolab created a place where you can stay connected to your work and get playful at the same time.

    Destil

    Coming soon...

     

    Dutch Hub

    Dutch Hub is the largest co-working space in Albania. Since 2018 and with 1000 square meters in the heart of Tirana, Dutch Hub offers endless opportunities for local and foreign professionals and companies. It offers a range starting from hourly and daily plans to long-term ones, accompanied by 20 professional services, networking opportunities, and other facilities. Dutch Hub offers individual jobs, workspaces for groups and companies in open spaces or shared offices, and private offices in various formats.

    Innospace Tirana

    Innospace Tirana offers a total of 560 m2 of space composed of an open coworking space, private offices with balconies, training rooms, kitchen, skype room, meeting areas, lockers, and a stunning veranda. Innospace is located in Blloku, the heart of the entertainment district where you’ll be steps away from great lunch locations, fancy coffee places, and cool cocktail bars.

    MyOffice’Al

    Coworking space in Tirana with open workplaces equipped with modern infrastructure and amenities. Located in the center of Tirana, next to the central train station and only footsteps away from the main square, MyOffice’Al is an energetic, yet calm environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and startup teams.

    They offer different forms of membership with the best prices in Tirana for such fully-furnished working places.

    Tirana Business Park

    Tirana Business Park is a project aiming to establish a business park and an economic center of European standards and to give the Albanian area real potential for economic and social development. With this in mind, they have changed the way business is done. Tirana Business Park stands for a new, excellent working location. 

    Tech Space

    The National Agency for Information Society (NAIS), as the basic institution regarding the digitalization of public administration and public services provided to citizens and businesses, operates based on the Decision of the Council of Ministers no. 673, dated 22.11.2017. Based on its wide scope, as well as the existing expertise of available human capacities, NAIS has on February 18 inaugurated the newest technological center "TECH SPACE", being responsible for creating creative environments of its space, designing programs in support and development of startups, as well as encouraging consolidated businesses within the Center to expand their activity. 

     

    Corporates / Private Sector

    ElevatorLab

    ElevatorLab aims to identify and support seed/early-stage startups and single founders who have an idea/product/service which might have the potential to turn into an innovative solution that can be applied in the financial sector.

    The Bootcamp format offers the possibility of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) with the help of local banking experts. Bootcamps for local startups provide to the startups an educational program and serve as an entry ticket to the startup world. That means that the program is looking for individuals or companies passionate about their idea who have the will and the vision to create a solution that might be valuable to the sector locally and globally.

    The Elevator Lab Kosovo & Albania is powered by Raiffeisen Bank International, Raiffeisen Bank in Kosovo, and Raiffeisen Bank in Albania, in partnership with the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK) and New Media.

    PowerUp Program

    Deloitte. - PowerUp Program

    Connecting innovation, transformation, and leadership

    If you’re ready to innovate and transform your business, Deloitte can help you imagine, deliver, and run your future, wherever you compete, using the latest technologies, from strategy development through implementation. Because impact isn’t created alone. Together we can make history.

    https://www2.deloitte.com/al/sq/pages/PowerUp/program-per-ndermarrjet-e-mesme-dhe-te-vogla-dhe-startupet.html 

    Service Providers

    Almotech

    Almotech is founded to provide software B2B solutions and several quality services. Registered since FY 2015/16 at NRC (QKR). The Almotech team is composed of skilled youngsters, passionate and motivated team members who are capable of using advanced technologies to enable comfortable customer accommodation and their future digital involvement.

    Big Media Expert

    Big Media Expert offers a complete digital marketing service. From branding to web design to social media and digital marketing, they deliver a total digital transformation.

    Concept Marketing

    Concept Marketing is a link between clients and consumers, by supporting them to increase their presence in the market.

    Communication Progress

    Communication Progress, founded in 1998 by three Albanian engineers, our company brings two decades of experience in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Positioned as an ICT integrator and software development company, Communication Progress aims to consistently, enable access to the most advanced tech solutions, based on two fundamental principles, quality and support for innovation.

    Cloud68.co

    Cloud68.co offers reliable open source digital infrastructure to SMEs, freelancers and organizations. Proud ProtonMail and Deflect.ca partners.

    DigitSapiens

    DigitSapiens builds dedicated teams in Albania smartly and cost-effectively. Their mission is to make hiring dedicated teams an easy and risk-free process. Now DigitSapiens actively develops this service which consists of dedicated teams.

