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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

Why join the navy... if you can be a Pirate?

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  • Info calendar

    April 23 to 30, 2016

  • Info location

    Qendra Rinore Tirane – Tirana Youth Center

  • Info languages

    Some presentations in English.

    Work in Albanian.

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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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GUESTS

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Shkelzen Marku

Speaker

Shkelzen is Co-founder and Regional Director of Yunus Social Business Balkans. He has several years of experience in entrepreneurial services and venture capital financing for startups with innovative solutions to solve social problems in Western Balkans and management of economic development programs in various countries. He is also Co-founder and President of the Partnership for Development Foundation and a visiting professor at the EUT and at AUT, Albania.

Shkelzen Marku

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Julia Goga-Cooke

Speaker

Julia has a long experience as an academic, a journalist, a network architect, a design thinker and a passionate entrepreneur. She is COO of Gconsultancy Innovation that helps companies innovate, co-founder and Director of Own Label, a technology fashion company, a platform for young designers to showcase their talents. Her newest project is the creation of Albanian Innovation Accelerator to support young people to be entrepreneurs and innovators.

 

Julia Goga-Cooke

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Mark Tuttle

Speaker

Mark is co-founder and CEO of Cryptografx Security Solutions, co-founder and Engineering Director of PlaceMarkOne, Entrepreneurial coach and adviser for Startups. Mark has successfully served top companies worldwide, including Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Nextel, Lucent Technologies, Yahoo!, Philips, and many others.

Mark Tuttle

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Kushtrim Xhakli

Speaker

Kushtrim Xhakli is an experienced entrepreneur with a high passion for innovation and market disruption. In the last decade, he started companies from scratch and managed to bring a range of new technologies into challenging environments.Co-Founder of Fast Europe Ventures Ltd a digital strategy and business model design, banking and tech solution enabler firm, working with banks, government and telecoms operators. Co-Founder of Changers.com Germany, producer of intelligent and mobile lifestyle solar-charger that enables everybody to produce and consume their own renewable energy. Former HackFwd investment referrer.Board Member of IPKO Foundation, a foundation with a goal to seed and support the development of the next generation of leaders with a digital vision. Creator of Digital Kosovo, a crowdsourced campaign that is engaging in advancing Kosovo’s digital diplomacy agenda, focusing on securing Kosovo’s recognition by the global Internet infrastructure. Producer of Doku:tech yearly technology conference on the subject of innovation, technology, and society.

Xhakli’s work has been covered by major media outlets including The GuardianVirgin MediaForeign PolicyThe EconomistTechCrunchForbesBBCDer SpiegelDie ZeitFrance24 and The Red Bulletin.

Kushtrim Xhakli

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Erjola Kraja

Speaker

Erjola Kraja is a Financial Controller at Devoll Hydropower Project, financed by Statkraft (Norwegian Company).She has many years’ experience in accounting, financial reporting and controlling, preparing financial statements according IFRS and financial evaluation in tendering processes and a 3 years’ experience in auditing, working for KPMG Albania.She is an Albanian Certified Accountant and a candidate for an Authorized Accounting Expert from the Institute of Authorized Accounting Experts (IEKA) and also a candidate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) based in London, UK.

Erjola Kraja

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Çelik Nimani

Speaker

Çelik is a passionate entrepreneur and community developer, being directly involved with start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Balkan Region for many years, and helping shape the start-up scene of Kosovo. He is co-founder & COO at Zombie Soup (a partner of US based Venture Builder company, Stacked), a creative company specialized in creating mobile and web solutions that solve problems and build great companies and products. He is also the founder of Digjitale, a leading source for startups and entrepreneurs in Western Balkans since 2012.

Çelik Nimani

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Fionn Dobbin

Speaker

Fionn is the founder and Creative Director of the social business fashion company MAMMU. He is a lecturer and Creative Industries Program Director at the Stockholm School of Economics and has a long experience as well as creative advisor for various actors in developing new ways and strategies in the fields of human interaction and communication. He worked as a Innovation Team Designer for the Adam Opel GmbH, Creative Director for the Latvian design company ZNAK, Social Business Designer for the creative think tank and consultant company “The Grameen Creative Lab” of the peace prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Since 2005 he has worked for several clients such as DDB/Riga, MOOZ/Riga, ZNAK/Riga, British Council/Riga, Riga City Council, Circ/Wiesbaden, OSKO&DEICHMANN Berlin, UDK/Berlin and Aalto/Helsinki.

