Do you have a question?
What is POPRI?
POPRI is a Slovenian entrepreneurial competition for young people with a clear vision, great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. POPRI stands for "podjetnik prihodnosti", which means "entrepreneur for the future". The POPRI competition internationalized through the EUSAIR POPRI youth events that take place every year as a side event of the EUSAIR Forum.
The event brings together youth from 10 EUSAIR countries (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Monte Negro, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia and Slovenia) to deliver strong messages to be taken into account while meeting the decision-makers of 10 EUSAIR countries.
Why focus on youth?
We are convinced that young people are capable to give us effective response and even solutions for actual challenges that we are all confronted with. We need opportunities for exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as to create network.
Do you want to know more about EU Strategy for Adriatic-Ionian region (EUSAIR)?
Take a look: https://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/about-eusair/
When and where it will take place?
The event will take place on 23 and 17 May 2023, back-to-back to the 8th EUSAIR forum.
The EUSAIR forum is planned to take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Which institutions are involved in the organization of the event?
Primorski tehnološki park is responsible for the organization of the event in cooperation with other technology parks/incubators/regional institution of EUSAIR countries.
Here they are: ICBL – Innovation Centre Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as main organizer of the event in 2023, Local Economic Development Agency Auleda Vlore, Albania, Techpark Varaždin (Croatia), Science & Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) (Greece), The Entrepreneurship Hub, Friuli Innovazione - Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico Luigi Danieli (Italy), Studentski Biznis Centar Univerziteta Donja Gorica (Montenegro), CKM – Center for Knowledge Management (North Macedonia), Republic of San Marino Innovation Institute (San Marino) and Business Incubator Novi Sad (Serbia).
Technology parks are crucial in the preparatory phase of the event (selection of national teams) and communication with Primorski tehnološki park. Application procedure is possible only via technology park by using a platform.
Who can participate?
EUSAIR POPRI youth will join participants, divided into 2 categories:
a) High-school students or young people aged between 14 and 18 years old and
b) University students or young people (aged from 18 and up to 29 years old (not yet met) on 23rd May 2023).
Participants shall fulfil the eligibility criteria (follow the Contest rules).
Each country is represented by one team of high-school students (led by mentor) and one team of students – each team consists up to 5 members. There will be two teams per country, 20 teams altogether. Each team selects max 2 members who will present the business idea.
Where can I get more information about the EUSAIR POPRI youth event?
Primorski tehnološki park is responsible for the visibility of the event, together with other 8 technology parks/incubators. You can find more information on https://popri.si/en
In case you need more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to support activities of young entrepreneurs. Can I?
Offcourse you can become a sponsor – you will significantly contribute and help our young participants in their activities, but you will gain visibility as well.
For more information, please contact email@example.com
The timing of the application procedure?
The application procedure is open from 25th April 12:00 (CET) until 10th May 2023 (12:00 CET).
How can I apply?
The application and all the requested documents shall be submitted via e-platform (available only to 10 technology parks/incubators/regional agencies). Just follow the online application and insert filled template which are enclosed.
The on-line application consists of: a) Generalapplication
b) Consent of parents - template c) Businessplan–template
d) Presentation / pitch – template
How many times can I apply?
Individual or team can apply only once (one single application).
How do I know that the application was submitted successfully?
The applicants will receive a confirmation email once they have successfully submitted the application with all requested templates.
How the evaluation process works?
Applicants have to pass the eligibility criteria first (follow the Contest rules). It is recommended that the fulfilment of these criteria is reviewed together with the technology park with whom team is cooperating with. Primorski tehnološki park will also check the fulfilment of the eligibility criteria and contact the technology park that sent the application in few days. Technology parks will not be contacted in case everything is fine.
Next step is focused on the review of the quality criteria which is divided in 2 steps: 1- members of the jury review the submitted applications, business plan and ppt presentation and 2- they listen short oral presentations/pitches at the event.
Who are the members of the jury?
Primorski tehnološki park will form international jury, separately for each category. The jury is composed of at least three (3) experts from various institutions (decision makers, science, business environment, investors), connected to the EUSAIR.
What about the pitch experience?
The pitch session is 5 minutes long and PowerPoint presentation shall be used. It is performed in English language.
After 5 minutes short presentation, 5 minutes questions and answers session will follow.
PPT presentation shall be sent together with the application form, BUT! Additional changes of the presentations are still possible – bring it along to the contest directly or share your updated presentation on the pitch day in case of virtual event!
What the members of the jury are interested in?
It is OK not to answer questions, just relax! Shortly explain the situation and members of the jury might give you an advice for your future activities.
All questions are related to the business idea that you present. Here are some examples: