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www.startup.si
Initiative Start:up Slovenia -
creating a vibrant Slovenian start-up community
Under the management of Vent...
www.startup.si
FINANCING
namely grants, equity and debt financing from public,
private and “mixed” sources. Each start-up ...
www.startup.si
Maribor
Ljubljana
Nova Gorica
Murska Sobota
Zagorje
Celje
Velenje
Ptuj
Novo
mesto
AUSTRIA
ITALY
CROATIA
BOS...
www.startup.si
The following are the key stakeholders and partners of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia:
a) Leadingorganisa...
www.startup.si
The Initiative Start:up Slovenia in figures
Every year, the results of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia are...
www.startup.si
Key national programmes
Start:up cities, which aim to activate talent in various parts of Slovenia and brin...
www.startup.si
Start:up cities
Entrepreneurial potential can be found in urban locations that offer state-of-the-art infra...
www.startup.si
Start:up of the Year and Start:up Schools
Competition Start:up of the Year is a multidimensional national p...
www.geekhouse.si
The Start:up Geek House – start-up accelerator
The Start:up Geek House accelerator (SGH accelerator) offe...
www.goglobal.si
The Go:Global Slovenia start-up accelerator
Most companies encounter difficulties when they come to the st...
www.podim.org
The international PODIM Conference
The international PODIM Conference is one of the largest conferences in t...
www.podim.org
Alastair Teare
Deloitte Central
Europe
Andrea Spiegel
Forbes
Ash Maurya
Running Lean
Cecile Baird
Firestartr...
www.startupalpeadria.eu
Start:up Alpe Adria and international collaboration
The Start:up Alpe Adria programme combines the...
www.startup.si
We are bringing the best together and building
a modern business environment
All educational programmes hav...
www.startup.si
Become a partner of the Initiative Start:up
Slovenia
Every year, the initiative Start:up Slovenia brings to...
www.startup.si
Matej Rus
Venture factory
matej.rus@irp.si
Blaž Kos
Iniciativa Start:up Slovenia
blaz.kos@geekhouse.si
Izto...
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Initiative Startup Slovenia Brochure

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Initiative Startup Slovenia Brochure with all our programs and activities for supporting startups in Slovenia - from funding, mentoring to infrastructure and help with international connections.

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  1. 1. www.startup.si Initiative Start:up Slovenia - creating a vibrant Slovenian start-up community Under the management of Venture Factory from Maribor and Technology Park Ljubljana, the Initiative Start:up Slovenia implements national programmes for encouraging entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activity within three target groups: entrepreneurial teams in the phase of designing their entrepreneurial idea, start-up companies, and companies undergoing fast global growth. These national programmes go back several years, are recognised as established national brands, but most importantly they link to and complement each other content-wise, which provides assistance and support to companies in all growth phases - from designing the idea to presence on international markets.
