Restart operates as a business embassy for diaspora and other foreign companies by facilitating their investments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Restart’s mission is to foster new investments and new jobs in BiH by serving as a trusted broker, bringing together capital, know-how and companies from BiH and its diaspora.
Restart offers fully prepared “turnkey solutions”, including project concierge services for new investment setups with full legal and administrative transparency.
Working for a prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina
Restart was established in 2015 through the support of MarketMakers, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The main focus of cooperation was to establish a recognized brand under the name “Restart” and open an office with experts who would be able to offer a wide platform for a number of concrete projects designed to proactively reach out and utilize the full potential of Bosnian and Herzegovinian diaspora and other investors. Through the support of MarketMakers, and with funding from the SDC, Restart became an embassy of sorts for diaspora and other investors, handling their business requests and dealing with complicated legal procedures. Through this partnership, Restart and MarketMakers created a high-quality reference point for potential investments coming in from the diaspora network and their contacts around the world.
In 2017, Restart signed a five-year service subcontract as part of USAID’s Harnessing BiH Diaspora for Economic Development Activity – “Diaspora Invest.”
This project will create new job opportunities across a range of sectors through increased diaspora investment, with an emphasis on providing capital to viable, but underfunded, small- and medium-size firms and startups.
BAFA, a co-founder of Restart, is the most prominent organization of the American diaspora in Bosnia. It’s a membership-based community whose mission is to enhance human and social capital in both countries through the promotion of volunteerism, diversity and responsibility. BAFA started its work as a non-formal organization in 2011, but was officially registered in 2014. Throughout the past eight years, BAFA has organized 70 networking events. The networking of BAFA members helps companies find new clients and grow their businesses. 2014 and 2015 were good years for BAFA, during which it focused primarily on building the community and distributing information about important initiatives.
SEEBA, a co-founder of Restart, is a consulting company in Stockholm that provides services in the field of business and digital strategies. SEEBA supports its customers in developing sustainable business models and streamlining business processes based on experience, knowledge and through the adoption of digital tools. Clients include companies and organizations from the public and private sectors, from local municipalities and government agencies to small and medium enterprises. SEEBA acts as a business partner, providing complete support to business leaders in the digital transformation journey; this includes business development, entrepreneurial training, innovation fostering and investor management