Supporting youth empowerment and entrepreneurship in the field of information technology

The overall project objective is to promote youth economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, through ongoing support to sustain and enhance the training, mentoring, and technical assistance activities of the Mitrovica Innovation Centre established by the NGO “Local Initiative LINK”. In the long term, this project aims to contribute to reducing youth unemployment and address the trend of increasing migration by empowering youth to harness their creativity and leverage new technologies into viable livelihoods that enable them to build fulfilling, challenging, and prosperous careers in Kosovo. The primary function of MIC will remain the provision of highly specialized IT training. Thus, three different sets of training courses will be provided to 10 different participants each (30 trainees in total). The courses will be delivered in the English language. The first training course is related to the development of android applications. Web applications PHP, CSS3, Javascript, and HTML will be the focus of the second course, while a third will teach social media marketing, including training in Google Ads.

MIC will issue a call for application and distribute a number of mini-grants to support innovative start-up ideas (the total number will depend on selected ideas) for an amount ranging between USD 500 to 1,000.

MIC will organize one Hackathon open to both the beneficiaries of the Centre and other programmers all over Kosovo. Hackathons are popular programming marathons that last continuously for 48 hours, during which programmers brainstorm and write applications. LINK will offer the incubatees an opportunity to propose individual training and mentorships for their own business start-ups. Each business will be able to choose a consulting service for up to ten working days.

Project supported by UNMIK.