GEW Albania continues to engage aspiring entrepreneurs
Mark Marich (GEW global)
Nov 16, 2012
Earlier this week Albanian reports indicated that Global Entrepreneurship Week will turn into an overwhelmingly successful series of events in the country and therefore we decided to check back for an update on their activities.
The previously mentioned “Fostering Entrepreneurship among students workshop” on November 15, attracted 70, mostly finance track students.
After a warm welcome remark from Mr. Indri Dyrmishi, President of the Unique Junior Enterprise, Mr. Alfred Mema, business consultant, Member of the IRISOFT Teaching Center held a quick crash course on how to run a business. He covered aspects of project management, the importance of human resources, strategy execution, marketing and financial planning.
The workshop then transformed into an interactive “mini start-up pitching contest” where eight teams presented their conceptual ideas. A jury comprising of academics and business professionals awarded Project “Filizat” (Seedlings), which aims to educate people on herbs and seeds, with initial seed funding to turn their idea into reality.
University of New York in Tirana hosted a lecture titled “Entrepreneurial aspect on agriculture” where Mr. Artur Doja, successful agripreneur (entrepreneur whose main business is agriculture or agriculture-related) and Mrs. Eneida Guria from the Albanian Investment and Development Agency talked about how to get started if one has only limited resources and what benefits can agribusiness bring to the Albanian economy.
Albania Center of Management Services organized a second training during GEW on Leadership and Communication. Professor Sllavka Kurti (Tirana University) argued for the importance of communicating effectively and remarked that mastering the communication process is essential to interpret cultural differences.
His colleague, Phd. Genc Alimehmeti (Professor, Tirana University) introduced the concepts of Social Intelligence, talked about the Biology of Leadership, challenges leaders might face, Emotional Leadership and negotiation.
This post is a guest contribution from Daniel Szabo, a young Hungarian entrepreneur working out of the GEW Global offices in Washington, DC.
Daniel is a graduate student of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He works with future startup generations in Hungary through the Kairos Society and the Young Entrepreneurs Association (FIVOSZ), globally through the One Young World network.