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The RISE project helps young purpose-driven people. After a year of training and business development, the first cycle of the RISE journey has ended. Full of dynamism and talent, our first generation of entrepreneurs is currently launching their positive-impact projects all across the Balkans!

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RISE manifesto

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.

Let’s work together
and make better societies grow!

RISE Journey

RISE Journey

RISE supports young change-makers in developing their impactful ideas into sustainable social businesses. Our tailor-made support program, RISE Journey, is being implemented by 6 Local incubators from different parts of Western Balkan region.

RISE Objectives

The Consortium

The RISE project is developed and monitored by the Consortium consisting of RYCO, GROUPE SOS Pulse, SEEYN, the Institut français, and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)

This project is supported by the Agence Française de Développement and Regional Youth Cooperation Office.


RISE activities are being implemented by six actors from the region – ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nesto Vise, Smart Kolektiv, IEC Tehnopolis and Yunus Social Business.

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.


The first-generation RISE team, MIA bags handcrafted can’t get enough of good news! They have signed a contract with the organization ‘Kosova Women for Women‘ for a new grant that they have won in …

The 10th jubilee edition of the Balkan Green Ideas Regional Competition was organized in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Balkan Green Foundation in close cooperation with national foundations from each of the participating countries. Five …

PORTOROŽ – National EEPA coordinators of Montenegro and Serbia have awarded the RISE (Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs) project as the national winners to participate in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) in Category …

RISE alumni team Women on the Way has officially kickstarted their online shop.  Women on the Way focuses on improving the employability, financial situation and social inclusion of women refugees from the Middle East …

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Project coordinator

Adrien Delaby

This project is supported by the Agence Française de Développement and Regional Youth Cooperation Office. However, the ideas and opinions presented in this document do not necessarily represent those of AFD and RYCO

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