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april 2018
 
/24. april   South Central Ventures invests in LittleDot to create the ultimate digital parenting platform! The venture capital fund South Central Ventures, led by Jure Mikuž with a team of managing partners, has announced its newest portfolio acquisition – the LittleDot app. A platform, built by Dario Šimović and Dr. Milivoj Jovančević, connects parents to pediatricians and other specialists in real-time, and ensures that parents get verified advice and track their child’s health progress. Central Ventures commits to Croatian team LittleDot to invest up to EUR 600k, depending on the needs of this first investment round. > More
/19. april   Nova KBM wishes to collaborate with startups to develop solutions for faster, cheaper and handier monetary transactions! Nova KBM is the second biggest bank in Slovenia, the traditional general sponsor of PODIM, and this year a PODIM Challenge corporate partner for the second time. They wish to strategically collaborate with startups, mostly in the field of mobile payments and transfers of funds, namely faster, cheaper and handier monetary transactions. Aleš Živkovič, innovation officer and one of the main engines of Nova KBM’s development and its digital transformation, lists pilot innovation projects of the bank, including blockchain-based services, contactless payments, and using data and data analytics to improve the user experience of the online and mobile bank > More
/12. april   Jan Isakovič, Cofound.it: ”The world sucks! And with blockchain, we can perhaps actually make it better. ”It’s not easy being a startup. Especially not in Europe, where most VC investors don’t have their own startup experience and consequently lack the empathy that would make the entire investment process more humane.” Jan Isakovič understands this very well, because he experienced all possible entrepreneurial cycles, the ups and downs, with his two startups. As CEO and cofounder of Cofound.it, which started its journey as a global reference accelerator for crypto startups and collected 13 million euros with their own ICO campaign in June last year, Jan is now working on developing a platform and protocol for automatically connecting the most interesting blockchain startups with users, consultants and potential investors. > More
/9. april   Zavarovalnica Sava wishes to solve insurance claims twice as fast. In doing so, they are also counting on startup solutions! Zavarovalnica Sava, the second biggest insurance company in the region, has set a concrete goal in its innovation activities, namely to solve insurance claims twice as fast. In doing so, they are also counting on solutions developed in collaboration with startups. Besides improving the user experience, they are also focusing on insurance distribution itself, which is why at this year’s PODIM, they will not only be attentive to all the fintech and insurtech teams but also to solutions in processes automatization, loyalty programmes and other generic technologies that can be interesting for use in insurance, says Robert Sraka, Director of New Generation Services in Zavarovalnica Sava. > More
/6. april   Innovating for the industry is sexy! And Kolektor Labs knows how to do it A smart move of the multinational corporation Kolektor that intends to ensure a sustainable source of growth is the foundation of Kolektor Labs. It’s a typical startup, lean and agile development environment with five key fields – artificial intelligence, robotics, AR & VR, simulation technologies, and digital platforms. It’s led by a PhD startupper Marko Thaler, who wishes to ensure fast and maximally effective development of smart digital solutions for the industry. > More

