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Kosovo Regional Finalists

Founder of the Year

Celik Nimani


Celik Nimani is a Partner and CEO of Frakton, a software company specializing in the creation and development of web and mobile device solutions for various businesses in the field of Health, Telecommunications, eCommerce, Data Mining, etc. He is also the co-founder of several start-up companies such as: Webeye, AstraHR, WHALT GmbH, Zombie Soup, etc. eliku has over 14 years of experience in various roles and experiences, including leading and managing businesses, as well as establishing and growing them or launching new products. He was one of the first people to establish Innovation Center Kosovo – ICK, developing it from scratch to submission as a project for management by local staff, then organized start-up events and entrepreneurs.

Best Newcomer

Stress Free Corner


Stress Free Corner is an online resource to facilitate the provision of psychological and therapeutic support, accessible to all, at any time and with a holistic approach, hence contributing to physical and mental well-being.

Diversity Role Model of the Year

Gzime Rexhepi-ollaku


In 2005 I opened my own private business called Preschool Institution “Bardha”. The activity of this institution is the day care and education of children from 9 months to 6 years old. I started the business with only one daycare, but with the quality offered the demands to open other daycares also increased. I have managed to open 4 kindergartens and 3 after school programs. In 2019 I have opened Bardha Akademi with the highest standards in Kosovo and unlike everything else offered in the country. Bardha Akademi is everything I have dreamed of achieving since the opening of the first kindergarten. I am now happy to be able to provide day care and preschool education with a mix of methodologies with qualified staff in the modern classroom

Ecosystem Hero of the Year

Uranik Begu

– Running Innovation Center Kosovo as an Executive Director
– Organizing Global Entrepreneurship Week Kosovo
– Founder of StartupKosovo.org
– Chapter Director of Startup Grind Pristina powered by Google for Startups
– Startup Europe Week – Kosovo Organizer
– Startup Europe Awards Ambassador
– CodeEU Week Ambassador
– Global Ambassador at InBIA
– Advisory Board Member Tech Emerging Europe Advocates

Startup of the Year

Hana Zeqa LLC


Fight or Flight is a slow-fashion technology studio. It develops research-based projects bringing together fashion and technology. Fight or Flight aims to find practical and sustainable solution through smart textiles and interactivity.