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Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs


2019 - 2022


French Development Agency (AFD) and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)


Consortium: Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), GROUPE SOS Pulse, South East European Youth Network (SEEYN), Institut Francais, the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ); Local Incubators: ARNO (N. Macedonia), Balkan Green Foundation (Kosovo), Nesto vise (B&H), Smart Kolektiv (Serbia), IEC Tehnopolis (Montenegro) and Yunus Social Business (Albania)


social entrepreneurship, youth, regional project, incubators, reconciliation

The RISE project supports over 200 young entrepreneurs from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to develop their social business ideas. Through a series of workshops, mobility programs and financial support, young people will have a chance to learn, grow, develop their businesses and at the same time help solve problems within their local communities.

RISE aims to enrich the Western Balkans Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem and enable young people to develop innovative societal solutions, thus contributing to reconciliation and cooperation in the region. A positive change in the Western Balkans is possible and stability and prosperity can be achieved only by fostering reconciliation and cooperation in the region.

It is a three-year-long project that started on October 1, 2019, and is now being implemented across the Western Balkans. More info about the project

ARNO is proud to be selected as the Local Incubator and National Structure for Implementation of the project, along with credible partners from the region.

Highlights: The RISE Framework features: RISE Teams (the teams), Risers (individual participants), RISE Journey, Ideation chapter, Incubation chapter, RISE session (trainings), RISE BootCamp (regional events), and RISE Expedition (mobility).