Investment conference Next Round was a success
On November 12th we successfully put Ljubljana on the map of cities which host a startup conference. Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons hosted the Next Round investment conference, focused on securing the next round of venture capital for Slovenian startups, which have successfully advanced beyond the seed stage towards global success.
We hosted a selection of 300 chosen investors and startups, but also a couple of startup ecosystem representatives. Investors and startups closed almost 300 meetings in the 1:1 Meeting room, and many more took place at the marketplace and the hotel Cafe. We prepared 9 long panels, where investment funds presented their focus and strategy to the audience. Also taking place was one keynote, which was given by Peter Globokar, an investment banker based in London.
For the first time ever we awarded the "most investable Startup" throphies in three categories. The winners were:
- seed round: MedicoApps
- angel round: Printee
- A round: Eurosender
We are pleased to witness the Slovene Enterprise Fund putting this much effort in bringing together and building our startup ecosystem. Besides ongoing grants, investments, mentoring hours, workshops and conferences however, we still have a lot of work to do. Private venture capital investors wish to strengthen the international dimension of co-investments by foreign investors into Slovenian startups and Slovenia-based investors into startups from abroad. This will be our challenge for the next couple of years.
We plan to repeat the Next Round investment conference also in 2020.