Slovenia National Finalists

Startup of the Year

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

Best Newcomer

Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

Best Social Impact Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

Best Biotech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions, methods and/ or products that target life sciences and agricultural development.

Best Smart City Solution

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalisation and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.

Best FinTech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

Best IoT Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling data collection and exchange.

Best AI Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and most efficient and powerful application of deep tech / artificial intelligence / big data to reinvent how businesses and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

Founder of the Year

A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service and leadership.

Investor of the Year

An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realisation of an earlier investment.

Best Accelerator and Incubator Programme

A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Best Coworking Space

A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.