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

RISE – Regional Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs is a project for motivated, committed young people 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. Over the past three years, our free program dedicated to nurturing social entrepreneurship concepts has successfully united more than 350 aspiring changemakers and emerging young entrepreneurs. This unique opportunity is yours to seize as we continue our mission of fostering social innovation.” Call for applications is open until September 30, 11:59 PM.  

Updated on October 1: The Call is Extended until October 8, 11:59PM

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 four 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.     

If RISE is where you want to be, sign up your team by filling out a form at this >> LINK <<. 

Find out more about RISE, what teams can expect on the RISE journey and the participation criteria 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.     

May your idea become a reality! 



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.   

This project is supported by the Agence Française de Développement, the European Union; Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ), PULSE (Groupe SOS), South East European Youth Network (SEEYN), ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nešto Više, Smart Kolektiv, IEC Tehnopolis and Yunus Social Business Balkans. For more about RISE program >> CLICK HERE.