We’re delighted to share the success of the first edition of the Kosovo Innovation Festival, held from the 27th to the 29th of October at ITP Prizren. These three days were dedicated to fostering innovation, research, and entrepreneurship in Kosovo, bringing together a diverse group of participants, including university professors, researchers, students, government officials, entrepreneurs, investors, and representatives from the private sector. 💡

The festival commenced with a hackathon, featuring over 20 students from various universities and colleges. This energetic start set the tone for the entire event, as teams worked for 48 hours to provide viable solutions for challenges presented by the private sector.

Applied Research and Innovation Day

Saturday was a day filled with discussions with more than 20 panelists, including government officials, professors, and private sector representatives. The focus was on applied research and innovation, showcasing the collaboration between academia, government, and industry, where also students from Universiteti “Ukshin Hoti” Prizren displayed their creativity in robotics.

Demo Day

The Demo Day on the 29th was about pitching presentations from hackathon teams, startups from the Venture UP Young Innovators Program, and 10 startup teams selected from the first edition of the Idea to Scale Program implemented by Makerspace Innovation Center Prizren who demonstrated their work and potential. This was an opportunity for the participants to pitch their ideas and innovations, showcasing the results of their 48-hour hackathon endeavors.

InnoFest was organized under the umbrella of ITP’s #DigitalTransformationCenter by Venture UP as the lead implementer, together with the Makerspace Innovation Center Prizren and its Idea-to-Scale Program, supported by GIZ Kosovo and the Municipality of Prizren. 

Thank you to all who joined in making the festival a success!