European Innovation Academy Porto, Portugal JULY 16 – AUGUST 4, 2023

European Innovation Academy Porto, Portugal JULY 16 – AUGUST 4, 2023

Call for young professionals, students and recent graduates from the Western Balkans!

Do you want to start a new, innovative project/business and learn about the most recent developments in entrepreneurship?

Are you a national of the Western Balkans and currently residing there?

Do you have a good level of English?

Are you 18 to 25?

We are looking for you!

Start your career journey with one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship summer programs for students –  European Innovation Academy (EIA) in Porto, Portugal, from July 16 to August 4, 2023. Find out more about the program here.



The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) offers 30 full-paid scholarships to students, young professionals, and start-uppers from the Western Balkans. Selected finalists will be immersed in a multicultural ecosystem with professionals and mentors from the world’s top institutions, including business leaders from the US, Europe, and Asia, that will help talents emerge and make a difference.


This initiative is an integral component of the engagement of the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) in the field of human capital development, in line with the OSCE mandate and commitments.

For further information, please contact the closest OSCE Field Operation or the local branch office of RYCO or send an email to


Applications are open from April 18 to May 7, 2023 (23:59 CET).

The scholarship covers the tuition fee of 1699 EUR (including the 15-day program, mentorship, speaker sessions, tools, networking events, 6 ECTS, etc.), traveling, and accommodation costs. Female candidates are encouraged to apply –  50% of places are reserved for them.


To apply, candidates must fill in the EIA registration form and submit their CV and a video pitch of their business idea of not more than 3 minutes in English. Preference will be accorded to ideas for socially and environmentally impactful businesses, particularly in the field of employment/training, sustainable transport, sustainable tourism, waste management, energy, sustainable agriculture, and pollution reduction.

The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, peace, and democracy for more than a billion people, through political dialogue about shared values and through practical work that makes a lasting difference. You can read more about OSCE HERE.

The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), established on 4 July 2016, is an independently functioning institutional mechanism, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the Western Balkans’ region through youth exchange programs. You can read more about RYCO HERE