What You Missed in the Media but Probably  Shouldn’t Have

A weekly summary of articles about Slovenian startups, startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs in Slovenian and international media.

July 28 – August 3

Solution

(Article in Slovene)

Startup Dealstocker from Maribor was placed in a group of 22 best teams from 14 countries by a German branch of the British accelerator Seedcamp. Dealstocker’s mission is to offer people a cheaper way to shop online. Why is it worth to check your business idea abroad and how can startups help Maribor to revive its center in the article Maribor could use startups to reignite its city center.

Law

(Article in Slovene)

A group of law students decided to help startups with their legal problems. Where do they see a business opportunity and over which legal fields do startups trod barefoot you can read in the interview with the cofounders Slovenian startups start to solve legal issues when it is almost too late.

Success

(Article in Slovene)

A group of Slovenian entrepreneurs have successfully raised money on Kickstarter for their product Swich – they were targeting 25 thousand dollars but managed to raise more than 45 thousand. What did young entrepreneurs learn, what is their recipe for a successful campaign and when will the first Swich see the world you can read in the article How to be successful like Swich.

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(Article in Slovene)

Where should a startup look for money, how should an entrepreneur approach the VC founds and what is the situation with finance in Slovenia like you can read in an interview with the CEO of Slovenian found RGS Capital Jure Mikuž in the article We will surely fail with another investment. (oddly enough the article fails to mention the Silicon Gardens entrepreneurial angel fund…telling isn’t it? http://www.silicongardens.si/angelski-sklad)

Programming

(Article in Slovene)

Why everybody should know how to program, what is the correlation between knowing how to program and getting a job and what will happen in Slovenia during the European programming week you can read in the article Basic programing skill will enhance your employment opportunities.

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July 21-27

Growth

(Article in Slovene)

Entrepreneurs face many challenges on their way from an idea to a variable market fit and on of their greatest challenges is the financial issue of their endeavor. How did the slovene startup copmanies Modra Jagoda, Enolyse in MountVacation.com face this issue you can read in the article “How I financed my startup”.

Health

(Article in Slovene)

A team from slovene company HedgeHog is developing an application for mobile devices that will help women to have an easier control over their periods and ovulation. They are trying to raise enough money for development through Kickstarter. More you can read in the article “A calendar to help you control your ovulation”.

Abroad

(Article in Slovene)

Slovenian startup GoOpti has recently expanded their operations into Croatia and are now already thinking about the italian market. What are the differences between slovenian and croatian business ecosystem, how are Slovene consumers different from Croatians and how does the company want to attract more customers you can find out in the article GoOpti after Croatia dreams about Italy.

Bingo!

(Article in Slovene)

This summer a slovene company Comtrade organized a summer school for programmers, where the pupils also developed business ideas. What were their solutions you can read in the article “They developed a copmlacsed system in two weeks”.

The twist

(Article in Slovene)

Business opportunities can by find also in existing business models if one just changes goals a bit discovered a Slovene Irena Nose, who runs a dorm for children with special needs. In the summertime, when the dorm is empty, Nose opened a hostel where all the workers are youngsters with special needs. More you can find in the article “Hostel, where you shall be served by high schoolers with special needs”.

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July 14-21

The price of experience

(Article in Slovene)

A group of Slovenian students did not successfully finished a campaign on crowdfunding service Kickstarter with their product Hexapad. Why did they fail, what did the failure thought them and what are their next steps you can find out in the article “In a few hours we realized the reality of Kickstarter”.

Hedgehogs

(Article in Slovene)

Four Slovenian students from different fields united in aim to digitalize all the maps of the parts of Earth under water. The result is an app called Okeana which gives the comfort of looking through all the maps with your mobile device. Their main target customers are divers, researchers and lovers of the deep blue. More you can find out in the article “Are there any Hedgehogs here?”

Knowledge

(Article in Slovene)

Slovenian startup Doctrina, which offers services to pharmaceutical employees, has already convinced a Slovenian  drugs retailer Salus to invest in them. But the company is now expanding also abroad – more in the article Ime dneva: Jure Pučko, Doctrina.

Exchange

(Article in Slovene)

Online platform LinkedAge has a goal to accelerate mobility of the elderly. And this summer the service is going international – in the article “Online platform for exchanging the elderly” you can read from which countries the first “Erasmus retirees” are coming from and what do they expect.

Toys

(Article in Slovene)

Even if you mix technology and wood you can produce a product that has a potential on markets, found out a team of innovators on a startup weekend about wood. Their solution is a toy that uses principles of hydraulics to offer a new experience to the children. More in the article”Even toys can be an opportunity for startups”.

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July  7-13

Success

(Article in Slovene)

Slovenian startup Outfit7 is according to an analysis World Start-up report worth one billion dollars. How did the company, that has more than 230 million users, make it, you can find out in the article Outfit7 on the list of internet billionaires.

