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If you are a regional startup seeking expertise, investments, and networking, Western Balkans Startup Expo may just be for you.

The first regional virtual Western Balkans Startup Expo will be held on September 18, 2020.

It is a perfect opportunity to showcase your startup and explore new investment opportunities.

Is this for me?

If you are a women startup, this is the place to be. Not only you have an advantage when applying, but you also score a better chance of receiving investments.

While the number of female-founded startups has doubled in the last decade, women startups are still far and few between, globally. Women entrepreneurs, on average, experience more unique barriers compared to men, from cultural norms to access to equity financing.

Two key stats seem to motivate many investors to turn to women-led businesses.

The number of women-led unicorns has gone up from 15 in 2018 to 21 in 2019. On the other hand, businesses founded by women deliver more than twice as much in investments.

The Western Balkans Startup Expo is a great chance for all startups focusing on solving the challenges in the digital economy and startups that have some history behind demonstrated through the number of customers or users.

If you are a startup aiming wider to global markets but need some investments or equity funding from in and beyond the region, this may be the window of opportunity you’ve been looking for.

What’s in it for me?

All winning teams will enter the six-weeks 360 Startup Acceleration Program after the Summer Western Balkans Startup Expo. Eventually, the improved startup models will be assessed in December by an investor jury.

The winning teams – and not necessarily only them – will get access to the global market, much-needed investments, and expert support. According to the organiser’s website, registered startups will get direct access to VCs, WEAngles, a newly formed group of women business angels in Serbia targeting female startups, and Studio X Ventures – US-based venture builder.

The Expo is also a great chance for networking and getting to know companies in the region. Startups will be able to tap into a network of expert associates for the smart growth of startup companies.

Finally, all startups want to scale their businesses. Learning through the experience of regional unicorn startups and their success stories could come in handy.

Note that you must enrol your startup team by September 15, 2020, if you want to participate!

Bonus: by registering you get access to open resources shared in 360°Community online.

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