  2. 2. www.startup.si FINANCING namely grants, equity and debt financing from public, private and “mixed” sources. Each start-up company can acquire up to approximately 320,000 EUR of public funds for its growth and development, provided by the Slovene Enterprise Fund. SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT AND MENTORING in the form of educational programmes, mentoring, consulting and administrative support, entrepreneurial training and networking. Research shows that such support significantly increases the likelihood of companies succeeding. The network of mentors includes over 100 reputable entrepreneurs, businesspersons and managers, who advise and mentor companies. UNIFIED PROMOTION OF PROGRAMMES AND COMPANIES including attracting talent to Slovenia, which includes transparently and publicly selecting programme participants, monitoring and promoting them, and thus effectively monitoring the spending of public funds. A SUITABLE INFRASTRUCTURE (business premises) in the form of co-working facilities, incubators and technology parks, the primary purpose of which is to establish a community and environment with the appropriate values encouraging talent, technology, tolerance and transparency. Our several years’ of experience with implementing the programmes allows us to constantly develop and upgrade the programmes in light of global development best practices, as well as to implement them in different circles, ensuring excellent national coverage. This comprehensive and systematic support to start-ups is developed and implemented in a partnership with various organisations from the support and business environment. It encompasses the following elements: The Initiative Start:up Slovenia works according to the strategy listed in the Start:up Manifesto, which can be accessed at the following website: www.startup.si/startupmanifest
  3. 3. www.startup.si Maribor Ljubljana Nova Gorica Murska Sobota Zagorje Celje Velenje Ptuj Novo mesto AUSTRIA ITALY CROATIA BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA HUNGARY SERBIA SWITZERLAND ROMANIA BULGARIA SLOVAKIA CZECH REPUBLIC POLAND GERMANY KOSOVO MACEDONIA ALBANIA MONTE NEGRO SLO Tel Aviv Kuala Lumpur Shanghai Moscow A regional and international entrepreneurial network AlthoughtheInitiativeStart:upSloveniaismanagedbythestrategically-alignedVentureFactoryfromMariborandTechnology Park Ljubljana, it is an open platform that welcomes various organisations and individuals who wish to co-contribute to the vision of a dynamic entrepreneurial talent-friendly country and region. San Francisco New York Berlin London Paris Barcelona A list of all partner individuals and organisations can be found at the following website: www.startup.si. The website lists all the reputable partners and members of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia. Why not join us?
  4. 4. www.startup.si The following are the key stakeholders and partners of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia: a) LeadingorganisationsoftheSloveniansupportenvironment at various locations (Technology Park Ljubljana, Venture Factory from Maribor, Primorska Technology Park from Nova Gorica, Technology Park of Pomurje from Murska Sobota, Regional development centre Zasavje from Zagorje ob Savi, the Savinja region incubator from Celje) and associate members of the innovation support environment (SAŠA incubator from Velenje, Entrepreneurship incubator of Spodnje Podravje from Ptuj, Club of young entrepreneurs from Novo Mesto, etc.). b) Start:up entrepreneurs, whereby the leading innovative environment organisations bring together more than 400 successful companies with the potential for fast global growth. In addition, over 9,000 potential entrepreneurs annually participate in the events organised by members of the Initiative. c) Start:up mentors, who mentor, advise and share their contacts to help new start-ups achieve global breakthrough. Our network brings together more than 100 top mentors. d) Private investors, be it business angels or venture capital funds, who invest together with public funds of the Slovene Enterprise Fund and not only finance but also mentor their target companies (“smart money”). e) Large successful companies, which increase their innovation activities by actively collaborating with start-up companies and joining the innovation ecosystem. Both local companies and global multinationals are constantly joining the Initiative. f) Private organisations for encouraging entrepreneurship, such as start-up media platforms, private accelerators both in Slovenia and abroad, entrepreneurial training institutions and others. g) The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology together with the Slovene Enterprise Fund and the SPIRIT public agency. h) Other stakeholders, primarily knowledge institutions such as universities, public research institutions, private schools, as well as student societies, creative centres, co-working facilities and everyone else who believes in an innovative and entrepreneurial Slovenia and region. i) International partners, whose number has now exceeded 50, from all continents and who primarily represent various global start-up hubs and help us help companies achieve global growth and pursue their global agendas.
