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29 June 2021

Dear PowerUP-ers and Program Partners,

Welcome to the long-expected PowerUP Networking and Grand Finale Platform!

About the Program

PowerUP is a program for innovative SMEs and start-ups who are looking to expand their businesses to new markets, adapt their business models, and who are potentially interested in the outside investment. The program is launched by the World Bank, funded by the European Union under the Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) and implemented with the support of Deloitte.

Throughout the PowerUP journey, more than 200 participating companies received capacity building support and training packages aimed at increasing their investment readiness and supporting their growth prospects and resilience to COVID-19 and similar external shocks to their businesses.

After the several months-long PowerUP journey, it is time for the final phase of the program – networking and PowerUP Grand Finale!

Why participate?

  • Networking and 1-1 Meetings: A unique chance to expand your business network, acquire new business partnership, investment opportunities and valuable business contacts!
        • Final Pitching Event: Opportunity for the PowerUP finalists to pitch live in front of recognized investors and be one of the three best companies that will win the Western Balkan Entrepreneurial Excellence Award as well as tailor-made business advisory support by Deloitte.

          Make sure to fill out your profile, schedule meetings, generate leads, network, and build valuable business relationships!

          The duration of the networking phase is two weeks from June 21st to July 6th.


          Three best companies will win the Western Balkan Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, as well as exclusive, tailor-made business advisory support by local and regional experts from Deloitte. An additional award in the PowerUP finale is the “PowerUP lmpact Star” award for a company that successfully links their great products/services with a positive impact on at least one of the following: society, innovativeness, environment, and culture.

          Grand Jury

          The Grand Jury will consist of top-notch Angel investors and Venture Capital investors from different companies such as J&T Ventures, Fil Rouge Capital, GapMinder Venture Partners, South Central Ventures, Day One Capital, M+, Prosperus Invest and others. More details coming soon!

          Closed since 5 July 2021