EU Science Hub

Start-ups in Innovation Ecosystem in South-East Europe

Nov 15 2018
Nov 16 2018

The workshop is organised by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, in collaboration with the Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd.

The event aims to provide policy makers and innovation practitioners with knowledge and training/practical insights in setting up successful start-up platforms with support programmes strengthening regional/national innovation ecosystems. 

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss key elements in the development of successful innovation ecosystem such as: building a pipeline of projects, attracting industrial partners, providing business support services, involving governmental entities.

The workshop will bring together:

  • policy makers in the innovation support, science, research and technological development domains
  • managing authorities and institutions directly involved in the design, operation and promotion of innovation areas and ecosystems
  • national and regional agencies and bodies managing investment funds for innovation, science and technology parks and incubators
  • technology transfer practitioners
  • start-ups and SMEs
  • practitioners from both the supply and demand sides
  • financial intermediaries
  • venture capital
  • corporate venture funds
  • start-up support organisations and associations

/jrc/en/file/document/176047Draft Agenda

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15 November

16 November


/jrc/en/file/document/178047Startup Innovation Ecosystems in Southern Europe

Andrea Basso, Chief Technology Officer, MITO Technology

/jrc/en/file/document/178048Negevinn: blossoming tech ecosystems

David Shemesh, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation Basecamp, Israel

/jrc/en/file/document/178049Trends in the development of startup ecosystems: example science and technology park Berlin Adlershof

Helge Neumann, Consultant to the CEO, WISTA MANAGEMENT GmbH - Berlin Adlershof, IASP Full Member

/jrc/en/file/document/178050Start:up Slovenia

Jure Vrhovnik, Initiative Startup Slovenia, extended into Startup Alpe Adria Ecosystem, Venture Factory – University Incubator, University of Maribor

/jrc/en/file/document/178051Science Technology Park Belgrade

Gordana Danilović Grkovic, Acting Director, Belgrade Science Technology Park

/jrc/en/file/document/178052The regional open innovation platform

Angelo Gatto, Senior Expert, Finlombarda s.p.a. (Open Innovation team leader)

/jrc/en/file/document/178053Smart specialisation and innovation ecosystems as a value adding tool for regional & national economies

Ales Gnamus, Project Officer, EU Thematic S3 Platforms, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission

/jrc/en/file/document/178054Start-uo ecosystems as a value-adding tool. Some OECD findings for South East Europe

Clement Brenot, Project Manager, South East Europe Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

/jrc/en/file/document/178055Supporting start-up ecpsystems

Borut Ložar, Policy Officer – SME policy, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

/jrc/en/file/document/178056Magurele Science Park

Dana Mocanu, Executive Director, Magurele Science Park, Bucharest

/jrc/en/file/document/178057Climate impact through systems-oriented climate innovation

Mike Cherrett, Director European Affairs, EIT Climate-KIC

/jrc/en/file/document/178058Building start up communities: Thessaloniki experience

Paris Kokorotsikos, Incubation systems founder, i4G Incubator, Thessaloniki

/jrc/en/file/document/178059Startup Communities: the Bulgarian story

Natanail Stefanov, Chairman, BESCO - The Bulgarian Startup Association and Vice Chairman, Sofia Tech Park

/jrc/en/file/document/178060One and One is Eleven

Martin Krch, Projects & Cooperation, Lakeside Science & Technology Park, Klagenfurt: One and One is Eleven

/jrc/en/file/document/178061Venture Up. Univerisity of Prishtina venture incubator

Fis Malësori, Chief Executive Officer, VentureUP - University of Prishtina Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre
Vedran Šimunović, Chief Executive Officer, INTERA Technology Park, Mostar

/jrc/en/file/document/178063Graz University of Technology

Christoph Adametz, Deputy manager, Research & Technology House, TU Graz

/jrc/en/file/document/178064ESIL Slovenia

Jurij Giacomelli, Investment manager of Meta Ingenium, a part of Meta Group and local partner of ESIL (Early-Stage Investing Launchpad for Slovenia, a project of Business Angels Europe)

/jrc/en/file/document/178065Start-up and Technology Transfer in Innovation Ecosystems

Maddalena Furlan, Open Lab Office Manager | Innovation and Complex Systems Department, AREA Science Park


Mariya Konstantinova, Innovation Manager, Agrana AG, Austria

/jrc/en/file/document/178067Cranfield University

Tom Stephenson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

/jrc/en/file/document/178068Interplay with industry

George Angelov, Chair of Department of Microelectronics, Technical University of Sofia; Chairman of the Managing Board, Cluster of Microelectronics and Industrial Electronics Systems (μ-Cluster)

/jrc/en/file/document/178072Spin-out challenges: innovation, growth and internationalization

Špela Stres, Head of Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation, Jožef Stefan Institute

/jrc/en/file/document/178073An overview of Macedonian entrepreneurial ecosystem

Radmil Polenakovikj, Director, Business Start-up Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje & President, National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning

/jrc/en/file/document/178074Innovation and knowledge transfer

Maite Ibern, IP and Technology Transfer Manager, Autonomous University of Barcelona

/jrc/en/file/document/178069ESOF2020 Trieste: fostering networks in South-East Europe

Stefano Fantoni, Champion ESOF2020 Trieste

/jrc/en/file/document/178070Initiatives and events towards ESOF2020 Trieste

Bruno Della Vedova, Local Programme Coordinator ESOF2020 Trieste

/jrc/en/file/document/178071From genomics to applications: a successful history of Technology Transfer

Michele Morgante, Scientific Director of the Institute of Applied Genomics, Udine

/jrc/en/file/document/178075Alpine Space: the leading hub for scaling up business

Umberto Bondi, AG1 EUSALP member - Swiss, Senior Project Manager and Coach at CP Start-Up, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Scale(up)Alps - Interreg Alpine Space project

/jrc/en/file/document/178076The power of networks: consortium for technology transfer/KTT (2017 - 2022)

Levin Pal, IPR Group Head and Senior Technology Manager, Center for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Jožef Stefan Institute

/jrc/en/file/document/178077SRIP factories of the future

Rudi Pajntar, SRIP Factories of the future


The JRC: 

  • promotes the exchange of innovation-related best practices, knowledge, tools and methods among innovation practitioners and policy and decision makers from South-East Europe including the Western Balkans
  • is in possession of operational and technical expertise in the domains of Technology and Knowledge Transfer, in particular its Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit
  • hosts the Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) platform intended to support the development, through an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process of bottom-up innovation strategies

This workshop intends to support the operationalisation of S3 strategies by making expertise and best practices available to practitioners that can initiate change and restructuring programmes on the ground.  

The Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd.:

  • is one of the largest innovation ecosystems for commercialisation of knowledge and technology in South-East Europe
  • is an experienced and trusted trans-national partner for business innovation development
  • is an award-winning collaborative innovation ecosystem that provides highly professional services covering all phases of company growth and development (from pre-incubation through incubation towards global expansion)

Services are developed and implemented through a tailor-made approach,  bottom-up lean methodologies, based on contemporary business development theories and in association with a broad partners' network in Slovenia, the EU and globally