As the first fintech company established with domestic capital, we at SN Finance know the value of early-stage financing for startups. It's important to invest in the growth of young people and their ideas to build a better future together. This is something that we take to heart, and we want to make a contribution to our community.
From our experience, we've seen that there's still an opinion that the best investment is in real estate. But we have some amazing success stories of young and smart people who have invented and innovated despite all the obstacles. It's important to recognize that there's potential in these startups, and we want to be a part of that growth process.
We were honored to be a part of the group of people who broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest Pitch Marathon. It was a high-profile event, a world event, and the feeling of being prepared to expect huge success was palpable. This event showed that there are ready investors who are willing to support early-stage startups by creating a shorter path to success.
But it's not just about breaking records; it's about recognizing the potential of these startups and providing them with the necessary resources and mentoring to become sustainable businesses. With the new digital technologies, we believe that Macedonia has a good chance to compete in the global market. The whole world is just a click away, and we need to take advantage of that opportunity.
In conclusion, we firmly believe that investing in early-stage startups is not just about personal satisfaction, but also about gaining the exchange of energy and ideas from young people. By recognizing and supporting the potential of these startups, we can build a better future for ourselves and our community.
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.
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 are making history for the extraordinary intellectual Macedonian startup community.
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.
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.
If you think you have a great business idea, you already have an advantage over your competition. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who firmly believe in their idea from the very beginning, relying solely on their knowledge and skills.
As founders and chief executive directors of the Business Accelerator UKIM, we continuously strive to support the most promising technology entrepreneurs, startups, spin-offs, and fast-growing companies through early-stage investments and tailored mentoring for product and technology development.
We continue with the success stories of our Longest Pitch Marathon winners.
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.
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.