Fionn Dobbin

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Edona Bilali

Mentor

Edona is the General Manager and Co-owner of AZ Consulting ltd and has several years of experience working at InfoSoft Group, different projects with European and Asian partners. She is specialized in Business Administration and Marketing, has provided consultancy services to several national and international companies and has served as trainer and mentor in various business development capacity building events. Also, since 2010, she is engaged in teaching at the Management Department, Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana.

Edona Bilali

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Klajdi Turlla

Mentor

Klajdi has experience in enterprise and consumer companies mainly focused on web and mobile applications product development, user experience, marketing and sales. Expert in Financial Technology and Mobile services. Although Klajdi is focused on product management but he is also very  interested in organizational structure, strategy and company culture.

Klajdi Turlla

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Lindita Komani

Mentor

Lindita is head of Talent Garden Tirana Campus, a co-working space and network for digital professionals, and founder of Kompass, a consulting company with focus on business development. She has been supporting several NPOs and networks of professionals operating in Austria, Belgium, Albania, Kosovo in several fields, including youth entrepreneurship and youth development. Since 2011 she has been active in the ICT sector in Albania and engaged in the startup scene through the organization and mentoring in many startup events in Albania and abroad.

Lindita Komani

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Reinaldo Pipiria

Mentor

Reinaldo is currently leading the Sales Support Team @Tirana Business Park, a daughter company of Lindner Group of Germany. He holds a MSc on European Economics, from Tirana University in cooperation with Bamberg University of Germany, enriched with a professional background of Project Management in NGO sector, of Corporate Banking, Finance Analyses, Money Landing & Investment in banking sector and of Corporate Real Estate, Market Research, Product Design & Build, Budgeting, Sales Process, Strategy and Marketing in real estate sector. He started his professional career on July 2006 with Campus Crusade for Christ, followed on 2008 with National Commercial Bank and by ProCredit Bank on 2010. On February 2013 he joins on establishing phase the Sales and Marketing Department of TBP.  Since 2014 he is actively supporting the Startup Ecosystem, strongly believing that everyone, despite the business idea, can leave a Legacy to the ecosystem.

Reinaldo Pipiria

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Luca Pescatore

Mentor

Luca works for an International Organisation in Albania, for seven years was the Regional IT Manager for the Balkan region for this Organisation. In the past he built up two startups and gave consultancy to several IT companies. His professional and personal interests include software development tools, server administration and networking, high-level languages like PHP, elegant architectures of APIs/frameworks and software architecture/design in general, software performance optimization, DEVOPS automation tools, openstreetmap, graphical user interfaces, marketing, business development, aquaponics, environment, remote sensing and lots more.

Luca Pescatore

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Olindo Shehu

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Olindo is the Managing Partner of Deloitte Albania and Kosovo, the leading consulting firm of over 320 professionals in both countries. He is leading the firm since September 2014. Olindo is Partner of Tax and Legal in Albania and Kosovo and has advised major foreign and local investors in Albania and Kosovo. Prior to joining the Albania practice in 2009, Olindo has worked with Deloitte in the United States since 2004 specializing in international taxation. Olindo acts as an Advisor at the Fiscal Council of Ministry of Finance of Albania and has contributed in several law drafting processes of Albanian governments. He is active on the media with his professional comments on tax, investors and economic issues. He graduated in Accounting (2004) from Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan and completed a Master in Business Administration from Walsh College Troy, Michigan in 2005.

Olindo Shehu

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Fabian Kuka

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Fabian is a young entrepreneur behind the project Pomodoro Pizza and More. He is a graduate from Bentley University in Finance and Economics. Before he jumped on the Entrepreneur-ship he also worked as an Auditor for Deloitte in Albania and as a Corporate Trainer for Vodafone.

Fabian will be one of the Entrepreneurs in the FireSide chat busting the myths behind Entrepreneurship.

