Tue. October 26th

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10:00 - 10:15

Opening Address

15 minutes

Opening address with Mariya Gabriel and Zdravko Počivalšek

Speakers:

Mariya Gabriel - Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Zdravko Počivalšek - Minister of Economic Development and Technology

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10:15 - 10:30

Presentation of the Traffic Light

15 minutes

The Traffic light is a visual summary of how EU Member States are implementing and progressing critically needed public policies and support programmes for start-ups and scale-ups, put together from different strategic national and EU documents. The topics covered in the “traffic light” will be:

1. Investments and finance for the next generation of innovators, start-ups and scale-ups,
2. Deep tech and green tech ventures,
3. Attracting and retaining talent in the EU,
4. Promoting the internationalisation of EU enterprises
5. Collaboration between start-ups/scale ups and corporates.

Speakers:

Jernej Salecl - Director General of the Directorate for Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

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10:30 - 11:15

Traffic light / Check points

45 minutes

Walkthrough of specifics, check points and actions steps in executing the Scaleup Manifesto agenda, Next Innovation EU Plan and Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups, with a focus on policy, the startup ecosystem and large-scale funding.

Speakers:

Anna Panagopoulou - Director of ‘ERA & Innovation’
Jan Bormans - CEO of European Startup Network
Eric de Montgolfier - Chief Executive Officer at Invest Europe
Vargha Moayed - Chief Strategy Officer UiPath

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11:15 - 11:45

Trio talk

30 minutes

Next Round after Paris and Lisbone.

Portugal, Slovenia and France are the former, current and next seats of the EU Presidency respectively. The three countries are working closely on furthering startup growth, sharing their combined views.

Speakers:

André de Aragão Azevedo - Secretary of State for Digital Transition, for the Portuguese Ministry
Simon Zajc - State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Cédric O - Secretary of State for the Digital Transition & Electronic Communications - France

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11:45 - 12:00

How Can the EU and International Community Work Together to Create More Scale-ups Globally?

15 minutes

Speakers:

Bernardo Calzadilla - Sarmiento - Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, and Director, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation. UNIDO

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12:00 - 12:15

Final Remarks

15 minut

Final remarks from European Commissioner for Innovation

Speakers:

Mariya Gabriel - European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

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12:15 - 13:30

Slovenian Startup & Scaleup Village

1 hour 15 minutes

The bottom up, real life take on what startups and scaleups need from policy makers. Discussed by the top 9 Slovenian deeptech startups with global reach.

Speakers:

Elaphe
Efos
Simarine
Mesi
Borza Terjatev
Labena
Modri planet
Bevo
Acies Bio

Jan Bormans - CEO European Startup Network
André de Aragão Azevedo - Secretary of State for Digital Transition, for the Portuguese Ministry
Simon Zajc - State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Cédric O - Secretary of State for the Digital Transition & Electronic Communications - France

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13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

1 hour

1 hour lunch break.

Speakers:

If you'd rather network, feel free to book some 1 on 1s

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14:30 - 15:00

Why Now is the Time for European Venture Capital?

30 minutes

Addressing the impact of larger valuations fueled by American VCs and the myth of having too little unicorns despite continuously minting new ones with great exits. Plus, the conflict of the political desire to keep companies in Europe and the allure of a U.S. based IPO.

Speakers:

Julien Coustaury - Managing Partner at Fil Rouge Capital
Vitaly Polekhin - President of International Investor Organization INVESTORO
Stanislav Sirakov - General Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures

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15:00 - 16:15

Shifting gears & Rapid Investment

1 hour 15 minutes

The path to exit isn’t shorter than 10 years ago, but today it’s quicker. American investors are pumping money in faster than it takes European VCs to decide if the deal is right for them. Are quick scale ups and larger rounds now standard practice? Or is there a better way?

Speakers:

Victor Răcariu - Regional General Manager South East Europe at Glovo
Felix Martinez - Associate at Seedcamp
Giacomo de Lorenzo - Head of Partner Success Italy at Klarna
Alex George - VC at Credo

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16:15 - 16:30

Coffe Break

15 minutes

15 minute coffe break.

Speakers:

If you'd rather network, feel free to book some 1 on 1s

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16:30 - 17:30

VC Opportunities in CEE Region & CEE and Balkans in the EU Startup Scene

1 hour

It’s obvious that this region is full of profitable opportunities. UiPath, Nordeus, Rimac to name the top of a deep iceberg. So why are European VCs missing out on early rounds? And those who did invest early, how are they helping speed up, scale and exit better?

Speakers:

Cem Sertoglu - Co-Founder and Managing Partner at EarlyBird
Valeri Petrov - Partner at Eleven Ventures
Tomislav Lukačević - Country Manager at Bolt
Sasha Vidiborskiy - Principal at Atomico
Natalija Stošicki - Director for product development and European Programs
Nina Urbanič - Adviser for equity investment monitoring and reporting at Slovene Enterprise Fund

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17:30 - 18:00

Pitching Time

30 minutes

3 pitches.

