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EBRD Star Venture programme

The EBRD’s Star Venture programme identifies high potential, innovative start-ups which are ready for lift off.

We support them with world-class business advice and access to finance to strengthen their performance and accelerate their life cycle.

Star Venture assigns these start-ups advisory projects tailored to their specific competencies and needs. Our consulting services cover a wide range of segments, including strategy, business planning, finance, operations, organisation, marketing and sales among others.

What we offer

  • Business diagnostics workshops
  • Customised consulting projects
  • Online/in-person mentoring sessions
  • Global networks of business partners
  • Access to finance

Are you eligible?

  • You are based in one of 30 countries listed here
  • You have an annual turnover of up to €1 million
  • You have been in business for less than 5 years
  • You have the technology that makes your business scalable
  • You must be primarily locally owned and have less than 50 per cent of foreign ownership. By foreign ownership we mean outside of the EBRD regions.
  • The enterprise’s main areas of activity fall under any business area except: military products or services, gambling, tobacco, alcoholic drinks

Do you fit the profile?

  • You demonstrate a high potential to scale
  • You have a competitive advantage
  • You display a strong market opportunity
  • You are committed to continuous engagement throughout the programme

How to apply

Every year, we select a cohort of start-ups to join the programme on a competitive basis. A call for applications will be announced here and will be promoted across our corporate social media channels. For further enquiries, please contact us at StarVenture@ebrd.com

Call for applications

We are currently receiving applications for the second cohort of high potential start-ups from the Western Balkans. Please check our eligibility criteria and click below to fill out an online application form by July 15th 2021.

Application form

Application guidelines