Investors Business Conference

Join the most edgy investment conference where we cultivate knowledge, foster connections and praise great investments.

Funded by:

This event is co-financed by the Slovene Enterprise Fund and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. It is implemented based on the programme Substantive support for recipients of financial resources (SMEs) from 2018 to 2023 within the framework of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy in the period 2014 – 2020.

ABOUT THE INVESTORS EDGE CONFERENCE

The idea of an investment edge is quite simple. It means that there are some features of an investment behaviour that increase the chances of better outcomes. Although the concept is simple, finding these advantages and creating an environment that favours them is a major challenge.

Edge is a fairly simple concept and refers to something that gives you an advantage over other investors. The investor’s edge is what allows you to succeed as an investor. Edge is also relevant if you have chosen a managed fund, actively managed to outperform the return of an index.

There are three main things that give investors an edge – informational advantages, analytical advantages and behavioural advantages.

Join us at the edgiest investment conference where we value knowledge, foster connections and praise great investment.

When?

14.6.2023

Where?

As of the 9th of June, the conference is fully booked, therefore you can only join the online version.

When?

14.6.2023

Where?

As of the 9th of June, the conference is fully booked, therefore you can only join the online version.

WHY TO ATTEND?

Would you like to know why the conference will definitely be worthwhile?

FOR INVESTORS

Finding the right addition to your investment portfolio has never been easier. Slovenia is increasingly becoming a springboard for successful investors. With companies like Outfit 7, Bird Buddy, Hooray Heroes, Salesquezze, Grashka and many more. What’s next? Gain the right knowledge to do better, bolder and faster Exits.

Come and see for yourself!

The Investors Edge brings together practical knowledge, investment opportunities and the region’s brightest minds in one place – The Investors Edge Conference.

Reserve your spot ASAP, seats are limited!

FOR STARTUPS

The investors Edge is the hotspot for you and your business. Listen, observe and discuss in various parts of event, designed to skyrocket your startup. It is THE event for your life-changing connections with investors, partners, and new valuable customers.

Reserve your spot asap, number is limited!

The Investors Edge is the hotspot for you and your business. Listen, watch and discuss the various parts of the event designed to skyrocket your startup. It’s THE event for your life-changing connections with investors, partners and new valuable customers.

Reserve your spot ASAP, seats are limited!

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

– James Cash Penney.

PROGRAM

Look through what we have in store for you. Parts of the program are not yet fully finalised and are still being added.

9:30 – 9:50

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

9:50 – 10:00

WELCOMING SPEECH

Welcoming speech

TALK:

dr. Jerneja Jug: Head of EU Comission in Ljubljana

10:00 – 11:15

New paradigm of investments in EU

10:00 – 10:45

PANEL:

Partnering, strategy and investment for deeptech and impact opportunities

Alexandre Massart, Galina Markova, Karlo Kukec, dr. Niels Bogard

10:40 – 11:15

TALK:

Do I know ESG – mysteries of mastering ESG

Amanda Lucal

11:15 – 12:30

Public vs private investing

11:15 – 11:35

TALK:

Slovenian Enterprise Fund new Horizon

Nina Urbanič

11:35 – 12:10

TALK:

Co-Investing with governments: Aligning interests for win-win

Viktorija Vaitkevičienė

12:10 – 12:30

TALK:

EU priority areas were never so hot to invest in.

Marjana Majerič

12:30 – 13:00

COFFEE BREAK

13:00 – 14:15

Investing is a knowledge

13:00 – 13:10

TALK:

Persistence is key to success

Tatiana Georgiou

13:10 – 13:30

PITCH BATTLE

Mass Master : Process Space

Smart Octopus Solution : Glossiq

YFLab : Armbeep

MPor : TipPri

13:30 – 14:00

TALK:

Investment instruments

Nejc Novak

14:00 – 14:15

TALK:

Investment instrument M-PasS

Robert Stammen, Andrei Hancu

14:15 – 15:15

LUNCH

15:15 – 15:45

Exits are a different animal

14:30 – 15:30

TALK:

Exit and-or secondaries

Frank Lyhne, Henrik Juul

15:45 – 16:45

Are horizonts bright?