Speakers:

Cidrani
WiseUp
SaphiraLabs
ZenOwn
Vision Anchore

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18:00 - 19:00

Startup Valuations

1 hour

Looking over funding rounds data, it’s clear that there are at least two startups universes. Most early stage have to adhere to things like traction and proof of market adoption. And then there are others who go from a 1M seed round to a 30M series A round in two years, then to 150M series C round 10 months later and then to a 500M series D round 9 months later. How does that valuation work?

Speakers:

Jure Mikuž - Managing Partner at South Central Ventures
Michal Zalesak - Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Lighthouse Ventures
Grega Potokar - Co-founder & CEO at ABC Accelerator
Milen Ivanov - Managing Partner at Sofia Angels Ventures

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19:00 - 19:15

Final Thoughts

15 minutes

Closing day 1.

Speakers:

Peter Hopwood
Next Round Team

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Wed. October 27th

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10:00 - 10:15

Opening the Conference

15 minutes

Next Round Team

Speakers:

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10:15 - 11:00

Key Topics and Bulletpoins from Day 1

45 minutes

Key topics and bulletpoins from Day 1 and a recap of Startup Manifesto.

Speakers:

Pierre Dubuc - Co-founder & CEO of OpenClassroom
Urban Lapajne - Startup Slovenija & Venture Factory

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11:00 - 12:15

Fintech and the Future of Banking

1 hour 15 minutes

Banking as a Service is one of those long present but recently accelerated trends. The neobanks are now established market forces, but so are legacy banks. Just as new payment technologies clash with old credit card infrastructure. Where along the fault lines does it make sense to invest in 2022?

Speakers:

Gerald Pollak - Investment Manager at 3VC
Peter Merc - Venture capital advisor at Lemur Legal & Suricate Ventures
Gregor Sakovič - Head of NLB Innovative Entrepreneurship Centre

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12:15 - 13:30

Female Investors and Women in Business

1 hour 15 minutes

Women have different instincts, judgment and decision making processes. In many ways superior. And not held back by ego. That’s why they are often outperforming rivals and peers. How does this advantage translate into getting max value out of future deals?

Including Two pitches

Speakers:

Tatjana Zabasu Mikuz - Managing Partner at South Central Ventures
Nina Wöss - Co-founder & COO at Female Founders Global
Anna Wnuk-Blazejczyk - Head of Community of European Women in VC; Investor Relations Manager/Chief Happiness Officer at Experior VC
Ivana Jelic - Co-founder Stealth Mode; Startup Advisor & Mentor at Star Venture

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13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

1 hour 30 minutes

Lunch break

Speakers:

If you'd rather network, feel free to book some 1 on 1s

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14:30 - 15:45

Sustainability and Greentech/Green Mobility

1 hour 15 minutes

How vital is digital tech for implementing sustainability ideas in business and life? What’s the return on these investments, is it as unclear as with Tesla and Uber? What role do carbon taxes and trading play and where is the upshot in value add and costs of doing business? How is this space changing in 2022?

Speakers:

Sonja Radović - Attorney at law / Co-founder at Codio Impact
Vangelis Tzimas - Acting Head of the 'Knowledge for the Energy Union'
Mart Dekleva - Managing director Slovenia & Balkan at DKV Euroservice
Tobias Seikel - Co-Founder / Partner at Planet A Ventures

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15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

15 minutes

15 minute coffe break.

Speakers:

If you'd rather network, feel free to book some 1 on 1s

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16:00 - 17:00

New Global Investors Coming to EU

1 hour

Google Ventures, Sequoia and Accel opened offices in Europe and are actively seeking, investing in and rapidly scaling and exiting great European startups. What’s their long term strategy and what does this mean for local VCs?

Speakers:

Yuri Navarro - Managing Partner at Kanata Ventures
Peter Globokar - Managing Director, Head of Europe - Global Technology Group - Investment Banking at Stifel Financial Corp

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17:00 - 18:00

Corporate Venture Financing

1 hour

Comparing current best practices from the perspective of corporate VCs and the startups they funded.

Speakers:

Robert Guenther - Head of Corporate Venture Capital at Henkel
Maximilian Schausberger - Managing Director at Elevator Ventures

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18:00 - 19:00

What is the New Era of Investment?

1 hour

There’s a narrative in place that Europe should further more unicorns and also attract them to stay in the long term. But larger US and global investors are bringing along money and skills that speed up growth and IPO trajectories. Is speed and large rounds now the norm?

Speakers:

Jon Butterfield - Head of Platform & Growth at Speedinvest
Jure Mikuz - Managing Partner at South Central Ventures
Pavel Bogdanov - General Partner at Almaz Capital

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19:00 - 19:15

Final Thoughts

15 minutes

Speakers:

Peter Hopwood
Next Round Team

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