"Harnessing innovation & entrepreneurship in cross-border region of Kosovo and Montenegro" project, financed by European Union and implemented by Kosovo ICT Association (STIKK) and NGO Syri i Vizionit, in cooperation with the MNE side composed of Tourism Organization of Montenegro and Crnogorski IT Klaster, will organize the Tech and Tourism Innovation Week starting from 14-19 November, 2016 at CBC Innovation Hub in Istog

What is Tech and Tourism Innovation Week

The Tech and Tourism Innovation Week is an event that provides the space for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative business ideas in front of established entrepreneurs and receive funding up to 3,000€. The event also promotes technical and non-technical mentoring to the entrepreneurs during the week in order to clearly define the innovative ideas and apply the newly learned skills to the start-up venture. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, the tech and tourism innovation week is the best environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The ideas topics are separated in two lots:

Lot I: Development of touristic packages or
improvement of existing ones.

Lot II: Development of digital tools to improve the visibility and quality of tourism in the region (web apps, mobile apps).

How to participate in Tech and Tourism Innovation Week?

  • Step 1. Send an e-mail to [email protected]
  • Step 2. Shortly explain your or your groups idea in the e-mail
  • Step 3. Download the guidelines by clicking here and read them carefully.
  • Step 4. Join the opening of the Tech and Tourism Innovation Week on Monday, 14th of November.
  • Step 5. Work your way to victory.

How is Tech and Tourism Innovation Week organized?

Simply you have to come and work your ideas in the innovation hub in Istog and we will be there to help you achieve the best. Please find the agenda in the following:

Monday, 14th of November

  • 09:00am - Registration - Arrive at the venue and check in
  • 10:00am - Welcome & speakers - Official welcoming and opening of Tech and Tourism Innovation Week
  • 10:30am - Forming of teams - Teams form and ideas are discussed
  • 11:00am - Work begins - Start to formalize the teams and begin working in the ideas.

Tuesday, 15th of November

  • 10:00am - 16:00 pm - Continuous work on the innovative ideas

Wednesday, 16th of November

  • 10:00am - 16:00 pm - Continuous work on the innovative ideas

Thursday, 17th of November

  • 10:00am - 16:00 pm - Continuous work on the innovative ideas

Friday, 18th of November

  • 10:00am - 16:00 pm - Final documents preparation and preparation of pitching presentation

Saturday, 19th of November

  • 9:00am - Arrival - Arrive at the venue and check in
  • 09:30am - Final preps - Final hour of work and presentation preparation
  • 11:00am - Pitching & presentations - Pitching of the idea in front of the jury of experts
  • 14:00am - Judging & winners - Winners of the competition selected and announced

Thursday, 24th of November

  • 10:00am – Award Ceremony - Speeches by EU and awards officially given to the winners of the competition

Who will judge on Tech and Tourism Innovation Week?

The Tech and Tourism Innovation Week judges are experienced entrepreneurs and professionals who have shown a history of success during their careers. Find their info in the following:

Vigan Budima

Head of Advanced Infrastructure Service / Asseco SEE

Vigan Budima is the Head of Advanced Infrastructure Services in Asseco South Eastern Europe. Even though he held several managerial positions in recent years, he has a deep technical background built from his 15 years of professional work, mainly in System Integration. In addition to his technical background, Vigan has strategic development and leadership experience serving as a board member for Asseco SEE in Kosovo and Albania while continuously organizing and supervising operations of the SI Business Unit (defining the BU strategy, developing its product portfolio, planning annual budgeting, execution and control). He is part of Innovation Center of Kosovo (ICK), he is part of the Admission Committee for new start-ups, where he also serves as a mentor for existing startups.


Etnik Blakaj

CEO / Zetta Technologies

Etnik is the CEO & Founder at Zetta, a technology company focused on crafting web & mobile experiences for the digital world. He is a tech enthusiast aiming to solve problems and provide exciting solutions. Recently, Etnik co-founded Specta Labs in NYC, which focuses on building and launching new technology startups. Atto is its latest product that aims to disturb the timekeeping industry and help businesses become more productive.

Syzana Baja

Program Coordinator / Solidar Suisse

Syzana Baja is the Program Coordinator at Solidar Suisse. She has extensive experience in team leading; wide experience in Project Cycle Management; experienced in principled negotiation; very good strategic and program planning skills. Thematic expertise in: governance, participation, policymaking, strengthening civil society organisations, rural development, food industry; vocational training; environmental education; health reforms, business planning, and sustainable development

Who will mentor and coach on Tech and Tourism Innovation Week?

The Tech and Tourism Innovation Week will also provide the participants with seasoned mentors and coaches who have the technical and soft backgrounds to assist the development of the ideas, accordingly with the guidelines set by the call.


Granit Doshlaku

Co-founder & Digital Director / Manaferra

Granit Doshlaku is co-founder & digital director at Manaferra and lecturer for the Digital Marketing Institute. While leading the digital team, he is a SEO Expert and shares an outstanding interest in the impact of digital in daily life.

Faton Sopa

CEO / Manaferra

Faton holds a Master in Digital Marketing & Social Media from The University of Sheffield. He has been active in the digital marketing industry for 7+ years, engaging in various challenging projects and helping companies get the best out of the digital era. Along with day to day operations and keeping up the good spirit within teams, Faton is directly involving in communications with his company clients to ensure their objectives are always met

Download the guidelines for the call here!