December 2018


Graz video call startup eyeson receives 3 mio EUR investment

To support the further scaling of their group video call solution, the Graz-based startup eyeson added an additional three million EUR in capital. The new CFO will be MySugr Finance Director, Bernd Guttmann. This year the Graz startup eyeson has achieved the jump from zero to one millions app downloads and 1,5 million users. “These numbers have forced us to add more capital,” says eQventure founder Herbert Gartner in an interview with the brutkasten. The Graz "Investors Club" took over the lead in the three-million-euro round for eyeson. Participating in the investment are Hermann Hauser, tecnet equity, aws Gründerfonds Venture fund and Michael Altrichter. For the Austrian startup news portal Altrichter said: “eyeson has a unique technical solution and an extremely strong team. I see great international potential.”


The ‘super-group’ startup: 3 Graz Startups merge

The three Styrian startups LAWIF (Look Around What I Found), TeLLers and KUBO merged and the three related apps will become part of the portfolio of the newly founded ITELL.SOLUTIONS. The three different Styrian startups LAWIF (Look Around What I Found), TeLLers and KUBO were launched with different concepts, but they all have a relationship to retail. The three companies merged to unify their functions under the umbrella brand ITELL.SOLUTIONS in a common app. "In our eyes the merger was the only logical step. It made more sense to merge powers than to compete - for us and especially for our customers and users," said LAWIF founder Matea Acimovic.


Top n’ Tech: Explosion of technology

Executives and leaders of scaling Slovene tech companies took their time in November to gather at the Top Tech event, TnT (Top n’ Tech), organized by Technology park Ljubljana, which is the center for development of companies with top notch technologies.


November 2018


Slovene Economic Alliance in Carinthia (SGZ) celebrates 30 years

On 13 November 2018, the Slovenian Economic Alliance in Carinthia (SGZ) celebrated their 30th anniversary, at Lakeside Spitz in Klagenfurt. A large number of individuals, companies, representatives of institutions and the Slovenian and Carinthian provincial government came to say their congratulations at this fine jubilee.


Workshop on Start-ups and Technology Transfer in Innovation Ecosystems in South-East Europe and Alpine Region

On 15 and 16 November 2018, Technology park Ljubljana hosted the first international Conference on Startups and Transfer of Technology in Innovative Ecosystems in South-East Europe and Alpe-Adria region. On the first day of the conference, Jure Verhovnik, Initiative Start:up Slovenia and Venture Factory – University Incubator of University of Maribor, attended the round table discussion "Workshop on Start-ups and Technology Transfer in Innovation Ecosystems in South-East Europe and Alpine Region (EUSALP AG1)", which opened the topic of trends in the development of Startup ecosystems.


Maribor is strengthening as a tech hub of the broader region

Maribor is strengthening as a tech hub of the broader region, also thanks to the activities of Venture Factory and the Start:up Maribor programme. With a startup evening in the Vetrinj Mansion, they wrapped up the autumn activities of the entrepreneurship support programme and presented this year’s achievements, which significantly surpass the ones from last year.


Instahelp: A space for emotions

The managing director of the psychological online platform Instahelp from Graz, Bernadette Frech, spoke to Meine WOCHE about her experience of being a managing director of the platform, which has conquered Germany, France, Great Britain and Switzerland in addition to the Austrian market. Through the platform, qualified psychologists help more than 38,000 clients. Companies such as Lidl, trivago and Renault have put them in their portfolio for occupational health care for their employees. She also spoke about the founders scene in Austria, the leap into the international market and emotions.


CargoX wins the IRU World Congress Startup competition among 77 competitors

CargoX won the IRU World Congress Startup competition among 77 competitors, impressing more than 1000 attendees from over 60 countries. The IRU organization is constituted of more than 100 national transport associations and transport operators. Igor Jakomin, Ph.D., COO of CargoX, pitched the CargoX platform to a jury of venture capitalists, business professionals, and industry experts.


The ABC accelerator once again the best in Central and Eastern Europe

Slovenian accelerator ABC has added another laurel to its collection – in Warsaw, it was declared as the best accelerator programme in Central and Eastern Europe for the second year in a row. The mentoring programme is helping entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their innovative companies and offers high-quality tools, resources, connections, knowledge and experience to help them achieve this goal.


Ikea is looking for startups!

Ikea is inviting startups with solutions for the home and garden from around the world to apply for their Ikea Bootcamp! The 3-month long programme for 20 selected startups will begin in March 2019. The goal, of course, is to find the new breakthrough product. Application deadline is 31 December 2018.


Google Austria now has a woman at the top

Christine Antlanger-Winter, well known in the Austrian digital industry is making the next big career move: she is following Markus Kienberger as the new head of Google Austria and is taking over the management of the office of Internet giant in the city center of Vienna.


Cryptomania - an analog game about a digital hysteria

There is a new Slovene crowdfunding campaign you can back up on Kickstarter! If you want to broaden your horizons in the field of cryptocurrencies and have fun while doing it, Cryptomania might be the game for you. The Slovene entrepreneurial team Wololo is in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign working toward the goal to convince boardgame and cryptocurrencies enthusiasts all over the world to back their project. Their goal is 120.000 USD (or 104.000 EUR).


Klagenfurt IoT40 Systems and German Axians join forces to accelerates IoT adoption in SMEs

The Lakeside Science and Technology member IoT40 Systems have entered into a partnership with German company Axians and their partner company VINCI Energies, which will ensure a long-term cooperation for at least seven years. Axians will integrate and refine the IoT platform developed by IoT40 Systems, offering German SMEs a solution with which they can quickly enter the IoT sphere and minimise the usual entry barriers.


