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The "Promoting Sustainable Economic and Regional Employment, Education and Vocational Training in Albania" (ProSEED) program is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project supports the Albanian Ministry of Finance and Economy (MEF), the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) and other relevant institutions, namely the Albanian Agency for Investment Implementation (AIDA). The competition of Business Plan IDEA, called "IDEA -Challenge" will provide the CEFE methodology to improve business development services in Albania.

Young entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs  who have a business idea, have the opportunity to become part of the IDEA project, a program that supports innovative developments for entrepreneurs in Albania.

The "IDEA Challenge" project, which comes after a pilot phase in 2016, offers a unique opportunity for 1,000 new initiatives to increase their entrepreneurial competencies and business skills by helping them develop the necessary set of characteristics, to generate ideas and to offer a definitive and persuasive business plan. This project will take place in two years 2018-2019.

 

The application time has begun and lasts until February 15, 2018.

Part of the project can be anyone who has an idea or business no older than three years in any potential sector.

 

Jetona Myteveli, IDEA Project Coordinator, states that "IDEA provides a complete training package on business competence and skills, three months of counseling, and two months of mentoring."

 

Myteveli emphasizes that, "Training is realized through the CEFE method. This is an interactive training method with high participation. Young entrepreneurs through experience in the exercises that bring business situations and through reflection on past experience develop concepts and alternatives to address business challenges. "

Training in three modules provides for 1) developing basic entrepreneurial skills, 2) developing advanced skills and 3) counseling and mentoring. "Much of the information you hear about entrepreneurship is wrong. Entrepreneurship is not magical, it is not mysterious and has no relation to the genes. It is a discipline and as any discipline can be learned, "says Peter Drucker, project representative.

The IDEA project invites young people to become part of innovative startups in Albania that develop entrepreneurial competencies and business skills, from developing the necessary characteristics, generating ideas, and finalizing a persuasive business plan.

 

What it is benefited?

 

·         8 days of active training,

·         3 months counseling and 2 months mentoring.

·         Amusement and active training begins in March 2018

·         Finalists will have the chance to rely on grant.

·         The application can be made at www.idea.cefe.net, @ideaalbania

 

How will training and counseling be?

CEFE is a highly active and action-oriented training methodology, used in more than 65 countries around the world. It includes theoretical and practical experience through planning, practicing and starting a business. CEFE operates in the Balkans since 20 years ago.

The IDEA business plan competition is conceived as a race. For each stage, the most successful are selected. During 2018, 400 people are invited to participate. Only 40 finalists will present their business plans at the beginning of December 2018 in front of an independent jury.

 

How much does it cost?

 

The training is free of charge.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included for all participants during the trainings.

If you are far away from the seminar sites, you will be offered free accommodation at a simple hotel and you will be reimbursed for transportation costs.

 

Who can apply?

 

Women and men from all over Albania who are in the early stages of their entrepreneurial activity or who have a business no older than 3 years and who intend to expand are invited to enroll.

 

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