From Berkley to Tokyo

(Article in Slovene)

Every day more and more Slovenians go abroad not only in search for knowledge and business opportunities but also to work in startup companies. In the article “Investments in Japan are unbelievable low”  you can read about the experience of Slovenian Una Softič in a Japanese startup anydooR. But if you are more interested about life in the epicenter of startup ecosystem California you can read about the experience of Mr. and Mrs. Drobnak in the article “He studies on Berkley’s university, she is looking for future stars of Silicone valley”.

When engineers cook

(Article in Slovene)

Students from Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest and London had decided to disrupt household appliances and have developed five next generation machines that will make your life easier when cooking. Everything they have created was shown last week in Ljubljana, more you can find in the article Household appliances of the future.

Intelligent cooling

(Article in Slovene)

A Slovenian startup Monolyth has started to collect contributions on a crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for their solution – they have developed an intelligent system for controlling air conditioners. More you can find in the article A new Slovenian project on Indegogo: Monolyth.

Forward to Italy

(Article in Slovene)

Slovenian startup Posadi.si, which is currently still in process of collecting contributions for development of their service through crowdfunding, is preparing itself for the final round of acceptance in an Italian accelerator TechPeaks. If they are accepted they will also get 50 thousand euros of seed capital which will be used to expend the service on the Italian market.

Blog is not dead?

(Article in Slovene)

Did Facebook killed blogs, why bloggers in Slovenia can’t earn not even for living costs and what is the role of bloggers in the modern society you can read in an article Bloggers continue despite social networks.

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June 30 – July 6

The professor

(article in Slovenian)

Slovenian professor Jernej Barbič, who teaches computer graphics t the University of South Carolina, US, became famous when a monthly MIT Technology Review placed him on a list of the best 35 innovators under 35 the same year Mark Zuckerberg found himself on the list. How Barbič sees the US education system in comparison to what is offered in Slovenia, what is the future of computer graphics and how Hobit was made, can be found in the article Slovenian professor, co-creator of Hobbit, in the USA. 

Hardware

(article in English)

How do VCs treat hardware startups, why entrepreneurs should “give back” to the ecosystem and what are the advantages of Slovenian entrepreneurial environment are just some topics from the interview with the CubeSensors CEO, Aleš Špetič, Taking up the hardware challenge.

Hungry?

(article in Slovenian)

Three Slovenian students decided that they are going to solve an ancient problem of the humanity: how can I prepare a decent meal with the things I have in my refrigerator. The solution the Smart Kitchen app, which helps you do gourmet specialties from leftovers. More in the article When you do not know what to cook, they help you.

Music and emotions

(article in Slovenian)

Music does change the mood of people and as a result it can change purchasing habits of the individual. With that in mind young Slovenian entrepreneurs have developed a solution called GlobalWebDJ.com which helps companies use music more efficiently. More in the article Web DJ for more sold coffees and hotel rooms.

Unreasonable

(Article in Slovenian)

Founders of the Slovenian high school entrepreneurship accelerator, Ustvarjalnik, spent almost two months in the US Unreasonable Institute – accelerator for non profits. What have they learned and what is the difference between Slovenian and American squirrels you can find in the interview with Matija Goljar.

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June 23-29

The Backbone

(article in English)

BitStamp, one of the hottest Slovenian startups caught the eye of Forbes journalist Kashmir Hill. Find out what is going on in the world of Bitcoin and how one of the biggest Bitcoin exchanges was created in Kranj The Bitcoin Economy’s ‘Backbone’ Is Bitstamp, An Exchange Run By Two Young Slovenians.

The jump

(article in Slovene)

In Slovenia startups are still considered to be “for young people only” and not something professionals with developed careers in international companies would embark on. Thankfully more and more senior Slovenian professionals are choosing startup as their next carrier challenge. In the article “Nothing can be done? Oh, come on, even a jump in the unknown is a success story“ you can read about how Aleš Leskošek exchanged the security of working for IBM for the adrenalin rush of being an entrepenuer.

Saving lives

(article in Slovene)

Slovenian startup Vervteh is an example of how making a business and a need for making the world a better place can go hand in hand. Young entrepreneurs are developing a driving simulator for carswith the goal to offer a system that enhances the driver’s reactions in deadly situations on the road.  You can find more details in the article“With electronic education against deaths on the road”.

Tweeting

(article in Slovene)

Social platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, are very important channels for sales, promotion and marketing for every startups. But using the platforms and creating viral content is hard and time consuming work. With that in mind the Slovenian startup Arboobrocreated an app called Tweet a day that automatically creates the best possible tweets for your business. More in the article “When the application tweets for you”.

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June 16-22

Last week 40 students innovated in wood, what will CubeSensors do with the recently closed investment money and why Indiegogo is better than Kickstarter for small innovative companies.

  • Last week CubeSensors got their seed investment from founders of Bitstamp, another Slovenian startup. “After two years of learning we plan to use the investment for team and production growth and new product development”, stated the CubeSensors. More in Bitstamp founders invest in CubeSensors.
  • “We women are very goal oriented, we connect ideas and teams and seek agreement. Our advantages are emotional intelligence, empathy and intuition.” Learn how the company Comtradesupports women in tech in this article –  They connect teams & ideas and seek agreement.