October 2018


Slovene Geneplanet is the best CEE biotech startup

Geneplanet was recently chosen as the best biotech startup in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). With this, the Slovene company qualified for the competition Global Startup Awards. “This recognition confirms that our company is on the right track when it comes to globally offering preventive solutions in order to improve people’s health,” said company head of sales, Matjaž Petrovič, upon receiving the award.


A portable solution for detecting gluten

Luka Nikolič started flirting with entrepreneurship at only 16, when he got the idea for a portable device that would detect gluten in food - Glukagen.


Tomatoes as tasty as from a home garden

Company Paradajz, best known for their brand Lušt, has become the biggest producer of vegetables and tomatoes in only a few years, and now covers about a fourth of Slovenia’s tomato needs. They established a system of greenhouse management that is very competitive across the European Union in terms of production ecology, energy consumption, tomato quality, and direct sales.


Klagenfurt’s build! incubator with new director

At the beginning of September Robert Gfrerer, started the position as the new head of the build! incubator. In the future he wishes to strengthen the Villach location and focus on technology start-ups. Uwe Sommersguter, Kleine Zeitung, writes more about the Autumn change in Klagenfurt.


Carinthia start-up scene: second in Austria, only behind Vienna

In terms of size and per capita strength, Carinthia proves to be good and fertile ground for founders of startup companies. In the light of the recently published Austria Startup Monitor, Uwe Sommersguter, Kleine Zeitung, writes how the land is developing its startup ecosystem, under particularly difficult conditions.


September 2018


How a young entrepreneur transformed a legend into a lucrative business

So far, ZkotZ has sold more than two million products all across the world, exporting 90% of them. Anže Miklavec, founder of ZkotZ, is conquering the world with products such as the Equa water bottle, the cult coffee goat mug and the coffee machine gina (which was their first product with built-in “smart” technology). This year, they’re adding the smart bottle Equa, which uses light signals to remind you to drink water. ZkotZ, which created nearly 3.8 million EUR in revenue last year, with a good 600.000,00 EUR of profit, is now conquering the US, Asia and Europe. And even after eight years of business initiatives, their powers are not waning, says Anže Miklavec. At they talked to him about how he built his business success story.


Artificial Intelligence: The World in Five Years

Clemens Wasner is an expert in the field of artificial intelligence and the founder of Enlite AI. While anticipating the discussion on "Artificial Intelligence: The World in Five Years", that will take place on 13 September at the VIP (Vienna Innovation Party) night, he spoke with about the impact of AI on work, society and us as individuals.


Slovene company 3fs expanding with a regional office in Maribor

The current regional Gazelle Dnevnik award recipient, 3fs from Kranj, Slovenia, is expanding its operation with a Maribor office and team. Despite a lack of programmers, they are not worried about the staff growth of the team, which now already has 80 colleagues.


Tilen Travnik: “When a customer comes to Slovenia, things just happen by themselves”

Slovene company D·Labs is amongst the most successful consulting and development companies for startups. They successfully conquered the demanding British market and helped many startups from there as well as from entire Europe, in initial and later stages of business operations.


Crowdfunding in Austria: 82,6 million EUR since 2012!

Crowdfunding in Austria continues to pick up speed. Since the successful financing of the first crowdinvesting project in 2012, the total volume for crowdfunding in Austria amounts to 82.6 million EUR. At the moment, real estate projects are benefiting from the trend.


August 2018


Drone solution for wineries

The Styrian startup Greenhive has developed a drone that will fly and monitor the application of plant protection products in vineyards. In the future the team wants to experiment with deep learning in order to recognize plant diseases at an early stage.


THE solution for a million young families

Slovenian startup Sleepy Bottle developed an innovative bottle that enables the preparation of fresh adapted milk in less than ten seconds. While on holiday with friends and their three-month-old son, Rok Colarič, started to think about a solution for the long sleepless nights of young parents. "During the night meals, the whole house was up. Not so much because of the hungry baby, but rather because of the half-sleeping dad whose task is was to heat the water, wash the bottle and generally awkwardly handle the task at hand. After several days of non-sleep, I said to myself, there must be a solution for this," says Colarič.


June 2018

28. JUNE

Empower the blind to have better access to digital content

Team 4WEB, which developed a multimedia device for playing adapted digital content for the blind and visually impaired, is preparing an app for teachers. Small company 4WEB from Trzin, finalist of the Start:up Slovenia competition in the Young Challengers category in 2016, is seeing lively development. The company developed feelif, a multimedia device for playing adapted digital content for the blind and visually impaired.

26. JUNE

Why startups fail?

The fact is that most startups fail. The most common reasons are a badly thought out idea and disagreements among founders. There were two bankruptcies of prominent Vienna startups declared at the end of May. First, the company Zoomsquare, which specialized in housing brokerage, followed by Rublys, which offered digital scratch cards that companies could use as a marketing opportunity, both from Vienna. The startups raised enormously high investments and subsidies, which did not seem to help. Of course, this is nothing new, nor is it a rarity.

23. JUNE

Student hackathons and the future of IT in Slovenia and EU

The European Commission predicts that by 2020, European states will lack a million employees with knowledge of ICT technologies. In Slovenia, too, there is a lack of good IT staff and this deficit will only increase, is the opinion of computer science student Eva L. Žnidaršič. That is why she thinks that young people should be more enthusiastic about pursuing a career in this field.

