Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, participants will learn how to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities.


 Specially designed Brochures are available for you during the seminars. All the materials are available online through your Academy account.


 Interact with other young entrepreneurs; exchange information, develop contacts and share experiences with the leading business people of Macedonia during numerous networking events and activities.


Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute in creating entrepreneurial environment by engaging young entrepreneurs into a yearlong entrepreneurial training which enhances them with the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques to start their own enterprises.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem consisted of like-minded young entrepreneurs who would be committed to bring positive changes to the Macedonian society by establishing new business culture and trustworthy relations with all of their stakeholders.

Our Goal

 The main goal of the Start Up Entrepreneurship Academy is to educate and train innovative individuals to be able to start and run businesses of their own.


Maja Ilievska

A marketing company which offers alternative marketing solution for SMEs. She uses the empty areas of the pizza delivery boxes to put logos, banners or coupons of companies.



Win-Win is a local freelancing platform which is going to connect the job seekers with the employers. The platform will be published in January 2015.


Simona Ristovska

A sole proprietor who offers unique and great quality handmade jewelry for all occasions. Situated in Tetovo, but she delivers products all over Macedonia.


The Conference

Smart UP is a motivational conference which aims to awaken and develop the entrepreneurship spirit among the young people in Macedonia. The Academy participants would have a unique opportunity to present their idea or businesses in front of potential investors and business angels. This would not only help them find funds for their businesses, but would also promote them in front of the wider public.

The Speakers

The Smart Up Conference is consisted of two sessions, the first where 10 young entrepreneurs from the Start Up Academy pitch their business ideas in front of the audience, and the second one, where the participants would have the opportunity to hear from three successful entrepreneurs who share their experience with the audience and talk about the key factors which brought them to the success.

Viktor Mitevski

Viktor Mitevski

Ksemija Popovikj

Ksenija Popovikj

Slavica Todorovska

Slavica Todorovska

Marko Georgievski

Marko Georgievski

Simona Stankovikj

Simona Stankovikj

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Biljana Stojkoska

Biljana Stojkoska

Bojana Naumoska

Bojana Naumoska

Elena Zafirovska

Elena Zafirovska

Luka Sredojevikj

Luka Sredojevikj



In order to be officially enrolled at the Academy, every participants has to pay the participation fee of $400 (counted in MKD), after the successful recruitment process. The tuition has to be paid before the beginning of the first seminar or on several installments through a credit line.

The fee covers 22,5 % of the whole amount of the total costs of the Academy. The other 87,5% of the costs is a scholarship awarded by the SWTA and its partners. This fee covers all the expenses (the accommodation costs – 10 full boards in 5 different cities in Macedonia, per diem costs, transportation costs and Academy materials).


Every candidate who applies for the Academy is eligible to apply for a scholarship. They are able to do so on the online application for the Academy by stating that they are interested in apply for the scholarship too.

A full scholarship would be awarded to the best scoring candidate of the recruitment process. Three 50% scholarships are going to be rewarded to the candidate placed from the 2-4th place after the selection process. The scoring is performed according to the recruitment criteria set by the Academy Selection Committee.



52% Entrepreneurs & Corporate Managers
48% Professors & Experienced Trainers
35 hours of Specially Designed Business Simulations
65 hours of Entrepreneurial Training and Workshops
All 5 Seminars are organized in different venues and cities in Macedonia

70% of startups

startups that were mentored have 3 times higher chances of

The Academy is consisted of five three-day seminars which are divided into 8 sessions which last for 2 hours each. The sessions are lead by experienced individuals coming from both the business world and the academic community.

The Start Up Academy would offer workshops where the participants will present their skills and business ideas in front of the mentors. According to their profile, the mentors are going to choose at least one young entrepreneur.