januar 2017


The tiniest and thinnest Bluetooth trackers in the world are Chipolo’s new products!

At the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show that took place from 5 to 8 January 2017 in Las Vegas, Chipolo introduced two new products – Chipolo Sticker in Chipolo Clip. Being smaller and thinner than any competitor on the market, they change the role of Bluetooth trackers, which can now be used on smaller and thinner items like glasses, wallet or personal documents. Besides spreading the line of their innovative products, Chipolo (recipient of Slovene Enterprise Fund’s SK200 investment) is also launching its Chipolo Platform, which allows companies to integrate the power of the smart location in their products, and connect them into Chipolo’s network of lost items.


MedicoApps team impressing pilots across the world!

FlySentinel is a prestigious wristwatch for pilots and simultaneously the first monitoring system in the world that measures their psychophysical state and different parameters in the environment during the flight. The smart device identifies potential risks and informs the pilot, advises them what to do to solve the problem, and in case of an accident, it can also send a distress call and communicate the GPS location.


Doctrina Raises €1,020,000 of New Capital

Doctrina, a start-up company transforming the traditional transfer of knowledge between pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies, has raised a total of €1,020,000 in series A funding. The investment will enable Doctrina to execute its growth plans and scale its solution to new markets.


Tibopo – creator of the mDRIVE system and startup of the year 2015 received a Privacy Ambassador award!

This year’s recipient of the Privacy Ambassador award is the startup company Tibopo, developer of the mDrive system and recipient of the title Slovenian Startup of the Year 2015, which is ceremoniously announced by the Initiative Start:up Slovenia every year at the PODIM Conference.


februar 2017


Iskratel is planning to invest 5,000,000 € into promising startups from the region in the next five years!

Slovenian established companies are strongly increasing their activities in the field of collaborating and investing into promising startups from Slovenia and the region! After the industrial giant Kolektor Group presented their investment fund Kolektor Ventures last year at the PODIM Conference, the Kranj-based Iskratel revealed its plans for a newly founded investment fund Iskratel startup at the press conference on Tuesday. They also announced partnership collaboration at this year’s PODIM Conference and presented the investment criteria and details of their first startup investment.


Start:up Slovenia under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology joined the Visegrad partnership for building a collective regional startup platform

On Tuesday, the delegation of the minister of economic development and technology Zdravko Počivalšek traveled to Budapest for bilateral talks with the Hungarian minister of national economy Mihály Varga, and was joined by Matej Rus, head of Initiative Start:up Slovenia. The main purpose of his attendance was to join the partnership for building a collective regional startup platform, which was originally joined by four countries of the Visegrad Group – Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and associate members Austria and Germany.


New 3D printer of the Pel3o team already exciting new users!

Pel3o, an innovative Slovenian startup in the field of desktop 3D-printers and Slovene Enterprise Fund’s SK75 investment recipient, introduced the new improved 3D-printer Lov3DII at the start of February. After introducing the printer to the public, they already got the first excited reactions and enquiries, because it’s an excellent tool for users who work in industrial design and plastic mass, but at the same time the printer is also accessible to all enthusiasts for new 3D-print technologies.


Who joined forces in the CorpoHub and why is this good news for startups?

February marks the beginning of operations for CorpoHub, a company focused on effective innovation and agile transformation inside bigger companies. CorpoHub came to existence by joining the knowledge and portfolios of 30Lean, Agilspot and the work of the BIC Business Intelligence Centre. It consists of experienced and dynamic work of experts, consultants, entrepreneurs – Matej Golob, Lojze Bertoncelj, Voranc Kutnik and Daniela Bervar Kotolenko.


How much does my word count, what is whose, and who is truly in charge?

Human resource management sounds like a thing that only “dinosaur” corporations deal with. But this is of course not the case, because it is in startup companies where people are the most important for realizing an idea, and we can only form a winning startup team with clear communication and clearly-defined tasks, roles and expectations! These were the words of the doctor of psychology and CEO of HRM Maja Fesel Kamenik at the lecture on forming and managing teams, intended for winter bootcamp participants who received Slovene Enterprise Fund’s SK75 investment last autumn. This is how she accompanied them on the path to harmonious work and creation with the first co-workers and an optimal process of coordinating team growth.


Guys from Apple and HoloLens are coming to PODIM this year!

