Following the motto “Your success begins with your idea,” the Student Entrepreneurship project being implemented by the Center for Research and Studies GEA with support from USAID, is entering its third consecutive year.
The project provides students with opportunities to present and realize their business ideas, supported by an awards fund of USD 48,000 and a series of practical workshops. Students seeking to start their own businesses from across Bosnia and Herzegovina are welcome to participate, regardless of educational background and whether they study in public or private universities.
Students submit their business ideas within the “I Have an Idea” program, either individually or as a student team. The program helps them to turn their ideas into concrete business plans during specialized practical training courses provided in Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar. The dynamic training course is led by renowned experts and proven entrepreneurs who share their knowledge and experience.
Project participants are provided with certificates for completing this specialized school for business ideas, and student teams or individuals can submit their business plans for funding. As in previous years, twelve of the most promising business plans will be awarded USD 4,000 each, awarded at the end-of-the-year Youth Business Forum, which brings the young participants together with representatives from economic, education, governmental, nongovernmental sectors and international organizations to present the competition winners and exchange experiences and ideas.
The application deadline for students to submit their business ideas is March 9th 2014, while the school of entrepreneurship at the University of Banja Luka, University of Mostar and University of Sarajevo is scheduled to begin in the second half of March. More information on the Student Entrepreneurship project can be found on the webpage www.imamideju.ba .