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Protik has established a well-known brand in the ICT ecosystem, enhancing its reputation significantly and steadily over its eight years of operations (since 2012).

The center has organized over 15,000 activities with more than 25,000 participants, of which 60% professionals, 40% students and startups. These professionals represent several companies, public institutions or organizations, subordinate agencies, universities, telecommunications companies, banks, non-for-profit organizations, audio-visual media, business associations, foreign donors, embassies, etc.

Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation is Protik’s major goal. The center has created the ultimate destination for tech startup initiatives, technical discussions and event management focused on the information and communication technology sector. It has attracted youth and entrepreneurs; it has attracted sponsors and contributed to making the private sector more sensible to not-for-profit endeavors. Activities such as “CODE – Open Data Experience”, Young Innovators Day, Protik Startup Challenge, Wikipedia Weekend Tirana, NASA Space App Challenge and Startup Weekend Tirana have brought together youngsters, government and the private sector with the aim to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Many participants have benefited from training, coaching and consulting activities for startups at the Protik Center. Other important important contributions include organizing competitions and startup challenges that stimulate new ideas, B2B meetings, business acceleration, business-speed-dating activities as well as various trainings for entrepreneurs.

The center is part of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme funded by the European Commission since 2016. This entrepreneurial support is a core focus, both at the programme and project level, and this sharing of experiences takes place through cross-border mobility where aspiring entrepreneurs have the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs in other participating countries.

Protik, as a successful project implementer, has built a project management culture and expertise by enriching its project portfolio with reputable donors such as the European Commission, GIZProSEED, Swisscontact, GIST Venture Well, RisiAlbania, Assist Impact, Vodafone Albania Foundation, World Vision, US Embassy, British Embassy Tirana, etc.

Websitewww.protik.org

Social: https://www.facebook.com/ProtikCenter/, https://www.linkedin.com/company/protik-innovation-center/, https://twitter.com/protikcenter?lang=en

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