Start-up mentorship programme

Bosnia and Herzegovina,

TARGET GROUP: Start-up entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

OBJECTIVE: Improve the business skills and thus increase the opportunities for access to finance for start-up entrepreneurs in partnership with the Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency (SERDA).

ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS: The programme supported by the EFSE DF provides tailor-made mentoring and coaching to 30 selected startups. Over a period of six months, participating entrepreneurs receive 50 hours of free mentoring covering areas such as business plan preparation, sales and marketing, finance and operations management, business analysis, presentation skills and negotiation abilities, and access to finance. SERDA provides a free phone and email helpdesk during the mentoring period. Start-ups have access to the SERDA Business Accelerator offices for meetings or other requirements. Additionally, participants received hands-on training from two local entrepreneurs. The project is expected to increase the survival rate of the selected start-ups.

START: July 2016 END: July 2017

Project partner: SERDA, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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