Programmes for talent activation

Second place for team Adora at Imagine Cup 2013
Enthusiastic participants of the Start:up Weekend 2014
Winners of the ITIME 2014 accelerator

Motivational meetings

All across Slovenia, Initiative members organise motivational meetings, such as business Tuesday and Wednesdays, Business Meetups or Startup müsli meetings. Their goal is to allow experienced start-uppers to share their valuable experience, knowledge, successes and failures with the purpose of motivating, connecting and qualifying the Slovenian community of talented individuals. Alongside the events organised within the Initiative, there are many other motivational events on the Slovenian start-up scene, organised by Mladi podjetnik, Internet Week Slovenia, D.talks, Ustvarjalnik, Fail & Fear events, Start-up Novo mesto and others.
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Student competition

The Initiative and Microsoft innovation centre in Slovenia organise a local selection for the largest student competition, Imagine Cup. More than 450,000 students from all across the world participate in this elite Oscars of innovativeness, as we like to call it. The competition is a great springboard for students, as it offers the teams media visibility as well as allows them to obtain practical experiences and a network of connections. Teams such as Inova IT, EqualEyes and Adora Med have taken a great advantage of this competition for their own business breakthrough. More about the competition.

Start-up weekend

The start-up weekend is an intense and fun business weekend event at which teams are assembled from students of various faculties. These teams then compete in who will create the best prototype or company business model in the shortest time following the latest methodologies (, lean start-up and business model generation), as well as market test it. More about the previous weekend.
Similar events exist alongside these start-up weekends of the initiative. They are organised by other organisations and individuals (Več kot les, Start-up Days), and we will notify you about them as well.

Accelerators for idea development

ITIME is an idea accelerator meant to support young talents from the field of telecommunications, internet, media and entertainment during the process of development and commercialization of solutions with global potential. The end goal of the programme is preparing the idea for pitching in front of investors from home and abroad. More about the accelerator.



Programmes for accelerated launch

Start:up of the year 2014 winner
Finding current information at the Start:up roadshow
Creative atmosphere in Start:up GeekHouse

GeekHouse accelerator

The accelerator is meant for innovative business teams with global ambitions and gives them: start-up mentors, 50,000 € of capital in the form of a convertible loan, co-working facilities, an excellent bootcamp programme and comprehensive administrative help and support. More about the accelerator.

Start:up roadshow events

Events designed to spread information about current business programmes of the initiative and its partners. The roadshow events help individuals successfully apply to and participate in programmes as well as promote the exchange of experiences and good practices between guest entrepreneurs and participants. See the event calendar and hurry up with your application!

Competition Start:up of the year

Start:up of the year is a national competition of start-up companies. The purpose of the competition is to recognize the best business teams and start-up companies in the Slovenian environment, expertly support them, introduce them to potential investors and promote them to the general public at home and abroad. More about the competition.

Other events and workshops

Throughout the entire year, the initiative members and its partners organise numerous professional and networking events at which you will receive useful information, new knowledge and first-hand experience for successfully building your start-up company. See the event calendar and subscribe to news in order to receive regular updates about all current events. Alongside the programmes we organise within the initiative, there are also programmes from other start-up stakeholders, such as Start-up School Hekovnik, 30Lean, Mladi podjetnik, Internet Week Slovenia, D.talks and others, which you will also be regularly notified about via our e-news.



Programmes for global growth

Presentation for entering the Seedcamp accelerator
Mentorship events and meetings.
The team aiming for global breakthrough with the Sqwiz application.

Go:Global accelerator

The accelerator offers everything necessary to those start-up companies that have already found their product-market fit: 200,000 € of capital, excellent training for preparing for an investment and fast growth, a personal start-up mentor, comprehensive administrative help, use of infrastructure and active promotion at home and abroad. More about the accelerator.

1:1 mentorship events

The Go:Global mentorship programme unites more than 150 mentors, successful entrepreneurs and business specialists, who help start-up companies solve specific problems for breaking through to global markets. More about the events and the calendar.

Entering accelerators abroad

We help Slovenian start-ups apply to globally renowned accelerators such as Y Combinator, Seedcamp, TechStars, Wayra and others. Entrepreneurs who have already been accepted to these accelerators now play the role of mentors and help other start-ups prepare an application. More about the events and the calendar.

Other programmes for global growth

Alongside the programmes organised by the initiative, there are programmes for global growth organised by other organisations, such as Start-up School Hekovnik and CEED.



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