Silicon Gardens Fund

A group of entrepreneurs is launching Silicon Gardens Fund – a micro fund focused on investing in early stage startups coming from Slovenia and broader region.

“In the last few years we’ve seen amazing companies from the region – Celtra, Outfit7, Bitstamp and more. I believe this could be just the beginning. Silicon Gardens Fund will help accelerate young ambitious teams toward their full potential.” said Jugoslav Petković, one of the fund’s principal investors.

Silicon Gardens Fund’s aim is to help startup founders grow their teams, ideas and businesses at the very beginning of their journey and enable them to compete on an international stage. Its principal investors are young entrepreneurs themselves and they will be actively involved in helping the portfolio companies.

Investors

The Fund’s main investors are entrepreneurs from the region, among them Gregor Rebolj of Klika/Sportradar, Borut Rismal of Pasadena, Boštjan Špetič of Zemanta and others [www.silicongardens.si/angelski-sklad]. Also joining are established U.S. investors who believe in the potential of the region – Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, Jerry Colonna and Paul Vidich.

“Every startup community has to be led by entrepreneurs. This fund is an example of entrepreneurs stepping forward to do exactly that.” said Brad Feld, investor and author of the book Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.

Thesis

Fund’s focus will be on adding value by providing experience, coaching and business connections to entrepreneurs in early stage technology startups. The Fund is betting that the combination of top local talent and the world class investor network can lead to amazing outcomes.

Investment plan

The Fund will invest €20 to 40 thousand in 5 to 10 companies in the first year. The main goal will be to enable early stage teams with high growth potential to explore international markets, validate their ideas and get ready for further funding.

Open source legal structure

“This is the first fund of its kind in Slovenia. Its legal structure was a major effort to set-up.” said Fund’s general manager Peter Ribarič. “We want to increase investment activity in the region, so we will operate very transparently. For example, we will open source Fund’s legal documentation in an effort to pave the way for other investors and set standards on how startup investing in the region should be done.”

 

fireside chat with Mark Johnson (Zite/Flipboard)

v petek, 16.5., ob 19:00, v kavarni slamic v ljubljani, pogovor z ustanoviteljem aplikacije za branje casopisov na tablicah Zite – Markom Johnsonom. Pogovor bo vodil Jeff Reine, nekoc direktor blogerske platforme Typepad, danes direktor odnosov z zalozniki na Zemanti. Tema pogovora bo podjetnistvo, prodaja podjetja, spletno zaloznistvo.

Prijave obvezne na:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-chat-with-mark-johanson-and-jeff-reine-tickets-11600075137

Mark Johanson je v Ljubljani na povabilo organizatorjev PODIM Conference
Dogodek organizira SiliconGardens v sodelovanju s PODIM Conference

druzenje z Maxom Gurvitsom

Danes zvecer ob sedmih, v vinoteki Movia pri magistratu.

Max Gurvits, podjetnik in investitor, ki ima svoj sedež v Sofiji, Bolgariji. Po poklicu je odvetnik, ki je leta 2011 prodal podjetje za spletno pravne storitve na Nizozemskem in se preselili v Bolgarijo, kjer je na kratko delal kot investicijski bančnik. Je sodeloval pri ustanovitvi acceleratorja Eleven, v letu 2013 pa se je pridružil še kot partner v Teres Capital, sklad tveganega kapitala za tehnološka podejtja v JV evropi. Max velik podpornik startup ekositema v regiji, startup ekipam pomaga, da se izognejo napakam, ki jih je sam storil na podjetniški poti.

Več info o Maxu: https://angel.co/mxgur

V soorganizaciji s CEED in Podim 2014

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