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President creates networking opportunities for young prospects

Ljubljana, 10. 2. 2014 | press release

The Slovenian President today received Dan Shechtman, the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Israeli scientist was accompanied by Ms Nava Swersky Sofer, an innovation model specialist, and Mr Ehud Levy, a representative of a venture capital fund. The President also invited some young and promising Slovenians to attend the reception, giving them an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with the world's top experts in their respective fields.

The Slovenian President today received Dan Shechtman, the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Israeli scientist was accompanied by Ms Nava Swersky Sofer, an innovation model specialist, and Mr Ehud Levy, a representative of a venture capital fund.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

In his introduction, the President noted that this visit by Mr Shechtman was a source of inspiration to all young scientists in Slovenia. "His achievements speak for themselves and inspire those who wish to follow in his footsteps. This reception was organised especially for you, young people, who may one day be as successful as our eminent guests. Perhaps there is even a future Nobel Prize winner in our midst," said the President.

The members of the Slovenian team, who won one silver and two bronze medals at the International Chemistry Olympiad, also attended the event. They were joined by secondary-school students from the Slovenian entrepreneurial sandbox Ustvarjalnik, which has been selected out of ten projects by the Unreasonable Institute, an American accelerator for social entrepreneurship. Jaka Blažon, a 17-year old founder of Wivu start-up, who discussed his business idea and the possibilities of developing it with investors, said: "Today, I had the opportunity to meet people and hear confirmation from President Pahor that he respects young entrepreneurs and takes us seriously. This is recognition of my work."

Some of the most promising Slovenian start-ups which have been tremendously successful with their innovative products at home and abroad were also given the opportunity to network with the guests form Israel. "We entrepreneurs are well-aware of the significance of networking. The President's invitation is definitely a reference for us, and at the same time a chance to meet key investors in innovative projects," commented Tomaž Lorenzetti, whose LinkedAge platform was awarded the 2012/2013 title of the Best Entrepreneurial Idea by the daily Finance.