While unstoppable Slovenian skiers have been collecting excellent sports results this winter, the PODIM team has been collecting excellent speakers who will make this year’s PODIM Conference an unforgettable experience with great value for all attendees! Globally recognized entrepreneurs, investors, managers and corporate representatives who will join us this year also include Chuck Goldman and Michael Nassirian, former bosses from Apple and Microsoft’s HoloLens, Sunil Sharma, one of the most visible Canadian investors, Rina Onur Sirinoglu, well-known Turkish entrepreneur and leading partner in 500 Startups Istanbul, and many other top-notch speakers. So mark your calendars – we’ll see each other at PODIM, the biggest and most influential startup conference in the Alps-Adriatic region, on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Maribor, in the Habakuk Hotel under Pohorje.


marec 2017


We are starting the tenth Start:up Slovenia and announcing the new round of P2, SK75 and SK200 financing!

The already sixth investment round SK75 and SK200 of Slovene Enterprise Fund and the tenth edition of the competition Start:up Slovenia with P2 will be presented in detail at Forum 100% Startup this spring once again. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, 14 March, in Technology Park Ljubljana and we will simultaneously carry out a series of nine roadshow events that will happen from 9 to 17 March in Celje, Velenje, Kranj, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Nova Gorica, Koper, Slovenj Gradec and Novo mesto. We suggest that you also mark 22 March 2017 in your calendars for applying to the pre-selection procedure for the competition Start:up Slovenia with P2 and obtaining SK75 and SK200 investments!


maj 2017

5. MAJ

Startup Live Trieste: in 54 hours from an idea to a pitch!

Register now for Startup Live event in Trieste – your chance to see what you and your team can perfect in 54 hours with the help of top mentors, investors and other enthusiasts. You’ll start on Friday, 26. April with a glimpse of an idea, which you will then present in front of a jury on Sunday afternoon, 28. April, and convince them, that you have a unicorn in your hands.


