Apply for the Slovenian-Israeli Startup Accelerator

Day 20. December 2021

Are you a member of a Slovenian tech start-up and want to take your company to the next level? Are you looking for investors, customers and planning to enter the global market?


Take the opportunity to apply for the first Slovenian-Israeli Start-up Accelerator Program, which will take place in Tel Aviv (Israel) between 13 February and 11 April 2022. SPIRIT Slovenia, a public agency, and the Slovene Enterprise Fund (SEF), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tel Aviv, will launch the first Start-up Accelerator in Israel dedicated to Slovenian start-ups. 


Over the last decade, Israel has become one of the world's leading countries in the field of start-ups. Its advanced innovation ecosystem has earned it the nickname "Start-up Nation".


The main benefits of the program

The programme aims to connect selected Slovenian start-ups with Israeli high-tech companies, leading industrial organisations, international corporations, investors and academic institutions.


The Slovenian-Israeli Start-up Accelerator helps to achieve the most important steps in the early growth phase of start-ups.


It provides a competitive advantage to breakthrough at stages where most startups fail:

  • business and market validation
  • initial customer acquisition
  • Initial investor acquisition
  • business development and global market expansion.

You will have the opportunity to work with excellent teams and access the best companies in the market to validate and develop your product, connect with potential customers, open new market opportunities and grow globally.


The programme will be led by ETC (Arieli Capital Group), which manages innovation centres and programmes for leading academic/research institutions, governments, municipalities, industry brands and investment/equity funds including EIT, Arieli Capital, City Zone, Amadeus, Frontier Innovation Center, Microsoft for Startups and many more. ETC is a subsidiary of Arieli Capital Group, an American holding and investment firm with offices in Israel and New York.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to tech start-ups in a variety of sectors including health, agriculture, fintech, smart mobility, food technology, clean tech and others.


Companies that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • company registration in Slovenia
  • a solid established team
  • a working product, including a prototype
  • validated technology (preferred)
  • initial positive feedback from first users and customers (advantage)
  • first investment phase completed (advantage) 


What will you gain?

SPIRIT Slovenia and SEF provide funding to selected participating companies:

  • the entire implementation of the training programme, including the presence of expert mentors, lecturers, potential investors and foreign companies,
  • space and equipment for all workshops and events,
  • accommodation for one member of each registered Slovenian company at Abraham Hostels (in case of participation of several persons from the same company, the accommodation for the other members is chargeable).

More information at the webinar

  • For more information, come to the webinar on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2021 at 10:00. The webinar will include a detailed presentation of the programme by the implementation company Arieli Capital. All interested companies will be able to ask any questions they wish. 


register for the webinar


Contact person: Martin Zadel, SPIRIT Slovenia, e-mail:  


Application deadline

You can apply until January 16 2022 or until the available places are filled. From all the companies that apply, 6 to 12 of the best Slovenian start-ups that meet the application criteria will be selected.


More information about the programme can be found here.



## Udeležba v programu bo delno sofinancirana iz programa Vsebinske podpore, ki jo pod blagovno znamko Startupplus izvaja Slovenski podjetniški sklad. Vsebinsko podporo po shemi "de minimis" sofinancirata Ministrstvo za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo ter Evropska unija, in sicer iz Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj. Izvaja se na podlagi programa Vsebinska podpora prejemnikov sredstev (MSP) v obdobju od 2018 do 2023 v okviru Operativnega programa za izvajanje evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014-2020.


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Izvedba: Mojdenar IT d.o.o.