    Division 5

    Division 5 is a design & development agency working with companies to build web, mobile, and connected devices that solve real-world business problems.

    Innovaway

    Innovaway is the right partner to increase the global competitiveness of customers, thanks to the expertise of their staff, our end-to-end approach, and operating model.

    IkubINFO

    IkubINFO is committed to delivering world-class enterprise software engineering services to enable our public and private sector customers, in Albania and abroad, to overcome their technological and digital transformation challenges.

    New Media Communications

    New Media Communications is a software development company with a proven expertise in web, mobile applications, cloud computing and ecommerce applications.

    Spartan Media

    Spartan Media leverages nearly two decades of digital marketing experience to create the exposure you need, so you can focus on running your business and serving your customers. Each campaign they execute consists of three phases: strategic planning, execution, and performance analysis.

    Sfida.Pro

    We are a small and agile team of experienced Open Source professionals that support SMEs and Organizations optimize their investment in digital marketing and infrastructure.

    We help implement your projects using WordPress, Mautic, Matomo, NextCloud, Moodle and more.

    Our services and branding stem from our existing company based in Tirana, Albania called SfidaBiznesi.com

    The Dancing Beats

    TDB is a privately held company, founded in Tirana, Albania that operates in the local market of Information Technology. As of July 2011 they are also serving clients in United States, Italy, Greece, Kosovo, and FYROM. They offer custom and out-of-the-box solutions that implement and apply your business logic in order to boost your productivity and serve your business needs by integrating every block in their DNA.

    Softup Technologies

    Softup Technologies is an IT Consulting & Software Development Company based in Tirana, Albania, and in Munich, Germany. Softup provides software development services for startups, SMEs, and European (soon to be) unicorns, by providing innovative solutions for industries such as PropTech, FinTech & E-Learning.

    Landmark Technologies

    Landmark Technologies is a web design and development company. From complex web & software solutions built all in house, to utilizing third-party tools and APIs for seamless integrations. Their portfolio includes clients from a wide range of industries, such as online education, financial institutions, manufacturing, real estate, distribution, and non-profit organizations.

    Eder Studio

    A multidisciplinary innovation in technology, run by design addict and creative people. Ederstudio is an Albanian Marketing and Web Development company created since 2007 in the heart of Tirana city. It started from the passion we have for Digital Marketing and Innovation on Technology. Challenging Marketing and Web development by years we grew up as the biggest company throughout the country.
    They are capable of delivering the work as requested and with high quality as customers deserve. We have experience working with Brand creation & Communication, SEO and SEM, Web design, Mobile & Web applications as classified portals, Booking systems, E-commerce, Online inventory systems, etc.

    ITWorks

    ITWorks provides unique expertise in mapping real-life business processes into software applications. Together we can build valuable solutions to your problems that speeds transformation, reduces cost and increases flexibility.

    • Automation
    • Server Monitoring & Management
    • IT Infrastructure Setup
    • Upgrade & Migration
    • Big Data & Analytics

    Ritech

    Ritech is a digital transformation design and development partner. From ideation through development and ongoing support, their team of onsite and remote innovative designers, developers, application experts, and platform engineers, seek to delight you and exceed your quality and cost expectations.

    TETRA SOLUTIONS

    Tetra Solutions offers:

    - 360 degree knowledge of technology. They possess not only programs but also nets, clouds, security, devices, systems.

    - the assurance of continuity for your business, protection for your employees and company assets.

    - brings more choices on IT services, thus increasing the flexibility offered to our customers.

    Logical

    Logical is a software house for businesses. They offer software solutions for retail, wholesale and all other operations in stores and in the field. With their solutions you can use a handheld device and desktop software to handle logistic operations in your stores and warehouses.

    X-HUB

    X-HUB is a Competence Center made up of highly qualified resources in Microsoft technology. The Company is part of the Agic Technology Group, one of Microsoft's main partners in Italy.
    X-HUB is aimed at the main Italian and foreign System Integrators with the aim of providing autonomous project management, remote development of project tasks and the inclusion of technical resources to strengthen work teams. 

    Pinca

    PINCA is the first Platform connecting Albanian freelancers from the region and diaspora with opportunities in the global market. It also consists of a community of professionals and students sharing their experience, by also developing skills through the platform. 

    The mission of PINCA is to give opportunities to everyone joining our vision and create an impact on the region by developing skills, experience and competitiveness.

