Smarten Up for the Future
Balkathon® 4.0

Organised by the Regional Cooperation Council since 2020 Balkathon is a regional competition that invites interested young people, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, digital innovation hubs, scientific parks, universities, SMEs, etc. from all Western Balkan economies to propose and develop innovative digital solutions as a response to the challenges of our day-to-day life. During its four editions Balkathon gathered hundreds of participants ready to bring their innovative ideas to life, hence so far we have 22 new made in western Balkans products.

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[Incredible Experience]
Why Register?
  • You get a two-day mentoring programme with experienced experts.
  • Opportunity to win 10.000 euro for your idea.
  • Opportunity to implement your idea in the Western Balkan region.
  • Opportunity to present your solution at the high-level ICT event in the region “Western Balkan Digital Summit”

60.000€ Award Fund

Awards fund is 60.000 euro. Six best ideas from the Western Balkan economies will be awarded 10.000 euro each.

Networking Opportunity

By participating in this competition you will get an opportunity to meet people from the business sector from the entire region, representatives of business organisations, and other young people eager to enter the world of entrepreneurship.

Professional Mentorship

The organiser provided highly professional mentors from different areas, such as innovation, ICT, and various types of development such as business development, business environment, entrepreneurship development, project development, project finance, and project implementation. They will be at your disposal for two days to help you develop your idea, and see your potential in the regional market.
Balkathon 4.0 Winners
What's it About

Count Every Second Until the Event

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Balkathon Dates

Check out key BALKATHON 4.0 dates

13 July – 13 September 2023

You see the problem. You have a solution. Submit your idea to bring it to life.

14 - 18 September 2023

Coffee Break
We will carefully review all received applications

18 September 2023

Shortlisted Teams
Announcement of the teams that will participate in Balkathon. Up to 20 teams per topic will be selected
Shortlisted applicants

19-20 September 2023

Start of the Competition
Working on developing their solutions with mentors

21 September 2023

End of the Competition
Submission of final presentations.
Deadline for submission is 21 September 2023, 12:00 (CET+1)

25 September 2023

Shortlisted Teams
Announcement of the finalist that will participate in Balkathon final event
List of Finalists

3 October 2023

Award Ceremony
Announcement of the winners and awards ceremony
Who's mentoring?

Highly professional and experienced mentors from the region will be at your disposal to help you develop your idea.

Who's Deciding on the Winners?
[Registration Form]
Pick a theme and register

Before registering, please download the Balkaton Guidelines, where you can find detailed information about the Balkathon competition.

In which stage of the development is your idea?

Please attach the following documents:

  • Concept Note (max 2 A4 pages, font 12 Calibri) that should include five (5) parts (for more information please see Balkathon Guidelines)
  • Company profile and brief description (max. 1 page). For a team of individuals, the team leader should submit a profile of the team’s composition
  • List of references for relevant activities implemented, if available
  • Copy of company’s Registration Certificate for legal entity submissions or corresponding written authorisation for  teams of individuals
  • Names and short bios of members of the team, outlining relevant knowledge and experience in line with the BALKATHON thematic areas including contact details (e-mail, LinkedIn, website)
  • Signed Statement of Honor

The registration is closed!

List of Finalists

Previous Balkathon Winners
What's New

This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.