The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (IPER) in cooperation with Union of Young Entrepreneurs of Montenegro (UMPCG) organized the networking day „Meeting with young entrepreneurs“ on February 28th, with the goal of overcoming key barriers, such as the lack of contacts and relevant information, with which young entrepreneurs face when leaving the education system and enter into the waters of entrepreneurship.

Over 50 young entrepreneurs and the same number of guests with whom young entrepreneurs expressed their wish to meet was attended the event, and that representatives of institutions of importance for the development of entrepreneurship in Montenegro, representatives of financial institutions, business associations, domestic and foreign companies operating in Montenegro.

At the very beginning of the event, the participants were addressed by Radosav Babić, General Director of the Directorate for Investments, Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and Management of EU Funds in the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro and PhD Dragana Radević, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Meeting is organized according to the “1 to 1” principle, where young entrepreneurs got the opportunity to meet and talk to people from the state administration, the financial sector and the economy, business associations in a relatively short period of time and through their exchange of information, experience and contacts provided the necessary support for their further development and solving specific problems.

At the very end, young entrepreneurs Jovana and Djordje from the company Jovana and Djordje Photo LLC presented a gift voucher – set of photographs to the entrepreneur who collected the largest number of business cards on the event.

We believe that the ending of this event is actually the beginning for young entrepreneurs thanks to the established contacts.

We organized meeting with young entrepreneurs with the support of the US Agency for International Development – USAID, as part of the Mentoring and Education Program for Young Entrepreneurs, within the Regional Economic Growth Project (REG).