RISE and make
  • better societies
  • positive impact
  • innovations
  • regional mobility
  • sustainability
  • mutual respect
  • solidarity
  • business skills
  • cooperation


The RISE (Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs) project believes that youth of the Western Balkans are talented, full of innovative ideas and eager to achieve them. That’s why we want to support social business ideas that will make the region a better place. 

RISE focuses on cooperation, ideas exchange, and peer learning. We believe that when you bring youth together, we can learn, grow, and make a change. 

Social entrepreneurship is a great tool to empower the change-makers and bring them to action. RISE creates a regional network of Risers, young social entrepreneurs, and supports them in making their ideas a reality.

Local incubators implementing
Design thinking workshops and the RISE Journey for
Young Risers leading
Social ventures ideas including
incubated projects benefiting from regional mobility program.

RISERS Projects

Youth of the Western Balkans, willing to learn about social entrepreneurship by developing an idea into a sustainable social business, through a local ideation program and a regional mobility program.

They all have in common :

  • A high motivation in learning on social entrepreneurship
  • The ambition to develop a concrete project with social impact
  • The willingness to learn from other actors in the region

The Newsroom

Local Incubators

RISE activities are being implemented by six actors from the region:

Their experience, expertise and resources make the RISE project a unique hub for regional social entrepreneurship initiatives. Find out more by clicking on the map.

Our Partners

The RISE project is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union, the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)

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