  5. 5. www.startup.si The Initiative Start:up Slovenia in figures Every year, the results of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia are more and more impressive, primarily because of national, regional, cross-border and global cooperation. This mainly refers to the cooperation in realising global trends of the smart specialisation of organizations and designing systematically-linked excellent services for relevant target groups. Key milestones in 2014: More detailed statistics can be found at the following website: www.startup.si/infographics. JointheInitiativeStart:upSlovenia–together,wecancontributetoanevenmoreentrepreneurialSloveniaandAlpe-Adriaregion,as wellastoabetterandmoredynamicstart-upecosystem.Wecanjoinforcestobuildnewinternationalconnectionsandcontribute to Slovenia and region assuming its place as a global business and entrepreneurial hub. More than 320 events organised all over Slovenia More than 9.000 potential entrepreneurs, participated in the events 9.000 More than 400 members (start-ups with high potential) we regularly and actively collaborate 400 More than 500 entrepreneurial consulting sessions provided to companies and entrepreneurial teams 500 Over 70 people using the co-working facilities of the initiative partners 70 More than 600 people from more than 10 countries participated at the regional international PODIM conference 10 320
  6. 6. www.startup.si Key national programmes Start:up cities, which aim to activate talent in various parts of Slovenia and bring together the local key stakeholders, are an important part of the main national entrepreneurial development programme of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia. They directly ensure smart specialisation in line with local characteristics as well as guarantee intense collaboration at a local level. Start:up Roadshows are also organised in all Start:up cities to present solutions for encouraging entrepreneurship, improving general motivation and promoting an entrepreneurial mind-set. Based on Start:up cities, the Initiative Start:up Slovenia and its partners organise three accelerator programmes, one for each company growth phase (addressing the different challenges of development and growth in each phase): Development phase Financing Programme Problem - solution fit Product - market fit Getting ready for global growth SPS P2 EUR 54,000 grant SPS SK75 EUR 75.000 convertible loan SPS SK200 + VC EUR 200.000 equity investment Start:up School Plus Start:up Geek House Go:Global Slovenia Successful entrepreneurial environments are becoming more globally connected and integrated. To this end, as part of the Start:up Alpe-Adria project, the Initiative Start:up Slovenia is closely linked to Slovenia’s neighbouring countries, while the international PODIM conference and our membership in associations such as the IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation) allows us to enter partnerships with other global entrepreneurial hubs. We already work with over 50 reputable partners, all of which are listed on the following websites: www.startup.si and www.podim.org.
  7. 7. www.startup.si Start:up cities Entrepreneurial potential can be found in urban locations that offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and educational centres as well as have a diverse cultural, scientific, art and sports offer. Slovenia boasts with many towns with well educated and daring talent, as well as rich historic and cultural offerings. That said, talented and entrepreneurial individuals are more and more demanding and are seeking a top offer comparable to that provided by other bigger cities all over the world. Start:up cities thus bring together the key local stakeholders who together design and transparently present top high-quality programmes in their local environments. The Start:up cities project is based on this philosophy and aims to awaken and involve entrepreneurial talent in national programmes. The project is already active at the following locations, with new locations joining on a regular basis: • Start:up Ljubljana - www.startupljubljana.si • Start:up Maribor - www.startupmaribor.si • Start:up Ptuj - www.startupptuj.si • Start:up Velenje - www.startupvelenje.si • Start:up Nova Gorica - coming soon • Start:up Murska sobota - coming soon • Start:up Celje - coming soon • Start:up Novo Mesto - coming soon Start:upCelje Start:upNovaGorica Start:upMurskaSobota Start:upNovoMesto Start:upPtuj Start:upLjubljana Start:upMaribor Start:upVelenje
