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.

Belgrade Venture Forum is proud to announce that among 133 applications, independent investment jury has handpicked 33 best projects from 11 countries! Full list of those awarded a chance to personally pitch their ideas in front of potential investors are:

A-Link savjetovanje / ASW Engineering / Balanciq / Big Screen Tools / BioIRC doo Kragujevac / Cityzenic / Codewell Unlimited DOO / COFA Games / Edgar / eMedy / Geokrulj d.o.o. / Homiee / Hydratech / Impulse / Infora Research Group / InShape / Labsii / MediaWorks d.o.o. / Microsyntech / Pitchstack / Prospeh d.o.o. / Prowork Development / Semne Design SRL / Sense / Spectator / Tender5 & Co. d.o.o. / TIMEMACHINE / Tourism4me / UsabilityTools / Veterinarska stanica Koker / Victor Production LLC / Vrtii Corp. / Yanado

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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Day 1
11:00 12:00 Conference registrations
12:00 13:05 Opening ceremony Serbian Venture Network
Željko Sertić – Serbian Minister of Economy
HE Mr Michael Davenport – The Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia
David Krzywda – Economic Councelor @ Embassy of the USA
Dr. Stephan Heieck – Program Leader @ GIZ
13:05 13:30 Keynote: Luigi Amatti – CEO @ Meta Group
13:30 14:30 Pitching session: 4 companies
14:30 15:15 Lunch and Networking
15:15 15:30 Presentation: Early stage Startup support and beyond, Microsoft way Siniša Perović - Developer and Platform Evangelist @ Microsoft
15:30 16:15 Panel: Building up Local Investment Clubs Luigi Amati - CEO at META Group
Edin Saračević – Founder of HUB387 / NEST71 / Academy387
Gary Whitehill – Founder of BURST | Dell EIR Global Board
Moderator: Max Gurvits, Partner @ Teres Capital
16:15 16:40 Networking break
16:40 17:30 Panel: Accelerators – What’s our tradecraft?
Representatives of 7 accelerators present at BgVF sharing experiences and other thoughts
Luka Sučić – Hub:Raum
Dylian Dimitrov – Eleven Accelerator
Miloš Lukačka – Opifer Accelerator
Imre Hild – iCatapult
Moderator: Nebojša Lazić – Partner @ StartLabs
17:30 18:30 Pitching session: 4 companies
21:30 WINE & DINE Wednesday night, in a pleasant atmosphere of Dijagonala, one of the best restaurant lounge bars in Belgrade, close to the St. Sava Temple in the heart of the city, with the sounds of unobtrusive music, drink a glass of great vine, or try some of the great specialties of the restaurant offer with international or Serbian cuisine.
The interior will leave you breathless, a blend of modern minimalist style in one of the oldest houses on the sorcerer, a former sculptor Djordje Jovanovic.
Day 2
09:00 10:45 Pitching session: 6 companies
10:45 11:00 Lecture: It’s the Execution, Stupid Max Gurvits – Partner @ Teres Capital
11:00 11:20 Lecture: Next generation investors or Why Europe has bigger potential than Silicon valley Dmitry Chikhachev – Co-founder and Managing Partner @ Runa Capital
11:20 11:35 Presentation: Intellectual Property Protection – A Key to Raising Funds and to Sustainable Earnings Primož Komatar – Managing Director @ Sinergije / Prosoft Consulting
Gisle Johan Midttun – Partner @ Bryn Aarflot
11:35 12:20 Panel: Investing in women’s entrepreneurship Ana Kolarević – Founder of SizemApp.com and Founder and Community builder of StartupsCroatia and Cee Women Startups initiatives
Irina Dimitrova, CFO @ LAUNCHub, CFO @ NEG.BG
Sanja Popović Pantić – President @ Association of Business Women in Serbia
Moderator: Anita Mlinarić – Business Manager for Croatia and SEE Region, COO of META Services Croatia at META Group
12:20 13:20 Networking break LUNCH
13:20 13:45 Lecture: The Entrepreneur Journey – Six Stages of Preparation Gary Whitehill – Founder of BURST | Dell EIR Global Board
13:45 14:00 Presentation: Samsung “Android & Security” Marko Čevizović, MScEE – Manager @ Samsung Electronics
14:00 15:00 Breakout session: IBM Bluemix for start ups – developers’ playground
Join the future. Develop and deploy business applications on IBM Bluemix
