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 develop their business initiatives within sectors with high potential for social impact. This program is a unique opportunity for new entrepreneurs to develop personal and professional skills, test their business ideas...
New Entrepreneur Program, a Pilot Program that will be implemented by Yunus Social Business Albania, is a replication of NobinUdyokta (New Entrepreneur) Program, a new dimension in the development of Social Business. It encourages young individuals of the community to create employment for themselves as well as others by using their creative, innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
Andreas Heinecke is a social entrepreneur and the creator of the social business Dialogue in the Dark that will be joining the Social Business Accelerator Program as a Mentor. He is nominated as the first Ashoka fellow for Western Europe and also recognized as a Global Fellow by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
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.
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.