  8. 8. www.startup.si Start:up of the Year and Start:up Schools Competition Start:up of the Year is a multidimensional national project for encouraging entrepreneurship. First and foremost it acts as the national competition Start:up of the Year, which is part of a broader national Start:up Slovenia campaign. The aim of the competition is to motivate talented individuals to launch companies. Every year, the competition recognises the best entrepreneurial teams, business models and start-ups in Slovenia, gives them professional support, connects them to investors and promotes them to the general public. Competition Start:up of the Year with the pre-selection process is also an accelerator for the earliest stages of looking for the problem-solution fit and works closely with the tender for the start-up grant P2 of the Slovene Enterprise Fund.. This strategic partnership began as early as in 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. In addition, Start:up Schools and Start:up Plus Schools are organised as part of the project, giving participants the opportunity to gain basic entrepreneurial skills and become a part of the national entrepreneurial community. For more information on the programme, see the following website: www.startup.si
  9. 9. www.geekhouse.si The Start:up Geek House – start-up accelerator The Start:up Geek House accelerator (SGH accelerator) offers access to “smart” capital and state-of-the-art entrepreneurial (lean start-up) skills to all individuals with innovative ideas and global ambitions. The SGH accelerator offers the following to companies looking for their “product-market fit”: A convertible loan in the amount of 75,000 EUR through the SK75 tender of the Slovene Enterprise Fund, participation in SGH Bootcamp (an extensive 3-month educational programme for acquiring the latest entrepreneurial skills for building lean and agile companies), working with and learning from top start-up mentors, use of “co-working” facilities, administrative and professional support, media recognition and promotion both in Slovenia and abroad, and assistance in searching for potential partners and customers internationally. In addition to its start-up accelerator, Start:up Geek House also offers “co-working” facilities in Start:up cities all over Slovenia. Start:up Geek House is a co-working space primarily intended for ambitious, daring, innovative and entrepreneurial talents with high value added skills who are working on a new venture. Anyone working on their prototype, minimum viable product (MVP), strategic plan, searching for their first customers or who has even begun operations but does not yet need their own office, can rent a desk at the Start:up Geek House. The Start:up Geek House is also an ideal solution for freelancers. See the following website for more information on the SGH accelerator: www.geekhouse.si. SK75 - 75,000 EUR SGH Bootcamp Start:up mentor Co-working space
  10. 10. www.goglobal.si The Go:Global Slovenia start-up accelerator Most companies encounter difficulties when they come to the stage of global growth. The Go:Global Slovenia start-up accelerator (GG accelerator) can provide answers to all key challenges posed by the fast growth of start-up companies. This accelerator provides start-ups that have already found their product-market fit everything necessary for successful fast global growth. The Go:Global Slovenia start-up accelerator offers everything any company needs to begin its fast international expansion – from capital to skills and international connections. The Go:Global Slovenia entrepreneurial accelerator offers 200,000 EUR of public equity investment of the Slovene Enterprise Fund, an investment preparation programme aimed at attracting global investors as well as a vast and systematic accompanying educational programme (Go:Global for Growth), where experienced entrepreneurs from Slovenia and abroad as well as personal start-up mentors help recipients of public funds professionally organise their companies. The project includes comprehensive administrative assistance, access to infrastructure all across Slovenia, access to a network of Slovenian and international investors, and active promotion both in Slovenia and abroad, together with access to various international global hubs. Inadditiontoitsentrepreneurialaccelerator,theGo:GlobalSloveniaprogrammealsoorganisesone-on-oneentrepreneurial mentoring and consultations, as well as meetings and advice concerning joining the best foreign accelerators such as Seedcamp, Y Combinator, Techstars and Wayra. For more information about the programme, see the following website: www.goglobal.si SK200 - 200,000 EUR Go:GlobalforGrowth Start:up mentor Global connections
  11. 11. www.podim.org The international PODIM Conference The international PODIM Conference is one of the largest conferences in the Alpe-Adria region and the leading Slovenian conference on entrepreneurship, which annually brings together all key stakeholders of the regional start-up entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a two-day extensive educational experience which will take place for the 35th time in 2015. In 2014, the conference was attended by over 600 participants from more than 10 countries. At the conference, reputable foreign and Slovenian guests host a series of roundtables, lectures and workshops, presenting the knowledge for building new start-up companies from both the scientific as well as practical point of view. For more information on the conference, see the following website: www.podim.org
