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How long is the BIESS program?

The program spans 1 week. Each day is divided equally between in-depth entrepreneurship and business theory, 21st century challenges and hand-on training with group work and activities on a venture creation process.

What are the admissions criteria for BIESS?

We accept only the most exceptional candidates. We are looking for candidates who are driven, motivated and passionate, and who want to make a societal impact. Candidates must be able to work well in a team and be willing to learn and support their peers.

Can I work full time during the program?

BIESS is a one-week full time program for people who are looking to create their own venture or develop their skills as employees. The studies are intensive and require dedication and energy. Therefore it would not be possible to work during the week of the program.

I haven’t finished my undergraduate degree. Can I apply to IDC Beyond?

Yes, but you must have completed your high-school studies.

What types of people make up the BIESS student body?

The program will create heterogeneous teams of individuals from many different backgrounds, countries, and various disciplines. We believe that combining multiple perspectives is important when integrating ideas and has a higher chance of success than homogenous teams.</p> <p>The group assembled for the BIESS program will be both culturally and professionally diverse. Culturally, the group will comprise about 25 participants from Albania alongside 15 participants from Kosovo, and 10 students from Balkan countries such as Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia.<br /> Professionally, participants will come from various fields, such as natural sciences, life sciences, engineering, computer science, law, business, communications, graphic design, the arts and humanities.

What is the cost of the program?

The basic tuition for the BIESS program is €50 (Albanian & Kosovo students) and €100 (international students). This fee includes accommodation, meals, study materials, social program, and transportation during the program.

Are there any scholarships available?

BIESS provides merit-based and needs-based scholarships. BIESS also offers a number of scholarships for outstanding candidates or for candidates that cannot afford tuition. For more information, please contact info@biess.org.al.

Does the entire program take place on the BIESS campus at the Hertz Building?

No. Although all the courses, workshops and the bulk of the teamwork will be on campus, there will be a two-day company visit trip to Kosovo.

Will I receive a degree at the end the program?

BIESS is a certificate granting academic program. Focusing on entrepreneurship and venture creation the program does not grant academic degrees. However, because it is an academic environment, students will meet with professors from International universities and have a chance to discuss future plans for their academic program.

What happens with our ventures once the program has ended? Is there a possibility to continue with it? Will BIESS support us?

Once the program ends, each team is welcome and encouraged to continue with their venture. The outstanding teams that have presented a prototype or proof of concept by the end of the program, will have met with investors, mentors, and heads of accelerator programs who may very well support them financially as well as in terms of resources in properly developing their business.

Can you tell me more about the faculty of BIESS?

BIESS is by Gregg Fairbrothers (Founder and former director, Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network; Founder and former chair, Dartmouth Regional Technology Center0, Catalina Gorla (Entrepreneur and Dartmouth University Alum), Gazmend Haxhia (Albanian Multi-business owner and Columbia University Alum) and more. Members of the faculty are leading academics in their fields of research in the U.S., Denmark, Slovenia, and more. In addition to top professors, participants will also work closely with and be exposed to leading mentors and professionals from the various relevant industries in the region.

When does registration open? When does it close?

Registration closes on July 30, 2016.

If I have any questions, who can I contact?

If you any questions, please contact info@biess.org.al.