15:45 – 16:45

PANEL:

Are investments stopping – thoughts about CEE region and state of investing (Moderator: Blaž Jamšek)

Petr Šima, Gregor Rebolj, Rok Habinc, Igor Madzov

16:45 – 18:00

NETWORKING

SPEAKERS

Alexandre Massart

Blend Ventures

Alexandre Massart is an experienced investor who currently heads Blend Ventures Ltd, an advisory and consulting firm for early-stage and established companies in the technology, fintech, payment and internet sectors. He is also an active angel investor in several tech startups in the EU and the US in the payments, technology and blockchain sectors. Alexandre is also an entrepreneur and was co-founder and VP Products of Viarua, Ltd, a crowdfunding startup offering financing for cultural projects through both direct funding and funding via untapped tax incentives, as well as co-founder of Msystem AG, a Swiss startup in computer networking. His expertise is in international strategic business development, deal making, venture capital investments and strategic partnerships, new product development and implementation, and strategic business planning.

Alexandre Massart

Blend Ventures

Alexandre Massart is an experienced investor who currently heads Blend Ventures Ltd, an advisory and consulting firm for early-stage and established companies in the technology, fintech, payment and internet sectors. He is also an active angel investor in several tech startups in the EU and the US in the payments, technology and blockchain sectors. Alexandre is also an entrepreneur and was co-founder and VP Products of Viarua, Ltd, a crowdfunding startup offering financing for cultural projects through both direct funding and funding via untapped tax incentives, as well as co-founder of Msystem AG, a Swiss startup in computer networking. His expertise is in international strategic business development, deal making, venture capital investments and strategic partnerships, new product development and implementation, and strategic business planning.

Nejc Novak

Nlaw

Nejc has more than ten years of experience in M&A, restructuring and financing transactions. He is widely recommended as a leading individual. Nejc started Nlaw in 2016 and scaled it to a market leader in private equity and venture capital transactions in Slovenia and Croatia. ​Nejc graduated cum laude from Ljubljana University, and completed part of his studies at Utrecht University. He obtained his masters in International Commercial Law from University College London. ​Nejc is a regular guest at professional conferences. He was a member of the EU Blockchain Forum and Observatory. Nejc loves mountain biking, skiing and sailing.

Nejc Novak

Nlaw

Nejc has more than ten years of experience in M&A, restructuring and financing transactions. He is widely recommended as a leading individual. Nejc started Nlaw in 2016 and scaled it to a market leader in private equity and venture capital transactions in Slovenia and Croatia. ​Nejc graduated cum laude from Ljubljana University, and completed part of his studies at Utrecht University. He obtained his masters in International Commercial Law from University College London. ​Nejc is a regular guest at professional conferences. He was a member of the EU Blockchain Forum and Observatory. Nejc loves mountain biking, skiing and sailing.

Robert Stammen

Gateway Ventures

At Gateway Ventures as Head of Partnerships his domains are “Managed Pooling as a Service” (M-PaaS) and overall revenues, business development and strategy.

Robert Stammen is also Chief Executive Angel at APEX Ventures. As an active business angel he invested in 10 start-ups.

+10 years as Entrepreneur
+ 5 years as an active Business Angel

As GESSI (BAND) contributor he helped to write the German standard contracts for investor “pooling” (syndication)

What he likes most about his work is the colorful spectrum and diversity of thoughts, ideas and visions.

His advice to new investors:

“Do not underestimate the importance of timing.” #WhyNow?

How he sees the future of start-up investing:

Cooperation will be key to foster innovation and prosperity for the future.

Robert Stammen

Gateway Ventures

At Gateway Ventures as Head of Partnerships his domains are “Managed Pooling as a Service” (M-PaaS) and overall revenues, business development and strategy.

