BarCamps have been spread all over major cities of Kosovo, particularly Prishtina, Mitrovica, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Prizren, and Gjakova. However, certain parts of Kosovo have remained isolated and somewhat neglected in terms of not having the opportunity to further excel in both academic and professional terms. The aforementioned municipalities have an already-established community comprised of zealous people and powerful talks, which seek to inspire innovation among young individuals. Thus, in continuance of the previous edition of BarCamp Bus held in Skenderaj and Roma Mahalla (Mitrovica), the main objective of this special edition of BarCamp Bus was to motivate the youngsters of Shterpce as well.
BarCamp Bus was held on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Cair Restaurant in Shterpce starting from 12:00. The main theme of this BarCamp Bus in Shterpce was Entrepreneurship, through which this edition aimed to introduce the wide scope of opportunities to the isolated youngsters of this municipality of Kosovo and inspire them to take matters into their own hand, while some of them may actually become successful entrepreneurs.
We took a minibus and branded it with a “BarCamp Tour” magnetic sticker, similar to the last edition. Three speakers were invited to make these communities aware of the available opportunities, as well as offer them a concrete example of how an individual has used such opportunities and has turned them into beneficial outcomes.
Venera Fusha, a Manager at Kosovo Association of Young Entrepreneurs (KAYE), offered her insights on the main activities of this organization. Since KAYE is comprised of young entrepreneurs, the organization has experience in terms of transforming young individuals into successful entrepreneurs. Venera did a good job in pointing out that these communities can also be a part of the era of change by applying to different opportunities that are offered throughout the year. Although the audience was encouraged to ask questions, they felt that the information provided by Venera was enough.
Getoar Krasniqi, winner of one of the incubators of UNICEF through the eKatun project, gave his insight on the way he, together with his partner, have managed to benefit from these opportunities and gradually turn their idea into a practical one. eKatun aims to narrow the gap between sellers and farmers, with the former being farmers who have difficulties reaching out in the appropriate markets. Thus, Getoar gave a concrete example of how the participants can make use of their ideas through hard work and dedication.
Nenad Janicevic, the Project Manager of Business Support Center in Shterpce/Strpce, talked about Cash Flow Quadrant and Entrepreneurship, and also made the audience aware of the opportunities that are currently prevalent through the various projects that BSC Strpce implements. Such projects include training courses, business plan competitions, advice in business related fields, municipal SME development strategy, and others.