    Communities

    Blockchain Western Balkans

    Blockchain Western Balkans

    Blockchain Western Balkans Meetup is a regular Meetup series created for Blockchain enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, and anyone interested in the fascinating world of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).

    Garazh

    Founded in 2015, Garazh is an innovative organization whose aim is to support the growth of the Albanian startup & IT community and young innovative entrepreneurs.
    Garazh is focused on raising awareness and empowerment of ideas to promote new businesses generated from the community.

    Open Labs Hackerspace

    Open Labs is the Albanian community that promotes free and open source technologies, open data, open standards, online privacy, and the empowerment of public space and alternative licenses in the digital space. Open Labs’ purpose is to share knowledge using the open tools that are available through technology. Open Labs organizes weekly events in the field of technology. 

    The community also runs a small hackerspace in Tirana, which unfortunately is the only one in Albania at the moment. The community is self-funded (not from govs) and is sustainable from a combination of Patreon monthly donors and events sponsor. Open Labs was founded in 2012 and the community will celebrate its 9th birthday in July 2021.

    SalesForce & Trail Blazers Albania

    SalesForce & Trail Blazers Albania is designed to enable Salesforce users, developers, and partners to connect with other users, share ideas, learn, network and give back.

    Startup Grind Tirana

    Startup Grind Tirana is a community that educates, inspires, and networks young entrepreneurs. 

    Startup Grind Tirana is a monthly activity that focuses on networking as an efficient and direct way to connect and bring together business actors, young people with business ideas, representatives of initiatives in the field of technology, etc. It is an activity that also aims to educate and inspire these entrepreneurs and that is why every month a well-known and successful Albanian businessman is invited to the event who shares with the attendees his experiences in doing business in Albania, the difficulties, and challenges. 

    Startup Grind is a global network that educates, inspires, and connects (networks) young entrepreneurs with each other. The values of this activity are clearly expressed in its global motto "Make friends, not contacts" which in the first sense reveals the secret of networking: To establish good relationships with the contacts we create and those we know in the activity! Every month, a well-known Albanian businessman is invited to the event who shares his experience in the field of business with the audience. 

    Startup Grind Tirana crowned its annual activity with the organization of the first startup party in Albania, an important celebration in terms of the messages it conveyed, the echo it made in the media, and the high-level audience. Activity motto: If you leave the activity without making at least one new contact, call yourself a failure! 

    Agile Tirana

    The first community for Agile in Albania supported by Scrum Alliance. Agile will share here social activities to influence our community. 

    Universities

    Universities are the main actors within the pre-ideation phase of the start-ups, where the foundations are laid for an entrepreneurial journey. Depending on the institute and the significance it places on entrepreneurship, universities also support potential entrepreneurs well into the ideation and seed-stage phase with incubation. Within the Albanian start-up ecosystem, universities currently provide - to varying degrees - three key pre-ideation resources: 

    1) entrepreneurship awareness and promotion; 

    2) entrepreneurship education;

    3) innovation production.

    Some Universities in Albania do promote entrepreneurship, e.g. through events, career services, competitions, etc., and make students aware of this alternative career path and highlight its advantages.

    Barleti Hub

    Barleti Hub is the center where young entrepreneurs with few creative ideas are determined to succeed in the domestic and international market. Proper mentoring and guidance of experts will have a significant impact on the personal and professional development of young entrepreneurs. Their services include:

    • Mentoring & Coaching
    • Business Model Canvas
    • Training and New Skills
    • Commercialization & Prototype
    • Toolbox and Services
    • Mapping Study
    • Franchise Model

    Barleti University

    Marin Barleti University Faqja Kryesore - Universiteti “Barleti’’ (umb.edu.al), founded and owned by an entrepreneur, is the type of university that could be called “an entrepreneurial university”. The main conceptual directions that an Entrepreneurial University relies on are as follows: Quadruple Helix, Knowledge-based economy, Digital future, Life Labs, Competitive enterprise, Funding /financial support, Start-up and spin-off, Incubators and accelerators. Entrepreneurship and related activities occupy an important place in education at the “Marin Barleti” University. For that purpose, Barleti HUB is created by a group of professors and entrepreneurs who are passionate about start-ups and aim to support/influence the ecosystem of  entrepreneurship in Albania.  In partnership with the MB university, and other national /international partners, Barleti HUB offers to potential start-ups/entrepreneurs [both students and other guests], the following: 

    • Co-working spaces

    • Pitching opportunity: Betapitch Tirana, Creative Business Cup Albania, Future Agro Challenge, etc are a few international competitions Barleti Hub organizes yearly; and allows entrepreneurs to pitch in front of investors and reach international markets.