Robert Stammen is also Chief Executive Angel at APEX Ventures. As an active business angel he invested in 10 start-ups.

+10 years as Entrepreneur
+ 5 years as an active Business Angel

As GESSI (BAND) contributor he helped to write the German standard contracts for investor “pooling” (syndication)

What he likes most about his work is the colorful spectrum and diversity of thoughts, ideas and visions.

His advice to new investors:

“Do not underestimate the importance of timing.” #WhyNow?

How he sees the future of start-up investing:

Cooperation will be key to foster innovation and prosperity for the future.

Frank Lyhne Hansen

Nordic Secondary Fund

Frank Lyhne Hansen has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and is also a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School.

In addition to running his own companies and before joining Polar Light Capital, Mr Hansen was part of the Risk & Advanced Analytics team at Deloitte in Copenhagen, focusing on insurance and banking. He has a broad professional network throughout Scandinavia and continuously works with the largest banks, insurance companies and pension funds.

Frank Lyhne Hansen is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of innovative projects and companies that he has founded himself and successfully placed not only with financial institutions but also in other industries. Companies in which for a large part,he is still a stake holder.

Frank Lyhne Hansen

Nordic Secondary Fund

Frank Lyhne Hansen has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and is also a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School.

In addition to running his own companies and before joining Polar Light Capital, Mr Hansen was part of the Risk & Advanced Analytics team at Deloitte in Copenhagen, focusing on insurance and banking. He has a broad professional network throughout Scandinavia and continuously works with the largest banks, insurance companies and pension funds.

Frank Lyhne Hansen is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of innovative projects and companies that he has founded himself and successfully placed not only with financial institutions but also in other industries. Companies in which for a large part,he is still a stake holder.

Petr Šima

Depo Ventures

Petr Šíma sets the direction for the investment group DEPO Ventures, which he founded in 2016. The group manages two angel funds and owns the international syndicate of angel investors DEPO Angels. He is also a board member of the leading European Business Angel Network (EBAN). He specialises in fundraising and advising on mergers and acquisitions and has more than 25 years of experience in this field.

As a student at the University of Economics, he founded an investment company and a privatization fund with a few other people. Based on this experience, he later found himself on the boards of directors and supervisory boards of several companies.

Peter Šima is interested in angel, pre-seed and seed investments. His focus is on CEE, where he sees a lot of talent and great potential.

He is proud to say that he has never been employed in his life.

Petr Šima

Depo Ventures

Petr Šíma sets the direction for the investment group DEPO Ventures, which he founded in 2016. The group manages two angel funds and owns the international syndicate of angel investors DEPO Angels. He is also a board member of the leading European Business Angel Network (EBAN). He specialises in fundraising and advising on mergers and acquisitions and has more than 25 years of experience in this field.

As a student at the University of Economics, he founded an investment company and a privatization fund with a few other people. Based on this experience, he later found himself on the boards of directors and supervisory boards of several companies.

Peter Šima is interested in angel, pre-seed and seed investments. His focus is on CEE, where he sees a lot of talent and great potential.

He is proud to say that he has never been employed in his life.

Rok Habinc

Partner at Pan-Adria Partners / Slovenia

Pan-Adria Partners is raising a sector-agnostic €70M Venture fund. The fund’s focus is on early growth companies primarily located in Slovenia, with a global product or service. The preferred teams have a proven product with demonstrated traction and have acquired their first paying customers, targeting either a large market or a lucrative niche. Pan-Adria VentureOne aims to invest between €0.5M to €3M per company, with the possibility of additional follow-on investments. The Pan-Adria team brings a wealth of expertise in global B2B sales and a track record of successfully navigating crises and scaling companies. They offer hands-on support in critical areas such as closing sales, optimizing pricing, managing liquidity, and making tough strategic decisions. Rok is seeking founders with grit and perseverance who can bring their ideas to market and scale their businesses.

