If you are a student and have an individual or group business idea, this is the right moment: Start-Up City has opened applications in its fourth edition!

A unique initiative for empowering and applying business ideas on the part of students, Start-Up City comes as the joint organization of Metropolitan Tirana University, Metropolitan Incubator, and Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana.

The best idea will be priced at 2500 euros and supported by the Metropolitan Incubator for its implementation in the market. Prices are also reserved for the second-best idea, which is rewarded with 1000 euros, whereas the third idea is with the provision of mentoring and incubation at the Metropolitan Incubator. Also, for the triumphant in the "Individual Entrepreneur" award, a full study scholarship is offered at the Metropolitan Tirana University. Winners will also be in the “Best pitch” and “Best woman Entrepreneur” categories.

This year's innovation is the cooperation with the EU for Innovation and World Business Angels Forum Albania - WBAF Albania, which opens the doors to a wide range of multilateral opportunities for new Albanian, scalable and high-growth businesses to engage with global markets and foreign investors.

During the past three editions of Start-Up City, more than 500 young people have participated, and over 80 business ideas have been introduced, where winners over the years such as "Concept Marketing Albania", "T-Bot" or "Romix" are already operating successfully in the market.

Start-Up City's jury is made up of known names of entrepreneurship, policymaking, academia, and organizations, such as former Minister for Enterprise Protection Edward Shalsi, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Nikolin Jaka, International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Ardita Seknaj, Metropolitan Tirana University President Arjan Çukaj, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics-UT Alban Korbi, CEO of Sigal Pension Elvis Ponari, etc.

Applications are open until April 29 and details are found by clicking on the link: https://umt.edu.al/start-up-city. During May, 2 boot camps will be held for Start-Up City 4 finalists and the gala event will take place on 25 May.