Incubators or Tech Parks

Venture factory, Business incubator of University of Maribor

Quick facts

Location: Slovenia
Size: 500
Members: 12
Established: 2001
Web: Home page

More about organisation:

University Incubator Venture Factory is an important element of the innovation ecosystem of University of Maribor focused on promotion in support of entrepreneurial engagement of students, researchers, professors at the University of Maribor as well as other innovative individuals.
Venture Factory operates within the pillar "Entrepreneurship in innovation" in the auspices of consortium RAZ: UM, formed by the University of Maribor. The Pillar offers the consortium partners excellent programs and services which aim to promote and protect intellectual property in finding solutions for its successful commercialization within the framework of cooperation with existing companies (licensing, sales and intellectual property rights, contract research in research in collaboration with industry) and the establishment of the development of new start-up companies (especially spin-out in the spin-off companies).
Factory undertakings within the consortium implements programs to promote entrepreneurship, consulting to (potential) entrepreneurs and start-ups (spin-off in the spin-out). In the promotional entrepreneurship Venture Faculty is running regional events in the scope of Start:up Maribor and national events in the scope of Initiative Start:up Slovenia. Venture Factory team provides to the entrepreneurs consultancy services within the Center for business planning with the aim of providing consultancy and mentorship in the field of business idea development, business model, market analysis, marketing strategy, networking with business investors, assistance in global market penetration, …


Key highlights:

  • University incubator and coworking space with focus on spin-offs from University Maribor
  • Regional and national stakeholder for promotion of entrepreneurship
  • Founder of Start:up Maribor, Initiative Start:up Slovenia and PODIM conference
  • Organiser of Start:up of the Year competition
  • MIC Network Business Award

Offer for startups:

  • Infrastructure (coworking spaces, office, multimedia room)
  • Center for business development
  • Start:up Geek House programme
  • Consultancy for investment readiness and entering foreign markets
  • Various discount tariffs for partner services

More info about organisation activities:

Organisation’s programmes:
  • Center for business development
  • Start:up Geek House programme
  • Incubator consultancy programme 
 Organisation’s events:
  • Start:up Maribor and Roadshow Maribor
  • Start:up Müsli
  • Start:up of the Year competition
  • Imagine Cup
  • Itime+
  • PODIM – international conference on leading conferences on entrepreneurship and innovation in the Alpe - Adria Region

Statement: “The purpose of IRP Institute for Entrepreneurship Research (Business incubator of University of Maribor) is to educate and support entrepreneurs and to contribute to a better understanding of entrepreneurial processes. University business incubator - Venture factory is assigned for examining enterprise ideas of students, researchers and professors also and also for complete support of university spin off companies in their initial phase of development.” – Jure Verhovnik