EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy

The EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy is an initiative of the Development Facility that provides direct support to small businesses throughout Southeast Europe and the EU Eastern Neighbourhood Region. EFSE works together with on-the-ground organisations, such as local incubators and accelerators, to supply entrepreneurs with training, resources, mentoring, networking opportunities, the chance to receive financial backing, and more. In this way, the EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy provides the self-employed with essential tools for success – in the spirit of EFSE as “The Entrepreneurship Fund”.

Pre-acceleration partner
Startup Wise Guys

With 235+ investments in early-stage startups, Startup Wise Guys is one of the top investors in the broader CEE region and Nordics. To help techy startup founders become true entrepreneurs, they are running a world-class startup accelerator since 2012. They focus on B2B SaaS, Fintech, Cybersecurity, and Sustainability early-stage startups, as well as have done follow-on investments in accelerated startups. The portfolio has already had 5 exits and the overall startup survival and success rate is above 77%.

Acceleration partner
Spring Activator

A certified B Corporation®, Spring Activator is a global incubator, accelerator, and advisory firm that empowers entrepreneurs, investors, and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to change the world through innovation. With its advisory services, it has helped over 70 different incubators, accelerators, foundations, and governments across 5 continents enhance their capacity to maximize impact both in their local communities and globally. Through its impact programs, Spring has helped more than 750 entrepreneurs create 350 companies and raise over $24M in funding.