Publish Date: 11.03.2015

Category: News from the University

As part of the organisation of the University’s Career Centres, the Faculty of Social Sciences hosted the event “3P: Ready to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Path”, which opened the Month of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ljubljana. The high attendance at the event confirms that students, future job seekers and creators are very interested in entrepreneurship as a topic. “Don’t assume, take a risk and put your ideas to the test,” said Sandi Češko, director and owner of Studio Moderna, in his opening speech.

“March is the Month of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ljubljana,” were the words of Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Professor Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD, who opened the event “3P: Ready to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Path”. The event, which the Career Centres of the University of Ljubljana intends to encourage young people to explore their entrepreneurial potentials, gave participants the opportunity to become acquainted with some examples of good practice and the supportive environment available to someone pursuing entrepreneurship. In his opening, the director and owner of Studio Moderna, Sandi Češko, talked about the importance of know-how, ideas and a different way of thinking. He advised the students to see the world from a different perspective and think outside the box: “Be a little crazy, different, believe in yourselves and come up with actual solutions in your own, untroubled way. Don’t assume, take a risk and put your ideas to the test!” He emphasised that one can only find a good solution if one knows the customer and if one also knows how to appeal to them.

The director of the Ljubljana University Incubator (LUI), Lidija Honzak, PhD, told the young people not to wait for a job or for responses to countless job applications, but instead think about taking another path – the entrepreneurial path. “So far, LUI has helped 126 start-ups, 95 of which are still in operation. They have created around 400 jobs and 41 of them are present on foreign markets. They have generated revenue amounting to 40 million and have received 16 million worth of investments from business angels and domestic and foreign venture capital investors,” said Honzak. 

In order to inspire and encourage young people to pursue their career and an entrepreneurial path with confidence and acquire as much knowledge as possible about how and where to find the necessary information and support to establish and develop an enterprise, March, the Month of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ljubljana, will also feature the Rector’s Prize award ceremony for Best Innovation at the University of Ljubljana and the event known as the Falling Walls Lab. The latter invites students, researchers, experts and entrepreneurs up to 35 years of age to present their ground-breaking ideas, research work, innovative projects or business models. On top of all this, the University of Ljubljana plans to establish the Slovenian Centre of Innovations.

 

Photos by Željko Stevanić, IFP, d.o.o.