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MISSION

Our mission is to support projects that make Kosovo a better place to live. KOSOVA ideas helps artists, social and green activists to realise their projects in Kosovo. KOSOVA ideas is the first crowdfunding platform 100% committed to projects in all fields of art & culture, civic engagement and sustainability realized in and for Kosovo.

PEOPLE

The platform under www.kosovaideas.com was build and financed by the three co-founder

Georg Fankhauser

Georg Fankhauser

Georg shaped the vision of KOSOVA ideas inspired by eight years of motivating project experiences in Kosovo and his commitment for GjakovaBasel NGO, where he is co-founder and chairman. Born 1950 and grown up in Basel, he visited 12 years Rudolf Steiner School and finished his studies at the University of Basel with a master (lc. rer. pol.) in economy in 1980. He began his professional career with F. Hoffman – la Roche, ROCHE vitamines and fine chemicals, as assistant to divisional management, later regional and product manager and then globally responsable for ciric assid and citrates (1984-86). 1986 he entered Remaco Merger AG, M&A and COFI, became partner and co-owner and realized in 25 years more than 100 transactions. From 2000-2011 he was investment manager for the private equity fond New Energies Invest AG of Bank Sarasin & Cie AG. From 1989 to 2012 he acted as board member in various companies such as Held AG, Proma Energie AG, Edisun Power AG, an das chairman at Solarwatt AG, Dresden and Weleda AG (group), Arlesheim , Switzerland. 2006 he created the music foundation Pirolo. He loves music (classic, jazz, folk, tango), cello and bass, horse riding, organic farming and history. He is married, has two adult childern and four grandchildren.

Vllaznim Xhiha

Vllaznim Xhiha

Vllaznim Xhiha is co-founder of the Foundation “UNE E DU KOSOVEN” based in Prishtina. The major focus of the Foundation is on supporting initiatives and projects to transform education, promote arts and crafts, and sports. Xhiha holds a master’s degree (1976) in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He began his professional career as an assistant and lecturer at the Technical Institute of Technology of Prishtina (1976–1982). From 1981–1985, he was member of the supervising engineers team for the construction of the water treatment plant and water distribution network for the city of Prishtina. In the period 1985-1992 he worked for the Swiss based company Invertomatic SA. In 1993 he has co-founded the Swiss based Company Newave Energy and was its CEO from 1993-2010. Since its successful IPO on the Swiss stock exchange in 2007, he was also member of the Board and in the last two years he was Chairman of Newave Energy. In 2011 Newave Energy was acquired by ABB. Xhiha is Board Member of RIT Kosovo (AUK) since 2014. Chairman of the Board of Directors of RUGOVE shpk. since 2008. He established in 2014 the Maker-Space BONEVET in Gjakov and founded EYE (Encouraging Young Entrepreneurs) in 2011, a Kosovo based company, to support young entrepreneurs in setting their own successful companies.

Mentor Sahiti

Mentor Sahiti

Founder and CEO at Adaptivit, an innovative software company. Dedicated vividly to building a professional and efficient education system that would set off the premises for development in Kosovo by empowering the youngsters. With this in mind and facing the problem of shortage of skilled labour we developed a practical on-the-job training for software engineers in Kosovo. Mentor is currently responsible for strategic development and international expansion of the company cooperating with companies and key actors in the DACH region. In addition, he is involved in academia and as a consultant in supporting and advising young entrepreneurs, and as a Chairman of the Board of STIKK - Kosovo ICT Association, and Board Member at KDWV – German-Kosovar Chamber of Commerce, through them contributing to improvement of the IT and business community in Kosovo. He believes in community initiatives and engagement, Crowdfunding is a great way to empower people in Kosova.

STRUCTURE

Two legal entities created and controlled by the founders are based and registered in Switzerland:

a) KOSOVA ideas (Verein/association) is a not for profit NGO in Basel, Switzerland registered under CHE-181.369.863.

The NGO is tax exempt itself and donations are tax-deductible according to law and regulations of the Kanton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland.

This entity owns the domain www.kosovaideas.com, collects funds for projects from bakers and distributes them according to our rules to the project owners.

b) KOSOVA ideas GmbH, registered under CHE-352.516.867, develops and manages the platform, recruits staff, takes on board partners, invests in necessary software and infrastructure and reinvests any profits to further develop and promote the platform www.kosovaideas.com

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS

All funds received from bakers for a specific project are distributed as follows:

90% to the project owner

10% to KOSOVA ideas GmbH allowing to cover related bank transfer cost (3 – 6%) and the remaining 4 – 7% to cover the cost to run, manage, develop and promote the platform.

PARTNERS

We are supported by the following partners:

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We are interested to partner with institutions, NGOs, foundations etc., in- and outside Kosovo, who want to support our crowdfunding platform.

CURATING PARTNERS

At present the following partners act as curating partners in their field:

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We are interested to partner with institutions, NGOs, foundations etc., in- and outside Kosovo, who want to support our crowdfunding platform as a curating partner.

SUPPORT

Support for users, bakers, project owners, partners and curating partners is provided under HELP INFORMATION in this website, but also via email and telephone according CONTACT US in the footer. Users can also get assistance at the physical help desk at our

KOSOVA ideas HUB , Logo according to brandbook in Gjakova, Kosovo. The HUB combines the local GjakovaBasel office with a co-working space and help-desk for projects. It is run by GjakovaBasel NGO and support is provided by

 
Diana Nokaj

Diana Nokaj

Project Coordinator

Contact: diana.nokaj@gjakovabasel.com

 
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Assistant

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The KOSOVA ideas HUB in Gjakova is the first and only in Kosovo to start with. If users show interest in such physical touch points and if we find local partners, we are keen to cooperate to this kind of support and encouragement in other regions of Kosovo as soon as possible.