14:00 15:00 Breakout session: Applications for Android security container and Smart Signage platform Miloš Platanić – Solution Consultant, Enterprise Business Division, @Samsung Electronic Adriatic
Goncalo Silva – Samsung
15:00 15:30 Networking break
15:30 15:45 Presentation: EBRD Enterprise Expansion Fund (ENEF) Miloš Lukić – EBRD Enterprise Expansion Fund (ENEF)
15:45 16:30 Panel: Venture Capital funds in Serbia: opportunities and obstacles Jan Kobler – Venture Partner @ RSG Capital
David Schoch – Partner @ StartLabs
Dalibor Marjanović – BICRO
Zoltan Hopka – Principal at EBRD Venture Capital Investment Programme
Uri Adoni, Partner @ Jerusalem Venture Parnters (JVP)
Moderator: Nikola Stefanović – General Director/Partner of SEAF’s Opportunity Fund LLC and SEAF’s South Balkan Fund BV
16:30 18:00 Pitching session: 6 companies
21:30 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE Thursday night we leave for Baraka, a new place in the city center, in the former main street of the city of Belgrade, with a great band that nurtures sounds of good pop&rock, foreign and domestic. If you get hungry, don’t worry great grub is served upon request
Day 3
09:30 11:45 Pitching session: 6 companies
11:45 12:35 Panel: Scaling up the business Dan Lupu – Partner at Early Bird Venture Capital (Digital East Fund)
Michael Schuster – Knowledge Manager and Corporate Development @ Speedinvest
Marcin Kurek – Partner @ Protos Venture Capital
Voja Lalić – Partner @ StartLabs
Moderation: Marek Rusiecki – President of the Management Board @ Xevin Investments
12:35 12:50 Lecture: Investing into early stage hardware startups Aleksander Tõnnisson – Co-Founder & CEO @ Buildit
12:50 13:50 Lunch and Networking
13:50 14:00 Presentation: Miloš Ignjatović – Director @NARD
14:00 14:15 Presentation: Support for academic startups in Berlin Volker Hofmann – Team Leader Spin off Management @ Humboldt Innovation Berlin
14:15 15:15 Breakout session: Microsoft
Startup Clouds, what’s there
Siniša Perović - Developer and Platform Evangelist @ Microsoft 14:00-17:00 EEN BUSSINESS MEETINGS with additional guests
14:15 15:15 Breakout session: Synergies & Bryn Aarflot ‘Making money machines when spending money on Intellectual Property Rights?’ Gisle Johan Midttun – Partner @ Bryn Aarflot
Primož Komatar – Managing Director @ Sinergije / Prosoft Consulting
Stanko Petrović – Senior Consultant @ Sinergije
15:15 16:00 Networking break
16:00 17:15 Pitching session: 5 companies
17:15 18:00 Panel: Health 2.0 Sava Marinković. Founder and CEO @ TeleSkin
Jovan Paunović, Managing Director @ JP ICG and Chairman of the Board @ VisMedic
Giovanni Francesco Scolari – CEO @ Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone “Andrea Galvani” and Business Angel
Moderator: Aleksandar Bijelić – Board Member @ Seven
18:00 18:30 Awards and Closing Ceremony
21:30 COAST 2 COAST – Trust me you can dance Friday night is reserved for dinner in the Druga piazza, a fine seafood restaurant with fabulous dishes of Italian cuisine, incredibly delicious meat specialties, excellent wines and the best view of Belgrade at night along the river bank.
Warming begins here and continue in the great Belgrade club Dragstor, where DJs spins rhythms of the world’s most current tracks. Dragstor is famous for the most beautiful ladies and gentlemen’s, so you will enjoy in the great scenery as well. Trust me you can dance, is the slogan of this club, so we believe you can do it:-)

Investors & Speakers

Luigi Amaticlick for bio

CEO at META Group

Uri Adoniclick for bio

Partner @ JVP Media Labs

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

Siniša Perovićclick for bio

Developer and Platform Evangelist @ Microsoft

MARKO ČEVIZOVIĆ, MScEECLICK FOR BIO

Manager @ Samsung Electronics

Miloš Platanićclick for bio

Solution Consultant, Enterprise Business Division,
@Samsung Electronic Adriatic

Goncalo Silvaclick for bio

Senior Consultant @ Samsung

Dejan Podgoršekclick for bio

Ecosystem development manager @ IBM (International Business Machines)

