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GoStartup Weekend – RETINA Mentorship Program (Vrtojba, Slovenia, 24th – 26th January 2020)

Organized by: PTP
Retina Mentorship Program Invitation_draft (23.12.19)




The Go Startup Weekend, organized by the Primorska technology park with the support of the University of Nova Gorica is an intense workshop, meant for ambitious students, researchers and entrepreneurs at all stages. You will learn how to:

develop business ideas in a structured in effective way
quickly and efficiently manage and assess risks

improve your decision making skills

improve communication and negotiation techniques,

work in an interdisciplinary team,

contact with experienced mentors and entrepreneurs,

A whole new aspect of developing ideas and projects.

Workshops are an effective tool in preparing the business model and pitch for the POPRI competition






Who can apply?

  • University students
  • Researchers
  • Entrepreneurs at all stages
  • People with business ideas


What do you need to bring? 

Lots of energy! You will pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you will get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it is all about the team*. 

Note*: Teams will be formed at the very beginning of the program with the aim to bring together people with different knowledge, skills and background. 

Over the course of the weekend, you will be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP (Minimum Viable Product) that fits the needs of your target customer. You will get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

On Sunday afternoon, all the teams will pitch and the jury will award the best pitch.


How much does the program cost?

Good news: The program is free of charge!!!!

The activity is funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the Interreg V-A Slovenia – Austria cooperation program within the RETINA project: Opening up research laboratories for innovative industrial applications.












GoStartup Weekend – Retina Mentorship Program is a full weekend-long experience. The package includes: 

  • meals over the course of the weekend
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of entrepreneurs, researchers, developers, designers, and eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the coffee you can consume.

The program will be held in English.



If you’re feeling inspired, let us know:

Drop a line at katja.pregelj@primorski-tp.si  until January 10th , 2020.

Don’t wait any longer and join the GoStartup Weekend – Retina Mentorship Program!  The recommended number of attendees is 30.

No talk, all action!     













Friday, 24th January 2020

16.00 Registration
16.30 Dinner & Networking
17.00 Welcome Reception & Speakers Presentation
17.30 How to Make a Short Pitch
17.45 Pitching of the Existing Ideas for Further Development
18.30 Selection of Ideas and Teams Formation
19.00 Workshop: Business Canvas
19.30 Team work


Saturday, 25th January 2020

8.30 Breakfast
9.00 Workshop: How to Understand Markets and Build a Product for the Costumers’ Needs?
10.00 Team Work
12.00 Lunch




Workshop: How to Test and Launch New Products?


Coach Meetings One to One
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Check-In, Status Reports
21.00 Wrap-Up Meeting





Sunday, 26th January 2020

8.30 Breakfast
9.00 Workshop: How Much Money Do I Need To Do It?
10.00 Coach Meetings one to one
11.00 Workshop: How to Make Great Pitch?
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Presentation Prep & Tech Check
15.30 Main Pitch Rehearsal
17.00 Dinner
17.30 Judging & Awards
18.00 Wrap-Up and Networking
21.00 End of the Program