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Do you have a great social business idea? Our accelerator program helps you with trainings, coachings, and mentoring! Apply now! Read more »

Social Businesses in Albania

A social business is a business whose mission is to address a social or environmental need in a financially sustainable way. Learn More »

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“One dollar given for charity has only one life, one dollar invested in a social business can be reinvested several times” M. Yunus Learn More »

Winners of HapIde Idea Contest Announced

Winners of HapIde Idea Contest Announced

In a great event at Tirana International on April 23rd 2014, the winners of the HapIde Idea Contest were selected and announced. Out of over 200 submissions in less than a month, 20 selected ideas were presented in front of a renowned jury of entrepreneurs, business professionals, development experts and academics. The pitch day was an exciting culmination of the activities on hapide.com. We congratulate each participant for their creativity and courage to send in their ideas and have them challenged...

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Coming Soon: Second Cycle of YSB Accelerator Program Tirana

Coming Soon: Second Cycle of YSB Accelerator Program Tirana

Turning an idea into a social business and running it successfully is one of the most exciting but also one of the most challenging adventures. It takes passion, dedication and persistance to make it happen. Yunus Social Business Albania helps entrepreneurs to develop the skills it takes to become a successful social entrepreneur. We give you access to entrepreneurs and experts from around the world to learn from their experience. We provide you with coaches and mentors that help you...

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YSBA Accelerator program graduates its first cycle of startups

YSBA Accelerator program graduates its first cycle of startups

YSBA is happy to announce the successful end of the first cycle of the first Social Business Accelerator Program in Albania. Over a course of 3 months, 10 projects of social business ideas were selected into a pool of 200 ideas, through a business idea competition in the online platform HAPiDE. Participants were provided with experienced hands-on mentorship and coaching, educational programming, visibility to investors and other resources.

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Our Partners Community

PartnersAt 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.

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YSB Albania invests in E Jona

EJona3The 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.
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New Expert joining our Accelerator

martin-schocc88ssler-1-von-2Martin 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. 

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YSB Albania invests in Seniors' House

seniorshouseIn 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.

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12 International Experts to Support Entrepreneurs in Tirana

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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.

 

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Insights from Entrepreneurs: Building a Business

Florian Hofmann pixoona

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.

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