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Not just a conference – Networking day and night with entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders

Hidden champions – Five dozen hand-picked ventures exploring new paths in digital, commerce and engineering

Southeastern Europe at its best – Meeting the region‘s influencers from media, academia and business

Three nights in Zagreb – Discover the beauty, culture and nightlife of Croatia‘s vibrant capital city

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World Bank Group Investment Readiness Program financed by the European Commission
under the Western Balkans Enterprise and Development Facility

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Pioneers of the Balkans winners

More than 54 startups competed in 7 categories during the Final Investors Conference


B2B app that turns travel staff and tourism enterprises into sales personnel

Winner of Batch 1
“Business & Productivity Early Stage”


EuroPATC provides safety for all children with autism

Winner of Batch 2
“Lifestyle & Entertainment Early Stage”

Dental Bio Sciences

R&D of synthetic bioresorbable bone substitute materials for dentistry

Winner of Batch 3
“Life Science & Energy”


Industrial IoT cloud based security and condition-based monitoring solution

Winner of Batch 4
“Business & Productivity Growth Stage”

CI Gel

Contra Ignis Gel – solution for fire prevention and fire-fighting

Winner of Batch 5


SailRouter is an application that helps ship owners to reduce fuel consumption

Winner of Batch 6
“Mobility & Transportation”

BOYA crayons

Innovative drawing tool to draw with lines as well as the colored surfaces

Winner of Batch 7
“Lifestyle & Entertainment Growth Stage”

Open negotiations


gained a chance for further negotiations with the J&T Ventures fund in order to secure the capital needed for the further development of a business platform with connects businesses in tourism.


gained the chance for further negotiations for the amount of 100,000 EUR in accordance with the choice of SpeedInvest.


a platform for more simplified sharing of content on social media got an invitation to negotiate an investment of 50,000 EUR from StartLabs


a platform for more efficient, simplified and faster initiation of development projects also got invited to negotiate an investment of 50,000 EUR from StartLabs

Success stories from the Balkans

Other famous success stories from the Balkans:


A top-ranked 2014 Y-Combinator alumn that creates beautiful and innovative products that help women easily track their overall health and well-being, and get connected to their body and mind.


The online Football (Soccer) Manager game “Top Eleven” probably currently is Belgrade’s most successful entertainment export, now being played 15 million active users per month on Facebook alone.


iVote gives is a voice for democracy. More than 100 million people in Africa, Europe and America have already used Demokra, a software created by two computer science professors from Skopje.

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What was the Pioneers of the Balkans competition

1. Roadshow & applications, August 2015

Following a call for applications and a roadshow through 14 cities in 8 countries of South-Eastern Europe, 584 teams from across the region applied

2. Training & preparation of semi-finalists

All accepted teams were offered comprehensive training resources in collaboration with Startup Live, the University of Texas at Austin and others

3. Semi-finals in Belgrade

In parallel to Belgrade Venture Forum on 12-14 November, all Semi-finalists pitched to interdisciplinary jury teams to secure their spot among only 50 finalists.

4. Finals in Zagreb

Hosted by Balkan Venture Forum on 3 & 4 December, the region‘s leading influencers, media and corporate representatives met the 50 best startups of this program as they pitched to more than 100 regional and international investors.

250,000€ earmarked
for investments in total already.

Three early-stage venture capital funds have already committed to
investing in the most promising teams represented in the Finals:

Vienna, Austria

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Belgrade, Serbia

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The earmarked amount does not resemble a cash prize, but a commitment to consider an equity investment in
successful teams under the condition that an agreement can be achieved.
Any investment is subject to due diligence on behalf of the investor. A closing of a transaction can not be guaranteed.
The investment offer will be non-obligatory for the entrepreneur(s).

Investors who attended
the Finals in Zagreb

Many venture capital investors and business angels have already confirmed their attendance of the Finals and Investors Conference.

Selected investors

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter


Bulent Altan


Adam Kocik

J&T Ventures

Nebojsa Lazić


Philipp Stangl

Pioneers Ventures

Gantchev Stephane


Brian Daly


Herve Cuviliez

Leap Ventures

Jaroslav Trojan

Credo ventures

Mathias Ockenfels

Point Nine Capital

Marvin Liao

500 Startups

Max Kelly


Markus Lang

Pioneers Ventures

Martin Kesner

J&T Ventures

Jure Mikuz

RSG Capital

Jan Habermann

Credo Ventures
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World Bank Group Investment Readiness Program financed by the European Commission
under the Western Balkans Enterprise and Development Facility

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The finals of Pioneers of the Balkans were hosted by the 7th edition of Balkan Venture Forum on December 3rd & 4th 2015 in Zagreb. For more information about Balkan Venture Forum please visit