Prior to starting Pan-Adria Partners, Rok was a founding partner at STH Management, an investment group involved in various industries, funds, and real estate projects. He has managed the STH Ventures venture fund since 2010. Rok’s previous experience includes roles in general management, serving as CEO and owner of a machine-building factory, executive positions in fund management companies and various production industries, as well as involvement in M&A projects in the financial services, packaging, telecommunications, and IT sectors. Additionally, Rok is an active business angel and serves on the Board at Business Angels of Slovenia.

Rok holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, an MBA from Emory University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Rok Habinc

Partner at Pan-Adria Partners / Slovenia

Pan-Adria Partners is raising a sector-agnostic €70M Venture fund. The fund’s focus is on early growth companies primarily located in Slovenia, with a global product or service. The preferred teams have a proven product with demonstrated traction and have acquired their first paying customers, targeting either a large market or a lucrative niche. Pan-Adria VentureOne aims to invest between €0.5M to €3M per company, with the possibility of additional follow-on investments. The Pan-Adria team brings a wealth of expertise in global B2B sales and a track record of successfully navigating crises and scaling companies. They offer hands-on support in critical areas such as closing sales, optimizing pricing, managing liquidity, and making tough strategic decisions. Rok is seeking founders with grit and perseverance who can bring their ideas to market and scale their businesses.

Prior to starting Pan-Adria Partners, Rok was a founding partner at STH Management, an investment group involved in various industries, funds, and real estate projects. He has managed the STH Ventures venture fund since 2010. Rok’s previous experience includes roles in general management, serving as CEO and owner of a machine-building factory, executive positions in fund management companies and various production industries, as well as involvement in M&A projects in the financial services, packaging, telecommunications, and IT sectors. Additionally, Rok is an active business angel and serves on the Board at Business Angels of Slovenia.

Rok holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana, an MBA from Emory University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Henrik Juul

Nordic Secondary Fund

As Head of Legal and Administration at Nordic Secondary Fund, Henrik Juul is an important part of the investment process as well as the administration of the two current funds. Henrik Juul has more than 30 years of experience in banking, mortgage lending and retirement planning and has been a lawyer at Koch / Christensen Advokatfirma for the past 5.5 years. Henrik holds a Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD from CBS. In addition, Henrik has been an external lecturer at CBS in HA (jur.), Cand.merc.(jur.), HD (F) and HD (FR), and previously an associate professor. Today Henrik is still a censor at the Danish Business Economics Censor Corps.

Henrik Juul

Nordic Secondary Fund

As Head of Legal and Administration at Nordic Secondary Fund, Henrik Juul is an important part of the investment process as well as the administration of the two current funds. Henrik Juul has more than 30 years of experience in banking, mortgage lending and retirement planning and has been a lawyer at Koch / Christensen Advokatfirma for the past 5.5 years. Henrik holds a Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD from CBS. In addition, Henrik has been an external lecturer at CBS in HA (jur.), Cand.merc.(jur.), HD (F) and HD (FR), and previously an associate professor. Today Henrik is still a censor at the Danish Business Economics Censor Corps.

Niels Bogerd

Sense Glove, Felloz

Niels Bogerd is a serial entrepreneur and operations expert with special affection for (tech) startups. hHe helps people carry out their tasks more efficiently and have more fun in what they do. He does this in the groups he leads and with the products they develop. For over 15 years, he has contributed to this mission, first, as a scientist at different research institutes and a university. Now, as a serial entrepreneur through tech startups (e.g., LAPP and SenseGlove), investments (e.g., SenseGlove and Felloz), coaching early-stage startups (e.g., Daphne Textiles Research and Karjola), and advising other investors. He is a husband, a proud father of two boys, and a mountain and sports enthusiast.

