Western Balkans Investment Readiness Program

Join WB Investment Readiness Startup Program & Learn How To Close An Investment Process In Six Months!

Who are we looking for?

  • Founding teams of the Startups based in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia or Serbia
  • The Startup developing a tech product (software or hardware) in different sectors
  • Product launched on the market or in testing phase with clients
  • The Startup searching for investment in equity between 100k and 1M EUR,
  • The Startup planning to close the funding round in Q2 or Q3 2022
  • The Startup ready to commit at least one person for a period of 8 weeks for up to 2 hours a day (total 8 hours per week) to participate in the program, mentoring and masterclasses


We are looking for tech startups operating in one of the following verticals and sectors (not exclusively):

Business & ICT

AI & Analytics & Big Data

Fintech & Insurtech

Smart Cities & Home

Industry 4.0 & Proptech

Transport & Logistics

Planet & Sustainability

Healthcare & Wellbeing


Dec 8, 2021

Applications open

Dec 16, 2021

AMA session about the program

Dec 28, 2021

Applications close

Jan 15, 2022

Top 50 selection

Jan 20-21, 2022

Investment Readiness Bootcamp

Feb 9, 2022

Top 20 announcement

Feb 17 - Apr 7, 2022

Masterclasses & Mentoring

Apr 29-30, 2022

Live meetup with Investors

Participation Benefits

Investors Network

Access to network of global leading investors focused on the Weastern Balkans region

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Investment Readiness Bootcamp

Excellent learning opportunity with applicable hands-on knowledge

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Work with experienced experts and get honest feedback on your ideas

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Engage with mentors who will support you in closing an investment

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Meet peers from all over the region and become a part of the regional founders network

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Proffessional Deal Room

Well-prepared deal room ready for Due Diligence

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FREE Credits & Special Deals

Access to FREE startup credits & special deals from Vestbee Partners for all participants!

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Evaluation Criteria for TOP 20

  • TEAM: Know-how and ability of a team to execute the vision
  • BUSINESS MODEL: Is there a compelling business model and stable revenue stream?
  • PRODUCT: Does the company have an innovative technology/product/service?
  • MARKET: Is there a clear demand for the product and market size?
  • UVP: How unique is the startup's overall offering?
  • TRACTION: What are the current stages of the product, pipeline, and partnership?
  • MATCH: Is the company a potential fit for engaged investors?

Selection Committee & Investors

Meet Selection Committee and Investors who will be bringing their industry and market knowledge to support participants' business development!

  • Maria Carolina Romero

    Efino, Selection Committee

  • Marco Stutz

    Redstone, Selection Committee

  • Barbara Fischer

    Arena Ventures, Selection Committee

  • Aron Braun

    Serial Entrepreneur & Business Angel, Selection Committee

  • Igor Madzov

    SwissEP, Selection Committee

  • Ewa Chronowska

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Onur Can

    Investor, APX

  • Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž

    Managing Partner, South Central Ventures

  • Enis Hulli

    General Partner, 500 Istanbul

  • Martin Garaj

    Investment Analyst, J&T Ventures

  • Martin Jankoski

    Junior Investment Manager, Constantia New Business

  • Michael Mizrahi

    Director, AtoBe Startup Accelerator

  • Cristobal Alonso

    Global CEO & El Patron, Startup Wise Guys

  • Stephane Gantchev

    Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

  • Max Gurvits

    Partner, Vitosha Venture Partners

  • Edi Demaj

    Co-Founder, KODE Labs

  • Mateja Lavrič

    Managing Director, Kolektor Ventures

  • Eli Velesqez

    Board Member, Angel Capital Association

  • Mirela Yordanova

    Investor, SeedCamp

  • Chris Wehbe

    CEO, Lendable

  • Mario Steinbuch

    Co-Founder, 36 Chambers - Venture Startup Studio

  • Paul Wild

    Angel Investor

  • Luka Sučić

    Partner, Meta Change Capital

  • William Drohan

    Board Member & Strategic Advisor, Virtual

  • Dimitar Siljanovski

    CEO, Intertec.io

  • Phillip Stegger

    Angel Investor

  • Ardian Hoxha

    Serial Entrepreneur

  • Ragnar Sass

    Angel Investor

  • Suzana Tunteva

    Angel Investor & Founder, FD Faktor Trust

  • John Elvesjö

    Managing Partner, Brightly Ventures

  • Yorgos Mousmoulas

    Partner, Metavallon.vc

  • Dan Lupu

    Partner, Earlybird Venture Capital

  • Rui Falcao

    Angel Investor

  • Zoran Martinovski

    Managing Partner, IFC/Primpoint Partners

  • Cosmina Popa

    Impact Investor, Conscious Ventures

  • Martin Bjergegaard

    Co-founder & Partner, Bjergegaard&Co

  • Sebastian Sulma

    Head Analyst and Venture Scout, Depo Ventures

  • Albion Calaj

    Managing Partner, Dardania Ventures

  • Apostolos Apostolakis

    Co-Founder, Venture Friends

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The Program is powered by Swiss EP that helps emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems to thrive and enable entrepreneurs to grow, and Vestbee the leading online matchmaking platfrom for startups and investors in Europe.

Ecosystem Partners

  • Startup Macedonia logo
  • Women founders network Albania logo
  • Women Entrepreneurs Kosovo logo
  • START Centar logo
  • Preduzimanje Serbia logo

Program Partners

  • FITD logo
  • Seavus Accelerator logo
  • X Factor Accelerator logo
  • Prime Point Partners logo
  • SEEU Tech Park logo
  • Ventureup logo
  • Coolab logo
  • Uplift logo
  • Hub387 logo
  • Digital Serbia initiative logo


  • NextRoad
  • 500 Startups logo
  • Launchub logo
  • Earlybird Ventures logo
  • FRC logo
  • Constantia new Business logo
  • J&T ventures logo
  • South Central Ventures logo
  • Ceed BA logo
  • Meta Change Capital logo
  • APX logo
  • Vitosha logo
  • seedcamp logo
  • Arena Ventures logo
  • ICThub logo
  • Core Angels logo
  • Angel Capital Association US logo
  • Funderbeam logo
  • Basic Math logo
  • Brightly ventures logo
  • Metavalon logo
  • Mediterranean Angels logo
  • IT labs logo
  • Efino logo
  • Credo Ventures logo
  • Day One Capital logo
  • Venture Friends logo
  • Depo Ventures logo

Supporting Team & Contributors

  • Blagica Eftimova

  • Ivana Sabo

  • Enxhi Dyrmishi

  • Dejan Aleksov

  • Ivana Stankovic

  • Martin Cvetanovski

  • Konrad Koncerewicz

  • Olga Chechłacz

Join WB Investment Readiness Startup Program & Take Your Company To The Next Level