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.
The 2011 Albanian Census recorded that more than 130,000 people with disability. Recent studies found that young people with disabilities face significant challenges in their daily lives. YSB invests into E Jona, a bar and event venue in Tirana that brings together people from all areas of society, promoting integration and the power of diversity.
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.
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.
Florian Hofmann, Co-Founder and CEO of pixoona, will join our accelerator program as an international expert. Besides his job at Germany-based pixoona he is board advisor to the team of paij, a mobile payment app. Florian brings great experience in team building, leadership and product development to our program. In a first article, he talks about his experiences.