Niels Bogerd

Sense Glove, Felloz

Niels Bogerd is a serial entrepreneur and operations expert with special affection for (tech) startups. hHe helps people carry out their tasks more efficiently and have more fun in what they do. He does this in the groups he leads and with the products they develop. For over 15 years, he has contributed to this mission, first, as a scientist at different research institutes and a university. Now, as a serial entrepreneur through tech startups (e.g., LAPP and SenseGlove), investments (e.g., SenseGlove and Felloz), coaching early-stage startups (e.g., Daphne Textiles Research and Karjola), and advising other investors. He is a husband, a proud father of two boys, and a mountain and sports enthusiast.

Amanda Lucal

Plan A

Amanda Lucal is Account Executive of International Sales at Plan A, a leading provider of carbon accounting, decarbonisation and corporate ESG reporting software solutions. With her strong understanding of the sustainability landscape, Amanda advises companies to understand their sustainability needs and create a partnership roadmap to achieve their sustainability goals and improve their ESG reporting using the Plan A Sustainability Platform. Amanda is from California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Destinations from EAE Business School. Prior to joining Plan A, Amanda worked in sustainable destination management, education and social services.

Amanda Lucal

Plan A

Amanda Lucal is Account Executive of International Sales at Plan A, a leading provider of carbon accounting, decarbonisation and corporate ESG reporting software solutions. With her strong understanding of the sustainability landscape, Amanda advises companies to understand their sustainability needs and create a partnership roadmap to achieve their sustainability goals and improve their ESG reporting using the Plan A Sustainability Platform. Amanda is from California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Destinations from EAE Business School. Prior to joining Plan A, Amanda worked in sustainable destination management, education and social services.

Tatiana Georgiu

Olimpija Ljubljana

Tatiana is a professional football player for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia and also for the national team of Greece with many appearances in qualifications for euro and world cup. Before coming to Slovenia she was in Italy. First in Napoli and then in Cesena. And before that she was in Greece in one of the biggest clubs with which she won 5 championships and Greek Cups. She has graduated from the University of physical education and sport science and is also a football coach with UEFA B.

Tatiana Georgiu

Olimpija Ljubljana

Tatiana is a professional football player for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia and also for the national team of Greece with many appearances in qualifications for euro and world cup. Before coming to Slovenia she was in Italy. First in Napoli and then in Cesena. And before that she was in Greece in one of the biggest clubs with which she won 5 championships and Greek Cups. She has graduated from the University of physical education and sport science and is also a football coach with UEFA B.

Nina Urbanič

Slovene Enterprise Fund

Nina is adviser for equity investment monitoring and reporting at Slovene Enterprise Fund, working with seed capital investments of the Fund. Prior to this she was equity trader and financial analyst at Probanka Fund Management company and Zlata Moneta d.d., as well as stockbroker and settlement officer at Cogito bis B. H. Ltd. brokerage.

Nina Urbanič

Slovene Enterprise Fund

Nina is adviser for equity investment monitoring and reporting at Slovene Enterprise Fund, working with seed capital investments of the Fund. Prior to this she was equity trader and financial analyst at Probanka Fund Management company and Zlata Moneta d.d., as well as stockbroker and settlement officer at Cogito bis B. H. Ltd. brokerage.

Viktorija Vaitkevičienė

INVL Asset Management

Viktorija Vaitkevičienė has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector. She is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Mundus Asset Management (part of Invalda INVL).
For the last four years, Viktorija has been a manager of the venture capital fund CoInvest Capital and a board member of the Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN), which brings together over 300 investors. From 2009 to 2018, she worked at the national promotional institution INVEGA, where she was responsible for implementing private equity and venture capital instruments and selecting fund managers. From 2019 to 2021, she was Chair of the European Venture Fund Investors Network (EVFIN), which brings together investors from 17 countries.

Viktorija Vaitkevičienė

INVL Asset Management

Viktorija Vaitkevičienė has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector. She is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Mundus Asset Management (part of Invalda INVL).
For the last four years, Viktorija has been a manager of the venture capital fund CoInvest Capital and a board member of the Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN), which brings together over 300 investors. From 2009 to 2018, she worked at the national promotional institution INVEGA, where she was responsible for implementing private equity and venture capital instruments and selecting fund managers. From 2019 to 2021, she was Chair of the European Venture Fund Investors Network (EVFIN), which brings together investors from 17 countries.

