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It is imperative to synchronize the work of different support programs, representatives of local communities, public employment services, ministries and other organizations supporting entrepreneurship in BiH – this was one of the conclusions of the 6th Forum of Employment Services “Start Something Good”.

The Forum was held on December 11, 2018 in Sarajevo, by the Labour and Employment Agency of BiH, with the support of the Youth Employment Project (YEP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The goal of the Forum was to encourage a discussion on topics crucial for improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem in BiH: profiling and training entrepreneurs, mentorship in entrepreneurship, models for financial support and social entrepreneurship. The Forum included a presentation of the results of YEP’s Business Idea Incubator who helped activate more than 1200 potential entrepreneurs in 2018 and provided financial and professional support in launching more than 100 new business ventures. The YEP Business Idea Incubator was implemented in cooperation with 32 local communities.

As noted during this Forum that included young entrepreneurs, it is necessary to work on creating local employment action plans and local partnerships for employment, which will allow different stakeholders to pool their resources thus increasing the amount of fund and the number of end users.

The Forum was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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Dual education is the right choice for a better future – this was one of the conclusions from the Employment Fair held on November 30, 2018 in Sarajevo. It was organized by the Employment Service of Sarajevo Canton in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, vocational high schools, Employers’ Association of FBiH and the Chamber of Commerce of Sarajevo Canton.

The goal of this fair was to connect unemployed persons with employers, i.e. to reduce the unemployment rate and increase the number of employed persons.

The fair included a panel discussion on the topic “Dual Education as a Model for Solving Labor Market Issues”, during which the panelists shared their suggestions and proposals concerning dual education and its potential for improving the labor market. One of the conclusions from the panel discussion was that employers have specific needs in terms of their employee’s qualifications, and education institutions should provide such employees.

The panel discussion was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.


On 20th November, 2018, an entrepreneurship tournament was held at the Sarajevo City Hall, where 22 entrepreneurs competed for funds for developing their businesses.

Entrepreneurs from the incubators of the Mozaik Foundation and Sarajevo Regional Development Agency SERBA, supported by the European Fund for South East Europe (EFSE) Entrepreneurship Academy presented their business ideas, plans and results to investors. The ones with the most potential were awarded funds ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 EUR, and non-financial prizes such as 6 months of mentorship.

The EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy aims to encourage and strengthen small entrepreneurs, provide them with access to funding, thus improving the entrepreneurial climate in BiH. In addition to the competition and announcing the winners, this event included a panel containing discussions on strengthening the ecosystem for developing entrepreneurship. The event was attended by representatives of the financial sectors, diplomatic corps, various levels of government in BiH, the business sector from BiH and the region, and many EFSE partners. The event was attended by a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

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