21. JUNE

From a homemade peanut butter project to a brand and product line!

For the past eight years, the Young Entrepreneur Institute chooses a promising young business enthusiast, who carries the torch for the best one of the year, proving that hard work and a little bit of risk pays off. The winner of the 2018 title is Rok Starič, who convinced the jury with the development of his own company, Rok’s nut butter. The gourmet food industry is a hot field for young Slovene entrepreneurs, since Rok is already the third in three years from the sector to receive the title. Last year’s winner was Pelicon craft brewery.

20. JUNE

Mid-6-figure investment for Graz startup Logoshuffle!

The Graz startup Logoshuffle, which developed an online tool to easily create logos, is attracting growth capital from KaPa Ventures and Up To Eleven. The product of the Graz startup is quite easy to understand. With the online tool, which works with the help of AI, among other things, logos and corporate design kits can be created as easy as 1, 2, 3. Their strong selling point is the price, since professional agencies are often unaffordable for small businesses, startups and clubs. For 29 EUR you get your own logo in low resolution, hike up the amount to 89 EUR and you get a complete package with additional elements. You can also shop for various branded products right there on their website. Full service, indeed.

14. JUNE

Cross-border networking and hiking: Let’s go together!

Even the rain waited until the hiking group of cross-border Slovenian-Austrian hikers finished their tour and settled down for dinner. Friday, 8 June 2018, marked the networking cross-border event / hike “Gemeinsam Gehen”, “Skupaj na pot” or simply, “Let’s go together”. The team of Start:up Alpe-Adria’s project partner, Lakeside Science & Technology Park Klagenfurt, prepared a full day of networking, hiking, discussing and (re)discovering Ljubljana and its marshes. For many, even the indigenous Ljubljana ‘frog-men’, this was the first opportunity to experience the beautiful land. As the hike guide explained, the Moors are full of frogs and other marsh flora and fauna, which is where the local stereotypical nickname for the people of Ljubljana originates from (and we really did see some frogs). Project Startup Alpe-Adria is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund in the frame of the Cooperation programme INTERREG V-A SI-AT.

14. JUNE

Čezmejno startup mreženje in pohod: Skupaj na pot!

Tudi dež je moral počakati, da se je skupina čezmejnih pohodnikov, predstavnikov slovenskega in avstrijskega startup ekosistema, po dolgem dnevu hoje in ogledov usedla k ribji večerji. V petek, 8. junija 2018, je namreč potekal čezmejni mreženjski dogodek, poimenovan “Gemeinsam Gehen” oziroma “Skupaj na pot”. Ekipa projektnega partnerja projekta Start:up Alpe-Adria, Lakeside Science & Technology Park iz Celovca, je pripravila dan poln novih priložnosti za mreženje, pohod, pogovor in (ponovno) odkrivanje lepot Ljubljane in Ljubljanskega barja. Za mnoge, tudi avtohtone ‘žabarje’, je bila to prva priložnost za ogled čudovite pokrajine. Kot je avstrijskim kolegom pojasnil vodič pohoda, je prav ta močvirnat del Ljubljane izvor medregionalnega vzdevka za prebivalce Ljubljanske kotline (in res, videli smo kar nekaj žab). Projekt Startup Alpe-Adria je v okviru Programa sodelovanja Interreg V-A Slovenija-Avstrija sofinanciran iz sredstev Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj.

14. JUNE

Cross-border startup networking durch Wandern: Gemeinsam Gehen

Sogar der Regen wartete bis die slowenisch-österreichischen Wanderer ihre Netzwerk-Wanderung beendet hatten: am Freitag den 8. Juni 2018 fand das cross-border event »Gemeinsam gehen« statt. Das Team des Start:up Alpe-Adria Projekt Partners, Lakeside Science & Technology Park, organisierte einen Tag des Netzwerkens, Wanderns, Diskutierens und Entdeckens von Ljubljana und seines Moores. Für die meisten, sogar die einheimischen »Ljubljana-Frosch-Menschen«, war dies eine einmalige Gelegenheit die wunderbare Landschaft mit ihrer Fauna und Flora zu erleben. Wie vom Wanderführer zu erfahren war, entstammt daraus auch der Spitzname der Großstädter. Projekt Startup Alpe-Adria wird im Rahmen des Kooperationsprogramms Interreg V-A Slowenien-Österreich vom Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung gefördert.

11. JUNE

You can be the best, and yet the worst ones are still in front of you

Finalists of the competition Start:up Slovenia are already present on the global market, especially in the US. By collecting and analyzing events, they are targeting the top of a two-billion-dollar market.


We have to bring more venture capital to Carinthia

The fact that Carinthia is an exciting ground for technology companies can be seen in the fact that Infineon Technologies has invested more than € 1 billion in the Villach based Development Center. In fact, Villach has been a home for microelectronics development for 28 years. The southernmost Austrian state is competitive in the startup area and there are plenty of young companies cooperating with the global IT giants. Tanja Scheliessnig, Start-up Consultant at the build! Gründerzentrum Kärnten GmbH, talks about the challenge of building an innovation scene far away from Vienna and why people in Carinthia are also counting on the Alps-Adriatic region.


Graz digital agency CodeFlügel wins Henkel Group

The Graz-based digital agency CodeFlügel, founded in 2011, has gained the German Henkel Group, which operates brands such as Persil and Schwarzkopf, as customers. CodeFlügel now has 20 employees and has worked for ÖBB, ÖAMTC, Zeiss, Internorm and Kleine Zeitung in the past. The Henkel Group, a 53,000-strong company based in Dusseldorf operates brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf, Fa and Pattex. CodeFlügel now wants to implement several global digital products.