Karlo Kukec

Invento Capital Partners

He started his professional career in 2007 in a software development company. In 2008, he took on the role of assistant manager at TECH _PARK Varaždin to write project proposals, manage projects and mentor start-ups. During his work at TECH _PARK, he helped more than 50 SMEs to receive grants for the early stage development of their innovative products and services through a national PoC (Proof of Concept) fund. His international project management experience includes the implementation of over 40 EU-funded projects.

In 2015, he participated in the Professional Fellows Programme of the US Department of State and WorldChicago. The programme brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships to expand their expertise. In April 2017, Karlo won the Ignite Pitch Competition held at the International Conference on Business Incubation in Seattle, Washington. In January 2018, he was appointed TECH _PARK Varaždin Managing Director to lead the TECH _PARK 4040 sqm reconstruction project and implement new initiatives such as the Voogle Accelerator, TECH _PARK TrepDays, MakerSpace Varaždin and the WorldChicago partnership inthe country.

In November 2022, he joined the Invento Capital Partners team, where he works on the development and implementation of projects and solutions to support urban mobility and deep tech companies.

Karlo Kukec

Invento Capital Partners

He started his professional career in 2007 in a software development company. In 2008, he took on the role of assistant manager at TECH _PARK Varaždin to write project proposals, manage projects and mentor start-ups. During his work at TECH _PARK, he helped more than 50 SMEs to receive grants for the early stage development of their innovative products and services through a national PoC (Proof of Concept) fund. His international project management experience includes the implementation of over 40 EU-funded projects.

In 2015, he participated in the Professional Fellows Programme of the US Department of State and WorldChicago. The programme brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships to expand their expertise. In April 2017, Karlo won the Ignite Pitch Competition held at the International Conference on Business Incubation in Seattle, Washington. In January 2018, he was appointed TECH _PARK Varaždin Managing Director to lead the TECH _PARK 4040 sqm reconstruction project and implement new initiatives such as the Voogle Accelerator, TECH _PARK TrepDays, MakerSpace Varaždin and the WorldChicago partnership inthe country.

In November 2022, he joined the Invento Capital Partners team, where he works on the development and implementation of projects and solutions to support urban mobility and deep tech companies.

Galina Markova

Angel Investor

Galina Markova is a corporate banker turned angel investor. Her focus is on impact investing. She is an investment expert with more than 15 years of experience in deal execution and credit risk management in various countries. She has built and developed multicultural teams and supported a 40% increase in new deal volume by 40%.

European Middle Market Leveraged Finance and US Corporate Lending: leveraged loan transactions with structures ranging from pure senior clubs to broadly syndicated deals via senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche offerings; asset-based lending (ABL) and leasing/asset finance transactions.

The countries/regions covered: UK, the Nordic countries, Benelux, Germany, France and the US.

Galina Markova oversaw a Lev Fin portfolio worth USD 1.5 billion. Sectors range from industrial and automotive to technology, consumer goods, business services and outsourcing.

Restructuring expertise: led landmark restructurings in France and Germany.

Galina Markova

Angel Investor

Galina Markova is a corporate banker turned angel investor. Her focus is on impact investing. She is an investment expert with more than 15 years of experience in deal execution and credit risk management in various countries. She has built and developed multicultural teams and supported a 40% increase in new deal volume by 40%.

European Middle Market Leveraged Finance and US Corporate Lending: leveraged loan transactions with structures ranging from pure senior clubs to broadly syndicated deals via senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche offerings; asset-based lending (ABL) and leasing/asset finance transactions.

The countries/regions covered: UK, the Nordic countries, Benelux, Germany, France and the US.

Galina Markova oversaw a Lev Fin portfolio worth USD 1.5 billion. Sectors range from industrial and automotive to technology, consumer goods, business services and outsourcing.

