26.10. & 27.10.


10:00 - 10:15

Opening Address

Mariya Gabriel - European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education
Zdravko Počivalšek - Ministry of economic development and technology

10:15 - 10:30

Presentation of the traffic light

An analysis how EU members are progressing in supporting startups and scaleups in a few core goals from strategic documents.

10:30 - 11:15

Traffic light / Check points

Implementation of the EU strategic documents for startups and scaleups in member states – where and how did the EU member state progress.

11:15 - 11:45

Trio talk

Next Round after Paris and Lisbone.


How can the EU and international community work together to create more scale-ups globally?

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

12:00 - 12:15

Final remarks

Mariya Gabriel - European Commissioner for Innovation.

12:15 - 13:30

Slovenian Starup & Scaleup Village

Presentation of best Slovenian&European scaleup companies Showroom of the best deeptech Slovenian startups and scaleups&What do startup's and scaleup's need from EU.

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:00

Why now is the time for European Venture Capital?

The European venture capital (VC) industry has reached an acceleration point. Europe’s prospering economies, the unprecedented rise of the European tech industry and the region’s experienced fund managers make it the right time to invest in European venture capital. New EU initiatives are set to boost VC fund sizes and attract larger private investors. Entrepreneurs and VCs are returning from other parts of the world. Now is the time for global investors to look to Europe and harness the opportunities on offer.

15:00 - 16:15

Shifting Gears and Rapid Investment

We are taking startup & scaleup funding to the next level. The amount of funding raised by European startups has been on a spectacular growth path over the past decade, and the region has both attracted more global investors and been able to deliver bigger funding rounds for its tech ecosystem. Now, the region needs to use this momentum as a stepping stone to further deepen its financing pool, and catch up to the still much bigger envelopes invested in US and Asian startups.

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

VC opportunities in CEE region & CEE and Balkans in the EU startup scene

The CEE region continues to evolve and compete to be at the forefront of the European tech startup scene. An area where talent is abundant and an unexplored scene is waiting for VC funds to lead the way into the future.

17:30 - 18:00

Recap of the day

Main takeouts and bulletpoints

18:00 - 19:00

Startup evaluations

19:00 - 19:15

Final thoughts


10:00 - 10:15

Opening the conference

Next Round Team

10:15 - 11:00

Key topics and bulletpoins from the Scaleup Manifesto

A quick recap of Day 1 and Startup Manifesto.

11:00 - 12:15

Fintech and the future of banking

Is the future of banking in Fintech? The evolution of Fintech had already had a significant impact on traditional banks. Faced with a tremendous competitor, banks were forced to adapt and keep up.
Has the virtual era brought improvements, or was there a step back?
Including Two pitches.

12:15 - 13:30

Female investors

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:45

Sustainability and Green tech/mobility

An environmentally aware business considers more than just profits — it considers its impact on society and the environment. Such a business is sustainable because it contributes to the health of the structure within which it operates, thereby helping construct an environment in which the company can thrive. 
Is sustainability a new factor to consider when starting a business, and what can green startups expect on their way to success?
Can VCs lead the way to the circular economy?

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

New global investors comming in EU

While the turbulence and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in foreign direct investment in Europe falling by 13% in 2020, 40% of investors plan to establish or expand operations in Europe in the next 12 months.
Is foreign investment in Europe set to rebound after 2020 downswing?

17:00 - 18:00

Corporate venture financing

Investing in startup companies is hazardous, but it can be gratifying if and when the investments do pay off. The partnership between startups and large corporations is mutually beneficial. However, this joint venture is not necessarily a smooth journey. Both parties need to understand the benefits and challanges which lay ahead.

18:00 - 19:00

What is the new era of investment

We’re living in some markedly different times. But there’s a sea change afoot in the world of investing as well. Investors have more opportunities than ever before. Entire sectors once out of reach to the typical investor are now accessible. A new era of investment democratization—paired with dynamic new investment types—provides more options to more people.

19:00 - 19:15

Final thoughts

Keep an eye on the agenda to find out who from these investors
will speak on this years Next Round:
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