The Specific Support to Montenegro provides external advice and operational recommendations on how the country could develop its start-up ecosystem. Specifically, the expert panel will provide advice on the necessary legislative changes, the design of a functional startup support ecosystem model and the necessary funding schemes for startups and other actors of the ecosystem.
The objective of the PSF Specific Support to Montenegro, carried out by a panel of independent European Research and Innovation policy experts, is to provide tailored advice and concrete recommendations to help the Montenegrin government in three areas: • Creating a start-up friendly environment by addressing legislative barriers • Setting up funding schemes for start-ups • Developing a proposal for an organisational model for a functional start-up ecosystem
The kick-off meeting launched the support requested by Montenegro. During the meeting the panel of experts meet the representatives of Montenegro and discussed their policy objectives regarding the development of the startup ecosystem in the country and their expectations from the project. The PSF team includes independent European R&I policy experts from Poland, Slovenia, Finland, France.
The first facts finding country visit to Montenegro took place on 25-27 July 2018. During the mission, the PSF Panel met the Montenegrin authorities and representatives of startup, business and research community, SME support intermediaries, and other relevant stakeholders. The aim of the first mission was to get a better understanding of the current situation in the three focus areas, to make contacts to key stakeholders in the country and gather their views on how to tackle the focus areas; to collect information on possible solutions, options and their feasibility, and identify visions for change and the limitations of implementing them. The mission was organised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Science of Montenegro.