Are there chances for prosperity in Macedonia for every young person who sees their future here, instead of outside it? Of course, yes. The only thing they have to do is take advantage of the open opportunities offered to them.
One such event where young people got the opportunity to present their ideas and at the same time create an opportunity to open their own business by receiving an investment of 25,000 euros was the Longest pitch marathon.
One of the five winners of the Longest pitch marathon who received an investment of 25,000 euros is Stefan Savevski and his CryptEarn team. Read more about Stefan and his experience at the event in the continuation of this blog post.
"Freelancing definitely. Of course, it is not a single experience but a set of experiences that pile on each other. Daily communication with clients for more than 5 years made me read, learn, and research about the business world. It was here that I actually realized that I had all the necessary qualifications to enter the business world, and by winning the Longest Pitch Marathon, that turned out to be true. Of course, there is also the effort of my friends who wanted to join a crazy idea."
"Our idea is to make a platform where crypto investors and play-to-earn gamers can connect. In order to play the new crypto games like Axie Infinity, players need to have their NFT crypto characters to start. In countries like Macedonia, Venezuela, and the Philippines, it is quite expensive. On the other hand, investors who have more money can buy these crypto characters and rent them out for a portion of the profits earned in the games. At the end of the day, all parties get money, i.e., crypto tokens."
"30-hour socializing, meeting new people, listening to advice, and learning from the best people from Macedonia's business sector."
"There have been too many, but if I had to pick one, it would be to not be afraid to pivot and listen to someone who knows more than you. We thought we were ready with a fantastic presentation, and a few hours before the pitch, we received some constructive criticism. Instead of sticking to the plan, we took a completely new approach, a new presentation, and that led us to victory. Don't be afraid to listen to someone who knows more than you."
"We are already actively working on the project and laying the foundations of something that seemed impossible to us a few months ago. Every day we learn and take small but important steps in the right direction."
What did we learn from the conversation with Stefan?
Research and set goals that you want to achieve. Persistence and patience will play a big role here, but the end result will not be absent.
As the founder of Networker, a company that directly deals with the development of startups, I firmly believe in the next generation of Macedonian businesses that can shape the world. It is precisely for this reason that we appeared as an organizer and investor at the Longest pitch marathon event, where investments were made in the business idea phase for the first time.
As founders of Widnet Solutions, Darko Micskoski and Miroslav Draganov actively participated in the Longest Pitch Marathon with the goal of finding and supporting the most innovative domestic startup ideas.
Being an entrepreneur means being creative, persistent, and ready to take risks, while never letting your fears limit you from achieving what you want. Clapsify, a young team of talents who managed to secure an investment of 25,000 euros at this year's Longest Pitch Marathon, is proof of possessing all these characteristics.
As a banker and private investor, I have always sought out companies and businesses that share my values of creating a better and sustainable future for everyone. Over five years ago, I began investing in the 10 best Macedonian companies, which allowed me to feel the satisfaction of impacting someone's business idea.
How many young people haven't dreamed of being successful and achieving most of their goals at a young age? And how many adults have looked back and wondered why a certain event didn't happen differently, or why they made the wrong decision about this or that?
We continue with the success stories of our Longest Pitch Marathon winners.
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