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Slovenia hosts Next Round Summit to facilitate strategic discussions between the European VC community and EU officials

Next Round Summit
Image credit: Some of the speakers at the Next Round Summit

The venture capital community of the CEE region will gather during the Next Round Summit, on the 26th and 27th of October. The goal is to facilitate strategic and deal-making discussions between the European VC investment community and EU institutions.  Investors, innovation leaders, and European Union public officials from around Europe will talk about industry trends, dealmaking opportunities, and future exits. 

Startups and scaleups will have the chance to hear first-hand perspectives of investors about the future of the European innovation ecosystem and will be provided with 1-on-1 networking opportunities. It is expected that during the event, fruitful conversations between stakeholders from the investments and startup communities would aggregate over €2B of investor potential. 

The event, which is organized by the Slovenian ABC Accelerator, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Slovenia, and the €40M VC fund South Central Ventures, will take place in a hybrid format. As Slovenia is holding the presidency of the EU Council this year, Next Round will also engage relevant policymakers in a discussion about the next generation of EU innovators and the implementation of “The scale-up Europe manifesto” , initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

What is new in the era of investment?

In the span of two days, the Next Round Summit will cover topics ranging from corporate venture financing and efforts of public officials to stimulate more scaling innovations, to the future of banking, women in business, and green tech and mobility. 

Some of the speakers are Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research Culture, Education and Youth, Gerald Pollak, Investment Manager at 3VC, Jon Butterfield, Head of Platform and Growth at Speedinvest, Victor Răcariu, the Regional General Manager South East Europe at Glovo, as well as managers and partners from Klarna, Earlybird, Raiffeisenbank, and Eleven Ventures. 

Interested investors, VCs that fund Series A rounds with tickets over €1M, family offices, deeptech funds, business angels, investment-ready startups, and scaleups with recurring revenues, as well as relevant decision-makers from across Central and Eastern Europe can register here. Attendance is free, but there is limited capacity. 

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Elena is an Innovation Reporter at The Recursive, an online media dedicated to the emerging tech and startup ecosystems in Southeast Europe. She is keen on sharing the innovation stories that shape the regional ecosystem and has a great interest in fintech, IoT, and biotech startups. Elena is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Political Science at the American University in Bulgaria.