Innovations For The World

November 5 – 7th, Hotel Metropol Palace Belgrade

Last year edition of Belgrade Venture Forum can be seen here

“I participated on many forums like this, but first time I witnessed that over 300 participants with the opening speech from Minister of Economy and with participation of Ambassadors. I observed very dynamic situation in Belgrade, which is a great competitive advantage. Venture forums in Balkan countries are very important to foster entrepreneurial ecosystem. “

 

Baybars Altuntas
Vice President of European Business Angels Network and
President of Turkish Business Angels Network

WHY

More than 400 innovative regional entrepreneurs, investors, speakers and international delegates will gather in Belgrade hotel Metropol Palace on November 5 – 7th.

Belgrade Venture Forum (BgVF) is the largest investment forum in the region, dedicated to promotion of entrepreneurship and investments in innovative companies and ideas.

Number of excellent projects and investors’ interests in Serbia is piling up, and Belgrade Venture Forum is the hot spot and critical mass event for all interested in raising capital, finding investment opportunities and creating innovative partnerships and networks.

  • Pitch your idea to investors representing few billions in funds
  • Increase your investment readiness and globalization potential
  • Develop professional network and find strategic partners
  • Get unique and valuable experience
  • Learn the latest investment, market and tech trends
  • Get to know the most innovative companies from the dozen SEE countries
  • Explore exciting new investment opportunities
  • Make yourself visible to startup community
  • Create profitable prtnerships in the region and beyond
  • Support innovative entrepreneurs of the region
  • Tell the world how to leverage opportunities you can offer
  • Get new ideas, partners, clients and investment opportunities
  • Promote new policies and initiatives for economy growth
  • Learn how to create effective models for jobs creation through fostering entrepreneurship, transfering technology and cooperating with private sector.
  • Establish contact with companies and academic institutions from more than 20 countries.

Testimonials

  • Belgrade Venture Forum is on the right track to become one of the most influential startup and venture capital events in SEE region. Important perk of BgVF is well developed system of putting together startups and investors, which is so important! Smooth matching between them accelerates financing efforts for best projects.

    Vladimir PuškašEx-CEO of Festomat (one of the winning startups)
  • BgVF was a great event for our company. We were able to approach several investors and few months later we finalized the deal with accelerator fund Eleven. We are still negotiating with few other investors for the next round of investments. Happy to attend the event in 2014!

    Ivan MojsilovićFounder and CEO of Yanado (pitching competitor)
  • Award and recognition that we received at Belgrade Venture Forum is very special and important for us, especially because it comes from investment and expert jury. It is great to have such a confirmation of our business idea and valuable feedback from top industry experts and investors. All that provided new energy to push further. I am glad that such initiative exists, because it is crucial to establish support instruments, more favorable investment climate and fully fledged startup ecosystem. With their efforts, organizers of BgVF are contributing to these goals and empowering of entrepreneurial scene in the region.

    Miloš MilisavljevićCEO @ Strawberry Energy (Winner of BgVF2013 Pitching Competition)
  • We had 10 meetings with investors at Belgrade Venture Forum. We realized how investors think, what they want and ask. The answers to these questions are crucial for founders in order to create sustainable and profitable business model. Exciting, extraordinary useful and priceless experience. Experience which made us think differently.

    Bogdan ŽigićCo-Founder of Biofor System – pitching competitor
  • You’re going to meet amazing people just by coming to conferences like this. You’re going to meet investors and other entrepreneurs you didn’t even know they exist, who are doing other amazing things and who are incredibly creative. You will expand circle of friends who are like-minded and want to do things that you want to do.

    Vladimir De FrančeskiFounders Institute

Pitching Competition

BgVF Pitching Competition is a place where the best innovative companies and ideas have a chance to present themselves directly to a large group of active investors interested in investment opportunities in this region.

BgVF2013 Pitching Competition At a Glance

Evaluation criteria for the Company Pitching Competition

Companies will be evaluated by the independent international jury, according to following criteria:

The company has identified a good market and customer base for their products and/or services, and can clearly demonstrate how they can effectively sell to their customers.

The company has clearly identified the type of partnership and/or investment that they are looking for.

The company’s team has the necessary skills and experience to grow the business.

The products and/or services offered are innovative, technologically advanced, of better quality, or lower price, or otherwise have distinct competitive advantages.

