The next stop of the WMF – We Make Future’s International Roadshow is approaching, scheduled to take place in Tirana, Albania, on March 15 at the Maritim Hotel Plaza. The event’s calendar will include keynotes, success cases analysis, and round tables, as well as a startup competition that will select the best 3 startups from the Albanian ecosystem, which will have the opportunity to join WMF 2023 – scheduled on June 15-17 in Rimini (Italy).
Among the guests who will speak during the event, hosted by Albanian presenter Blendi Salaj, there will be institutional presences such as Albanian Minister of Entrepreneurship Protection Edona Bilali, Italian Vice Ambassador to Albania Luigi Mattirolo, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj, and Director of Tumo Center in Albania Shqipe Berisha. Also present during the day will be CEO of Coca-Cola Albania-Sicily Luca Busi, who will give a speech on sustainability in logistics, CEO of Armundia Group Gianluca Berghella, and Huawei’s Head of Marketing Ecosystem and Operation Stefano Nkazi and Vienna Business Agency’s Dražen Šimičević in live-connection.
“The innovation ecosystem in Albania is extremely dynamic, fast-paced, agile, and ever-evolving, and deserves recognition for its hard work and promotion of local entrepreneurs and our community around the world. These kinds of events, like WMF, pave their road towards meeting like-minded people, great potential collaborations, new investors, exploring new technologies and, more important, new customers, which leads to more revenue for their startups” adds Edona Bilali, Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship.
The centerpiece of the event will be the startup competition, including some of the most outstanding realities from the Albanian innovation ecosystem, with 14 startups selected by the WMF Innovation Team: Skaitech, iNegotio, ConsciESG, Switch Technologies, LekoTech, Kungul, Magoware, Pyramid DEV, IMA – Innovation Academy, Praktika.al, Symmetric Group Sh.p.k, Kreatx, Inotecalbania, Decimali.
“We embarked on this journey with the WMF International Roadshow with the desire to create and strengthen connections between the innovation ecosystems of the many countries that have taken part in the project, and of the many that will be soon part of it” adds Cosmano Lombardo, CEO of Search On Media Group and creator of the WMF. “The goal is to help spread a spirit of productive cooperation and collaboration among the different countries, disseminating the culture of digital innovation, in order to be well-equipped in facing the collective challenges that await us.”
A jury of 11 international and local industry personalities will select the finalists: Anna Petani, Councillor of the Albanian Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship, Gianluca Berghella, CEO of Armundia Group; AnaMaria Meshkurti, Head of Marketing, Communications and Engagement at the Fongit (Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique), the premier Swiss technology startup innovation platform and incubator; Shqipe Berisha, General Manager at TUMO Tirana Center for Creative Technologies; Genti Selenica, CEO of Baboon; Antonio Nidoli President CCIA and CEO of Edilcentro; Luca Busi, President of Coca-Cola Bottling Shqipëria and Uji Ftohte Tepelene; Mario Tonucci, Founder of Tonucci&Partners; Antonio Baccari, Feel Venture VC London; Giancarlo Vergine, CEO of OverVentures., Giuseppe Oppedisano, WMF Head of Innovation.
The top three runners-up will have the opportunity to attend WMF 2023, June 15-17 in Rimini, thanks to various prizes offered by the Festival:
- the 1st runner-up will be granted a desk in the Startup District, access to B2B and networking activities with investors, and a pitch on the Startup Stage;
- the 2nd runner-up will be granted a desk in the Startup District and access to B2B and networking activities;
- the 3rd runner-up will be granted access to B2B and networking activities.
The event is held in partnership with the Albania Economia, Moneys Magazine andItalian Chamber of Commerce in Albania.
Join us on March 15th at the Maritim Hotel Plaza – Queen Geraldine hall in Tirana: https://albania.wemakefuture.it/register/