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- Numerous startup events
- Creative working environment
- Advice and mentorship
- Intense Start:up TOUR
- Partner support
- Diverse startup community
- Support of the city and stakeholders
- Connection to national programmes

The Start:up Maribor programme helps you develop your business idea in Maribor’s startup community and with the support of the Municipality of Maribor.

You think you have a promising business idea that you want to develop and bring to the market? Join us in the Start:up Maribor community and become a member of Venture factory (Tovarna podjemov). We can help you with your ideas, starting a business, setting up a business model and entering global markets. With modern programmes and a huge network, we can help you in all stages of your startup development.

Other happenings in startup city Maribor

Join us at open events, informal networking events Start:up Müsli or benefit from the individual advisory sessions in the Start:up Maribor Welcome Package.


Modern equipped space for effectively developing your startup in the creative environment of the university incubator – Start:up Geek House. 
A modern, well-organized working environment will fire up your creativity, encourage collaboration and allow individuals and teams to effectively develop innovative ideas. More than 50 creators and entrepreneurs all across Slovenia already work in such coworking spaces. 


Creative environment of university incubator
    Jure Verhovnik  | university incubator general manager
    Visit us at Venture factory where you will be able to relax and co-create your startup story in an organized environment and creative community.



Jernej Gračner
His other home is KIBLA, where he and his team organize weekly events of Maribor's technical community. Freelancer, designer of on- and off-line creat... More
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APOLON, Darko Obretan s.p.
Company Apolon is specialized for the development of high-tech products in the field of music electronics. More
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    Mission and vision

    Start:up Maribor is a programme for entrepreneurial breakthrough of our university city and region. We wish to place Maribor on the map of entrepreneur-friendly cities. The main partner of the programme is Venture Factory, an important element of the innovation ecosystem of the University of Maribor and the part of the "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" pillar of RAZ:UM.
    The consortium of partners, including financial backers and Start:up Slovenia Initiative, carries out programmes for activating talent and launching startup companies in the area of Maribor and Podravje. It provides everything an individual might need to make a business idea come true: from facilities and the latest knowledge to mentors and access to financing resources.

    The Start:up Maribor programme is a platform open to all individuals and organizations that wish to contribute to the vision of developing a dynamic, business talent friendly region and city.

    Our goals

    We set ambitious goals to fulfil until 2020:

    create 200 new businesses
    included in the programs
    of 400 corporate teams
    create 500
    new jobs

    Start:up Maribor main partner

    Strategic partner 



    Strategic partners from Economy



    National partner


    Programme partners




    Partners and programme sponsors


    Friends of the programme 

    Public co-financier of the university incubator programme


    University city of Maribor, the metropolis of the Slovenian Styria, is the second most important city in the country. It stretches underneath the green Pohorje hill on both banks of the Drava river. This colourful city has wonderful rich architecture, winegrowing tradition, varied cuisine and welcoming people. It’s been becoming more and more recognizable as a cultural, festival, athletic and recreational, touristic and industrial centre of the region as well as the centre of innovative startup entrepreneurship. Maribor is also in the Guinness World Record Book with its 400-year-old grapevine.
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    Start:up Maribor team

    The best way to predict the future is to create it.
    / Peter Drucker
    Urban Lapajne
    Tovarna podjemov

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    Jure Verhovnik
    Tovarna podjemov

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    Nataša Rus
    Tovarna podjemov

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    prof. Miroslav Rebernik
    EPF in Tovarna podjemov
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    Matej Rus
    Tovarna podjemov in EPF

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    Kristijan Perčič
    Zavod Antona Martina Slomška
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    Damjan Obal
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    Jernej Gračner

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    Start:up Maribor is a associate member of the initiative Start: up Slovenia

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