- Position: Foreign Startup - Ecosystems Liaison
- Organisation: Startup Macedonia
- Country: North Macedonia
Natasha Lazarovska - Trajcheski is an innovation and internationalization specialist, entrepreneurship supporter and a driver of ecosystem growth.
She’s been working on startup and innovation ecosystem development within the government’s Fund for Innovation and Technology Development in North Macedonia. She’s been closely involved with the Macedonian startup community as a contact person for making different connections and establishing partnership with national and international collaborators.
Mrs. Lazarovska-Trajcheski is also a Co-founder and Executive Board Member of Startup Macedonia, which is a collective of founders, experts, startup support organizations, and investors, that aim to connect the Macedonian startup community through a data – driven approach and encourage and help create favorable work environment for startups in the country. She is one of the co-authors of the first research for the Macedonian startup ecosystem „Connecting the Macedonian Startup Ecosystem”conducted by Startup Macedonia in April 2018, which was the base for further ecosystem development in the country.
She is passionate about co-creating solutions to the challenges the world is facing through the power of entrepreneurship. With years of experience in the industry she is mentoring and coaching startups in developing their businesses in numerous pre-acceleration and acceleration programs in the country and in the Netherlands. Besides being a mentor, she has been a jury member in various startup competitions such as Vestbee CEE Startup Challenge organized by CEE Business Angels Network, and Startup Funding Event in the Netherlands.
As a community builder she takes part in many local and regional initiatives and events including co-organizing Startup Europe Week, Founder Fireside chats in the Netherlands and HBGTECH in Sweden. Her expertise is in helping startups to grow, creation of soft-landing programs and internationalization, access to finance and intellectual property rights.
Before these undertakings, she served as a Legal Adviser for the Macedonian Ministry of Finance. Additionally, she has been a Steering Committee member for developing social entrepreneurship in North Macedonia by building/ implementing the right ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and fostering already established social businesses by providing them corporate support services.
Mrs. Lazarovska-Trajcheski has a legal background with specialization in international law (Cum Laude) and master degree in protection of intellectual property rights with double degree from the University of Strasbourg.
She was a World Chicago Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellow 2018, which is a prestige initiative by the U.S. State Department.
Currently, she is serving as a Foreign Ecosystems Liaison, building bridges with representatives from the Dutch ecosystem and opening doors for Macedonian startups in the Benelux region. Also, she is a Program Manager at TNW Spaces in Amsterdam helping companies to grow their businesses nationally and internationally by providing them with the right expertise, community and network.