Hollywood in Lakeside Park Klagenfurt

Pictures say more than a thousand words. True to this motto, Airborne Motion Pictures GmbH has been producing image and business films for ten years and is Carinthia's largest production house.


May 2018

29. MAY

Cosylab – sales magic and grateful slap in the face

Amongst the G8 companies of Technology Park Ljubljana, the gold medal in the art of sales belongs to Cosylab, a lab of masters in experimental physics. They're creating control systems for atomic accelerators, space telescopes, fusion power plants, and proton cancer treatment. Sounds crazy, right? Not everyone is destined to be part of such a team.

23. MAY

EKWB: Eight years of labour for a prestigious brand

As announced last month, Technology Park Ljubljana is starting a series of articles, published in the Slovene newspaper Dnevnik, in which their Builder of the Tech Community, dr. Jernej Pintar, describes the companies of the so-called G8 of Technology Park Ljubljana. Which will be the first company that he will dissect and help us learn something from? Meet EKWB, company which produces premium Liquid Cooling solutions for the ultimate hardware performance.

21. MAY

The networks that connect us across borders

Within this year’s PODIM Conference, we once again organized a special programme dedicated to Slovenians from abroad. The chosen 28 startuppers, university and high school students, spent three days collecting new knowledge, socialising, and weaving new ties with entrepreneurs and experts of the Slovenian and international startup ecosystem. The programme already started a day before the conference, on 14 May 2018, with the Startup School entitled “Let’s take advantage of the potential of networks that connect us”. This was followed by two days of the intense PODIM Conference programme, while the attendees were also welcomed and greeted by the minister, Mr. Gorazd Žmavc.

19. MAY

Six-digit investment for Graz car comparison platform

Business Angel Maximilian Seidel is investing a six-figure sum in the Graz startup micardo. With the investment, the car comparison platform wants to strengthen their marketing and sales activities. "The founders are a very good team, highly motivated and know the car scene," says Business Angel Maximilian Seidel about the Graz startup micardo and its three founders Stefan Fedl, Florian König and Patrick Schwarzenberger. With the capital, the trio plans marketing and sales activities for the coming months to promote the used-car e-commerce startup.

7. MAY

Do you want to control your computer with your feet?

Manufacturers of wooden active footrests and rings from carbon fibres are collecting startup money on Kickstarter.

4. MAY

Tiko Pro is planning to expand to Austria

Young entrepreneur of the year 2013 is encouraging young entrepreneurial hopefuls to make themselves heard.

2. MAY

Graz 3D startup ‘mything’ launches with 2 million EUR capital backing!

Last fall, the Graz startup mything secured 2.1 million EUR in capital. Now the ‘three-sided marketplace for 3D printing’ has launched!


April 2018


Carinthian GP Motion wows the '2 Minuten 2 Milionen' investors!

On April 17 in the final episode of the Puls4 start-up show '2 Minuten 2 Milionen' the CEO of GP Motion, Fabian introduced "add-e", a retrofit kit that turns an existing bike into a lightweight and powerful e-bike. They became the star of the evening! The company's core team developed "add-e" in 2015. For the market launch, they had one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Austria. The beginning was very successful and now it was time to scale-it-up to the next level. The team applied online on the Puls4 call, was invited to pitch and in no time they were standing in front of investors.


0xcert: Their first angel is a former employer

Blockchain technology will reduce the potential for forging diplomas and other (educational) certificates. The solution is developed by 0xcert, a Doctrina spin-off.


Graz startup Nuki lands cooperation with Airbnb!

With Airbnb, the Graz startup Nuki has won a global player as a cooperation partner. The combination of services allows Airbnb hosts to save a key collection.


They’re exporting to Antarctica too!

Do you know what engineering heaven looks like? From afar, it’s very silent and motionless, maybe even desolate. For example, Technology Park Ljubljana sometimes seems too quiet and calm. But that’s only on the outside, the technology is practically bursting at the seams on the inside. You can only see it if they trust you nearly as much as they trust their own moms. It is our privilege to learn about these stories first-hand, including the technologies and incredible individuals.


MoneyRebel: The financial industry will be hit by a true revolution

Various fintech projects and their digital banking services are predicting a revolution in the financial industry. But amongst them, the Slovenian MoneyRebel is, for now, the only one that tackled the revolution comprehensively, allowing the user to manage their assets and seek advice all in one place.


Starting serial production of Slovenian floating gramophones

Mag-Lev Audio, following successful campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo where they collected over 800,000 euros, launched their production of the only floating gramophones in the world. The production was taken up in rented facilities in Nova Gorica, offering a new opportunity and employment to 12 people. The company now employs 20 already.


The 'green' crowdfunding platform Green Rocket exceeds the 10 million EUR mark!

The Graz-based crowdfunding platform Green Rocket (part of Rockets Holding), which specializes in companies with a focus on sustainability, has provided more than 10 million EUR in funding for a total of 45 projects! Through the Green Rocket platform startups and projects in the energy, environment, mobility and health sectors will be funded.


5 startups in the new build! program

The Klagenfurt build! Gründerzentrum has added five startups to their current funding program! This year a new strategic concept was developed and the funding focus was sharpened. The build! business incubator in Carinthia is one of the Austrian AplusB centers, supporting start-ups from the academic environment. The focus is set: "We have made it our mission to promote creative and courageous people in Carinthia in the sustainable implementation of their innovative business idea, and to position entrepreneurship as a career option".


