Pomurje Technology Park (PTP) proudly celebrates two decades of promoting the development and growth of a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pomurje. Over the past two decades, our dedicated team of experts has consistently provided professional support to businesses, leading to numerous successful projects. At this significant milestone, we reflect on our achievements and unique characteristics that set us apart from other entities in the innovative environment in Slovenia.
Our mission is to encourage the transfer of knowledge, experience, and technology into the economy, directly contributing to the creation of new jobs and added value.
This effort enhances the competitiveness of innovative entrepreneurship in the Pomurje region and fosters the establishment of new, growth-oriented, knowledge-based companies. In the last two decades, we have supported over 200 companies in launching their businesses, rapid development, and the commercialization of innovative products and services, resulting in the creation of more than 1500 new jobs. A compelling testament to our achievements is the implementation of 53 large projects from 14 different EU programs, including Horizon 2020, COSME, and the Norway Grants, with a total value of 59.15 million EUR, further strengthening our position in the Pomurje region. Some of the significant achievements for regional development include:
- Involving 290 students in project initiatives, leading to the development of 82 innovative solutions.
- Providing essential support and business services to over 50 foreign startups.
- Assisting 159 established companies with essential business services, covering areas such as analysis, business model development, access to financial resources, business process optimization, and more.
- Collaborating with companies to test 61 technological solutions that promote further company development.
- Optimizing business processes in 41 companies, increasing their operational efficiency.
- Offering expert support in the patent application process for four patents.
- Establishing a strong partner network across Europe, reaffirming our commitment to regional growth, innovation promotion, knowledge and technology transfer, support for technological entrepreneurship, and progress toward sustainability in line with the European Commission’s Digital and Green Agenda.
We marked our 20th anniversary with a celebratory event where we hosted numerous experts and political decision-makers to discuss critical issues related to regional development in Pomurje and Eastern Slovenia.
Among others, the following individuals contributed their insights:
- dr. Aleksander Jevšek, Minister for Cohesion and Regional Development
- dr. Miroslav Kranjc, State Secretary at the Ministry of Digital Transformation
- dr. Martina Rauter, Advisor in the Cabinet of the Minister for Economy, Tourism and Sport
- mag. Marko Močnik, Managing Director of the Pomurje Technology Park
The discussion focused on the following key areas:
- Funding Strategy: Participants explored ways to improve the financing of regional projects, emphasising balancing support for extensive strategic initiatives and maintaining the capacity for local project implementation.
- Intervention Policy and Subsidies: The conversation examined the role of intervention policies in aiding less developed areas and subsidies as catalysts for innovation and development.
- Digital Transformation: Experts emphasized the necessity of digitizing business processes to enhance the competitiveness of local companies and the necessary support mechanisms for a smooth transition.
- Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Insights were shared regarding the evolving landscape of entrepreneurship support, and questions were raised about whether it is easier or more challenging to establish and develop businesses today.
- Regional Disparities: Differences in the allocation of EU funds between Eastern and Western Cohesion Regions were addressed, along with their potential impact on company relocations and strategies for promoting growth in Eastern Slovenia.
- Research and Development: Experts discussed measures to increase investments in research and development, promote innovation, and enhance competitiveness in Pomurje.
- Impact of Artificial Intelligence: The impact of artificial intelligence on various professions was assessed, highlighting areas with the greatest potential for change.
- Company Relocations Abroad: Participants explored solutions to prevent the migration of Slovenian start-up companies abroad and strengthen the retention and attraction of innovative businesses.
- Impact of Natural Disasters: Discussions were held regarding the effects of natural disasters, such as floods, on regional financing and potential means of funding key projects in Pomurje region.
- 20 Years of Success for the Pomurje Technology Park: Outstanding achievements of the Pomurje Technology Park in its two decades of operation were highlighted.
The roundtable provided a platform for in-depth discussions on key issues related to regional development. Participants reaffirmed their commitment to shaping a rich and innovative future for Pomurje and Eastern Slovenia.
“At this significant milestone, we express our gratitude to our partners, stakeholders, innovators, and companies who, together with us, have shaped the success story. We eagerly anticipate the future, with a dedicated focus on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Pomurje region.” (Marko Močnik, Director of the Pomurje Technology Park).