  12. 12. www.podim.org Alastair Teare Deloitte Central Europe Andrea Spiegel Forbes Ash Maurya Running Lean Cecile Baird Firestartr in Product Design Guild Ciara Byrne tehnološka novinarka Gregory Bernarda Business Model Generation Team Jan Habermann Credo Ventures Jeff Skinner London Business School Laszo Czirjak iEurope Capital Mark Johnson Zite Max Gurvits Teres Capital Pekka Santeri Maki 3TS Capital Oliver Holle SpeedInvest Oren Michels Mashery Paddy Cosgrave F.ounders & Web Summit Raphael H Cohen HEC Rob Fitzpatrick Founder Centric Shira Abel Hunter & Bard Some of past PODIM Conference speakers - international entrepreneurial stars
  13. 13. www.startupalpeadria.eu Start:up Alpe Adria and international collaboration The Start:up Alpe Adria programme combines the Slovenian entrepreneurial hub with our neighbouring countries, from the mighty Alps to the warm and cosy Adriatic sea. Exchanging know-how, experience, entering foreign markets, and forming international teams are all goals of the Start:up Alpe Adria project, which is led by Slovenian as well by Austrian and Italian key organisations for encouraging entrepreneurship. The main activities of the Start:up Alpe Adria project include regional start-up weekends, a single promotional platform, common conferences and events and promoting the region as a global entrepreneurial hub. In addition to regional connections, the Initiative Start:up Slovenia is also actively involved in forging global connections with popular entrepreneurial hubs on all continents. Such links allow Slovenian companies to more easily and quickly enter markets abroad, as well as to attract international talent to Slovenia. Active international collaboration is the key and the main goal of the future activity and upgrading of the Slovenian start-up ecosystem. For more information, see www.startupalpeadria.eu
  14. 14. www.startup.si We are bringing the best together and building a modern business environment All educational programmes have one common thread: state-of-the-art entrepreneurial practices under the umbrella of “lean and agile entrepreneurship” methodologies. Another partner of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia is the initiative “Delaj Vitko” (Running Lean), which had prepared the Slovenian translation of the global bestseller Running Lean, written by Ash Maurya, who had also been the keynote speaker at the PODIM2014 conference. The book can be downloaded free on the following website: www.delajvitko.si. Thus the selection, assessment and training of start-ups takes place in accordance with the global best practices of Running Lean. In addition, the Hekovnik Institute, CEED, the Startaj.si media web portal, 30Lean and many other providers of entrepreneurial ecosystem services, are all partners of the Initiative. These theoretical bases and the lean framework are supplemented by consulting and mentoring provided by over 100 successful Slovenian and international entrepreneurs. Some of the mentors of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia Programmes
  15. 15. www.startup.si Become a partner of the Initiative Start:up Slovenia Every year, the initiative Start:up Slovenia brings together more and more individuals and organisations that believe in an entrepreneurial Slovenia and Alpe-Adria region that strongly support talented individuals, technological development, tolerance and transparency. You are also kindly invited to join us and thus: Contribute to the improvement and development of Slovenian, regional and global start-up environment Have access to more than 400 start-up highly promising companies from Slovenia as potential business partners Make your name stand out in front of more than 10,000 proactive and ambitious individuals from Slovenia and the region Become a partner of one of the largest conferences in the Alpe-Adria region and access new international connections Enjoy the ability to co-create the programme and participate at events organised by the Start:up Slovenia Initiative Work and create in the midst of entrepreneurial and pervasive people, and much, much more.
  16. 16. www.startup.si Matej Rus Venture factory matej.rus@irp.si Blaž Kos Iniciativa Start:up Slovenia blaz.kos@geekhouse.si Iztok Lesjak Technology park Ljubljana iztok.lesjak@tp-lj.si More information about the programmes and contact details Start:up cities • Start:up Ljubljana - www.startupljubljana.si • Start:up Maribor - www.startupmaribor.si • Start:up Ptuj - www.startupptuj.si • Start:up Velenje - www.startupvelenje.si • Start:up Nova Gorica - coming soon • Start:up Murska sobota - coming soon • Start:up Celje - coming soon • Start:up Novo Mesto - coming soon National programmes • Start:up Slovenia with the Start:up School - www.startup.si • The Start:up Geek House accelerator - www.geekhouse.si • The Go:Global Slovenia accelerator - www.goglobal.si • The international PODIM conference - www.podim.org • Start:up Alpe Adria and forging international connections - www.startupalpeadria.eu Contact details We are happy to provide additional information, answer your questions or listen to your comments at any time: The programmes of the leading organisations of the innovative environment are co-financed, connected and promoted by:

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