Go on Kickstarter, but be serious about your product

Once a month, Wednesday mornings at the Sputnik café in Ljubljana are reserved for the Startup Cafe lectures. In March, the topic of conversation was: “What’s left for Kickstarter?”. Visitors listened with interest as two experts on online crowdfunding platforms, Žiga Bercet and Anže Miklavc shared their wisdom. Is the golden age of Kickstarter over? Definitely not. But experts in the field warn that you need to start a campaign with a quality project.


PODIM inviting startup members with Slovene roots who live abroad!

The PODIM Conference, which is taking place on 15 and 16 May in Maribor, is inviting Slovenian-speaking co-founders, founders or members of startups or scaleup companies that live and work in Austria, Italy, Croatia or Hungary apply for a special extended three day programme in which they will get the opportunity to network, gather new knowledge and form strong ties with the Slovene startup community. All interested in joining the special three-day programme can apply till 20 April!


March 2018


Slovenian and Austrian cross-border mingling at the Startup Spritzer #39

On March 15th, the Graz startup scene met with the Slovenian startup ‘delegation’ at the traditional Ideentriebwerk Graz event Startup Spritzer #39. The Slovenian co-organizers drummed up a bus full of startup enthusiasts from Ljubljana and Maribor who were excited to pitch alongside their Austrian colleagues, network and share their success and fail stories over a ‘cup of spritzer’. All jokes aside, there was no spritzer, but there was a delicious fruity start-up beverage Marry – the berried iced tea.


Katapult reviving Zasavje with entrepreneurship of young people

In Trbovlje, Katapult, a mixture of incubator and accelerator, is making greats steps in supporting local entrepreneurial ideas, making a plus and already planning business and spatial expansions. Katapult director Jernej Pangeršič said, that “accepting the first foreign member will be an important milestone”. At the end of March, two years will have passed since Dewesoft, a technology company in Trieste, founded Katapult, a company that supports young companies that have already developed a prototype and need help with producing the finished product. What are the results so far? Last year ended with a positive balance for Katapult and the company has ten members, said the director Jernej Pangeršič.


Millions exit: Graz startup iTranslate is the new ‘sister’ of Tinder

The Graz startup iTranslate, with its award-winning translation app, will be acquired by IAC Applications. CEO Alexander Marktl and CTO Andreas Dolinsek remain on board to drive global expansion. i5invest managed the transaction.


Lady Unicorns: The women who founded multi-billion startups

Less than one in ten ‘unicorn’ startups were founded by women. However, they had their hands on the most innovative startups in the world. Women are almost as rare in the startup scene as unicorns in the real world. The fact that some start-up ‘unicorns’ were successfully founded by women, proves that there should be no real divide between the sexes when it comes to business. In light of the March - month of women, the Austrian news portal recently published a list of some remarkable female founders.


High-tech pen for Parkinson’s patients

Carinthian startup Tremipen designed a smart pen for patients with Parkinson's and Essential Tremor that enables tremor patients to measure their tremors ​​at home and on the move. By continuously recording these values, therapies should be more individually tailored and the medication optimized. After successful application testing, World Parkinson's Day is launching a four-week crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on April 11, 2018, where the Tremipen will be available for pre-orders.


The European Commission announces European startup ambassadors

Today in Paris, within the event Startup Europe Campfire, the European Commission publicly presented for the very first time the ambassadors of the Startup Europe (SE) initiative, coming from 28 countries. The Slovenian ambassador title was given to Initiative Start:up Slovenia, which earned the role with its activities for promoting and supporting entrepreneurship as well as organizing various events, such as Startup Europe week.


The only rule in digital advertising is that there are no rules!

How can you reach your potential customers on Facebook? How does the approach differ on the Google platform and how can we combine them? Why isn’t one attempt enough and what can we do if there are no results? Do users read and understand the ad differently on the phone and the computer?


The economy is gaining a female touch - women in Styrian startups

More and more women at the head of companies and found their own startups. Their main benefits are independence, flexible work time and the compatibility of the profession with the family. 27,191 Styrian companies are in the hands of women, which is 1,392 more than in the previous year - this is a new record.


PODIM: Adriatic startup conference on a visit to Austria

PODIM is considered the most influential startup conference in the European Adriatic and Balkan regions. With the launch of the PODIM Challenge Roadshow in the Serbian capital Belgrade on 12th February - organized by the PODIM team, the Center for European Perspectives (CEP) and the British Embassy in Slovenia - a series of pre-events took place. The goal is to bring together investors and experienced entrepreneurs with early stage startups and create synergies.


Let’s go to Graz for a Startup Spritzer!

Startup Spritzer are weekly traditional meetings of the Graz startup community, organized by the student entrepreneurial network IdeenTriebwerk Graz. On Thursday, 15 March at 7 PM, they are organizing a special edition of their ‘Spritzer’ in a cross-border manner and slovenian-austrian networking. The organized ‘Spritzer Bus’ will take you from Ljubljana and Maribor to Graz and back. Deadline to apply for the Bus is 13 March by 6 PM.


BTC City and Eligma on a journey towards advanced online shopping

Eligma, in collaboration with BTC, is developing an online platform that will simplify and optimize online shopping.


Meo Easy Energy: Graz solution for energy self-sufficiency

At the Urban Future Global Conference in Vienna the Graz startup meo Energy launched its product "meo Easy Energy" - a complete solution for energy prosumers.


