The journey continues for the WMF International Roadshow: next stop will be Tirana, Albania on March 15, with an event dedicated as usual to connecting different innovationecosystems and strengthening the bridges between the twocountries. A full schedule packed with activities, including a startup competition and the participation of prominentpersonalities for this WMF-branded event. Also expected to attend the event are Albanian Entrepreneurship ProtectionMinister Edona Bilali, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj, and Italian Vice Ambassador to Albania Luigi Mattirolo.
The next stop of the WMF - We Make Future's International Roadshow is approaching, scheduled to take place in Tirana, Albania, on March 15 at the Maritim Hotel Plaza. The entireevent will be live-streamed on WMF's official web app and Youtube channel. The event's calendar will include keynotes, success cases analysis, and round tables, as well as a startup competition that will select the best 3 startups from the Albanian ecosystem, which will have the opportunity to join WMF 2023 - scheduled on June 15-17 in Rimini (Italy).
Among the guests who will speak during the event, hosted by Albanian presenter Blendi Salaj, there will be institutionalpresences such as Albanian Minister of EntrepreneurshipProtection Edona Bilali, Italian Vice Ambassador to Albania Luigi Mattirolo, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj, and Director of Tumo Center in Albania Shqipe Berisha. Alsopresent during the day will be CEO of Coca-Cola Albania-Sicily Luca Busi, who will give a speech on sustainability in logistics, CEO of Armundia Group Gianluca Berghella, and Huawei's Head of Marketing Ecosystem and OperationStefano Nkazi and Vienna Business Agency’s DraženŠimičević in live-connection.
"The innovation ecosystem in Albania is extremely dynamic, fast-paced, agile, and ever-evolving, and deserves recognitionfor its hard work and promotion of local entrepreneurs and our community around the world. These kinds of events, like WMF, pave their road towards meeting like-minded people, great potential collaborations, new investors, exploring new technologies and, more important, new customers, whichleads to more revenue for their startups" adds Edona Bilali, Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship.
The centerpiece of the event will be the startup competition, including some of the most outstanding realities from the Albanian innovation ecosystem, with 14 startups selected by the WMF Innovation Team: Skaitech, iNegotio, ConsciESG, Switch Technologies, LekoTech, Kungul, Magoware, Pyramid DEV, IMA - Innovation Academy, Praktika.al, Symmetric Group Sh.p.k, Kreatx, Inotecalbania, Decimali.
"We embarked on this journey with the WMF International Roadshow with the desire to create and strengthenconnections between the innovation ecosystems of the manycountries that have taken part in the project, and of the manythat will be soon part of it" adds Cosmano Lombardo, CEO of Search On Media Group and creator of the WMF. "The goal isto help spread a spirit of productive cooperation and collaboration among the different countries, disseminating the culture of digital innovation, in order to be well-equipped in facing the collective challenges that await us."
A jury of 11 international and local industry personalities willselect the finalists: Councillor of the Albanian Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship Anna Petani, Head of Marketing of Fongit Geneve AnaMaria Meshkurti, Partner & CFO of Feel Ventures VC Antonio Baccari, CEO of Edilcentro Group and President CCIA Antonio Nidoli, Founder of Tonucci&Partners Mario Tonucci, CEO of Coca-Cola Albania and Sicily Luca Busi, Founder & ManagingPartner of Over Ventures Giancarlo Vergine, CEO BaboonAlbania, Kosovo and Macedonia Genti Selenica, CEO of Armundia Group Gianluca Berghella, General Manager of TUMO Tirana Shqipe Berisha, WMF Head of Innovation Giuseppe Oppedisano.
The top three runners-up will have the opportunity to attendWMF 2023, June 15-17 in Rimini, thanks to various prizesoffered by the Festival:
the 1st runner-up will be granted a desk in the Startup District, access to B2B and networking activities with investors, and a pitch on the Startup Stage;
the 2nd runner-up will be granted a desk in the Startup District and access to B2B and networking activities;
the 3rd runner-up will be granted access to B2B and networking activities.
The event is held in partnership with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Albania, Albania Economia, and Moneys Magazine. Media supporters also include Geek Room, PC World, and Business Magazine.
The next stops of the International Roadshow, which will be the last before WMF 2023, will land in Prague (CzechRepublic) on April 19 and in Berlin (Germany) on April 27. Startups can apply for the competitions scheduled in Pragueand Berlin by completing the dedicated forms on the website pages.