Incubation Program

Our Incubation Program assesses student startup ideas and houses them at our innovation and entrepreneurship center at VentureUP. Besides providing an office space and computers, the incubation program also includes coaching by the VentureUP staff, mentoring by industry experts, and provides access to financial resources and investors.

This program builds innovative startups, led by UP students, and is located at the heart of the University of Prishtina, in turn creating new job opportunities for the unemployed youth in Kosovo. Through our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, UP student startups will be at the forefront of leading the transformation to change Kosovo for the better.

Direct Business Development Assistance

Business assistance will be given directly to the incubated startups from VentureUP staff in the form of a business idea assessment, coaching, and advice sessions.

Business Idea Assessment

During the assessment phase, the staff at VentureUP consult and discuss potential ideas with student entrepreneurs. This consultation is focused on assessing the potential of each idea and the student teams, in order to improve the chances of success during and after the incubation period. If the idea passes this assessment, admission to the Incubation Program is granted. This proves especially valuable with students who have business ideas but have not had the chance and means to conduct market research or develop prototypes. Students present their ideas and VentureUP staff guides students on focusing and developing the big picture of their business idea. 

Coaching and Administrative Support

Whenever needed, VentureUP team members will meet with student entrepreneurs to coach them on specific tasks they struggle with. This includes, but is not limited to, hands-on tutoring of specific tasks, keeping to plan, and coaching on steps to be taken in advance to develop ideas.

Startup Advice Sessions

Our Startup Advice Sessions provide free advice to students and youth who are interested in or have just begun their entrepreneurial journey. 

Access to Finance 

Presentations & Pitch Competitions

To convince potential investors, entrepreneurs need to master presentation skills, Thus, VentureUP organizes multiple mock presentations for startups to practice and refine their pitch decks.

Additionally, once a year, VentureUP organizes and facilitates pitch competitions, where UP startups compete for financial support, that then go towards specific expenses presented as crucial to the development of the startups. These young entrepreneurs present in front of a group of investors and experts, from whom a panel will then be formed to evaluate ideas and the presentations.

VentureUP will create a panel of judges, comprised of five (5) experts in various fields of evaluation. Such experts include but are not limited to: a) Finance, b) Product Development, c) Marketing & Sales, d) Legal and e) Technology or other specific fields of expertise.

Capital and Financing Network Events 

As startups develop their business ideas, their need for capital and funding increases rapidly. As such, we understand that it is often hard, if not impossible, for young entrepreneurs to meet and approach potential investors due to both a lack of information and resources to be in the same places as the latter.

Up to two (2) times a year, VentureUP organizes networking events with Investors and Donors, to promote startups products and progress in the development phase. These events are done at appropriate venues around Kosovo, such as hotels, restaurants, etc. Startups have booths set up with their products or presentations of their business models. Such booths, promotional material and other necessary presentation tools for startups are covered by VentureUP. 

Fjolla Azemi
Research Analyst at UBO Consulting

Fjolla Azemi is a Research Analyst with background in project management and finances. Her experience and skills working in the ICT field and in consulting makes her an adequate mentor for the needs of our clients. Ms. Azemi has expressed her interest in helping our clients in the field of management, communications and finances.

Fjolla Azemi
Research Analyst at UBO Consulting
Donjeta Sahatciu
CEO and Managing Partner at Rrota

Donjeta Sahatciu is the CEO and Partner at Rrota, a well-known creative agency in Kosovo, and also the Board Chair of VentureUP. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics and an MBA from the University of Sheffield. Her experience in leadership, management and marketing makes her an adequate mentor to our clients’ needs. Ms. Sahatciu has expressed a desire to assist VentureUP clients in leadership, management, marketing, human resource management.

Donjeta Sahatciu
CEO and Managing Partner at Rrota
Kreshnik Lleshi
Director at CEED Kosovo

Kreshnik Lleshi is the Country Director at CEED Kosova and holds an MBA from the Staffordshire University. Kreshnik has experience in project management and business development which makes him an adequate mentor for our clients. Mr. Lleshi has expressed his interest in helping our clients in the field of management, business development and goal setting.

Kreshnik Lleshi
Director at CEED Kosovo
Janine Mehmeti
Co-Founder at ThinkB

Janine Mehmeti is the CMO and Co-Founder of ThinkB and Executive Director of DOIT. Her many years of experience in marketing and with start-ups makes her an adequate mentor for our clients. Ms. Mehmeti has expressed interest in helping our clients in the areas of marketing, social media and communications.

Janine Mehmeti
Co-Founder at ThinkB
Arben Ymeraga
Managing Director at Melita&Partners

Arben Ymeraga holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Prishtina and a Masters in Electrical Management. He is also the Executive Director at the accounting company, Melita & Partners. His many years of experience in management, sales and marketing and engineering made him an adequate mentor for the diverse needs of VentureUP clients. Mr. Ymeraga has expressed the desire to assist our clients in the areas of business development and sales, accounting and management.

Arben Ymeraga
Managing Director at Melita&Partners
Florije Kolshi
Project Management Specialist at Raiffeisen Bank

Florije Kolshi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and IT and a Masters in Business Intelligence. Florije has also been a trainer in many Marketing & Sales workshops at VentureUP and her many years of experience in marketing, project management and business development make her an adequate mentor for the needs of our clients. Ms. Kolshi has expressed the desire to assist our clients in the areas of leadership, management, marketing, and goal setting.

Florije Kolshi
Project Management Specialist at Raiffeisen Bank
Edon Ymeri
Co-Founder at Prishtina Tech & SwiftPeaks

Edon Ymeri is the Co-Founder at Prishtine Tech and SwiftPeaks. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and an MBA from Willamette University. Because of his experience with start-ups, he has expressed interest in helping our clients in the fields of business development, financial management, and goal setting.

Edon Ymeri
Co-Founder at Prishtina Tech & SwiftPeaks
Elion Bytyqi
Assistant Professor at UP

Elion Bytyqi serves as an assistant at the University of Prishtina and holds a PhD in Computer Science. His experience and knowledge in the field of computer science makes him an adequate mentor for our clients. Mr. Bytyqi has expressed his interest in helping our clients in the field of goal setting, digitalization, data analysis and management.

Elion Bytyqi
Assistant Professor at UP
Dardan Hetemi
Assistant Professor at UP

Dardan Hetemi is an assistant and lecturer at the University of Prishtina, Department of Pharmacy. His many years of experience as a lecturer in managing pharmacies and identifying the needs of supply and communication networks made him an adequate mentor to our clients' needs. Dr. Hetemi has expressed a desire to assist VentureUP clients in communication, development and management of supply chains, as well as in preparing and setting goals.

Dardan Hetemi
Assistant Professor at UP
Kushtrim Mehmeti
CEO at Automatics-KS

Kushtrim Mehmeti holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is the CEO of Automatics-KS. Kushtrim’s experience as an electrical engineer makes him an adequate mentor for the needs of our clients in this field. Mr. Mehmeti has expressed interest in assisting our clients in the areas of goal setting, engineering, management, and sales.

Kushtrim Mehmeti
CEO at Automatics-KS

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