If you are 18 – 35 years old, and you have motivation and desire to make a positive impact on your community, and at the same time to earn money, RISE is the right opportunity for you!   

RISE – Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs is a project for the motivated, committed youth, willing to learn and change things for the betterment of the Western Balkans. We aim to support your social business ideas that will make the region a better place. This free support program for development of social entrepreneurship ideas over the past two years has gathered over 250 changemakers, young entrepreneurs , and now you have a chance to be one of them! Call for applications is open until October 30, 11:59 p.m.     Updated on October 31: Call for applications is extended until November 6. 

If you have an idea or innovative solution for a new and better approach to education, women’s empowerment, culture, rural development, health or employment in your community, skills, knowledge and experience of social entrepreneurship will help you solve social or environmental issues that interest you and will give you the opportunity to earn while doing it! 

RISE program consists of 2 phases – ideation and incubation. During the three months of ideation phase, you will build your idea from scratch to business model. On that journey, you will have the support of experts and mentors, with whom you will go through all important steps in starting a social enterprise.  Two best teams from Serbia, or a total of 12 teams from the region, will receive additional financial and practical support to implement their idea and improve the development of their business during the incubation phase.    

 Are you still wondering if the RISE program is the right opportunity for you? Find out more about it on the RISE INFO SESSION!  

If RISE is where you want to be, sign up your team by filling out a form at this >> LINK <<. Call for applications is open until October 30, 11:59 p.m.   Updated on October 31: Call for applications is extended until November 6. 

Learn more about RISE program, what teams can expect on THE RISE journey and the criteria for selection at this >>LINK<< 

If you have any doubts about the program itself or the application process, feel free to contact us via e-mail: jelena.bogdanov@smartkolektiv.org. 

Find out more about Smart Kolektiv, the organization, that implements RISE program in Serbia on our website.    

Become part of the RISE journey and join us in creating a better society!    


We are a group of 10 partners from the Western Balkans, Germany and France, looking for young change-makers from the region, like yourself, to help us develop social businesses for better societies.  

The RISE project is being developed and supervised by a consortium consisting of GROUPE SOS Pulse, Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), Youth Network of Southeast Europe (SEEIN) and the French-German Youth Office (OFAJ), and six local incubators – Smart Kolektiv, IPC Technopolis, ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nesto vise and Yunus Social Business. RISE is co-financed by French Development  Agency (AfD), Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and the European Union (EU). More about RISE program >>https://www.risewb.org/