Startup Pirates, pre-accelerating Albania
33 brave pirates were part of theÂ Startup PiratesÂ experience which was organized for the first time in Tirana, Albania from 23-30 April 2016 and during witch 7 ideas went through mentoring, workshops and experience sharing from other experienced entrepreneurs.
The Startup Pirates programÂ was brought in AlbaniaÂ for the first timeÂ by Yunus Social BusinessÂ &Â GarazhÂ and sponsored by Swisscontact SECO EP, USAID, Erasmus+, OFID & UNDP and the YY Foundation.
The first day of the event was quite an hectic experience for everyone, as it was the first time for the young and enthusiastic participants to experience a pre-acceleration program. Everyone threw ideas to the floor and tried to convince others to join their team and experience hands on, team building and co-founder dating.
On Day one, entrepreneurs Mia Organic, Pomodoro, Dyqan Taxi and Shtepia e ZotÃ«rinjve talked about their stories with Julia Goga-CookeÂ moderating the panel.Â After a hard start the second day was focused on Entrepreneurship and Team Management facilitated by Julia Goga-Cooke, who focused the attention to Design Thinking.
Day 3, was about Value Proposition and the Business Model Canvas that was hosted byÂ ShkÃ«lzen Marku andÂ Mark Tuttle.
Customer Development and Lean Startup is an important aspect of entrepreneurship and also one of the most crucial skills a Startup Pirate should have. Kushtrim XhakliÂ was the host of day 4 with the special attention to that topic, while he also invitedÂ Mentor PaÃ§aradaÂ from Trigonom and Alban Selimi from AlbanFootballÂ to share theirÂ entreprenurial experiences and some of their secretÂ tricks how to grow.
Next day was about Pitch Training, which was hosted by Mark Tuttle, while everyone was getting more and more practical about shaping their idea. Day 5 was hosted by Ã‡elik Nimani, focusing the attention around using modern marketing techniques to build up a business from Tirana and sell to global customers. The workshop was also focused around Sales and PR. Day 6 was prepared for Finance and Fundraising, facilitated byÂ ErjolaÂ Kraja and Shkelzen Marku.
The final day was about what has been build and experienced during Startup Pirates. Thanks to the work from the participants and the committed jury, three top teams were selected. The first place was given to Pikmii (a bla-bla car competitor from the Balkans), Green Case (a real-time trackingÂ device for soil performance) and Oink (a small scale salami factory for cross-country customers that want to enjoy bio-products with a special taste).