COBIK conference 2012
Good development ideas need good capital.
The COBIK conference is a meeting point for innovative ideas, research reflections, and attention to the resposibility for research and development projects that create new added value and recognition for Slovenia on international markets. This is also part of the COBIK mission and its day-to-day operations. This year's conference is dedicated to the importance of quality and effectively used resources for research breakthroughs in high-tech SMEs. All good ideas need not only the knowledge of active, motivated individuals and the team and company they develop in, but also adequate financial resources to support developmental ideas, inventiveness, and innovation from their origin to active market positioning. Because both economic and financial markets are constantly and increasingly exposed to various influences, it is that much harder to convince investors of long-term support and to get them to "believe in" a project. This event is therefore dedicated to transferring investors' and other countries' experience in this area and to revealing the necessary knowledge and opportunities for how to bring all types of resources together into a successful whole on the market.
Maja Makovec Brenčič, head of the COBIK conference program board
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Registration for participants
2:00 - 2:30 pm: Welcome address
Mojca Indihar Štemberger, Phd, vice dean for finance and organisation, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Borut Rončevič, Phd, general director of the Directorate of Higher Education and Science, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport
2:30 - 3:00 pm: Overcoming the innovation gap - a bridge from lab to fab *
Jussi Tuovinen, Phd, vice president, R&D, Operations Development, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), Finland
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Public support measures for SME innovation: some lessons from Austria *
Michael Stampfer, Phd, CEO, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), Austria
3:30 - 4:00 pm: Experiences from Global Investor in High Tech SMEs *
Franz Krejs, Phd, partner and investment director, Primus Capital Partners LLC, Austria
4:00 - 4:30 pm: Break
4:30 - 5:30 pm: COINVEST initiative: Presentation of the project and user experience
Matjaž Polak, Phd, CEO, EN-FIST and Aleš Pustovrh, Msc, COINVEST project head, COBIK
The COINVEST project is a joint initiative by several Slovenian centres of excellence intended for high-tech projects and entrepreneurs. It promotes high-tech entrepreneurship. As part of the project, we help turn entrepreneurial ideas into successful and growing companies. We build on outstanding technical solutions that are developed as part of the project into a business model, and we help obtain funding that the entrepreneur lacks. In 2012 we will also hold our first high-tech investment conference, where we will present our entrepreneurs to investors. The COINVEST project also has a connective function because we cooperate with other institutions that help develop entrepreneurship and commercialize high-tech projects not only in Slovenia but also in the broader region of central, eastern, and southeast Europe. More information is available at www.coinvest.si.
Good practice example: Si.Zyme
The members of the Si.Zyme project will present their technology for reducing the costs of biosynthesizing active ingredients for biotechnology companies. This technology, which was developed at the National Institute of Chemistry, makes it possible to develop an enzyme "assembly line" inside bacteria cells, which enables a significant improvement in molecule production. The use of this technology could, for example, increase the production of the bioactive molecule resveratrol (an antioxidant used as a pharmaceutical and dietary supplement) by 500%. This technolgy thus has the potential to reduce production costs of active ingredients for pharmaceuticals by tens of millions of euro per year. The presentation of this technology won the prestigious iGEM competition in 2012 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Roundtable: Slovenia as a meeting point for high-tech investors? Discussion on the problems of financing Slovenian high-tech SMEs
Moderator: Marko Jaklič, Phd, head of the Laboratory for Open Innovation Systems, COBIK; and full professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Guests: Sibil Svilan, Msc, CEO of SID bank; Ulla Hudina Kmetič, Msc, Deputy Head of Representation, European Commission, Representation in Slovenia; Maja Tomanič Vidovič, Msc, head of the Slovene Enterprise Fund; Aleš Štrancar, Phd, Chief Executive and Chief Business Development Officer, BIA Separations; other interesting speakers.
6:30 pm: Conclusion
The programme is moderated by Maja Makovec Brenčič, Phd, head of the COBIK conference program board; and vice dean for development at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
* The talk will be given in English; no interpretation will be provided.