Fabian Kuka

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Mentor Pacarada

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Mentor is founder of Trigonom, a company that develops games and apps, most known for the viral game Haluci and educational app Alfabeti. Mentor also founded Frakton, an interactive company dedicated for new application integration. His passion is to build useful addictive innovative apps and games for new markets.

www.pacarada.com

Mentor Pacarada

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PRIZES

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Yunus Social Business Balkans is offering to the following prizes to the top thee winners of the week. The prizes will be provided in services and/or goods (up to the amount of the prize) to enable the winning teams to continue the work in building their startups.   

2,000 € - 1st Prize 

1,500 € - 2nd Prize

1,000 € - 3rd Prize

+ free coaching & mentoring for three months to the top three winners 

+ other nice surprises

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As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. 

Take a look!

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AIA will offer two team places at the Wannapreneurs Academy September- February in Durres.

Wannaprenuer Academy is a 6 month programme that gives you the  business knowledge you need, the mentoring and network to move from a wannapreneur to a smart startup.

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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Arunima Singh

Arunima is Business Development Consultant at YSB Balkans. She has graduated from ESCP Europe, where she did a Masters in Management with a specialization in Social entrepreneurship. Her prior experiences include business development for Mobile Technology Startup in Chile and Corporate Social Responsibility in India, for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, one of India’s biggest Steel and Power conglomerates. She was actively involved in the development sector as a Program Co-coordinator for a Mumbai (India) based NGO which worked with women self-help groups.

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Ermira Repaj

Ermira is a Senior Business Advisor at Yunus Social Business Balkans. She has several year of experience in provision of entrepreneurial services such as business planning, preparing financial statements, training, mentoring and coaching for startups and growth businesses. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching business and operations management at the Faculty of Economics of University of Tirana, Albania.

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Vasken Spiru

Vasken is a Board member of Garazh, a successful Digital Communication Specialist and a Startup Enthusiast. He is Assistant Professor on Monetizing innovation in University of Tirana and works as Startup Ecosystem Facilitator for Swisscontact SECO Entrepreneurship Program. With more than 10 years of experience in business analysis, communication and startup communities, Vasken, is a thorough reader and follower of world startup news, has been engaged with the Albanian startup community, writes his own blog on empowering the startup ecosystem. 

http://vaskeni.com/

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Tomi Kallanxhi

Tomi has a 7 year experience in the field of webdesign, webdevelopment and more importantly an experience of 4 years as a successful serial entrepreneur. Involved in the startup community since 2013 he has co-funded GARAZH the leading driver of Albanian startup community.

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Ergest Nako

Ergest has spent the last 12 years throw technology and innovation and living in startup mode. He is CoFounder of Garazh and an active ​contributor in ​the ​startup ​ecosystem. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT, Project Management, Business Process Management. His keywords are #innovation #startups #ecosystem #garazh #mentors​ #community #management #ICT​

Ergest Nako

SPONSORS

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The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It also supports national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems.

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The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the context of the OFID-UNDP Cross-Regional Grants Competition, are supporting the project “Fostering entrepreneurship and employment of youth, women and disadvantaged groups in Albania, Tunisia and Kosovo”. The project aims to foster entrepreneurship support services as an effective means to address unemployment of youth, women and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Albania and Kosovo (ECA region) and Tunisia (MENA region).

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The YY Foundation, is a not-for profit organization founded in 2012 in Wiesbaden, Germany with the main purpose of creating a fairer and more social world through promoting a constructive dialogue among actors leading to the social and economic integration of the least advantaged. The foundation’s main activities include: cooperating with educational institutions to spread the social business concept; supporting social business events; encouraging youth development and youth upbringing worldwide; supporting local social initiatives within cities that bring neighbors together for a social purpose, as well as; supporting the economic and social development of the least advantaged citizens through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives towards the reduction of poverty.

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The Swisscontact SECO Entrepreneurship Program (SECO EP) was launched in July 2015 and to create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albania capable of supporting the increase in business creation, survival, growth and as ultimate result to create jobs. The program is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by Swisscontact in the period from 2015-2019 in six selected countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Peru, Serbia and Vietnam).

PARTNERS

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YSB Balkans is a social business accelerator that incubates and finances local entrepreneurs in Western Balkans to build solutions from ground-up. It is part of YSB-Global Initiatives, co-founded by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus. With its headquarters in Germany and local offices in 7 regions of the world, since 2011, it has supported over 500 entrepreneurs and deployed over USD 8 million to social businesses in different countries.

