Start Up ResourcesGIZ – Virtual Growth and Traction Camp

June 15, 20210

Are you a start-up that has a product/service, looking to grow further? You already have your first customers, but you are looking for a way to increase your client base in Europe?

GIZ is looking for the most promising and innovative start-ups from Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply for the 1st Virtual Growth and Traction camp under the project “Supporting the professionalisation of the Western Balkan ecosystems” which is part of the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Foreign Trade implemented on behalf of the German government. The objective of the project is to professionalise the start-up ecosystems in the Western Balkan region to create better development conditions for start-ups.

The Western Balkan region is currently seeing the rise of innovative and promising start-ups that have difficulties accessing competitive international markets due to the lack of knowledge and connections. GIZ will support promising start-ups with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to operate in international markets early and rapidly. GIZ is partnering up with TNW, one of the leading players in the global tech ecosystem to bring you the top-notch entrepreneurs and experts that provide you with high-level expertise and tools to scale your start-up and become the next best thing.

TNW is a global brand that informs, inspires, and connects people who love tech. TNW Programs runs innovation programs with start-ups, corporates, governments and investors. These programs have enabled start-ups to scale internationally, hone their pitching skills and be matched with investors, and talk to corporates that are interested in partnering with them. For their start-up support programs TNW makes an average of 2.1 investor leads and 1.1 corporate leads per start-up. Start-ups rate their mentoring sessions with +8/10 and have facilitated introductions to a 100+ corporate clients for the start-ups that attended their programs.

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1) A place in the GIZ Growth camp where you will learn about:
• Understanding where your start-up is currently on the market and what are the next steps to improve your services and team.
• Learn strategies for the best market entry and expansion.
• Pick up cutting-edge sales and marketing tactics.
• Improve your fundraising approach.

2) Receive 1-1 mentorship support with the leading mentors in the field to help you advance your start-up operations.
3) The best start-ups from the Growth camp will receive access to the GIZ Traction camp where they will be introduced to investors, clients, corporates with a high potential to contribute to the start-ups’ growth.
4) Access to an alumni network of peers that offers knowledge sharing.

The programme will be delivered by the following experts:

has extensive experience in helping start-ups to grow. His previous experience at, Nestpick, Declaree and Bisner has helped these companies to scale and expand in the European market.

has setup and executed start-up acceleration programs that have trained over 300 start-ups, worked with international teams to deliver training and matchmaking in countries across Europe (in particular with investors and corporates), and has mentored start-ups personally.

has advised start-ups on how to sell to and partner with corporates inside their business and with their customers. He has connected over 30 early stage start-ups (pre-seed, seed, and series A with 500+ viewers including investors, corporates, governments and key ecosystem players.

has over 15 years of experience delivering authoritative and commercially successful digital and live-event content programs, and is specialized in investor activation and partnership engagement.

The camp will take place in a virtual setting.

EXTENDED deadline for submission of applications: 18.06.2021 – 14:0 PM CET
Successful applications will be informed on a rolling basis
Start of Virtual Growth Camp: 22.06.2021
1-1 mentoring sessions for start-ups: 22.06.2021-13.08.2021
Start of virtual Traction camp: 04.08.2021
End of programme: 13.08.2021

A jury composed of experts from GIZ and TNW will be selecting start-ups based on the :
• Key staff is based in one of the following countries (Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• To have a working innovative product or service.
• To have at least 1 client from outside the countries.
• Potential to scale.
• Motivation to participate in the Growth and Traction camps.

GIZ strongly encourages women participation in this event to ensure that trade contributes to enhancing equal opportunities for all.

Are you interested? Fill in the application form!

For any questions or issues with the application form please contact Frosina Ilievska at

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