marec 2018
 
/30. marec   Internal hackathons, blockchain or IoT solutions – innovation activities of Telekom Slovenije are user centred! Telekom Slovenije is currently working on three startups projects. The first one is a blockchain enterprise app, developed in collaboration with a Russian startup that they met at last year’s PODIM Conference. The second one is designing an ecosystem for the development of solutions in mobility, including testing the Narrowband-IoT technology for motorcycles. On the third project, they’re designing a new concept for a service platform and developing advanced browser algorithms. The team that’s responsible for innovation and collaboration with startups in the biggest Slovenian provider of ICT solutions is coming to PODIM once again. > More
/29. marec   How to grow into a unicorn? With an understanding of markets, hard work, the right values, and an incredible team! Outfit7, the first unicorn of Slovenian founders, recently had 7.7 billion downloads of its Talking Tom and Friends apps, which reach more than 350 million monthly users! We talked to Žiga Vavpotič, the chairman of Outfit7, about the key elements and a pinch of magic behind the incredible success of company – at first a startup, today a globally established family entertainment corporation. In his recognizable style, he also summarized the key advice on the dos and don’ts for everyone who’s heading on the startup journey. > More
/28. marec   Dewesoft is using all its infrastructure and know-how in the Katapult accelerator to support young companies! DEWESoft is one of the leading manufacturers of measurement solutions in the world, founded in 2000 and since then grown into a multinational corporation with 12 companies in Europe, Asia and the US. Their measurement programmes and devices are used by tech giants such as NASA, SpaceX, Bosch, BMW, Audi and many others. > More
/27. marec   IoT Challenge at Iskratel – The best solution will become a candidate for an investment and have access to 1+ million users! Startups, heads up! Iskratel, the leading European provider of ICT solutions, will announce its IoT Challenge at this year’s PODIM Conference. The Challenge will give you the opportunity for an investment and a testing range with more than a million users! > More
/19. marec   The European Commission announces European startup ambassadors Startup Europe Ambassadors also include Initiative Start:up Slovenia 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. > More
/14. marec   How to get a 54,000 EUR startup grant, why should you launch your own ICO project, and what does the Slovenian startup ecosystem have to offer? How innovative startup companies can obtain the startup grant P2 in the amount of 54,000€ and what its pre-selection process from Start:up Slovenia looks like was, already traditionally, presented at Forum 100% Start:up on 5 March 2018 in Technology Park Ljubljana. The event was designed in collaboration with Slovene Enterprise Fund and the Slovenian startup community in such a way that the visitors learned about all the key current public and private programmes for support, financing, mentoring and international networking of startup companies, including this year’s PODIM Conference and hot ICO projects. The event was followed by local roadshow events in Maribor, Nova Gorica, Celje, Velenje and Kranj. In your calendars, you can already mark the deadline for applying to the pre-selection for P2, namely 20 March 2018. > More
/12. marec   Mateja Lavrič, Kolektor Ventures: ”We are focusing on the knowledge of startups and adapting their solutions for the industry!” Due to a relatively small number of startups that are developing solutions for the industry, the corporate fund Kolektor Ventures is increasingly focusing on the knowledge and competences of teams. If, for example, a startup excels at predictive analytics and is offering it to the financial market, this can also be interesting in the context of an industrial or manufacturing company with a suitable pivot. The case is similar with machine learning, sensorics, robotics, AR/VR/MR, artificial intelligence and simulation models. All mentioned technologies are in the investment focus of the Kolektor multinational, which works in the field of highly specialized industrial manufacturing, but they can successfully pivot into solutions for industrial 4.0 or smart factories with the right approaches and a suitably experienced and flexible strategic investor ... > More
/12. marec   Jure Mikuž, RSG Capital: ”Investing is all about the people and pitches are overrated!” We are looking for teams that have the characteristics of our previous successful investments,” says Jure Mikuž, the managing director of the most successful venture capital fund in the region, RSG Capital, whose exit in Celtra brought a 10-times return on the invested euro. What is also interesting is his opinion that pitches are overrated, because they only help you find out whether the person on the stage is capable of selling his or her idea to the investor, which increases the possibility of them knowing how to sell it to users on the market. For Jure Mikuž and his manager team, pitching lasts from the first meeting to signing the contract and also includes everything that happens in between – besides the idea and business model also, and especially, what happens on the level of relationships and people! > More

februar 2018
 
/23. februar   FORUM 100 % start:up - from 54.000 EUR incentives to ICO millions! How can innovative startup companies obtain the startup grant P2 in the amount of 54,000€ and what does the Start:up Slovenia pre-selection process look like will be presented at Forum 100% Start:up on Monday, 5 March, in Technology Park Ljubljana. We collaborated with the Slovene Enterprise Fund and the startup community to design the event in such a way that you will learn the details of all key current programmes for the support, financing, mentorship and international networking of startup companies. > More

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