X Factor Accelerator is the first and the only accelerator located outside of the capital city Skopje. It is a private accelerator, founded by four investors with extensive practical experience in creating, managing and supporting the development of successful startup businesses.
South Central Ventures (SCV) is a fund manager of venture capital funds with investment mandate to support innovative tech startups in Slovenia, Croatia and the six countries of the Western Balkan region.
Sofija is a 27 year old female entrepreneur and founder of two companies Matryoshka LLC and WISE Group Ltd. She obtained her Master of Science degree at The University of Warwick in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has obtained her BBA at HULT International Business School in London. She has 5-year professional experience in managing small enterprises and2-year professional experience as a management consultant. She founded her first company at the age of 23 and is still running it up to date, with expanded subsidiary in the UK. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Community an initiative by the World Economic Forum, where her main focus is on sustainable development.
Nina’s mission is to develop and strengthen the startup and innovation ecosystem in MKD and the Balkan region. She has been doing that from 2014 through the #MKstartups community and as a co-founder of the association Startup Macedonia. Strategically fostering collaboration and synergies among startups, partner organizations, policy makers, local and regional/international ecosystem actors. As a Program Officer of the #SwissEP team she has an impactful job to do and builds a bridge for the local community with international experts. Recently she has been invited by the State Fund for Innovations (#FITD) as their 1st Startup Ecosystem Lead.
CoWork Gostivar is a modern and innovative space created specifically to support young entrepreneurs as well as those working remotely for different companies. CoWork motivates young entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their professional careers.
Igor is a passionate entrepreneur investor and mentor from Macedonia, actively involved in developing the Startup Ecosystem inEastern Europe.He is scouting forTech startups in the SEE region and enabling startups with global ambitions to get matched with funding and services in Europe as an Investment facilitator with the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program. He is a trainer for Investment readiness and Startup program design and since 2016 co-founded Startup Macedonia with multiple actors to proactively develop the ecosystem with the bottom up aproach by organizing multiple events including Startup Europe Week, Startup Weekend Skopje, GEW, and others. In the past years as an adviser, he has assisted in drafting several startup laws
– International entrepreneur with 15+ years of global experience in startup & business development and strategic communications. – Currently, Managing Director at North Macedonia’s Fund for Innovation and Technology Development, managing a EUR 85 million investment portfolio & responsible for positioning North Macedonia as the region’s startup and innovation hub. – Founder of P World (www.thepworld.com) a leading events & comms agency, (with offices in North Macedonia & Canada) operating in 40 markets across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and North America. – Author of four bestsellers in North Macedonia, the internationally acclaimed book “The Fear” and editor of “The Little Black Book of PR”
Data Masters is a Data Science company founded in 2018 in Skopje with a mission to help companies become Masters of their Data by combining consultancy, technical implementation, and education. The company specializes in the domains of retail, finance, and telecommunications.