Collaboration between the Slovenian and Austrian startup ecosystems - a win for both

22. March 2023 At 13.00
Date and time
Wednesday, 22. March 2023
13.00 - 17.00 CEST

Unicorn Graz
Schubertstraße 6a
8010 Graz

Are you a startup, a scaleup company or an ecosystem representative? Are you investing all your efforts to ensure that Slovenian or Austrian startups receive the best possible support in product development and global market entry? Do you believe that foreign markets offer many opportunities for faster growth and development? If so, we invite you to a gathering of key players in the Austrian and Slovenian startup ecosystems.




How can Slovenian and Austrian startups benefit from collaboration?

Make sure you don't miss out on the chance to expand and enhance your professional network. Join us at a lively gathering of key players in the cross-border startup ecosystem from Slovenia and Austria, where you can connect with others, share experiences, and exchange contacts to help your startup or scaleup accelerate its growth. During the event, we will discuss good practices of cross-border networking and collaboration in the startup ecosystem. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to discuss available services and programs and identify new ways to enhance cross-border cooperation and achieve global success.


Who is the event for?

The event is aimed at promising Slovenian and Austrian startups and scaleups, as well as business incubators, technology parks, and accelerators that have a deep understanding of the challenges and obstacles that these companies face daily.


Why attend?

  • The hosts of the event will be Christoph Ludwig, Director of the SFG (Styrian Business Promotion Agency), and Maja Tomanič Vidovič, Director of the Slovene Enterprise Fund. This is a valuable opportunity for you to present your proposals.
  • Get insight into what the Austrian and Slovenian startup ecosystems have to offer startups and how you can leverage these resources. Learn about key people and organizations that can help.
  • Hear successful and inspiring Slovenian and Austrian startup success stories.
  • If you're a startup, use this occasion to share your own success story and network with fellow founders and potential business partners. You can also explore the various cross-border programs that are available and get involved.
  • For representatives of supportive environments, share your knowledge and learn more about available programs for startups and scaleups through cross-border cooperation.



22nd March from 13:00 to 17:00



Unicorn Graz, Schubertstraße 6a, 8010 Graz, Austria



13:00 – 13:10 | Registration and Networking Coffee


13:10 – 13:30 | Reception and Welcoming Address by Event Hosts


Reception by hosts:
Maja Tomanič Vidovič, Managing Director, Slovene Enterprise Fund, Slovenia

Christoph Ludwig, Managing Director, SFG, Austria


Event host:

Bernhard Weber, Managing Director, Unicorn Graz, Austria



Urban Lapajne, Program Manager, Venture Factory & Podim, Slovenia


13:30 – 13:45 | Let's build startup ecosystem bridges together. Where can you help?


Clusters – the main gateway to the specific industry partners. Short introduction of main industry clusters and their representatives.


Robert Gfrerer, Managing Director, Silicon Alps Cluster, Austria

Lejla Pock, Managing Director, Styria GmbH, Austria

Kilian Silberschneider & Visnja Koscak, Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH, Austria

Kerstin Draxler, Head of Marketing & International Affairs, ACstyria Mobilitätscluster, Austria

Barbara Nussmueller, Assistant Manager, Creative Industries Stria, Austria


13:45 – 14:00 | Panel: Benefits and best practices of cross-border cooperation


Blaž Jakopin, CEO & Co-Founder, Priot & Yolanda, Slovenia

Martin Moessler, Managing Director, Science Park Graz GmbH, Austria


14:00 – 14:15 | Introduction of the main Technology Parks and Accelerators of the universities and research institutions of Graz


Who are the main institutions and what benefits are available for entrepreneurs, researchers & students?



Martin Moessler, Managing Director, Science Park Graz, Austria

Bernhard Weber, Managing Director, Unicorn Graz, Austria

Thomas Mrak, Managing Director, ZWT - The Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Medicine, Austria

Patrick Habernik, Innovation Expert, Silicon Austria Labs, Austria

Lorenz Schmolly, Managing Director, Studo, Austria


14:15 – 14:30 | Business opportunities cross-border region – first-hand experience


Experienced founders will present business opportunities.


Nele Sicher, Marketing Expert, LinkMe Marketing, Austria

Kristina Kočet, CEO & Co-Founder, Tiko Pro d.o.o., Austria

Reinhard Willfort, CEO & Co-Founder, isn - innovation service network, Austria,

Anna Micheler-Hofer, Head of Operations, Ideentriebwerk, Austria


14:30 – 15:10 | Rapid 2-minute introduction of participating Slovenian startups


Short presentation of participating companies from Slovenia.


