Balkan Venture Forum 2012

18.04.2012. – 19.04.2012.

U Makedoniji se 18. i 19. aprila 2012. godine održava Balkan Venture Forum, koji će okupiti preduzetnike iz regiona i omogućiti im da svoje projekte predstave grupi međunarodnih investitora. Lokacija je Metropolis Arena u Skoplju, a komanije koje žele da predstave svoje projekte mogu da se prijave do 31. marta 2012. godine.



  • Free event registration for entrepreneurs/innovators that are selected to pitch to investors at the BkVF ;
  • The top 25% of entrepreneurs/innovators from the BkVF Company Pitching Competition qualify for the final event – the European Venture Summit, and compete for an award of € 90,000;
  • Involvement in the Europe Unlimited network, where 50% of companies participating in its pitching competitions have successfully raised €1.5 billion in funding (confirmed by independent study by Ernst & Young);
  • Entrepreneurs/innovators taking part in the competition receive coaching and mentoring aimed to increase their investor readiness;
  • Contestants participate in 1-on-1 matchmaking meetings with investors.


  • 32-48 companies from the region will be selected for the pitching competition;
  • Deadline for application is 31.03.2012;
  • The selected companies will receive a dry-run coaching session on 18 April 2012;
  • Each selected company will have 8 minutes to present using visual means, after which there will be 7 minutes for questions from the investors;
  • You may also attend the BkVF without taking part in the Company Pitching Competition. For more info please visit


Day 1, 18th April

9:00 Dry run – coaching

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Start of the event – Welcome

Moderator: Michael Gold (Crimson Capital)

Keynote Speakers:
Gjorgje Ivanov PhD, (President of the Republic of Macedonia),
Eli Opper (Chief Israeli Scientist) – Topic: Models for financing innovation,
Marius Ghenea (Board Director of Venture Connect)

13:30 Panel: Investment & Innovation Outlook in the Balkans

Moderator: William Stevens

Vele Samak, Minister for foreign investments, Goverment of RM
Deven Soni (NEVEQ)

14:15 Reverse Pitching I – investor profiles

Ivica Cerina (NGN Capital),
Suresh Patel (Verdexus),
Peter Barta (Post Privatization Fund),
Marius Ghenea (Venture Connect),
Klaus Konrad (Intel Capital),
Marco Magnarossa (Cubit),
Marco Marchetti (Chemical Center srl)

14:50 Coffee Break

15:10 Company Pitching Competition ICTCompany Pitching Competition Cleantech+Life science

17:10 Panel: How to get funded in Southeast Europe

Moderator: Bogdan Iordache

Georgios Gatos (Thermi Ventures),
Klaus Konrad (Intel)
Kristijan Pecanac (BoundBreaker)

18:00 Informal networking

20:00 Party

Day Two, 19th April

9:00 Pannel: Innovation beyond the Information technology age

Moderator: Roxanne Varza

09:35 Reverse Pitching II

Georgios Gatos (Thermi Ventures),
Jure Mikuz ( RSG Capital),
Oliver Holle (Speedinvest)
Filip Muki Dobranic (BoundBreaker, Paralaksa)

10:10 Coffee Break

10:30 Company Pitching Competition ICT Company Pitching Competition Cleantech+Life science

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Panel: Strategies for investor readiness in startups & SMEs

Blaz Kos (Business Angels of Slovenia),
Dr. Clarisse Molad
Viktor Mizo (Free economic zones)

14:15 Panel: Growing companies across the Balkan

Moderator: Ivan Brezak Brkan (

15:00 Award ceremony

15:25 Coffee break

15:45 Panel: IPR licensing and technology transfer in the Balkans

Moderator: Bratislav Stankovic PhD, JD

16:30 Panel: Lean product and customer development

Moderator: Artur Lapinsch (Austria, StartEurope)

Tomas Schrantz (,
Manuel Koelman

17:15 Balkan Success Stories

Moderator: Vukashin Stojkov

18:00 Informal networking

20:00 Party


Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia with about a third of the total population. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic centre.

Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. It is a center for metal-processing, chemical, timber, textile, leather, and printing industries. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of culture and sport. According to the 2006 official estimate, it has 668,518 inhabitants.

More details….


  • Early registration ticket (until 31st of March) €20 (1230 MKD)
    (Access the two day event programme and excellent opportunities.)
  • Gala dinner ticket (until 31st of March) €50 (3090 MKD)
Get your tickets here.

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Autor: ITD Ekipa