COBIK conference 2013

COBIK and U.S. – Slovenia Business Bridge: High-Tech Innovations connecting the World

when?Thursday 17th of October 2013 09:30 - 12:30
where?Ljubljana, Hotel Slon

This year’s COBIK conference finds itself at the heart of investment and technological challenges connected with the event U.S.–SLOVENIA BUSINESS BRIDGE, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia. Connecting and networking high-tech expertise and innovations of Slovenian researchers with potential investment opportunities in the international environment is what COBIK has striven for since it was founded. This is why we are extremely happy to be able to present COBIK’s achievements at the beginning of this two-day event, open a discussion with key policymakers on the opportunities and significance of the international placement of excellence centers, and learn from international best practice examples. In addition, we succeded to connect  center of excellence`s representatives with potential investors. We were glad to use the fourth COBIK conference to facilitate even greater international integration and placement of  center of excellenc˙`s solutions and know-how in international markets.


prof. Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD

Chair of the conference programme board










9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome

Ajša Vodnik, MSc, AmCham Slovenia, Executive Director   |   CV


Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD, COBIK and University of Ljubljana, Vice-Rector   |   CV

  VIDEO Welcome: mag. Ajša Vodnik, prof. dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič
10.15 Introductory Speech

Jernej Pikalo, PhD, Minister for Education, Science and Sport   |   CV

  VIDEO Introductory speech: dr. Jernej Pikalo

Zev Gurion, PhD, Executive director, Akron BioMedical Corridor: From Local Innovation to Global Business Growth  |   CV

From Local Innovation to Global Business Growth

  VIDEO dr. Zen Gurion
11.00 3 × 5 minutes for centers of excellence:

Rebeka Koncilja Žgalin, COBIK   |   CV



Mateja Dermastia, MSc, Polimat   |   CV


  VIDEO Polimat

Matjaž Polak, PhD, En-fist and Helios d.d. (Executive SCM director)   |   CV


  VIDEO En-fist
11.15 Roundtable: “From innovation to business model”

Jernej Pikalo, PhD, Minister for Education, Science and Sport,  |   CV


Zev Gurion, PhD, Executive Director, Akron BioMedical Corridor  |   CV


Marko Jaklič, PhD, COBIK and FE UL  |  CV


Frenk Smrekar, PhD, Jafral, CEO  |  CV


Pannel Host: Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD   |   CV


  VIDEO Roundtable
12.00 Minutes for networking


4th COBIK conference was organized in partnership with AmCham Slovenia.

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