The company can demonstrate a solid competitive advantage through intellectual property (existing or potential trade secret, copyright, trademark, patent, etc.) and/or potential market channels, strong partners, etc.

The information presented is well defined, clear, concise and attractive for potential investors/partners.

PROGRAM

Your voice was heard! In order to give you an opportunity to watch both Pitching Competition and Conference Program, on BgVF2014 they will be blended within the same program lane, during a three-day long event!
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Topics that are going to be covered during the BgVF2014 Conference:
Local Entrepreneurship Heroes

Throughout Conference Program, BgVF will invite several regional entrepreneurs to share their success stories and inspire the audience.

Role Of Cities In Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development

Representatives of several local authorities will share experiences and initiatives they are taking to foster entrepreneurship within their communities

Venture Capital Funds In Serbia: Opportunities And Obstacles

What needs to happen to have the first VC fund operating in Serbia?

Investing In Women Entrepreneurship

What are benefits and returns from preffering female entrepreneurs and their ideas to invest in?

Best Practices In Creating Local Investment Clubs

How to enable potential local investors to make profitable deals with great innovative companies?

Health 2.0

Let’s explore new medical solutions enabled by new technology

Clean Tech

Technologies in clean sustainable energy are advancing by the day; what opportunities can be explored for great solutions and profitable investments?

Breakout Sessions

Within at least six breakout sessions, we are going to dig deeper in new technologies, solutions, and know-how that you need to know about.

Investors & Speakers

Luigi Amaticlick for bio

CEO at META Group

Abdul Malik Al Jaberclick for bio

Advisory Board Member @ Kuwait National Fund for Entrepreneurship | Chairman of the Board @ Oasis Venture Fund (OV1)

David Beattyclick for bio

Managing Director @ Golden Seeds USA

Dmitry Chikhachevclick for bio

Co-founder and Managing Partner @ Runa Capital

Jure Mikuzclick for bio

Managing Director and Partner @ RSG Capital

Maxim Gurvitsclick for bio

Partner @ Teres Capital

Marek Rusieckiclick for bio

President of the Management Board @ Xevin Investments
Founder of Xevin Lab

Gwidon Humeniukclick for bio

Member of the Management Board, Founder @ Xevin Investments

Salvator Levisclick for bio

Principal @ 7L Capital Partners

Elena Boškov Kovačclick for bio

Senior Manager @ Accenture

Marcin Kurekclick for bio

Partner @ Protos Venture Capital

Jan Koblerclick for bio

Venture Partner @ RSG Capital

Sava Marinkovićclick for bio

Co-Founder and COO @ Teleskin

Aleksander Tõnnissonclick for bio

Co-Founder & CEO @ Buildit Hardware Accelerator

Michael Schusterclick for bio

Knowledge Manager and Corporate Development @ Speedinvest

Rade Rakočevićclick for bio

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Mihajlo Jankovićclick for bio

Partner @ Impact Consulting

Borko Jovanovićclick for bio

CEO @ Telelink

Luka Sučićclick for bio

Business Development Manager & Evangelist @ hub:raum

Dr. Nikola Stefanovićclick for bio

General Director/Partner of SEAF’s Opportunity Fund LLC and SEAF’s South Balkan Fund BV

Miloš Lukačkaclick for bio

Project Manager @ Opifer Accelerator

Nebojša Lazićclick for bio

Partner @ StartLabs Accelerator

Peter Bartaclick for bio

Executive Director @ Post Privatisation Foundation

Vuk Đukićclick for bio

Investment Director @ SEAF’s South Balkan Fund

Daniel Ackermannclick for bio

CEO/CoFounder @ Degordian

Aleksandar Čabriloclick for bio

President @ Serbian Business Angels Network

PARTNERS

Organization

Organizer of Belgrade Venture Forum is Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN)

Serbian Venture Network (SeVeN) is association active in fields of entrepreneurship and business development of companies from South-East Europe. Seven aims to achieve its goals through investment attraction, by organizing conferences, trainings and matchmaking events, by fostering business networking and partnership building and by providing business advisory and consultancy services. We are the network of professionals from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania.

We strive towards making SEE region a new European center of innovative and fast growing entrepreneurial companies.

We will achieve our goals by organizing great conference, training and matchmaking events, by fostering business networking and partnership building and by providing business advisory services. We are connecting professionals from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Turkey.

Our mission is to foster innovation and competitiveness of regional companies with high growth potential, through capacity building and access to finance support.

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Serbian Venture Network

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