Carinthian IT know-how taking over the world

What do the New York Times, Red Bull, RTL and Pro7 have in common? They all rely on the Carinthian know-how of Bitmovin when it comes to playing their videos on the Internet.


February 2018


Next-Incubator and Austrian Business Angels join forces

The Next-Incubator, a Graz open innovation lab of Energie Steiermark, is starting a cooperation with the Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia). There is a lot going on in the Carinthian and Styrian startup ecosystem.


Wall Street Company Allegion invests in Graz startup Nuki!

Allegion, company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is investing an undisclosed amount in the Graz start-up company Nuki. They will be taking over a minority share.


Startups in SEE: Slovenians attract the most venture capital

The ABC Accelerator and EIT Digital made an overview of the startup ecosystem in Southeast Europe. Slovenia indisputably has the most developed startup and now, it’s also leading in crypto-financing.


The Carinthian Apprentice of the year 2017 is ...

Carinthia has its apprentice of the year 2017: mechatronics, plant and operating engineer Sarah Leitner of the Springer Maschinenfabrik in Friesach.


Augmented reality for experiencing history and cultural heritage

The TravelAR Slovenia team was invited to collaborate by Epson, so their application to present cultural heritage on their new AR (Augmented Reality) glasses.


VIAR: the Celje startup that convinced global corporations

Can you imagine walking through your apartment, even before it was built? Or maybe get rid of your fear of spiders? Or learn how to work in production before actually starting your work? All this is possible thanks to the Slovenian startup company Viar.


Enter your innovative idea for the Startup Idea Competition!

Do you have an innovative business idea? Science Park Graz Startup Idea Competition is the perfect place to challenge your competitors and prove the jury, that you can make a difference! The best ideas will be awarded a total of 12.000 €! The application deadline is 28 February 2018.


SportyCo: setting out to become the Kickstarter of sports

SportyCo, the first Slovenian startup company sponsoring the Catalan Football Club, is seeking to become the key blockchain technology for financing sports talents around the world.


ICO should be an upgrade to your startup, not an end in itself

When seeing the amounts that companies have raised with help of ICO, many individuals were itching to start a similar story themselves. Especially in Slovenia, it seems that ICO and blockchain are 'all the rage'. Because this field combines financial and legal elements, which the government is trying to regulate, the Venture Factory in Maribor prepared a workshop on how to approach your ICO project. Jan Pečar and Miha Bratina from the IUURI Institute, lawyers who advise startups in their ventures, talked about “Advantages and pitfalls of collecting millions with ICO”. Sooner or later, you encounter a legal or fiscal landmine that causes unwanted complications.


The chubby conductor that makes sure your sheet music is organized

Any musician can confirm, that handling of the paper notations can be a hassle. At the traditional Tuesday entrepreneurship evening talks, Start:up Müsli in KID Kibla, Maribor, the main topic was 'Launch stories'. We were able to listen to the interesting story of the genesis of the idea behind Maestro Amadeus, a portal to keep and categorize your notations without the overflow of paper.


A seven-figure investment for Klagenfurt's Symvaro!

Great news for Carinthian startup Symvaro! The German Diehl-Gruppe is entering the Klagenfurt smart city startup via its VC fund. The German investors are getting 16 percent of the shares for an undisclosed seven-figure amount."We want to be carried away by young companies and grow together," said Mathias Glasmacher of the Diehl-Gruppe.


Paul Potato: Carinthian startup reaches Kickstarter goal in two hours!

The Carinthian startup Gusta Garden is wowing backers with their "potato tower" Paul Potato on Kickstarter. The team obviously set the target at 10.000 EUR a bit too low, since it was reached and passed within two hours.


'Holidays On Wheels' with a crowdfunding campaing to make accessibility visible!

The Carinthian startup 'Holidays On Wheels is the only app in Europe that offers barrier-free holiday and leisure offers, that includes architecture accessibility. They are launching their StartNext Crowdfunding campaign where they are raising funds to further develop their app and include Austrian-wide array of leisure possibilities.


January 2018


NERVteh technology impressed at NAIAS, one of the most influential international car fairs!

NERVteh, one of the most promising Slovenian startups, a recipient of an SK50 investment from the Slovenian Entrepreneurship fund, alumni of the ABC accelerator and a portfolio startup of Zavarovalnica Triglav, received praise from visitors, experts, and potential investors at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), one of the biggest and most important international car fairs. They also gained strong interest from the representative of the VectoIQ fund, Stephan Girsky, who is a former vice president and board member of the American car giant General Motors.


OriginTrail ICO Raises $22.5 Million to Build Transparency in Supply Chains

OriginTrail, a Slovenian IT company known for its traceability solutions, announced the completion of its Trace token (TRACE) sale, or initial coin offering (ICO), reaching the funding round’s hard cap of $22.5 million. The success of the ICO underscores the demand to make decentralized data exchange available to every organization and enable mass adoption to increase trust and efficiencies within the supply chain on a global scale.


Automotive Vertical Innovation Camp: connect with major suppliers for the automotive industry!

Are you ready to drive innovation in a changing market and boost your own career? The Automotive Vertical Innovation Camp are searching for talents to team up with experts of the leading automotive suppliers in South Tyrol, Italy. With more than 2.500 employees in South Tyrol and 600 million euro revenue per year, the six founding companies of the Automotive Excellence Südtirol network are major suppliers to leading brands in the automotive fields, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Ferrari and Tesla. Applications are open til 15. February 2018, but if you apply early you can increase your chances to be selected!


