Sponsors & Partners 2023
NLB Komercijalna banka
NLB Komercijalna banka is a universal bank that provides all types of banking services to all types of customers, from personal banking customers, to entrepreneurs, SMEs to the largest local and international companies.
As a bank of systemic importance, we have our own liquidity and one of the widespread ATM and branch networks in Serbia, but our greatest asset is a fair and transparent relationship of trust with more than a million active customers.
We are a member of the NLB Group, a leading banking and financial group headquartered in South East Europe with a sole focus on this region. Serbia is a market of strategic importance for NLB Group. This is a particular advantage to all our clients who are connected to the countries of the region with both private and business ties, but this is also a guarantee of active support that we can count on at any moment – both on the parent bank in Slovenia and all of its members. Our parent NLB Group is not just a financial group. For NLB Group this region is not just a blob on the map, but a home full of real opportunities.
Visa (NYSE: V) is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at Visa.rs.
Digital Bank Partner
The first digital bank in the region, Mobi Banka, was founded in 2014. From the first steps on the market, Mobi has been at the forefront of the digital transformation of banking in Serbia, with the goal to make banking services mobile, simple and accessible to everyone 24/7. Year after year, Mobi Banka records an increase in the number of customers – nearly 750.000 people use their services today. Within the PPF Group, Mobi Banka continues to offer the best of digital banking, guided by the principle: modern, innovative, mobile.
Warm-up Session Sponsor
CFA Society Serbia
As one of CFA Institute member societies, our society connects members to a global network of investment professionals. We strive to influence local market by connecting local investment professionals, spreading exceptional ethical standards and cooperating with stakeholders both in the industry and academia. To lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society. CFA Institute seeks to set professional standards for investment management practitioners and broadly engage other finance professionals through their interest and interactions with the investment management industry. As a global, independent organization, CFA Institue plays a role in being a steward and champion of the investment management industry.
Pop-Up Presentation Sponsor
BLIK is a common standard for mobile payments. Currently, virtually every customer of domestic payment institutions offering a mobile application has the option of using BLIK in mobile banking applications. Polish Pay¬ment Standard (Polski Standard Płatności, PSP) is responsible for the development of the system. PSP constantly develops BLIK’s capabilities so that the system is as functional as possible. The shareholders of PSP are Alior Bank, Bank Millennium, Santander Bank Polska, ING Bank Śląski, mBank, PKO Bank Polski, and Mastercard.
ZWEBB Fintech is a pioneering company in platform development and distribution of complete SaaS systems for Factoring, Trading and Crowd-financing.
The company is stablished in 2013, with its offices in Stockholm and Kraljevo, Serbia. Since 2018, ZWEBB Fintech has been a member of the Swedish Fintech Association as a leading FinTech solution provider.
Coffee Break Sponsor
Payoneer is the world’s go-to partner for digital commerce, everywhere. From borderless payments to boundless growth, Payoneer promises any business, in any market, the technology, connections and confidence to participate and flourish in the new global economy. Powering growth for customers ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs in emerging markets to the world’s leading digital brands, Payoneer offers a universe of opportunities, open to you.
Friends of the Forum
Mraković Marković & Partners
Established in 1991, Mrakovic Markovic & Partners Joint Law Office has been providing a comprehensive range of legal services to domestic and foreign clients. Its founders have diverse legal backgrounds and experiences, which have contributed to its excellent reputation in offering legal services, particularly in the areas of commercial, contract, criminal, administrative, and labor law.
Ventu.rs is the first crowdinvesting platform in Serbia connecting ambitious small businesses with a broad spectrum of investors. For businesses, Ventu.rs facilitates an exciting new avenue for financing through carefully structured fundraising campaigns in which our dedicated team closely monitors the entire process and provides professional support every step of the way. Furthermore, the crowdinvesting campaign on Ventu.rs platform enables businesses to gain publicity for their business, build a community that not only invests in them but also acts as brand ambassadors and finally, test the market for their new ideas. On the other side, Ventu.rs provides investors with a unique opportunity to support small businesses and reap financial rewards in the process.
By bringing together ambitious entrepreneurs and visionary investors, the platform creates a solid foundation for the realization of promising business ideas. At Ventu.rs, we firmly believe that the future belongs to young companies and innovative entrepreneurs. Together, entrepreneurs and investors on Ventu.rs can achieve remarkable feats and make a lasting impact.
Omorika Ventures – growing, developing and helping pioneers and bold founders who challenge status quo.
Omorika Ventures is seed and early series A venture capital fund, in the process of fundraising, focused on investing and supporting visionary founders and strong technology companies from the SEE region. As our muse – Omorika (aka. Pancic’s Spruce) endangered evergreen tree species indigenous to the Western Balkans region, the fund itself is focused on being actively present and continuously developing the region.
Founders and General Partners of Omorika Ventures are Kosta Andrić, Vladimir Pavlović and Miloš Matić. Leaning upon the legacy they developed through ICT Hub Ventures, as one of the first privately owned VC investment vehicles in the region, and joint investments made and organized by the Omorika’s founding team through SPVs over the years, they are determined to establish the structure from which they can continue their pioneer work.