Voja Lalićclick for bio

Partner @ StartLabs

Giovanni Francesco Scolariclick for bio

CEO @ Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone “Andrea Galvani” and Business Angel

Marek Rusieckiclick for bio

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

Gwidon Humeniukclick for bio

Co-Founder & Member of the Board at Xevin Investments

Svein Arne Olsenclick for bio

Partner @ Bryn Aarflot

Gisle Johan Midttunclick for bio

Partner @ Bryn Aarflot

Primož Komatarclick for bio

Managing Director @ Sinergije / Prosoft Consulting

Dan Lupuclick for bio

Partner @ EarlyBird Fund

Richard Murbeckclick for bio

CEO & Founder @ Efer.io
Founder @ Seavus

Salvator Levisclick for bio

Principal @ 7L Capital Partners

Elena Boškov Kovačclick for bio

Senior Manager @ Accenture

Marcin Kurekclick for bio

Partner @ Protos Venture Capital

Dylian Dimitrovclick for bio

Founder @ Eleven Startup Accelerator

Irina Dimitrovaclick for bio

CFO @ LAUNCHub, CFO @ NEG.BG

Miloš Lukićclick for bio

Manager @ ENEF Serbia

Jan Koblerclick for bio

Venture Partner @ RSG Capital

Branislav Vujovićclick for bio

President @ New Frontier Group

Sava Marinkovićclick for bio

Co-Founder and COO @ Teleskin

Anita Mlinarić Tregnerclick for bio

COO @ Meta Group

Aleksander Tõnnissonclick for bio

Co-Founder & CEO @ Buildit Hardware Accelerator

David Schochclick for bio

President @ Serbian Private Equity Association

Michael Schusterclick for bio

Knowledge Manager and Corporate Development @ Speedinvest

Rade Rakočevićclick for bio

Serial entrepreneur and investor
Owner @ Senzal Capital

Mihailo Jankovićclick for bio

Partner @ Impact Consulting

Borko Jovanovićclick for bio

CEO @ Telelink

Ilia Kenigshteinclick for bio

Founder & GP @ Hybrid Capital

Uroš Ignjačevićclick for bio

CEO/Founder @ Prima Media

Igor Motsnyiclick for bio

Motsnyi Consulting

Edin Saračevićclick for bio

Founder @ HUB387 / NEST71 / Academy387

Zoltan Hopkaclick for bio

Principal @ EBRD Venture Capital Investment Programme

Alex Silvestriclick for bio

Director @ International Business Solutions

Zoki Z. Cupacclick for bio

Founder & CEO @ Dinaric Partners

Lorena Macuraclick for bio

Investment Director @ SEAF South Balkan Fund

Ana Kolarevićclick for bio

Founder @ SizemApp.com and
Founder and Community builder @ StartupsCroatia and Cee Women Startups initiatives

Loukas Pilitsisclick for bio

Head @ the Piraeus Venture Capital and Private Equity Group
Chief Executive Officer @ Piraeus Equity Advisors

Gary Whitehillclick for bio

Founder @ BURST
Member @ Dell EIR Global Board

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

Sanja Popović Pantićclick for bio

President @ Association of Business Women in Serbia

Miloš Lukačkaclick for bio

Project Manager @ Opifer Accelerator

Imre Hildclick for bio

CEO @ iCatapult

Nebojša Lazićclick for bio

Partner @ StartLabs Accelerator

Vladimir Čupićclick for bio

President of Executive Board @ AIK Bank

Heissam Hartmannclick for bio

Angel Investments | CEE & West EU Startup Consultant | Entertainment, Sports, Fashion Industry

Miloš Ignjatovićclick for bio

Director @ National Agency for Regional Development

Vuk Đukićclick for bio

Investment Director @ SEAF’s South Balkan Fund

Daniel Ackermannclick for bio

CEO/CoFounder @ Degordian

Jovan Paunovićclick for bio

Managing Director @ JP ICG
Chairman of the Board @ VisMedic

Aleksandar Čabriloclick for bio

President @ Serbian Business Angels Network

Daniele Dellafioreclick for bio

CEO @ Siamosoci

Raffaele Negroclick for bio

Data Analyst @ Siamosoci

Thomas Castrelclick for bio

Deputy Director Inward Investment @ Flanders Investment & Trade

Dejan Tufegdžićclick for bio

Partner @ Capital Asset Management Partners d.o.o.

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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+381 11 3448 135
+381 63 680 460
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