Student Entrepreneurship

PERIOD September 26, 2011 – November 25, 2014.
participants Lead applicant:
GEA – Center for Research and Studies
University of Banja Luka
University of Sarajevo
University of Mostar 



United States Agency for International Development

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General objective

Strengthening the entrepreneurial initiative and participation of youth in the public life in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H).

Specific objectives

  • enhance the development of student entrepreneurship that will encourage young individuals to build their future in B&H
  • strengthen the leadership and voice of youth in dialogue with other stakeholders on issues related to youth and business
  • create a platform for the exchange of ideas and communication among youth from different regions of B&H

Target groups

  • students
  • decision makers at the entity and state levels
  • representatives of student organizations
  • academic and business community members

Achieved results

  • active project participation by more than 1,500 students from over a 100 different faculties from across B&H
  • more than 1,000 business ideas generated
  • three annual cycles of the “I Have an Idea” (“Imam ideju”) program organized at three B&H universities, where students attended the School for Business Ideas and participated in the Best Business Plan Contest
  • twenty lecturers and motivational speakers led 12 practical training modules organized within the School for Business Ideas
  • sixteen entrepreneurs engaged as members of commissions for the evaluation of business plans
  • 120,000 USD in awards provided to the winners of the Best Business Plan Contest
  • thirty new businesses registered by Contest winners
  • three Youth Business Forums held
  • training provided to the members of three student organizations from partner universities aimed at bolstering the sustainability of the project results and at strengthening their internal capacities

Video on the project (English subtitles available):