Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has turned upside down and even though it has come to a standstill for a while, it is important that we do not stop along with it! Despite the circumstances it is of extreme importance for educational and business events to take place in order to motivate and inspire all attendees so that they can approach the circumstances with a positive outlook as well. Watch and enjoy the video of the whole event, be inspired and reinvent your mindset with the help of this year's award recipients!
Progress through creativity and innovation!
This year brought many challenges and changes that required a quick response with the implementation of innovation models providing creative ideas, solutions, and flexible teams.
Only truly innovative and visionary teams and businesses have succeeded to restructure and reinvent its business models to be further successful in these challenging times.
With the awards for best foreign investors – FDI Award Slovenia – the Slovenian Government wants to recognise, reward and evaluate exceptional contributions of foreign investors in the Slovenian business environment.
Foreign investors are crucial for creating new jobs and providing an added value as well as for research and development, new technologies, and regional or international expansion.
This year’s award ceremony will be slightly different than usual – it will be more innovative but still connecting all of us. It will move to the world wide web where you will be able to meet this year's award recipients at a very special digital event.
The mission of the public agency is to safeguard the competitiveness and the promotion of the Slovenian economy. In cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and other business stakeholders, SPIRIT Slovenia offers Slovenian companies effective and integrated support for the development and promotion in Slovenia as well as in the global competitive market. Furthermore, it fulfills its mission by integrating knowledge and competencies in all key areas of the economy, with the aim to increase added value, create quality posts and long-term competitiveness.
One of the priorities of the public agency is to attract foreign direct investors, mainly those related to the activities that generate higher added value, into our country. SPIRIT Slovenia supports the existing foreign investors in their future growth and development in the Slovenian business environment. The public agency has developed an innovative Business Development of Companies with Foreign Capital programme for outstanding companies, based on entrepreneurial approach.
This year's recipients will receive some words of encouragement from previous year’s award recipients – in the year when the economy was rattled by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even of greater value to share experiences and good practices to innovate and create a new reality together!
It will be an honour to welcome the following speakers among us: Anton Zupančič, Managing Director of Systemair d.o.o., Laura Coconea, Innovation Office Manager and Jure Kranjec, Head of R&D at Swarco Lea d.o.o., as well as Mojca Markizeti, Head of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Iskraemeco d.d.
Petra Kovič has been the Editor-in-Chief of Svet kapitala since 2016. In 2020, Svet kapitala became a well established monthly publication of the Delo publishing house. In the times of this pandemic, it has become more online-oriented and is available at www.svetkapitala.si. Recently, Petra has been the author of a range of Svet kapitala podcasts titled Svet kapitala s Petro dedicated to young, bold and out-of-the-box thinking male as well as female entrepreneurs. Before joining the publishing house, she worked for 15 years as a journalist and a daily editor for Slovenia’s National Radio station Val 202. She edited radio shows from the fields of economy and culture featuring the most prominent decision-makers in the Slovenian society.
The traditional award ceremony honouring top foreign investors who achieved exceptional results and contributed significantly to the development of the Slovenian economy in the past year has become one of the most important business events in the country. Its aim is to promote successful foreign investors as a positive example and good practice in the Slovenian business environment as well as to evaluate the positive effects of these companies in Slovenia. Foreign investors are crucial for creating new jobs and providing an added value as well as for research and development, new technologies, and regional or international expansion. At the same time, you are the ambassadors of Slovenia in your home markets. We are proud that you have chosen to bring your operations to our country!
It is an honour to welcome Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology, as the honorary speaker at FDI Award. He is going to address the state of foreign investment in the Slovenian business environment with particular emphasis on the demanding circumstances in which not only Slovenian, but also the global economy have found themselves in 2020.