They will further build the community of founders. The most promising ones will receive active support and investment. Besides the investment itself, all necessary steps will be taken to facilitate founders to be comfortable in building the next big thing.
We invite you to learn more and possibly join us on this journey!
With spectacular furniture, lights and accessories the dazzling Munich furniture brand creates an unmistakable look well beyond the mainstream. With success: around 200 Kare franchisee shops in almost 50 countries carry the “Joy of living” message into the world. Since 1981 the company, owned and managed by its founders, has grown steadily with its unique product range and unconventional furnishing worlds. The company designs and markets furniture, lighting and home accessories. Its recipe for success: Kare designs new and creative furnishing worlds three times a year in its so-called “trend shows”. Kare Design has its own stores in Munich, Regensburg and Vienna, as well as more than 100 franchise stores, hundreds of shop-in-shop areas in furniture stores, a subsidiary for commercial projects and online shops.
Kare has been present on Serbian market for almost 20 years. Serbian franchise owned by the company Studio 3 Kompresor Ltd. operates shops in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac.
Visit Belgrade shop in Dečanska Street no. 12.
Serbia Innovates is a project dedicated to strengthening the economy with the help of innovative technological solutions for the segments of the economy with the greatest development potential. The project is implemented by ICT HUB with the support of USAID.
Business Association Partners
Blockchain Alliance Europe
Blockchain Alliance Europe is a non-profit organisation that connects companies and legal entities that use or implement blockchain technologies or are a part of the blockchain ecosystem. Blockchain Alliance Europe advocates for the mass usage of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies and aims to transform Europe into a global blockchain destination. The alliance was established with the purpose of mutual assistance in business development, networking, cooperation and education, all with the goal of mass adoption of blockchain technology and digital assets. Blockchain Alliance Europe connects and engages various professionals in the blockchain space.
Through dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing and acceleration Fintech Poland works to improve quick development of the digital finance sector in Poland and promote Polish fintechs abroad.
The objective of the FinTech Poland Ecosystem is to make the market for financial innovation in Poland more completive and international. This is achieved through various joint initiatives – also those related identify development barriers, creating standards and conducting regulatory dialogue at the national and European levels. By organizing seminars, conferences, meetups and working groups the community facilitates interaction between market participants. The FinTech Poland Ecosystem was launched in September 2022 and already has almost 50 members.
Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)
The Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) supports both the foreign expansion of Polish business and the inflow of FDI into Poland. We also aim to boost Polish exports. Supporting entrepreneurs, the Agency assists in overcoming administrative and legal procedures, related to specific projects as well as helps to develop legal solutions, find a suitable location, reliable partners and suppliers. In order to offer direct assistance to Polish businesses abroad, PAIH has established a network of support all over the world.
Slovenian Business Club
The Slovenian Business Club in Serbia is a stable, unbreakable bridge between the economies of Serbia and Slovenia, and a strong support to its members in all their activities and business endeavors. SBG represents a reliable partner that you can depend on when it comes to achieving your business goals. SBG is a place for connecting, exchanging experiences and information, educating and creating opportunities for future business cooperation, but also for finding solutions to specific problems that companies face.
European Women Payments Network (EWPN)
European Women Payments Network (EWPN) provides a platform that inspires, empowers and mentors women in payments to help them realise their full individual potential and position themselves for greater personal success while continuing to learn and contribute to the payments and fintech industries. Our events and workshops offer an opportunity to the women to listen to renowned and upcoming female payments experts and role models who are leaders in the field; female pioneers and innovators in the payments industry and female leaders who are paving the way to success for women across all sectors. By creating a European wide network, EWPN opens doors of opportunities to women within the EU/EEA Region.
ICT Cortex is a cluster for information technology, innovation, education, design, and technological development in Montenegro. Our mission and overall goal is to improve the competitiveness of Montenegro’s ICT sector through public-private partnerships and collaboration in the field of research and development (R&D). With this in mind, the ICT cluster, with its 45 member companies, brings added value in the areas of technology, fintech, internationalization, talent development, and innovation, thanks to a sustainable cluster organization that identifies and channels various funding sources.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS) is an independent, non-budgetary institution, a national association of all Serbian businesspeople, owing to its tradition, experience and knowledge. A 166-year tradition of the Serbian chamber system and the developed chamber network, Representative Offices abroad, are the guarantor of efficient implementation of the support mechanisms for the economy and businesspeople in their activities. Members of the Association of Financial Institutions are all banks, insurers and other financial institutions in Serbia. Activities are primarily focused on monitoring the enforcement of regulations, initiating initiatives for improvement, cooperation and dialogue with the Ministry of Finance, the National Bank of Serbia and the Securities Commission.
Netokracija is a business-technology media that follows the culture of technological entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and new technologies – in Serbia and Croatia. The company was founded in 2009 in Croatia, and since 2015 Netocracija is also present in Serbia, where it deals with local issues and the development of the domestic digital community. Now, Netokracija is a part of Infobip.