The SmartUp – Social Innovation Lab acts as an eco-system builder connecting different stakeholders to promote and develop social innovation thus building a society that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
SmartUp is the flagship institution for developing social innovations and supporting social innovators and entrepreneurs that generate impact.
Foundation of the SmartUp
SmartUp Social Innovation Lab was established June 2014. It began its work as a platform for support and development of the ICT culture and affirmation of the entrepreneurship in Macedonia. With its strong focus on education and development of young individuals in the fields of IT and entrepreneurship for youth prosperity, SmartUp becomes contributing members of society.
The main goal of the organization was to help the youth develop their passion and skills in order to acquire a competitive advantage on the marketplace and help them connect with young driven individuals with similar passions and ideas. SmartUp end goal was these very same individuals to become the new leaders of IT business and innovations in tomorrow`s European society.
SmartUp first steps
To achieve its vision and mission, SmartUp was: encouraging creative, intelligent risk-taking; providing practical business experience; increasing the awareness and the overall knowledge for IT amongst young people and create competitive professional abilities and work skills; encouraging IT entrepreneurship in young people; connecting communities and young people through a process of networking and entrepreneurship; educating training and overall work with young people in the direction of creative and social entrepreneurship; mediate and stimulate starting and realization of own business aka Startups; promotion and opening of IT start ups; providing networking events, trainings and seminars for young IT experts and start up enthusiasts to creating charity fundraising events; creating campaigns as a means of raising awareness to certain social problems such as high unemployment rate, stigmatization, not enough informal education among young people and so on.
Year of events
SmartUp New Goals
Today the Lab has widened its scope of work, acting as an eco-system builder that connects different stakeholders to promote and develop (social) innovations that contribute towards socially, environmentally and economically sustainable society. As a flagship institution for developing (social) innovations, the lab main mission is to support, inspire and empower people, organizations, social innovators and entrepreneurs to generate impact by solving emerging societal challenges.
Our 2020 Vision
Jasmina Belcovska Tasevska
Social Innovation Expert
Associate Professor at FCSE