Restructuring expertise: led landmark restructurings in France and Germany.

Igor Madzov

Startup Macedonia

Igor is a passionate investor and entrepreneur and unconditionally supports the development and growth of the Macedonian startup ecosystem and startups in SEE. He has a passion for technology and loves solving early and growth stage problems of startups. He has been working as a mentor and in business development and lead generation for startups and SMEs for over 5 years, handling deals from 100K to 3M.

He is one of the initiators and co-founders of Startup Macedonia and active president of an organization whose mission is to foster the growth of the startup scene. As a community builder, Igor participates in many local and regional initiatives and events, as a co-organiser of Startup Europe Week and Startup Weekend, and participates in other conferences and events as a mentor or organizer. His expertise is in business development, sales, event management, project management and startup acceleration. He can not live without music and his drums and is aiming for his first triathlon soon.

Igor Madzov

Startup Macedonia

Igor is a passionate investor and entrepreneur and unconditionally supports the development and growth of the Macedonian startup ecosystem and startups in SEE. He has a passion for technology and loves solving early and growth stage problems of startups. He has been working as a mentor and in business development and lead generation for startups and SMEs for over 5 years, handling deals from 100K to 3M.

He is one of the initiators and co-founders of Startup Macedonia and active president of an organization whose mission is to foster the growth of the startup scene. As a community builder, Igor participates in many local and regional initiatives and events, as a co-organiser of Startup Europe Week and Startup Weekend, and participates in other conferences and events as a mentor or organizer. His expertise is in business development, sales, event management, project management and startup acceleration. He can not live without music and his drums and is aiming for his first triathlon soon.

Marjana Majerič

CSR CISS / CCIS

Marjana Majeric, M.Sc. is a specialist in corporate strategy, business planning and financial management. She shares her nearly 30 years of extensive business experience as a director, mentor and consultant with the powerful membership community in the Central Slovenian Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CSR CCIS) and, since May, in the capacity of Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia (CCIS). Before joining CSR CISS / CCIS, she was part of the PwC Advisory Board, responsible for the public sector, the Slovenian innovation ecosystem (Startup Slovenia initiative), Deputy Director General at the Ljubljana Technology Park and international mentor to the EBRD for its business community. She is a Slovenian pioneer in various areas of business finance and was manager for investments in the venture capital fund Horizonte Venture Management and deputy director of Smart Start Incubator, the first private Slovenian incubator.

Marjana Majerič

CSR CISS / CCIS

Marjana Majeric, M.Sc. is a specialist in corporate strategy, business planning and financial management. She shares her nearly 30 years of extensive business experience as a director, mentor and consultant with the powerful membership community in the Central Slovenian Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CSR CCIS) and, since May, in the capacity of Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia (CCIS). Before joining CSR CISS / CCIS, she was part of the PwC Advisory Board, responsible for the public sector, the Slovenian innovation ecosystem (Startup Slovenia initiative), Deputy Director General at the Ljubljana Technology Park and international mentor to the EBRD for its business community. She is a Slovenian pioneer in various areas of business finance and was manager for investments in the venture capital fund Horizonte Venture Management and deputy director of Smart Start Incubator, the first private Slovenian incubator.

Andrei Hancu

Seedblink

Andrei Hancu is a tech-savvy business lawyer specialising in technology-related legal matters, corporate/M&A, capital markets, e-payments, data protection and IP. He is constantly involved in significant investment rounds of start-ups (both priced and unpriced) and works as an advisor to both investors (VCs, Angels, FOs) and start-ups. His involvement in this area has taken him leaps and bounds, making him one of the few rising stars in the legal industry dedicated to structuring deals between start-ups and VCs/Angels. Andrei assists start-ups from the pre-founding stage to growth on all legal issues related to their operations, from the formation process to raising capital through VC funds and angel investors, with a particular focus on equity crowdfunding issues. He advises VCs on fund formation and investment transactions. He also provides ongoing advice to venture capitalist-funded technology companies on corporate law, data protection, fintech/crypto, compliance & regulation and intellectual property.