  1. Blaž Jakopin, CEO & Co-Founder, Priot d.o.o. & Yolanda
  2. Gašper Tompa, CEO & Co-Founder, Avirings d.o.o.
  3. Andrei Morozov, CEO & Co-Founder, YFLab d.o.o.
  4. Jani Kaukler, CEO & Co-Founder,
  5. Klement Kralj, CEO & Co-Founder, Remea d.o.o.
  6. Alexander Cavallieri, CEO & Co-Funder, Solar Integrated d.o.o.
  7. Igor Čenar, CEO & Co-Founder,  Pametna Tovarna d.o.o.
  8. Sergej Prosen, CEO & Co-Founder, Dedisol d.o.o.
  9. Grega Gostinčar, CEO & Co-Founder, Biohacking Vital d.o.o.
  10. Maja Gselman, CEO & Co-Founder, Centrum Cognitio d.o.o.
  11. Matjaž Voglar, CEO & Co-Founder, Mover d.o.o.
  12. Tine Lenart, CEO & Co-Founder, AIRCAM d.o.o.
  13. Darko Đurić, CEO & Co-Founder, DTs HUB, Slovenia


15:10 – 17:00 | Cross-border Networking

Cross-border networking among key Styrian stakeholders and Slovenian delegation.




CEOs of the leading business clusters in Styria, Austria:


CEOs and leading experts of the Technology Parks and Accelerators of the universities and research institutions of Graz:

Entrepreneur, marketing expert and supporter of women entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneur and innovation & crowdsourcing expert:

Entrepreneur and expert on European projects:

Pitching of Slovenian entrepreneurs penetrating the Austrian market:


More information about the program participants:

Lejla Styria Styria (HTS) has been founded in 2004 as a cluster organization with a focus on health technologies. Currently, the cluster is in charge of 110 members from science and industry that are quite successful on the international forefront of innovation. Styria is thriving to bundle capabilities, utilize synergies, initiate new projects, strengthen the innovative spirit and optimize the international visibility of its partners.


Robert GfrererSilicon Alps Cluster

The Silicon Alps Electronic Cluster is a public-private partnership that brings together Austrian players from industry, science and public authorities to develop and position the electronics and microelectronics sector with a regional focus on the locations Carinthia and Styria. The Silicon Alps cluster regards itself as a long-term strategic alliance and a tool for cooperative, efficient and business-oriented location development.


Christian TippelreitherHolzcluster Steiermark

The Holzcluster Steiermark network includes companies and know-how partners from the forest-based sector as well as partners from universities and research. The network allows business, research and politics to grow together into a strong ecosystem. The Holzcluster promotes its members and develops the industry for a competitive future. Internationalisation is an important success factor for the timber industry.


Kerstin DraxlerACstyria Mobilitätscluster

ACstyria is a public-private partnership of 300 partner companies in the transportation / mobility industry, most of them based in Styria (Austria). Their main goal is to enhance the business opportunities of their partner companies.


B, arbara NussmuellerCreative Industries Styria

The platform of the Styrian creative industry on is an important instrument of networking. The most important part is the data pool where all persons active in the creative sector have the opportunity to register without costs and offer their services.


Martin MoesslerScience Park Graz

Science Park Graz is a publicly funded institution with the purpose of supporting and promoting the creation of innovative tech-based startups business in Graz and Styria. Science Park Graz is also the home of the ESA (European Space Agency) Business Incubation Centre. It offers a strong network and multiple funding opportunities for SMEs and industry players to boost their business by using space systems and technologies to support service innovation in multiple areas of the economy.


Bernhard WeberUnicorn Graz

Unicorn Graz - Startup & Innovation Hub in Graz. The Unicorn is the place for science, startups and corporates in the heart of the city of Graz, on the campus of the University of Graz, the largest university in Styria. It is the contact point for students, researchers, and those interested in founding a company.     


Thomas MrakZWT - The Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Medicine

The ZWT is directly connected to the campus of the Medical University of Graz and the University Hospital Graz.

It brings economy and research institutes closer together in a very unique way. Start-ups and companies have easier access to scientific know-how and thus are able to improve human health with their products and services. The ZWT Accelerator supports start-ups and spin-offs in the life science sector.


Patrick HabernikSilicon Austria Labs

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is Austria's research center for electronic-based systems. They develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, and more. They conduct cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain.


The event is free, but registration is required. Spots are limited, so secure yours now.




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