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YOUTHopia Future Fair Event in West Slovenia!

May 19, 2023


The Development Council of the West Slovenia Cohesion Region, together with partners within the YOUTHopia project, is organizing a fair titled “Enterprising into the Future,” which will take place on May 19th, 2023, at the Kovačnica in Kranj, starting at 9:30 am. The main participants at the event will be the participants of the “Enterprising Challenges” program and entrepreneurial incubators. In the morning, the results of the program and their success stories will be presented, and in the afternoon, the program participants will showcase their products or services at booths.

If you would like to learn more about how the “Enterprising Challenges” program went, how the participants fared, and what the entrepreneurial incubators are doing, you are invited to come to Kranj!

Applications, program, and partners: Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, BSC Kranj Regional Development Agency, Regional Development Center Koper, and Posočje Regional Development Center.

What is the “Enterprising Challenges” program?

The primary goal of the project is to establish new companies through entrepreneurial training for individuals with entrepreneurial ideas. In the first phase, substantive support is necessary to encourage entrepreneurial activity and successful development of business ideas, which is available to participants through internal and external mentors, external experts, and entrepreneurs. The project includes providing substantive supportive activities, ensuring employment and supportive entrepreneurial environments for groups of participants over a period of four months, in which they can successfully develop and realize their own business ideas. The training program takes participants from the development of business ideas to the creation of a business model and plan and comprehensively acquaints them with all important areas of entrepreneurship. Additionally, the project enables the use of physical infrastructure through co-working principles.

The expected result of the project in the West Slovenia Cohesion Region is the inclusion of 220 potential entrepreneurs who will create 220 business plans and present 220 minimally acceptable products on the market. The goal is to achieve a minimum of 30% successful entrepreneurial outcomes.

Program implementers: Regional Development Agencies throughout Slovenia.

Central Slovenia Region: 78 participants Gorenjska Region: 80 participants Coastal-Karst Region: 62 participants The “Enterprising Challenges” program and Kovačnica Entrepreneurial Incubator are co-financed by European funds (the European Regional Development Fund).




May 19, 2023