Andrei Hancu

Seedblink

Andrei Hancu is a tech-savvy business lawyer specialising in technology-related legal matters, corporate/M&A, capital markets, e-payments, data protection and IP. He is constantly involved in significant investment rounds of start-ups (both priced and unpriced) and works as an advisor to both investors (VCs, Angels, FOs) and start-ups. His involvement in this area has taken him leaps and bounds, making him one of the few rising stars in the legal industry dedicated to structuring deals between start-ups and VCs/Angels. Andrei assists start-ups from the pre-founding stage to growth on all legal issues related to their operations, from the formation process to raising capital through VC funds and angel investors, with a particular focus on equity crowdfunding issues. He advises VCs on fund formation and investment transactions. He also provides ongoing advice to venture capitalist-funded technology companies on corporate law, data protection, fintech/crypto, compliance & regulation and intellectual property.

Jerneja Jug Jerše

Head of European Commission Representation in Slovenia

Dr. Jerneja Jug Jerše is the Head of European Commission Representation in Slovenia
since April 2021. Before her nomination, since 2005 she held several positions at the
European Commission in Brussels – leading a unit dealing with structural reforms in the area
of public financial management and revenue administration, coordinating the mechanism for
technical support instrument and working with economic and financial affairs. She also
worked in the area of copyright and business services. She obtained her PhD in economics
from the University of Nottingham (UK), MA from College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and
BSc from the University in Ljubljana (Slovenia), School of Economics.

Jerneja Jug Jerše

Head of European Commission Representation in Slovenia

Dr. Jerneja Jug Jerše is the Head of European Commission Representation in Slovenia
since April 2021. Before her nomination, since 2005 she held several positions at the
European Commission in Brussels – leading a unit dealing with structural reforms in the area
of public financial management and revenue administration, coordinating the mechanism for
technical support instrument and working with economic and financial affairs. She also
worked in the area of copyright and business services. She obtained her PhD in economics
from the University of Nottingham (UK), MA from College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and
BSc from the University in Ljubljana (Slovenia), School of Economics.

Gregor Rebolj

Silicon Gardens Fund

Gregor Rebolj is a serial entrepreneur and investor with excellent technical, analytical and communication skills, which he has proven in 20 years of experience. He is a versatile professional and hands-on leader who motivates, trains and coaches entrepreneurs to make progress towards business milestones.

Rebolj started his entrepreneurial career as a co-founder of Klika d.o.o., which he helped grow from five to 100 employees and to a turnover of more than €5 million as a director. In 2012, Klika d.o.o. was sold to a strategic investor, the Sportsradar Group.

In 2014, Rebolj co-founded the private venture capital fund Slovenia Silicon Gardens Fund 1, which has already invested in 10 companies, 5 of which have already received further investment. The companies that have been invested in include: Povio, Flaviar, Eurosender and Mediately. In 2019, the co-founders opened another fund, Silicon Gardens Fund 2, to invest in companies in the region CEE.

Gregor Rebolj

Silicon Gardens Fund

Gregor Rebolj is a serial entrepreneur and investor with excellent technical, analytical and communication skills, which he has proven in 20 years of experience. He is a versatile professional and hands-on leader who motivates, trains and coaches entrepreneurs to make progress towards business milestones.

Rebolj started his entrepreneurial career as a co-founder of Klika d.o.o., which he helped grow from five to 100 employees and to a turnover of more than €5 million as a director. In 2012, Klika d.o.o. was sold to a strategic investor, the Sportsradar Group.

In 2014, Rebolj co-founded the private venture capital fund Slovenia Silicon Gardens Fund 1, which has already invested in 10 companies, 5 of which have already received further investment. The companies that have been invested in include: Povio, Flaviar, Eurosender and Mediately. In 2019, the co-founders opened another fund, Silicon Gardens Fund 2, to invest in companies in the region CEE.

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