We are looking for Slovenian winners of Imagine Cup! Application deadline January 30th!

/8.1.2015, Author: Urban Lapajne
You have time until January 30th 2015 to apply for the local selection of this year’s Imagine Cup competition. An unforgettable experience, attractive rewards, an international network of connections, obtaining references and having a lot of fun are the reasons why you should participate in this biggest global student competition. 

Prizes worth a million dollars, an unforgettable experience at the world finals in Redmond, USA, a possibility of a career breakthrough and obtaining references are only some of the reasons why it’s worth it to participate at the largest student tech competition in the world – Imagine Cup! In 2013, the Slovenian team ADORA (on the photo) from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Maribor placed second in the category “Innovations”, which is the best Slovenian placement in the history of the competition. They were the first Slovenian team to receive the monetary support of Imagine Cup Grants in the amount of 50,000 USD, meant for further implementation and development of the idea. 


Registering the idea and the team until January 30th

Student teams can register their idea in one of the three categories (“Games”, “Innovation” and “World Citizenship”) on the website until January 30th. Amongst all the registered teams, the best ten will attend the idea accelerator ITIME at the start of February and then compete for victory in the Slovenian local selection on April 9th. In order to get to the prestigious world finals in Redmond, the Slovenian teams will additionally have to convince the semi-finals committee, which will evaluate the applications from all across the world online in the month of June to pick those teams that will attend the prestigious world finals. The latter will take place in July in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, USA.


O Imagine Cupu

Imagine Cup is an international competition in the field of innovativeness, tech solutions and development, at which students of higher education institutions from all across the world participate. Students participate in teams that represent an individual faculty or a group of faculties. In the period before the competition and the final selection, they are accompanied and guided by mentors from the academic and economic sphere, specifically chosen for this purpose. In accordance with best practice, students are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams and network between faculties, as well as to connect with economic players. The company is part of Microsoft YouthSpark’s initiative.


Additional information

Urban Lapajne, Initiative Start:up Slovenia, competition manager:
Stanislava Vabšek, Initiative Start:up Slovenia, communications:
Katra Šemrov, Microsoft Slovenia, public relations,

The leading partner of the Slovenian selection Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s Innovation Centre. The main organisers are members of the initiative Start:up Slovenia, while numerous other non-governmental organisations and companies also participate in the selection. The main sponsor is Microsoft Slovenia.

Author of content: Urban Lapajne,
Start:up Slovenia
The Initiative Start:up Slovenia is an active facilitator and promoter of public and private stakeholders of the Slovenian startup ecosystem. In collaboration with them, we also carry out and promote national programmes for supporting innovative entrepreneurship. With all listed activities and partners, we are trying to place Slovenia on the map of established European startup hubs. The leading partners of the Initiative are the strategically connected Venture Factory and Technology Park Ljubljana. Members of the Initiative are Primorska Technology Park, Pomurje Technology Park, Savinja Region Incubator, SAŠA Incubator, RC IKT and RCR Zasavje. You can find all Initiative’s partners at More...

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