Triumph of bravery and vision (old)

Start:up of the year is a national competition that wishes to recognize the best business teams and start-up companies, support them professionally as well as in media, and introduce them to potential investors and partners.

We are looking for brave individuals and visionary teams with innovative ideas and potential for global growth.

Networking, learning, capital

The competition encourages the development of innovative companies and contributes towards spreading positive entrepreneurship culture in Slovenia. Throughout the process of application, selection and final announcement of finalists and the winner, the entrepreneurs undergo an intense process of learning, networking and obtaining the capital needed for achieving their set goals.

Connection to the P2 tender 

The competition Start:up of the year is, already traditionally, connected with the tender P2 of the Slovene Enterprise Fund, which gives a 74,000 € grant to start-up companies with an innovative idea – non-refundable means for developing a product in the span of two years. Those competition participants who do well in the selection process can obtain up to 25 points out of 100 possible under the tender conditions.

Gala announcement

Like all previous years, the competition Start:up of the year 2015 will also be concluded with a gala evening event at the international business conference PODIM on May 13th 2015 in the hotel Habakuk in Maribor. The fantastic atmosphere full of excited expectations will give every event and competition participant an amazing experience in the spotlight, in front of the press flash and television cameras. 

A network for success

The successful organisation of the competition is ensured by a network of partners of the Slovenian start-up ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, investors, support institutions’ consultants, media, government and non-government organisations… This network is also important for ensuring promotion and support to competition participants, while at the same time being a basis for developing innovative entrepreneurship in Slovenia.   

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