Business Start-up Centres in the Western Balkans

Author(s): 
Margot Lobbezoo and Liz Betser
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
360° Responsibility; SPARK
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Mar 7, 2013

This case study details a large part of SPARK’s work in the Western Balkans during the years 2006-2010. SPARK is a young, enthusiastic development organisation focusing on building the capacity of partner organisations in fragile states so they can develop entrepreneurship amongst youth. This should lead to new enterprises and growth of existing enterprises. In five countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro) SPARK has set up Business Start-up Centres (BSCs) with the aid of local civil society stakeholders such as municipalities, universities, chambers of commerce, business associations and other relevant parties. More than 10,000 youth followed business skills training, ranging from administrative courses to business plan writing, leading to improvaed participant business skills. Read the case study to discover the key lessons learned. 

Topic: 
Workforce Development
Enterprise Development
Monitoring & Evaluation
Regions: 
Europe & Central Asia
Tags: 
Economic Empowerment
Education
Training & Capacity
Unemployment
Vocational Education
Women
Youth