    • Incubation –Barleti Hub offers to the incubated start-ups co-working spaces, continuous development, business consultancy, mentoring, workshops/training, and networking, etc

    • Acceleration –Marin Barleti University [academic staff and experts] is dedicated to continuously support entrepreneurs in the life cycle stages of their products/businesses, through continuous education, mentoring and access to finance. 

    Additionally, the BARLETI UNIVERSITY & ADRIAPOL INSTITUTE have founded “Business Terminal”, It promotes entrepreneurship, competitiveness and economic growth by providing effective support, affordable services and innovative solutions to startups and SMEs. Business Terminal / Triple City is a physical structure and virtual platform organized in six units.

    1. Co-working space. Open & Cross-Sectoral 

    2. Business Support Center - Catalyst of enterprises

    3. Business and Start-up academy. Professional Skills for Entrepreneurs

    4. Start-up Business Incubator & Accelerator

    5. City Gate. Soft Landing & Smart Takeoff

    6. Enter Hub. Center of Excellence for Business Competitiveness 

    Each unit operates as a "one stop shop" offering tailored solutions for businesses, at all stages of their life cycle.

    Contact: info@umb.edu.al  and info@triplecity.al

    Epoka University

    Epoka University is an international higher education institution, that commenced academic activities during the 2007-2008 academic year. All institutional strategies of Epoka are built on the “Education, Research and Contribution to Society” triangle. To promote further R&D, as well as a contribution to society, the university has signed several cooperation agreements with international and national institutions. Epoka University comprises of three faculties: the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering; the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, and the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, and four research centers.  Epoka University boasts an excellent employability rate of approximately 90% for its graduates. Besides infrastructure and well-appointed facilities, Epoka University offers internships, networking, career fairs, and employment opportunities for its students and graduates in collaboration with sectors and industry under the Career Planning and Alumni Office

    EPOKA University does conduct entrepreneurship promotion activities among students such as start-up and pitching competitions. Notably, the student clubs, especially “Innovators Club” are quite active in creating linkages between students/ aspiring entrepreneurs and inspirational ones.  When it comes to education:  back in 2018, Epoka University was listed among the best 45 European schools for entrepreneurship [evaluation based on undergraduate Bachelor programs, teaching students the basics of business in a multinational and rapidly changing environments, having notable alumni that graduated from their educational institution and succeeded in building their entrepreneurial career]. It also promotes and supports research and innovation, as the university supports participation in EU programs [Horizon 2020, etc]. 

    EPOKA University is one of the five founding partners of Tirana Inc.

    Metropolitan Incubator

    Metropolitan Incubator is part of the Metro Research Center and Metropolitan Tirana University. Talented students and young people have the opportunity to create a Start-Up and finalize ideas with a final product, which can be a software product or other areas such as construction, economics, science, etc.

    In collaboration with Metro Research Center and the Metropolitan Tirana University offer technical support and academic advice to students who wish to finalize their ideas. Metropolitan Incubator is the first incubator "On Campus" in the circle of Albanian universities and organizations.

    Access to the incubator is given to the most talented students with innovative ideas. This makes the incubator a bridge between domestic and foreign companies as well as other institutions, including the Metropolitan Tirana University with students, academic staff, administrative staff, etc. This innovation center has made its primary goal to be the driving force in commercializing the ideas of young entrepreneurs to respect equal opportunities and stimulate original and innovative projects.

    The Metropolitan Incubator has several start-ups currently registered.

    POLIS University

    The Makerspace program is delivered by POLIS University (Tirana) with the support of EU for Innovation Albania, SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH), and seasoned European experts such as PRENEURZ Amsterdam. The program welcomes 5 start-ups and/or independent innovators that are sure they can make a difference in the field of Innovation. They look for people working on technologies and products that are unique, and need guidance until the final prototyping phase, or are exploring areas of innovation where disruptive ideas can overcome yet existing barriers, such as IoT, Digital Manufacturing, Sustainable Technologies, etc.