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12/15/2017 Carinthian e-health startup Sticklett receives six-digit investment! 12/13/2017 OriginTrail admitted to reputable Bits x Bites Acceleration Program in Shanghai 11/15/2017 A student from Udine developed MonuMeet: an app for unique turist experiences 6/29/2017 Digital Transformation of SME’s in Slovenia – Status Quo and Opportunities 6/19/2017 Want to Innovate Like Apple? Come to the free corpo post-PODIM #InvestEU workshop! 6/16/2017 Jernej Mirt, VIAR: »People vote with wallets best.« 6/11/2017 Nejc Škoberne, Genialis: “Work with data represents a large part of research in biology” 6/5/2017 ABC Accelerator is ready for a hyper digital era with a new partnership 5/30/2017 PODIM 2017: Every year better, every year more serious, and every year more! 5/19/2017 Beeping to enter a partnership with the multinational corporation Henkel 5/11/2017 The winner of PODIM Challenge is start-up Genialis! 5/10/2017 Up To Eleven Seeks To Attract Startups From The Alps-Adriatic Region 5/10/2017 Slovenian startup of the year is VIAR! 5/8/2017 To a new rise of Maribor by looking for fresh capital, attracting new investments, and supporting startup companies! 5/8/2017 Investment plan for Europe has already supported more than 3,000 startups! 5/5/2017 Jernej Močnik, Nova KBM: Fintech will mostly affect payment transactions and debit card payments 5/5/2017 Startup Live Trieste: in 54 hours from an idea to a pitch! 5/4/2017 Damjan Slapar, Iskratel: It takes a corporate investor one phone call to solve a problem that would take a startup one month 5/4/2017 We are introducing the finalists for the Slovenian Startup of the Year 5/3/2017 Zoran Miloševič, Zavarovalnica Triglav: Getting real about disruptions in insurance or why publishing the record of an insurance claim paid in 3 seconds is an excellent PR move! 4/28/2017 Suzana Leben, Telekom Slovenije: About erasing borders between industries and infinite possibilities of collaboration with startups brought by 5G, IoT, and connectivity 4/21/2017 Iztok Renčelj, Pošta Slovenije: We are interested in solutions that consider the network of 550 offices, 2,400 postmen and 1,200 vehicles in the field! 4/20/2017 Mateja Lavrič, Kolektor Ventures: There needs to be some chemistry between the investor and the startup; a feeling you can work together and trust each other 4/19/2017 Valter Leban, Kolektor: How can you give meaning to new technologies for smart factories of the future? 4/3/2017 What kind of startups are PODIM Challenge 'corpo' partners? Also, why and how to cooperate with them? 3/28/2017 Pošta Slovenije will answer logistical challenges of the first and last mile in partnership with startups! 3/27/2017 In partnership with startups to bank services of the future! 3/27/2017 Zavarovalnica Triglav also collaborates with startups to ensure innovative solutions for a safer future! 3/26/2017 Telekom Slovenije will collaborate with startups in developing solutions for telecommunications of the future 3/1/2017 We are starting the tenth Start:up Slovenia and announcing the new round of P2, SK75 and SK200 financing! 2/23/2017 Guys from Apple and HoloLens are coming to PODIM this year! 2/22/2017 How much does my word count, what is whose, and who is truly in charge? 2/16/2017 Who joined forces in the CorpoHub and why is this good news for startups? 2/15/2017 New 3D printer of the Pel3o team already exciting new users! 2/7/2017 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 2/1/2017 Iskratel is planning to invest 5,000,000 € into promising startups from the region in the next five years! 1/29/2017 Tibopo – creator of the mDRIVE system and startup of the year 2015 received a Privacy Ambassador award! 1/27/2017 Doctrina Raises €1,020,000 of New Capital 1/16/2017 MedicoApps team impressing pilots across the world! 1/8/2017 The tiniest and thinnest Bluetooth trackers in the world are Chipolo’s new products!
12/20/2016 Smart heating controller accepted into the German accelerator Kraftwerk 12/19/2016 Platform SEOVISOR also available for marketing activities in the US 12/6/2016 Team EqualEyes once again among winners of TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London! 12/2/2016 Announcing the best startups in Central-Eastern Europe! 11/29/2016 Are you coming to the grand finale of CESA 2016? We are anticipating a resounding Slovenian victory! 11/26/2016 Bootcamp SK75 - how to catch the right perspective of the forest and trees? 11/26/2016 Bootcamp got real with SK200 startups - mostly about the importance of sales, business planning and the difficulty of entering foreign markets! 11/21/2016 We discovered the secret code and unlocked the treasury of rich knowledge and experiences of all SK generations! 11/18/2016 See you at the Slovenian selection for the esteemed Central European Startup Awards 2016! 11/17/2016 ADORA MED earned a silver medal at the esteemed health tech competition in Switzerland! 11/14/2016 Slovenia will be represented by 11 national startup stars at the Central European Startup Awards 2016 Grand Finale! 10/29/2016 High-impact Slovenian innovation KumuluzEE awarded the prestigious Java Oscar 10/15/2016 Business Angels of Slovenia are inviting you to European Venture Summit 2016 and covering some of the costs! 10/14/2016 Visiting Copenhagen with the Austrian Slovenian startup delegation 10/6/2016 Chipolo and their new smart keychain Chipolo Plus once again jumping ahead of the global competition! 9/29/2016 A bridge between Slovenia and the US has been built! 