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European exchange program: sign in and discover opportunities for entrepreneurs!

This year the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro is the only organization from Montenegro in the SEE SMART SMEs project (the South Eastern European coalition that cultivates SMART Small to Medium Enterprises in Europe) which offers young entrepreneurs a business experience abroad in order to lift their personal and professional skills.

The young entrepreneurs who sign up will have the unique opportunity to learn from experienced businesspersons and to live in one of the participating countries: 26 EU countries, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Israel, Singapore and the USA (Pennsylvania and New York).

The project aims to encourage the exchange of experience and ideas, facilitate networking and find new markets for new entrepreneurs, who will be able to develop the necessary management skills for SMEs in their period of stay at a mentor’s company/country from 1 up to 6 months. The Program covers new entrepreneurs' stay costs from 500 to 1100 euros per month depending on the country.

Who can sign up?

  • Mentees - New entrepreneurs that are starting their business or have started it in the last three years;
  • Mentors - Experienced entrepreneurs who own small or medium businesses in one of the participating country.

LDA Montenegro will now develop a promotional plan and a support system for the applicants and communicate with all the relevant institutions that support participation in economic activities for entrepreneurs, businesses, social enterprises, marginalized groups to create a comprehensive support system for entrepreneurship. Recognized parts of this system are the Investment – Development Fund, the Employment Agency, the Chamber of Commerce, the Directorate for the development of SMEs, local business centers, business incubators and labs, IEC Tehnopolis, CEPS, Montenegrin Women’s Lobby, ADP ZID etc.

In this 12th cycle of Exchange program for young entrepreneurs, this year, LDA Montenegro will also intensify the communication with the organisations that were previous participants of the program, and this wide cooperation will ensure support to the beneficiaries in terms of writing business plans and access to financial instruments, marketing and sales.

To register, please visit the online platform and attach your CV and business plan along with all other required information.

This project is financed by the European Commission.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion of the Kosovo declaration of independence.


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