    After being selected as one of the top five leading universities in the entrepreneurial and innovation field, EPOKA University has proudly accepted to be one of the founding partners for Tirana Inc, a multi-university start-up incubator in Tirana. This initiative is fully supported by the GIZ, EU for Innovation, and Preneurz.Amsterdam. The founding universities of this initiative are the University of Tirana, University Metropolitan Tirana, POLIS University, EPOKA University, and the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

    This new project reflects the ambition to create a landmark location where students, entrepreneurs, and university staff can find inspiration and support to start their entrepreneurial journey.

    The vision of the Tirana Incubator is to open the doors for ambitious student teams with great business ideas. This incubator aims to become the first destination for the new generation of entrepreneurs to start their companies.
    EPOKA University will support this initiative by being part of the Advisory Board of this incubator and sharing its innovative, entrepreneurial, and mentoring experience to successfully finalize this project.
    The university stimulates all students, who have innovative business ideas, to participate in the upcoming program of Tirana Inc. to develop their ideas with the right know-how up to the level of a successful company, based on the best experiences that this program will offer.

    Polytechnic University of Tirana

    The Polytechnic University of Tirana, is one of the biggest public Higher Education Institutions in Albania, comprising of 7 faculties [in the field of engineering] and one research institute. Two faculties within the UPT have embraced the attempt to promote and support student entrepreneurship encouraging multi-disciplinary team creation by joining Tirana Inc. as founding partners; 

    Tirana Business University

    Tirana Business University part of BALFIN group , which provides internship for the students of the University and give open classes for students of all universities on job related topics. 

    Having two faculties: Business administration and Business law, TBU supports student entrepreneurship. Tirana Business University stated to offer workspace to startup teams and expertise in the form of advice from lecturers upon request from the teams.

    A Student Business incubator is established and has supported a few student initiatives, start-ups/ enterprises so far. The business incubator offers working spaces [free of charge], equipment, internet connection, counselling from academic staff or experiences people, opportunities for cooperation with partner business to provide their financial and technical support.

    University of Tirana

    Established in 1952, the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tirana, is one of the key entities to “feed” the market & entrepreneurship ecosystem, due to the high number of enrollments/students. Many graduates of FEUT became important figures in the public [government] and private sector [business founders, etc] in Albania. Currently the Faculty is structured into six academic departments: economics, finance, accounting, marketing and tourism, management and statistics/applied informatics. More than 9,000 Albanian and international students are currently enrolled in courses within the Faculty. There is pockets of excellence in the Faculty and willingness among lecturers of Entrepreneurship, management, information economics and other related fields to improve entrepreneurship teaching and develop the right tools/instruments to help students make a smoother transition to the market, and /or establish their start-up company. The faculty of Economics at the University of Tirana, besides education programmes, provides weekend bootcamps and is planning to set up a consultancy to advise students on their business ideas. 

    Faculty of Economics at TU, is one of the founding partners of Tirana Inc.

    Lecturers of innovation /entrepreneurship have established a so called “Platform of Innovation” Innovate Your Way Out | Facebook  a competition where students present their business ideas in front of investors’ jury. 

    Media

    Business Magazine

    Business Magazine is the first digital magazine dedicated to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Everything you want to know about the Albanian ecosystem and foreign entrepreneurship can be found here through news, articles, interviews, and videos. This magazine encourages free enterprise and promotes the ways that guide young people on the road to success.

    Geek Room

    Geek Room is an online media dedicated to technology in Albania. They update their web and social media daily, with the latest tech news, video reviews, events coverage, and interactive posts, being a real-time news source for tech fans in Albania.

    Invest in Albania

    Invest in Albania is a non-governmental initiative that aims to provide support to foreign investors who seek to invest in Albania.

    LiveME

    LiveME is a show and podcast dedicated to entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and personal development. LiveME brings a fresh approach to the world of business by helping and informing the youth of Albania of the opportunities that exist and the way they could acquire them. A show from a young boy to a whole generation that thinks and acts out of the ordinary!

    PCWorld Albanian

    PCWorld Albanian first published in June 2008, is a magazine for Information and Communication Technology, brought in Albanian by ICTS media. PCWorld Albanian brings the best advice on technology in the Albanian language, the most important events and developments in the local, regional and global market.

    Think Big

    Think Big is a youtube series created by Business Magazine Albania about business, entrepreneurship, education, and motivation on every career path. Each episode focuses on interviewing different companies operating in different sectors, their staff and learning more abou