ALBtelecom supports 3 finalists of IDEA Challenge
For the second year in a row, ALBtelecom supports three finalists of the largest start-ups competition in Albania IDEA Challenge, conceived and supported by GIZ.
The IDEA project has been finalized with the introduction of 16 finalists for 2020, selected from 450 applicants, for the business plan competition. The application was valid for individuals with business ideas or businesses that have 3 years in the market and aim to a further expansion of their initiative. After several months of intense experience, IDEA 2020 announced the winners, who were praised for providing the most innovative and sustainable business ideas.
The jury that announced the winners consisted of representatives from the private sector, with experience in management, i.e. Mr. Indrit Daci Coordinator, Inter Operator Services & Business Development Group at ALBtelecom, Ms. Rafaela Rica founder of Iceberg Communication, Mr. Bledar Mankollari Managing Director of German Chamber of Commerce DIHA and Mrs. Antolena Hako Executive Director of the Women's Chamber of Commerce.
ALBtelecom supported three of the finalists by donating smartphones and free internet for one year. "We are happy to support winners in the field of education, digital communication and tourism, during these very difficult times for all three sectors, due to the pandemic situation, and to support their activities through the provision of our internet service. “ - said Mr. Daci, adding that the distribution of winners in some regions of the country remains interesting factor.
"We, as ALBtelecom, remain committed to supporting these initiatives. In regard to the winners, we pledge to further contribute to the growth of these businesses, through pro-bono consultancy by our Business Development team, which will consist of support related to development of ideas or improvements of business plan”- concluded Mr. Daci .
The 3 winners of the best business ideas from ALBtelecom are:
Ornold Bazaj is presented with the company "Reality Escapers Albania" (Tour operator, tour packages, Info point for foreign and domestic tourists). Bazaj has been a tourist guide for three years in outdoor sports and cultural tours, certified at DRFP Vlora, with long experience in the private sector, in the field of service and hospitality and in the project Smile Albania - of the Ministry of Tourism in 2018. Knowing the market is for him the main advantage for a good performance in the Tour Operator business. He tells us that from his researches, it seems that in the Region of Vlora there are few tour operators and travel agencies. Ornoldi intends to expand the activity, beyond the region of Vlora.
Endri Nasufi, Krismando Bisha and Mersin Gogla with the company "Concept Marketing Albania"
Services in the field of digital marketing, the business launched by the team since March 2019. Each of them has benefited from previous experiences in various fields of digital marketing, becoming part of design or marketing companies, marketing departments of different companies, or as a freelancer with clients from different countries. They are focused in Tirana, with the vision to expand in the region and beyond.
Ilirjana Dida with "KEA" Center is the third winner and is presented with the idea of providing services in the field of teaching children, after school, in the city of Peshkopi. The initiative intends to open its center in December of this year. She has been a teacher for 6 years and she has the experience and the will to open and manage in the best possible way a business based on which is education and education. CREATIVITY, EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT from which it got its name and KEA center will be a multifunctional center for children from preschool to 5th grade, where will be offered painting and dance courses.
The IDEA Challenge remains a popular and appreciated initiative to support new businesses. Besides grants, the trainings have proved to be quite valuable for the participants. CEFE International Best Practices for Entrepreneurship Training provides intensive skills development by combining training, coaching / counseling and mentoring. ALBtelecom remains intensively engaged in supporting new, innovative businesses, especially in the field of technology and involving young people. The SuperGeneration organized last year is the competition that maintains ALBtelecom signature and offers grants to winners, attracting the attention of start-ups and in gifted people in the field of technology.