Entrepreneur interview: LE ARCH 3D

LE ARCH 3D is a startup from Kosovo in 3D printing and has won the Spring Challenge Kosovo. BiD Network interviewed Leana Mahmuti, founder of the company.

Hi Leana, can you tell us a bit more about what kind of business you have?

LE ARCH 3D has brought innovation to Kosovo by offering 3D printing services and thereby making it possible to increase presentation and promotion of architectural projects, for instance by testing models before production and by offering access to accessories in every shape and color. Models can be 3D printed in high quality, of any structure or shape, with precise detailing up to 0.1mm.

3D printing is a process that creates a 3dimensional object from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. The process is different from traditional model making, which usually consumes a lot of materials and costs a lot of time to assemble.

Can you explain how you started your business?

I had the idea to start something new and innovative that could be connected with architecture and design, as well as the potential to expand the business to other fields that offer possibilities for 3D printing.

How did you get into contact with BiD Network?

Through the Business Support Centre Kosovo (BSCK).

What is the added value of the BSCK and BiD Network?

BSCK offered me entrepreneurship courses and marketing support, while BiD Network gave me the chance to travel to the Netherlands to have B2B meetings as well as receiving coaching and advanced training in business plan writing and meeting with angel investors. Both BSCK and BiD Network have been a support in educative matters and gave me the opportunity to create new connections.

Did you have any benefit from uploading your business plan on the BiD Network platform?

Yes, in general I could see and understand the main priorities to writing a business plan, even though it took more time than expected.

How did you benefit from your business trip to the Netherlands?

The trainings in general were very helpful; they gave me a brighter vision about my business and I was able to seek more opportunities for expanding my business after I came back from the trip.

Where did you get finance for your business?

I received a bank loan and grant support and I had personal savings.

What are the other needs your business currently has?

A new location, investing in more 3D printing machines and employing more people.

What do you like most about having your own business?

The challenges it brings along, the creation of new opportunities and it brings a lot of variation.