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20.12.2016 Smart heating controller accepted into the German accelerator Kraftwerk 19.12.2016 Platform SEOVISOR also available for marketing activities in the US 6.12.2016 Team EqualEyes once again among winners of TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London! 2.12.2016 Announcing the best startups in Central-Eastern Europe! 29.11.2016 Are you coming to the grand finale of CESA 2016? We are anticipating a resounding Slovenian victory! 26.11.2016 Bootcamp SK75 - how to catch the right perspective of the forest and trees? 26.11.2016 Bootcamp got real with SK200 startups - mostly about the importance of sales, business planning and the difficulty of entering foreign markets! 21.11.2016 We discovered the secret code and unlocked the treasury of rich knowledge and experiences of all SK generations! 18.11.2016 See you at the Slovenian selection for the esteemed Central European Startup Awards 2016! 17.11.2016 ADORA MED earned a silver medal at the esteemed health tech competition in Switzerland! 14.11.2016 Slovenia will be represented by 11 national startup stars at the Central European Startup Awards 2016 Grand Finale! 29.10.2016 High-impact Slovenian innovation KumuluzEE awarded the prestigious Java Oscar 15.10.2016 Business Angels of Slovenia are inviting you to European Venture Summit 2016 and covering some of the costs! 14.10.2016 Visiting Copenhagen with the Austrian Slovenian startup delegation 6.10.2016 Chipolo and their new smart keychain Chipolo Plus once again jumping ahead of the global competition! 29.9.2016 A bridge between Slovenia and the US has been built! 28.9.2016 Business Angel Conference EBAN Winter University 2016 with the pitching competition Zagreb Connect Investment conference Coinvest is joining forces with EBAN Winter University 2016 15.9.2016 HighTech XL Accelerator is looking for Slovenian hardware visionaries 15.9.2016 Nominations for prestigious Central European Awards are open! Nominate your startup heroes and heroines 12.9.2016 Zemanta is celebrating and employing! 8.9.2016 Membership in the European Startup Network and a new overview of the Slovenian startup ecosystem! 5.9.2016 In Brussels we will co-create effective measures for startups on the European level! 16.8.2016 Do you want to work in Chile? Apply for the programme Start-up Chile! 7.8.2016 Construction corporation BOUYGUES wishes to collaborate with future office startups! 4.8.2016 Marko Filej is looking for new team members for growth hacking, sales and marketing of the OnlineGym4me platform 25.7.2016 ABC Accelerator is expanding to Munich and Silicon Valley, then to India next year 27.6.2016 VIAR is going to Seattle and expanding its team! 14.6.2016 Register for Deloitte’s Competition for fastest-growing tech companies in Central Europe 13.6.2016 Invoice Exchange thrilled investors at Wolves Summit and PODIM, will also win at CONDA! 10.6.2016 PODIM = Energy + Networking + Learning + Alpe-Adria 12.5.2016 GoAvio is the Startup of the Year 2016! 11.5.2016 German insurance giant ERGO invested into Eurosender! 14.4.2016 Have you already applied for PODIM Challenge? Hurry up, the deadline is 15 April! 29.3.2016 With 15 % discount to the Romanian Techsylvania! 15.3.2016 Start:up Slovenia competition kick-off and announcement for the P2 grant and SK products of the Slovene Enterprise Fund 17.2.2016 Pioneers500 applications open until 31 March 2016! 11.2.2016 12 recipients of autumn SK investments are known! There are now 45 companies in the SK family, and they’ve received 3.8 million € of capital 3.2.2016 Slovenian Zebra BI amongst most promising apps for data visualization! 27.1.2016 Startups, publish your offer on the new B2B platform of the LAUNCHub accelerator! 27.1.2016 The Swiss will invest into Slovenian startups! 7.1.2016 Slovenian-American startup Reveel successfully closed a 2-million-dollar investment!
7.12.2015 Slovenian victory at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London! 3.12.2015 Don't be afraid of crises and watch your money! This is the key advice for SK75 recipients at the end of bootcamp 30.11.2015 Insider tickets for Lean Startup Machine in Graz are sold out! Early bird sales with the price of 150 € have started. 21.11.2015 This year's Coinvest won by startup OOSM, member of Technology Park Ljubljana! 13.11.2015 Open applications for Pioneers500! 12.11.2015 The startup weekend in Udine is inviting mentors from Slovenia to participate! 11.11.2015 Silicon Valley Open Doors is coming to Dublin and inviting to a startup competition! 5.11.2015 Maribor-based startup EqualEyes one of the best Android developers in the world! 4.11.2015 Set the price, go on autopilot and monitor your business as it flies! 28.10.2015 Let's help bring Lean Startup Machine to Graz – step two! 20.10.2015 Investment SK given to 33 innovative startups! Which one has the biggest potential to become a global success story? 13.10.2015 When the European Commission Vice President meets the Slovenian startup community 12.10.2015 Looking for Slovenian unicorns or what can we learn from SK investment seekers? 6.10.2015 Seize the moment, be the change, and start your idea in Slovenia! 2.10.2015 NERVteh, recipient of the SK50 investment, in talks with Google for testing autonomous driving! 28.9.2015 ​We solved an unpleasant paradox and turned the world upside down! 22.9.2015 After swimming in the ocean and a downpour to an investment from Tim Draper and Eleven fund! 16.9.2015 Start:up Sauna coming to Ljubljana again! Looking for the most promising startups in the region 14.9.2015 10 critical mistakes that can cost you your global success! 12.9.2015 ABC HUB formally opened its doors and presented the national Central European Startup Awards 24.8.2015 P&G Challenge or how you can connect with one of the biggest cosmetic multinational companies 16.8.2015 Pioneers Festival looking for the best startups in the Balkans! Applications by 31 August 2015 10.8.2015 Chipolo growing and conquering the world, expanding the team for new development achievements! 3.7.2015 Apply to Deloitte’s competition for the fastest growing companies in Central Europe! 2.7.2015 Adriatic Start-up school – Ecapital culture 2015 1.7.2015 Austrian Business Angel Day and pitch contest – applications until 10 July! 23.6.2015 Tennis star Ana Ivanović became the co-owner of the Slovenian start-up 15.6.2015 Come to start:Cloud ++ showcase pitch and meeting an investor: Voja Lalić from StartLabs 11.6.2015 Investment opportunities for social entrepreneurship at CEE Impact Day 2015 10.6.2015 With ABC accelerator to EXPO 2015 in Milano! Excellent opportunity for pitching to international investors and networking 4.6.2015 Massive action, excitement and success of the PODIM2015 Conference! 26.4.2015 Over 600 participants for the 2nd edition of Techsylvania 4.2.2015 ABC of start-up finance: ensure you have positive cash flow and your administration is taken care of! 2.2.2015 Top 10 pieces of advice for entering markets abroad 25.1.2015 Start-ups, sales are a craft. Your CRM can be in Excel, your final goal is profit! 19.1.2015 Canvas instead of a business plan and building a successful business model 16.1.2015 SmartNinja teaches programming and IT skills to all beginners and individuals willing to learn 15.1.2015 Companies challenge, young people solve! The first entrepreneurial challenges are waiting for young budding entrepreneurs to solve them using “running lean” methodologies 12.1.2015 Established companies: improve your business model and sweep away your competition! 8.1.2015 We are looking for Slovenian winners of Imagine Cup! Application deadline January 30th! 6.1.2015 Start-ups most often fail because they don’t understand the market and don’t segment their users 5.1.2015 Global Impact Competition 2015 applications are open for CEE region