9/28/2016 Business Angel Conference EBAN Winter University 2016 with the pitching competition Zagreb Connect Investment conference Coinvest is joining forces with EBAN Winter University 2016 9/15/2016 HighTech XL Accelerator is looking for Slovenian hardware visionaries 9/15/2016 Nominations for prestigious Central European Awards are open! Nominate your startup heroes and heroines 9/12/2016 Zemanta is celebrating and employing! 9/8/2016 Membership in the European Startup Network and a new overview of the Slovenian startup ecosystem! 9/5/2016 In Brussels we will co-create effective measures for startups on the European level! 8/16/2016 Do you want to work in Chile? Apply for the programme Start-up Chile! 8/7/2016 Construction corporation BOUYGUES wishes to collaborate with future office startups! 8/4/2016 Marko Filej is looking for new team members for growth hacking, sales and marketing of the OnlineGym4me platform 7/25/2016 ABC Accelerator is expanding to Munich and Silicon Valley, then to India next year 6/27/2016 VIAR is going to Seattle and expanding its team! 6/14/2016 Register for Deloitte’s Competition for fastest-growing tech companies in Central Europe 6/13/2016 Invoice Exchange thrilled investors at Wolves Summit and PODIM, will also win at CONDA! 6/10/2016 PODIM = Energy + Networking + Learning + Alpe-Adria 5/12/2016 GoAvio is the Startup of the Year 2016! 5/11/2016 German insurance giant ERGO invested into Eurosender! 4/14/2016 Have you already applied for PODIM Challenge? Hurry up, the deadline is 15 April! 3/29/2016 With 15 % discount to the Romanian Techsylvania! 3/15/2016 Start:up Slovenia competition kick-off and announcement for the P2 grant and SK products of the Slovene Enterprise Fund 2/17/2016 Pioneers500 applications open until 31 March 2016! 2/11/2016 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 2/3/2016 Slovenian Zebra BI amongst most promising apps for data visualization! 1/27/2016 Startups, publish your offer on the new B2B platform of the LAUNCHub accelerator! 1/27/2016 The Swiss will invest into Slovenian startups! 1/7/2016 Slovenian-American startup Reveel successfully closed a 2-million-dollar investment!
12/7/2015 Slovenian victory at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London! 12/3/2015 Don't be afraid of crises and watch your money! This is the key advice for SK75 recipients at the end of bootcamp 11/30/2015 Insider tickets for Lean Startup Machine in Graz are sold out! Early bird sales with the price of 150 € have started. 11/21/2015 This year's Coinvest won by startup OOSM, member of Technology Park Ljubljana! 11/13/2015 Open applications for Pioneers500! 11/12/2015 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! 11/5/2015 Maribor-based startup EqualEyes one of the best Android developers in the world! 11/4/2015 Set the price, go on autopilot and monitor your business as it flies! 10/28/2015 Let's help bring Lean Startup Machine to Graz – step two! 10/20/2015 Investment SK given to 33 innovative startups! Which one has the biggest potential to become a global success story? 10/13/2015 When the European Commission Vice President meets the Slovenian startup community 10/12/2015 Looking for Slovenian unicorns or what can we learn from SK investment seekers? 10/6/2015 Seize the moment, be the change, and start your idea in Slovenia! 10/2/2015 NERVteh, recipient of the SK50 investment, in talks with Google for testing autonomous driving! 9/28/2015 ​We solved an unpleasant paradox and turned the world upside down! 9/22/2015 After swimming in the ocean and a downpour to an investment from Tim Draper and Eleven fund! 9/16/2015 Start:up Sauna coming to Ljubljana again! Looking for the most promising startups in the region 9/14/2015 10 critical mistakes that can cost you your global success! 9/12/2015 ABC HUB formally opened its doors and presented the national Central European Startup Awards 8/24/2015 P&G Challenge or how you can connect with one of the biggest cosmetic multinational companies 8/16/2015 Pioneers Festival looking for the best startups in the Balkans! Applications by 31 August 2015 8/10/2015 Chipolo growing and conquering the world, expanding the team for new development achievements! 7/3/2015 Apply to Deloitte’s competition for the fastest growing companies in Central Europe! 7/2/2015 Adriatic Start-up school – Ecapital culture 2015 7/1/2015 Austrian Business Angel Day and pitch contest – applications until 10 July! 6/23/2015 Tennis star Ana Ivanović became the co-owner of the Slovenian start-up 6/15/2015 Come to start:Cloud ++ showcase pitch and meeting an investor: Voja Lalić from StartLabs 6/11/2015 Investment opportunities for social entrepreneurship at CEE Impact Day 2015 6/10/2015 With ABC accelerator to EXPO 2015 in Milano! Excellent opportunity for pitching to international investors and networking 6/4/2015 Massive action, excitement and success of the PODIM2015 Conference! 4/26/2015 Over 600 participants for the 2nd edition of Techsylvania 2/4/2015 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 1/25/2015 Start-ups, sales are a craft. Your CRM can be in Excel, your final goal is profit! 1/19/2015 Canvas instead of a business plan and building a successful business model 1/16/2015 SmartNinja teaches programming and IT skills to all beginners and individuals willing to learn 1/15/2015 Companies challenge, young people solve! The first entrepreneurial challenges are waiting for young budding entrepreneurs to solve them using “running lean” methodologies 1/12/2015 Established companies: improve your business model and sweep away your competition! 1/8/2015 We are looking for Slovenian winners of Imagine Cup! Application deadline January 30th! 1/6/2015 Start-ups most often fail because they don’t understand the market and don’t segment their users 1/5/2015 Global Impact Competition 2015 applications are open for CEE region