The first phase of Business STARTer program completed

Twelve young people from Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Prijedor, Teslić, Priboj, Tuzla, Bihać, Bijeljina and Gornji Vakuf, from May 20-25, took part in the training week within Business STARTer program aimed at promoting entrepreneurial culture among youth. The participants had the opportunity to talk and listen to lectures from various fields related to entrepreneurship and leadership. Several days of the academy were dedicated to the planning of joint projects of participants. As part of the "Action Month", divided in three groups they will implement these joint activities aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment among their peers in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and on social networks.

"It was my pleasure to be a participant in Business STARTer. Behind us are six very dynamic and inspirational days of work during which we discussed and learned about different aspects of entrepreneurship, business model development, communication, management, negotiation, etc. After these six days, follows the best part, and that is the month in which we will have the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge and expand the positive understanding of entrepreneurship",said Adna Husagic, a program participant from Tuzla.

"I am eagerly waiting to implement the activities that we have created within the Academy and to extend the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in the environments from which we come",said Olga Tmusic, a participant from Bijeljina.

"The basic idea behind the planning and implementation of the entrepreneurial academy is certainly encouraging young people to make a change in their environment, to use the skills and knowledge gained in training to enhance their own business environment",said Dijana Duvnjak, President of the Steering Board of the Foundation 787.

The Business STARTer Academy is being implemented with the support of the European Fund for the Balkans, which, among other things, supports a number of programs related to the broader education of young people, government officials and representatives of civil society.

"The European Fund for the Balkans is supporting the realization of innovative projects, such as the Business STARTer program organized by the Foundation 787. This program has additional value to us because creators of this quarterly program for developing entrepreneurial potentials of young people, are alumni of the European Fund for the Balkans and today they are transferring knowledge and experience to all individuals who have an interest in advancing on a private and professional level",said Branka Panic, program manager of the European Fund for the Balkans.

Realization of the first phase of the program was supported by the sponsors: Akta.ba, Radio Antena Sarajevo, Poslovna novina, Coca-Cola BiH, Franz & Sophie, Leef, Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo and agency Creative 24/7.