Albanian Young Entrepreneurs

In order to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy worked with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth and the Partners Albania organization to develop a project on youth entrepreneurship. Made possible through a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, the project consists of two main components: two business camps aimed at building the skills of young entrepreneurs and enabling them to design and present their business ideas, and a final televised competition to secure seed funding from local business, build mentoring relationships for successful business start-ups, and promote entrepreneurism to a wider youth audience. As part of this project, two successful US entrepreneurs, Jennifer Kushell and Jordan Agolli, are in Albania to conduct the business camps with 140 students of Tirana’s Harry Fultz and Durres’ Beqir Cela vocational high schools. They are sharing their expertise on entrepreneurship, and offering insights and tools that will enable young people to pursue their potential, as well as practical tips on starting a business or social enterprise.