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​​Since 1992, USAID has delivered over $500 million in foreign aid to support Albania’s development,​ ​stability, and integration into Europe.​ ​USAID’s projects in Albania strengthen democratic institutions, reduce corruption, promote civil society, and support economic growth.​

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GARAZH (The Garage) is a NGO brought up by the startup and innovation enthusiasts who are already contributing into building the startup ecosystem in Tirana. With the main objective to contribute, promote and shape the innovation in Albania, the organization aims to become the one-stop for professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups by offering access to resources and knowledge. 

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The ECoRL (Economy Co-Responsibility Learning) project aims to provide an innovative and concrete response to adults’ needs concerning the knowledge, understanding and use of economics and finance. The project activities are targeted at adult students, employees, the unemployed and retirees who wish to stay informed about new economic issues. The ECoRL project is funded by the European Union in the context of Erasmus+ program.

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AIA mantra: Make a difference

AIA is an Academy of innovation and entrepreneurship.Our mission is to help wannapreneurs and startups to thrive through a program of training, 121 mentoring,coaching and networks. We are passionate to bring together and work with many stakeholders as part of an innovation ecosystem in three key areas: 

  • Help young people start their own enterprises.
  • Bring people together through Design Thinking jams and bootcamps for social innovation
  • Create innovation & entrepreneurial skills in schools,companies, organisations.

For inspiration from technology, science, business andarts, get our weekly zine Inspire to Innovate.

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Business Magazine Albania is an online platform with periodical publications of business related articles and a website. It started as a personal initiative in January 2015 and now it is a trusted source of specialized content in different fields of business, like Entrepreneurship, Startups, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy, Media & Pr, and Innovation & Tech etc. It has become an important and active actor in the Albanian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, by giving support to Startup Initiatives in the Region while being a solid partner to many events, conferences, summits, and educative sessions taking place in Albania

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Media Partner : Vaskeni.com

The only Albanian Blog with an independent point of view of the vibrant local and regional Startup Ecosystem. 

BLOG

A Successful Entrepreneur has the Spirit of Pirate and the Disipline of a Navy SEAL

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? The spirit of a pirate combined with the discipline of a Navy SEAL, according to Bill Aulet SM ’94.

“It is this dichotomy that makes for great entrepreneurs,” Aulet told the hosts. “It is not just this craziness. It is actually that they execute like hell when they get down to it.”

Listen to the full interview here 

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Startup Pirates anchors in Tirana

After having set sails in more than 30 cities in 18 countries, throughout Europe, Asia and America, and with 80 startups created so far, the Pirate program has set sail for Albania and Tirana will be the host city.

Startup Pirates @ Tirana is not a place to be taught, it’s the place to learn! In a one-week program, our pirates drive in the start-up world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch. But if you think Startup Pirates is only about teaching how to develop an idea, think again.

 
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
 

This is a whole experience for life, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makersand the boost you've been waiting for. We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

With a very hands-on approach and the support of a fearless community of experienced entrepreneurs, speakers and mentors, we help participants acquire the knowledge and tools to structure and develop their ideas. In the end of the week, the participating teams have the opportunity to pitch to successfulbusiness leaders and investors and receive prizes that enable them to continue to work on their business idea. After the programs, our network of partners supports the teams on their quest to thrive.

The Startup Pirates @ Tirana program will be happening from 23rd - 30th of April 2016, hosted by Yunus Social Business Balkans, in partnership withUSAIDECoRL and Garazh.

We are looking for inspiring entrepreneurs interested in being a Pirate and starting to sail their dreamed startup waters.

Apply now to be a part of one of the coolest entrepreneur programs in the region! Hurry up, places are limited !

If you are an experienced entrepreneur, angel investor or startup enthusiast and want to support the Pirates as speaker, mentor, partner or sponsor, please reach out to me!

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Brace yourself, Startup Pirates is in town

Startup Pirates is arriving in Tirana, Albania!

For the first time in Western Balkans the Startup Pirates Ship is here and it is anchoring in Albania.

We'll be gathering the most promising aspiring entrepreurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together.

You'll have the opportunity and the tools to develop an idea from scratch. But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of changemakers and the boost you've been waiting for.

Do you wanna know what former participants say about their experince here? Do you wanna know the results we've been conquering?

This is going to be intense, but only the more fearless will survive. Arrr you up to the challenge?

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