“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. “
Vice President of European Business Angels Network and
President of Turkish Business Angels Network
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|16:40||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.
|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|
|15:30||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|
|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|
|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:-)
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.