Yunus Social Business (YSB) Albania will soon open the applications for its Business Accelerator Program. The program is open to entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs from Albania and Kosovo who are interested to start or develop their business initiatives within one of the four key sectors with high potential for social impact: (i) Agriculture; (ii) Environment; (iii) Tourism; and (iv) Information Technology. Apply through HAPiDE platform!
YSB Albania is dedicated to provide valuable expertise to the participants of its accelerator program in Tirana. While theory and conceptual work are important to build the basis of entrepreneurial know-how, insights from practitioners are at least equally important. We are proud to provide the participants of our program the unique opportunity to learn from first-hand experiences of entrepreneurs, strategists and product developers who have proven to be successful in their work.
At YSB, we truly believe that good entrepreneurs have an even better support network that can help them survive the tough days of entrepreneurship. Mentors, coaches and long-term partners are key elements of every startup survival pack. That is why we make sure that once you join the YSB Accelerator, you become part of a community. Not just the community of people that work with you every day at our offices, but also people who run well-known businesses, institutions and even government agencies.
There are many issues and needs in the Albanian rural areas specifically in Shengjergj where the unemployment rate is extremely high (35%), families are poor and their lands are empty. The organic farm will produce organic herbs for local and international traders and processors of essential oils. It will also rent plots from farmers and employ them for all works related to land preparation, planting, harvesting, and providing them with a source of income.
Martin Schössler, Managing Partner of CAUSA, an advisory and communications company for most of the major DAX companies in Germany, will be joining our accelerator program as an expert. Martin is also a business angel for multiple young companies in the Frankfurt and Berlin areas and brings positioning, communication and strategic expertise to our program.
In Albania, seniors represent about 9% of the population and are expected to rise to 15% by 2020. Serving their needs will be one of the key challenges going forward. We are happy to announce that we have invested into the social business "Seniors' House", a high quality elderly care at the outskirts of Tirana. We are looking forward to join forces with Daklea Xinxo, CEO and Co-Founder, an experienced and dedicated entrepreneur.