Fear of growth kills ambition
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Technology Park Ljubljana is an innovative tech community of more than three hundred companies, uniting entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. For them, the technology park organizes a series of supporting and educational events, helping them get into excellent shape, which they need in the Slovenian as well as the very competitive international environment.
Besides startups, the park has been focusing on supporting scale-ups over the past few years – companies that have ten or more employees, at least a million euros in annual turnover, and more than 20-percent average annual growth in turnover over the past three years. A recent first event in Technology Park, called TNT (Top ‘n’ Tech) – technology explosion – gathered the cream of the crop of already established growing Slovenian companies. They can act as inspiration to startup companies and others who have a business idea but don’t know how to make use of it, by showing that with the right sales, design and marketing, it is possible to break through to even the global top.
Role model for those with potential and ambition
“Slovenia can boast with high quality of life, which is amongst our highest values, and we are actually very proud of it,” explains
Dr Jernej Pintar, builder of the Technology Park Ljubljana community. “It can happen that a company declines foreign capital for expansion, because we highly value family and free time. On the one hand, this is fantastic, but on the other, it’s a trap, because many companies get caught in their fear of growth, which kills their ambition. At first, the company has a few people who all know each other, then there are suddenly twenty and more, and they don’t know each other that well anymore. They were used to the leader being the best in all areas, a true “Terminator” who knew how to handle technology, lead finances, sell, and sweep the floor on top of it all.”
Read the full article about Technology park Ljubljana, scaleups and Top 'n' Tech at Dnevnik.si (in Slovene).
Photo: Dr. Jernej Pintar, builder of the Technology Park Ljubljana community (Photo: TPL)