Ljubljana, 8. 11. 2017 – The ABC Accelerator team kicked off the month of November with a trip to Sarajevo, Bosnia, where we attended a conference – Sarajevo Unlimited, the 2nd regional innovation forum. The conference was organized by Networks, the accelerator from Sarajevo and ABC Accelerator’s regional partner. We place high importance in supporting the Balkan startup ecosystem as a key source of startups to participate in our flagship acceleration program. As EIT Digital regional partner, our role is also to identify scaleups in the region as part of the ARISE program. The decision whether or not to participate in Sarajevo Unlimited was therefore clear!
The 3-day conference was chock-full of informative talks, in-depth workshops, and lively panels. We listened to 21 selected startups pitching on the first day, most of them from the Balkan region. Five finalists were selected in the competition, with ABC Accelerator alumni startups representing three of them. The panel of experts selected our 4th batch, IoT & IoE, alumnus Koola as winner of the competition.
All in all, the progress of the ecosystem in comparison with last year, when the conference was held for the first time, was very evident. The quality of both the startups and speakers at the conference improved vastly. Sarajevo Unlimited was a great opportunity to expand and strengthen our network in the Balkans, and at the same time a chance to immerse ourselves in the Balkan startup ecosystem.