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August 10, 20220

Uplift is an early-stage startup acceleration program focused on growing business and value for dozens of innovative startups in the Western Balkans.

With three successful editions, the journey of Uplift started with the support of SOVVA and SlovakAid, last year Uplift Western Balkans redefined itself into a regional initiative to support growth and development of startups and business environment in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia thanks to a partnership of ICTSlab in Tirana, VentureUP in Kosovo and ICAN in Gostivar.

The fourth edition of Uplift Western Balkans is calling all early-stage startups in the framework of the “Qëndro” Project financed by the Italian Government, implemented by UNICEF and the financial support of the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship Protection in Albania.

Who can join Uplift Western Balkans and how to apply?


  • Tech Startups 
  • Teams in any field
  • Newly founded startups
  • Early-stage startups
  • Startups that developed a minimum viable product or service.

Applications to join Uplift Western Balkans acceleration program remain open until August 31, 2022 by filling this form.

When applications close, all applications will go through Selection Bootcamp on September 8-10-12, 2022 in Kosovo, Albania, and North Macedonia respectively. 

The four months acceleration program starts on September 16, 2022 and will finalize its journey on November 21, 2022.


Why should you join Uplift Western Balkans?


  • Rewards up to 17 thousand euros in cash for best startups
  • Mentoring with more than 50 Albanian and international industry experts
  • 4-month acceleration program 
  • Studying trips at European entrepreneurship, innovation and technology ecosystems in Slovakia and Austria.

A delegation of startups each year travels to Slovakia and Austria visiting a European innovation ecosystem in the framework of the Bridge2EU program. A 5-day program, Bridge2EU is a study trip during which the selected companies and startups will learn and benefit from getting to know a new ecosystem of companies and startups in the technology field.

Uplift Western Balkans has become a space where young founders can build the future of their companies, find support from the community, pilot their products and services, and meet their future investors.

With a variety of industries Uplift Western Balkans has hosted startups from various fields such as health, architecture, fashion, virtual reality, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, educational technology, fintech, virtual assistants, real estate, and video games.

For more information visit the following link. 


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