15.6.2015 12:46

The potential for global investors is at home in Slovenia - presentation of startup at Expo Milano 2015

Milano, 15 June - Eight international teams, involved in the ABC Accelerator (Acceleration Business City) in Ljubljana for three months, and many other startups and new companies from Slovenia, present their products at STARTUP DAY on the main stage of Slovenian pavilion. The day is full of good vibes, great stories of small and large companies, multinationals and investors. The best part of the day will be the Impro Pitch - the presentation of startup. This is also an opportunity to discover and appreciate the innovation potential of Slovenian territory.

Milan, Italy
The opening of the Slovenian pavilion at the Expo 2015 show.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The entrepreneurial Accelerator ABC, established in March 2015 in the renovated work spaces in BTC City, and their intensive three-month program "Smart Cities" helped eight startups to improve their business models and to prepare them to penetrate on the global markets. With the cooperation of tutors, lecturers and investors the startups created solutions, focused on improving the quality of life, for example in the field of rational use of water, waste management and the reduction of food waste, which is also linked to the main theme of this year's Expo - food.

The innovation system in Slovenia, with projects such as the ABC Accelerator, gain more visibility and attract foreign investors. In 2014 Slovenian startups collected 60 million USD from investors, which is more than in the past nine years together. The market is waking up, the entrepreneurial spirit is strengthening again and the ideas are becoming effective business solutions.

The occasions and concrete activities of current Slovenian business environment will be presented at a round table "Mix and the City" with guests from BTC, ABC and IBM. The investor Julien Coustaury and the successful businesswoman Tjaša Dornik will present the crucial problems for the investors and the challenges for entrepreneurs.

The event will be accompanied by acapella group Pushluschtae, rapper Rok Terkaj and DJ live program from Radio Aktual.

The event in Milan is a "rehearsal" for the ABC startups. Namely, on 24 June 2015 in Ljubljana, at the event "Demo Day" they will present their products to international investors. What will be the actual investment, it will be known later, after the negotiations and the signing of contracts.

More information: Sandra Stermšek, Head of Communication
T: +386 1 589 85 64, +386 51/658 714
E: sandra.stermsek@spiritslovenia.si