The Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) handed out contracts for 116 participants of the project of support to beginners for startups in the total amount of RSD 80 million yesterday.
This is one of the six projects carried out by the DAS within the Year of Entrepreneurship, focusing on women, the young and demographic categories difficult to employ (people above 45 years of age, those let go in processes of restructuring or rationalization, persons with disabilities and the unqualified), as well as persons from devastated areas.
The director of the Development Agency of Serbia, Zeljko Sertic, stated on the occasion of handing out the contracts at the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia that starting one's one business changed an individual's life and the lives of his family members and added that everyone should look up to them.
According to him, the biggest challenge is to take a risk and face the issues, and the state's job is to help entrepreneurs.
Through this project, the DAS supports the development of micro, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs. The project entailed education on starting and running a business, training for starting a business and preparation of a business plan, as well as grants for financing the best business ideas and mentoring of business entities in the early stages of development.
The program was implemented in two stages. In the first stage, 156 participants undertook free training. In the second stage, the participants applied for financial support with their own entrepreneurial ideas by implementing the knowledge gained at previous training courses.