What is POPRI?
POPRI started as a Slovenian entrepreneurial competition for young people with clear vision, great ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. The year 2021 will be the pivotal one for upgrading it into international, EUSAIR event.
Why focus on youth?
We are convinced that young people are capable to give us effective response and even solution 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)?
Here are some information: https://www.adriatic-ionian.eu/about-eusair/
What is EUSAIR POPRI youth?
The event will bring together youth from 9 EUSAIR countries (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Monte Negro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece and Albania) to deliver strong messages to be taken into account while meeting the decision-makers of 9 EUSAIR countries.
When and where it will take place?
The event will take place on 11 and 12 May 2021, back-to-back to the EUSAIR forum.
The EUSAIR forum is planned to take place in Portorož, Slovenia. Due to covid-19 situation the event might be organized partly or mostly as a virtual event. Participants will be informed accordingly.
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 eight technology parks/incubators/regional institution of EUSAIR countries.
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:
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. There will be two teams per country, 18 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. You can find information on https://popri.si/english/
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 15th April 12:00 (CET) until 1 May 2021 (23:59 CET).
How can I apply?
The application and all the requested documents shall be submitted via e-platform (available only to 9 technology parks/incubators/regional agency). To apply, contact one of the partner institutions in the 9 participating countries.
The on-line application consists of:
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 many participants can collaborate in a single team?
The competition will accept 2 participants per team, who cam be followed by 1 mentor.
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 which the application is made. 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!
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:
Who are your ideal customers? Describe them in more detail.
How you researched the market? Did you use interviews? What did you learn?
How will you sell your product/services?
What selling channels will you use? What advertising mechanisms will you use?
Describe your MAP- minimum acceptable product? How will you create one?
Have you consulted any expert to make an MAP?
In what time will you start a business?
How much time do you need for a prototype? What about costs/money?
Who are your competitors? How you researched them?
How did you calculate what potential your idea has?
Na spletni strani šole / fakultete želimo objaviti novico o tekmovanju, ali nam lahko posredujete gradivo?
Seveda. Pošljite nam email na firstname.lastname@example.org in v njem opišite, kaj potrebujete (fotografije, podatke o tekmovanju).
Kako postanem sponzor tekmovanja?
Veseli smo, da se želite pridružiti najboljšemu tekmovanju za podjetniške ideje v Sloveniji. Pišite nam na email@example.com in pogovorili se bomo o možnostih sodelovanja.
Mojega vprašanja ni tukaj, kam se lahko obrnem za pomoč?
Za dodatna vprašanja, nam lahko vedno pišete na firstname.lastname@example.org.