About us

VentureUP is the Entrepreneurship Center and official incubator of the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”, which serves as a bridge between education and the labor market for over 50,000 young Kosovars.

    Mentor Rexhepi
    Executive Director

    Mentor as the Executive Director oversees the programs and the strategic plan of the organization. With many years of experience in the industry, his knowledge and experience are invaluable to the team. He makes sure every team member stays motivated (and gets paid).

    Mentor Rexhepi
    Executive Director
    Betina Bojniku
    Experiential Learning Program Manager

    Betina is the Experiential Learning Manager, responsible for leading the development and enhancement of VentureUP's student events and activities. When not working, you'll find her re-watching Marvel movies.

    Betina Bojniku
    Experiential Learning Program Manager
    Gentiana Gashi
    Finance and Accounting Officer

    Genta is the Accounting and Finance officer that oversees the overall accounting and finance functions of the organization. She is one of the office’s math whizzes and her love for coffee is unparalleled.

    Gentiana Gashi
    Finance and Accounting Officer
    Gjon Oroshi
    Graphic Designer

    Gjon is the Graphic Designer of the team who's behind all of the visually pleasing content. He enjoys 3D animating and listening to Hip Hop music with headphones on, always.

    Gjon Oroshi
    Graphic Designer
    Arta Istrefi
    Incubation Program Manager

    Arta is our Incubation Program Manager. An experienced economist with substantial practice in developing economic policy at the national level, and international development agencies. Throughout her career, she has worked for government, private companies and donors in various positions.

    Arta Istrefi
    Incubation Program Manager
    Besnik Imeri
    Communications and M & E Officer

    Besnik is the Communications & Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at VentureUP, who makes sure the bounce rate always stays low. He is obsessed with documentaries & classical music.

    Besnik Imeri
    Communications and M & E Officer
    Anesa Besimi
    Communications & PR Intern

    Anesa is the Communications & PR Intern at VentureUP. She's currently a student at the University of Prishtina, graduating in Management & Informatics. As a highly motivated and communicative person, she loves expressing her ideas on how to make her student journey and others better, as this being the goal of VUP.

    Anesa Besimi
    Communications & PR Intern
    Begatim Lekaj
    Website Intern

    Begatim is our Web Development Intern. He is engaged in many youth activities. When he isn't coding, you can also find him playing football matches or listening to classical music.

    Begatim Lekaj
    Website Intern
    Blerta Gërxhaliu
    Incubation Intern

    Blerta, the Incubation Program Intern. She's graduated in Applied Economics and Management at the University of Prishtina. She's very happy to be part of the mentoring process for student startup ideas; which includes business idea assessment, coaching sessions, and process management.

    Blerta Gërxhaliu
    Incubation Intern
    Donjeta Sahatçiu
    CEO and Managing Partner at Rrota

    Donjeta is CEO at Rrota, a leading marketing company with a team of IT and design professionals. She has completed her Bachelor of Management in RIT and MBA at the University of Sheffield. After working as a Product Manager at IPKO for two years, in 2011 she joined Wheels as a Project Manager, in 2014 she became Executive Director and Partner at the end of 2015. She is currently contributing to the STIKK and VentureUP missions as Chairman of the Board.

    Donjeta Sahatçiu
    CEO and Managing Partner at Rrota
    Janine Mehmeti
    Co-Founder at ThinkB

    Janine Mehmeti is one of the ten scholars globally of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as an innovative thinker and doer, TEDx organizer, Fundraising Coordinator and Events Manager at “Action for Mothers and Children”, and board member at the University of Prishtina's official entrepreneurship center and incubator – VentureUP. Her expertise in creating new social enterprises make her an important asset to our organization.

    Janine Mehmeti
    Co-Founder at ThinkB
    Agon Gashi
    CEO at Meridian Express.

    Agon Gashi holds the position of CEO at Meridian Express. He has experience with negotiation, Business Planning, Analytical Skills, Retail, and Retail Category Management. As a business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Economics from Bard College, his knowledge in economics and finance world brings value to our organization.

    Agon Gashi
    CEO at Meridian Express.
    Kreshnik Lleshi
    Director at CEED Kosovo

    Kreshnik Lleshi is a professional trainer and coach. He is currently the country director at CEED Kosovo. He holds an MBA from Staffordshire University, UK, and Post-Graduation Certificate from University of Tuscia, Italy. His strategic management and analytical skills have been a strong bridge between VentureUP’s goals and achievements.

    Kreshnik Lleshi
    Director at CEED Kosovo
    Besnik Krasniqi
    Senior Editor at International Journal of Emerging Markets

    Besnik Krasniqi is an educator, consultant, and researcher. He received his MA degree in Economics for Business Analysis and PhD degree in the field of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Economics from Staffordshire University (United Kingdom). His knowledge and experience have been significant part of VentureUp’s progress during those two years since VentureUP was established.

    Besnik Krasniqi
    Senior Editor at International Journal of Emerging Markets
    Mentor Thaqi
    Professor at the UP, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary.

    Mentor Thaqi is a professor at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary. He also worked at the ‘Mercy Corps’ and ‘Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology & Danish Government’ during 2010-2012. Thaqi’s knowledge and experience with entrepreneurships have been a great source of Venture’s success.

    Mentor Thaqi
    Professor at the UP, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary.

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