IPKO Foundation is a local operating foundation in Kosovo. Our goal is to seed and support the development of the next generation.
We started in 2000 as the IPKO Institute, and from then on the organization was focused on creating and fostering an environment of technological innovation which would help Kosovo through training aspiring professionals in the tech world and would help Kosovo bridge the technological divide it faced at the time. In 2008, we gave all our educational programs to AUK, and were freed to focus on new challenges. Being renamed to “IPKO Foundation”, our focus was shifted towards investing in the future, next generations and in innovation.
Our goal is to seed and support the development of the next generation of leaders with a digital vision for Kosovo. These young leaders may come from any sector or discipline but are united in their embrace of technology, Internet and the information society. We do this through implementation of a wide scope of projects in the field of technology and innovation, including audiences from every age and background.
Some of our earliest projects included the launching of the CISCO Networking Academy in June 2001, with over 150 students at the beginning, enrolling a total of 500 students by the end of 2001. Seeing a need for management and soft skills, we also launched the Management Program: Introducing Modern Skills, which taught the participants management and soft skills, trying to introduce business and management in an environment where business was restarting and had not undergone change for 30 years.
After we focused our goals on investing in the future, we have undertaken several projects in addition to the Sponsorship Program, all of which contribute towards the digital vision for Kosovo and its next generation of digital leaders and innovators.