The EBRD’s Star Venture programme


The Star Venture Programme in the Eastern Partnership countries is supported by EU Neighbourhood & Enlargement and Sida - Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete
 

 

The EBRD’s Star Venture programme targets promising start-ups, accelerators and consultants to unleash their full potential. Working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for over 25 years has given the EBRD unique expertise in bolstering the start-up ecosystem across its regions.

To maximise impact, we work with:

Star Venture leverages a dedicated network of mentors and advisers to channel a whole range of bespoke advisory services and industry best practices to start-ups.  Through workshops, mentoring and technical assistance, the programme helps start-ups improve the efficiency of their results and scale rapidly.

At the same time, Star Venture helps young companies remove some of the systemic barriers to accessing finance by connecting them to a network of investors with a strategic interest in the early-stage space.

Star Venture mobilises mentors to help build accelerators’ own capacity to train start-ups and support their growth journey. The programme lends accelerators the tools to enhance the business performance of their cohort of young companies, while benefitting the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We also offer guidance to local advisers on how to work with start-ups so they can mentor them in the future.

Star Venture has supported over 200 early-stage companies across Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia (the so-called Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region(SEMED) region) and the Western Balkans where the programme is currently active. While the programme is only available for the time being in the aforementioned regions, we are committed to extending access to finance and know-how to entrepreneurs across all our countries of operations.

Call for Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine

We are currently accepting applications from high-potential start-ups from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. Please refer to the guidelines and registration link below. The deadline to apply is July 1st 2022.

Call for Applications from Greece

We are currently accepting applications from high-potential start-ups from Greece. Please refer to the guidelines and registration link below. The deadline to apply is June 1st 2022.

Call for Applications from the Western Balkans

We are currently accepting applications from high-potential start-ups from the Western Balkans. Please refer to the guidelines and registration link below. The deadline to apply is July 1st 2022.

 

 
 

 

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The EBRD’s Star Venture programme is currently funded by the European Union, Luxembourg and Korea through the EBRD Small Business Impact Fund (Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, TaiwanBusiness - EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund and the USA).

Learn more and apply,