Bosnia Business Model Competition Kicks Off for Chance to Win in Cash and Prizes

Gorazde and Sarajevo, BiH – Entrepreneurs and small businesses (SME’s) are invited to participate in the Bosnia StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. The program includes business model and pitch coaching along with an introduction to visual thinking tools to help accelerate go-to-market strategies. The Bosnia StartUp Cup Business Model Competition is open to any business idea. Business model submissions are open from April 13, 2015 thru May15, 2015 by11:59 PM Sarajevo Time, via the webpage. Participants will be competing for cash (to be announced soon) and prizes for the first, second, and third place.

This is the first year for the Bosnia StartUp Cup Business Model Competition, part of a growing global network of StartUp Cup Business Model Competitions.

Syed M. Kamal, an American Entrepreneur with several startup ventures in BiH, has brought StartUp Cup to Bosnia in partnership with,, and  While speaking about the benefits Bosnia StartUp Cup brings to the entrepreneurial landscape in BiH, Syed said, “Entrepreneurs and SME’s are rewarded for going to market, securing customers, and generating revenue as quickly as possible.”

Leila Hrelja, current Director of Gillani International d.o.o., and Project Manager of Bosnia StartUp Cup said that, “If you have recently started a business, come see how competing can help you get feedback and mentoring that can take your business to the Next Level of Success.”

The StartUp Cup Business Model Competition process was born in Silicon Valley and proven in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the past six years. The competition has been fine-tuned based upon feedback from participating entrepreneurs, judges, coaches, entrepreneurial services providers, and community leaders.


Entrepreneurs interested in submitting their Big Idea may go to for further information and to submit their business model for consideration.


  1. Hello,

    I am an owner of a spa centre in Sarajevo, Maab Spa Centre, which has over the last 8 years become one of the leading spas in the city.

    I have a business model that would take the spa to the next level but since I do not really qualify as a start up, can I still apply?

    Best regards,


    • Dear Alma;
      Glad to see you getting involved with the program.
      Bosnia StartUp Cup is here to help all kinds of entrepreneurial activities and also to help SME’s further develop and expand.
      Yes, you can submit your business model for expansion of the Spa.
      You should RSVP to attend the Kick-off event at IUS campus in Ilidza on April 28th (Tuesday) from 12:00-3:00 PM, to hear more about Bosnia StartUp Cup, attend Entrepreneurship training, and most importantly meet fellow entrepreneurs and Coaches/Mentors, to exchange and validate your ideas/plans for expansion of the Spa.
      We will be celebrating Entrepreneurs like you from all over BiH at the event.

      Please spread the word about the competition submission and the event on April 28th to other Entrepreneurs you know, and encourage them to RSVP as soon as possible, so we will have a good idea about attendance.


      -The Bosnia StartUp Cup team

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