Cyber and Edtech Startups 2022

🔊 My visit to Albania proved successful and set promising foundations for near future activities, partnerships and cooperations.

Together with Prof. Edmond Hajrizi Rector of UBT – Higher Education Institution and Maria Dojçe in charge of UBT’s activity in Albania 🇦🇱 , I had a productive meeting with Deputy Mayer of Elbasan Municipality Vesa Lico, to discuss launching a municipal innovation hub in partnership with UBT. Mayer Gledian Llatja, I’m looking forward to our f2f meeting 😉

💡 Had the pleasure of meeting Albana Tole, deputy minister on Education and introducing her to Jurgita Jaruševičienė, founder and CEO of Mokosi online tutoring platform, that will soon venture in the Balkans, in partnership with UBT, as well as to discuss the expansion of UBT in Albania, housing an impressive variety of trendish professions in IT, Cyber, IoT, Smart Cities and many others.

🏛 As usual, topping my meetings list is Mayor Erion Veliaj, deputy mayor Anuela Ristani & innovation director Ermir Puka, a team always motivated to partner & support business and academic initiatives, you guys are awesome!

⭐ As always a pleasure to meet Kushtrim Shala founder and CEO of Uplift Albania, nominated as the leading accelerator in the region, well done👏

Special Thanks to Prof. Edmond Hajrizi, Maria Dojce, Alton Dojce, Lirigzona Morina and UBT for your kind care and hospitality.

Albania 2022

My 2nd visit to Albania 🇦🇱  proved successful and exciting, meeting old and new friends and colleagues.

Conducted professional lectures on #CyberSecurity and #StartupEcosystem, nominated #Chairman of Korca Hub advisory board, operated by UBT: University of Business & Technology as well as conducting 1st board meeting. Had the pleasure of meeting Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj as well as Korca Mayor Sotiraq Filo to discuss business opportunities, as well as promoting startups accelerators. Met with Korca University rector, senior staff and students.

Always excited to mee many young and talented people, all eager to accelerate and make an impact.

👏  Special thanks to Maria Dojçe, Aleksia Xega and Korca Innovation and Technology Hub team for your kind hospitality and care.
More to follow soon.

Cyber Security Workshop Albania 2022

🔔 I had the pleasure of visiting UBT University hosting my visit to Kosovo and Albania, meeting Professor Edmond Hajrizi, UBT founder and president as well as part of the 1,200 staff members. I shared best practices on the startup nation’s call for action and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the motivation and collaboration opportunities with Israel’s academic and startup ecosystem, as well as with SID-Tech Accelerator Israel, Sabah.lab Azerbaijan and #Techhub Lithuania.

UBT has a strong student backbone of talents (12,000) and an abundance of advanced infrastructure. I recommend visiting and considering cooperation. Our next mission will be the launching of UBT accelerator in Kosovo and Albania.

Cyber Security Workshop Albania 2022

Heads up call for all in 🇽🇰 Kosovo and 🇦🇱 Albania😊

I will be visiting UBT: University of Business & Technology and Technology in Prishtina to discuss promoting the startup ecosystem led by founder and president Edmond Hajrizi. Later revisiting Korca Techhub managed by Dr. Maria Dojçe, conducting 2 informative events on cyber security and startup ecosystem.
I will conclude my visit in Tirana, for further discussions with the municipality regarding innovation cooperation opportunities.

𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭. Reach out for meeting with me😉
Cyber Security Workshop at Korca Innovation and Technology Hub about innovations and risks of Banking Systems and National Security Register here 👉🏼

ICT Festival Korça 2021

🇦🇱  I conclude my first visit to Albania delighted and intrigued. It was a short yet intensive visit that gave me a good perspective on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

I was honored of meeting Defense Minister Mr. Niko Peleshi as well as the Minister of Entrepreneurship Mrs. Edona Bilali, as well as Deputy Mayor of Titrana Mrs. Anuela Ristani and Korca Mayor Sotiraq Filo and Prof. Edmond Hajrizi Rector and President of UBT during 𝐊𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐚 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥.

🔊 I was delighted to meet the business community and major figures such as Arjodita Mustali, Florensa Haxhi, PhD , Gerti Boshnjaku , Shqipe Berisha CEO of TUMO and others wonderful and warm people of the region.

👏  Special thanks to my hosts EU for Innovation , Jacqueline Jaspert, Kushtrim Shala, Eileen Trenkmann and Patrik Fetahaj Dr. Maria Dojce Growprenuer and Uplift accelerators, Zen Marku, Eldi Çondi, Sonila Marku, Ermir Puka, Erion Veliaj, Eduard Shalsi

Uplift Western Balkans 2021

🎙️ On-air! I’m delighted to meet Uplift Western Balkans startups and conduct Pitch Roast session, organized by Uplift and EU for Innovation.

This will be an open event live-streamed on Facebook so all are invited to enjoy this great event, hearing startups Pitching, and getting valuable feedback/suggestions.

⏰ Friday, Nov 5th, 10:00am

Keep your eyes on target 🎯, stay agile and receptive to change, work harder and faster! take responsibility! And, always…

Growpreneur Program 2021

🗣️  Do you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills?

This is the perfect opportunity for you! ⭐

🔊  I’m delighted to share my experience with Growpreneur program conducted by Yunus Social Business Balkans and powered by EU for Innovation.

The GROWpreneur program is founder-centric and focuses on quality over quantity and looking for strong teams with startups in the early validation phase or growth stage (in any field), having at least an initial prototype/MVP and preferably a developed MVP in the market.

📅  The growpreneur event is on November 4th at 18:00 at Coolab.

📅 Any plans for Friday, January 29th?

Join us in the celebration of Uplift Albania 🇦🇱 Accelerator 2nd batch Demo Day 🏆
Following my keynote speech to Uplift startups:

I’m delighted to be a jury member and looking forward to meet the 11 startuppers and other jury members.

📌 Register:

Don’t Hesitate, Accelerate!!!🚀🚀🚀
Tal Catran
Startups & Accelerators Guru

Uplift Albania / 2020

🇦🇱 Mali me mal nuk piqen, njeriu me njeriun piqen.
I was delighted to make my first Albanian virtual keynote speech with the startups of Uplift. I know it was somewhat shocking for the startuppers but I’m sure they all got the best of it.
Corona effect on for startups❓
Unclarity. ❌ Uncertainty. ❌ longer to raise funds. ❌ harder to make sales❓
The answer is nothing. Everything is difficult and challenging for a startups!!!! But now the rest of the world feels the same😊
Watch more, 👉 click

Thank you Kushtrim Shala, ICTSmedia, manager of Uplift Albania 🇦🇱 ( and to ICTSlab for hosting the event.

Don’t Hesitate, Accelerate!!! 🚀🚀🚀
Tal Catran