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We present you the entrepreneur Branka Jelić who deals with the creation of websites and online shops and her startup BPixels, which she launched within the EU4Business project funded by the European Union.

Branka graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, majoring in spatial planning, but due to the situation on the labour market, she decided to retrain in the field of web design. Although she has been providing web design services for four years, this year she decided to try her hand at entrepreneurial waters on her own.

“Every company or organization needs a quality website, whether it is a small business that employs one person or a large one that employs several hundred people. If you want potential clients to take you seriously, you need to have a quality and professional website. Whether you are engaged in service activities or selling eco products, the website is your window to the world and through it, you reach those who are your end-users or those to whom you offer your services or sell your products. We strive to create websites that will be easy for end-users to use and allow them easily to find what they came to the site for (these can be contact information, information about goods and services, references, etc.). According to the wishes of our clients, we also create multilingual variants of websites “, says Branka.

After realizing that most companies and organizations do not have a website or the existing ones need a redesign, Branka decided to start her own business. She found out about the program “Support for starting STARTUP in the field of IT”, which is being implemented within the EU4Business project, through the Innovation Center Banja Luka and decided to apply.

In addition to financial support in the form of procurement of equipment, Branka attended training “Start and improve your business”, that is conducting following the methodology of the International Labor Organization.

“For someone who has not finished economics, and is entering entrepreneurial waters, training related to running a business and learning about laws and rules are very important. In addition to expert advice, I also created a business plan, which was positively evaluated in the final presentation. I am extremely grateful to coach Drago Gverić, who explained to us through numerous examples the development of a business plan, but also numerous rules concerning the business itself. In addition to the wonderful experience and knowledge at the training, I also made friends, who further beautified the entire period of study,” Branka points out.

Branka Jelic’s business idea was financially and professionally supported through the project “Support for starting STARTUP in the field of IT”, which is being implemented within the EU4Busines project – for a competitive and innovative domestic economy. Intending to strengthen the BiH economy, EU4Business encourages the development of entrepreneurship, export-oriented sectors, tourism and agriculture, as well as rural development. EU4Business is worth € 16.1 million and is jointly funded by the European Union (€ 15 million) and the Federal Republic of Germany (€ 1.1 million). The project is being implemented jointly by GIZ, ILO and UNDP, from April 2018 to March 2022.

The project “Support for launching STARTUP in the field of IT” is implemented by the Local Partnership Banja Luka consisting of the City Development Agency Banja Luka, City of Banja Luka, Innovation Center Banja Luka – ICBL, Employment Service of RS – Banja Luka Branch, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, companies “Blok Projekt” doo, “Ad Lab” sp, “Media Lab” doo, Telegroup doo and the Bit Alliance and Republika Srpska Business Women’s Club.

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