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festINNO = festival of INNOVATION

Annual regional cross-border event for presenting, connecting and creating wider business activities, connecting the academic sphere, the economy, the interested public and entrepreneurship support policy makers.

25. May 2022

festINNO = festival of INNOVATION

Developing entrepreneurial opportunities for a sustainable future

Opening of the conference and INNOtalk with Jernej Čopi, a successful entrepreneur from Ensol 360, gazelle of the Primorsko-Notranjska region 2021

prof. Mitja Ruzzier, UP Faculty of Management

Online event: ZOOM

9.00 – 9.45

In the opening INNOtalk session, we will host “1 on 1” Jernej Čopi, a successful entrepreneur from Ensol 360, the gazelle of the Primorsko-Notranjska region 2021, and reveal the most interesting parts of his successful entrepreneurial story. The discussion will be led by prof. Mitja Ruzzier, who is also the head of the event and of the Entrepreneurship Department at UP, Faculty of Management. With the 360 Karting brand, Ensol 360 is recognized in the international environment for the design and construction of multi-level go-kart tracks. With more than 80 routes on almost all continents, it is world number one for investors who enrich amusement parks for all age groups with such adrenaline attractions.

ROUND TABLE: Building new possibilities for a sustainable future

Maurizio Cescon, journalist Messaggero Veneto (moderator) with guests from the private sector and other supporting organisations

Onsite event, Department for Economy and Statistics, University of Udine Italy

9.00 – 11.00

In uncertain times, we need new ideas and visionary men capable of imagining the future. The challenge will be to build new opportunities to create it. From economy to society, from business to education, what is the sustainable vision of this future? Entrepreneurs and policy makers will discuss their points of view looking at the cross-border condition of our region. Round table guests: Dino Feragotto (Confindustria Slovenia), Piero Petrucco (Confindustria Udine), Michele Filippi (Confapi FVG), Councilor for work, training, education, university and family (Regione FVG), Paolo Fantoni (FederlegnoArredo), Minister of Education, dr. Mitja Ruzzier (Fakulteta za management), dr. Andrea Garlatti (Dip. Scienze Economiche e Statistiche UNIUD)


SPOT Consulting Obalno-kraške regije

Online event: ZOOM
(pre-registration required)

10.00 – 11.30

Workshop organized by SPOT Consulting of the Obalno-kraška region on the topic of innovation and creative thinking in solving entrepreneurial challenges, explained on concrete examples from practice.

*Project was co-financed with the support of the European Fund for regional development, Ministry of economical development and technology and SPIRIT Slovenia, an public agency.

INNOtalk - New entrepreneurship era, between ethics, sustainability and digital innovation

prof. Maria Rosita Cagnina, University of Udine (moderator) with guests from the private sector and other supporting organizations

Onsite event, Department for Economy and Statistics, University of Udine Italy


Companies that are increasingly sustainable, ethical, innovative, digital. They are companies that look to the future, inside and outside their organizational boundaries. We asked the invited entrepreneurs to tell us about their ideas and experiences of their businesses on these issues. INNOtalk guests: Massimo Tammaro (Former Commander Frecce Tricolori and Ferrari Manager), Manuele Ceschia (MyNet srl Società benefit), Diego Zonta (Animaimpresa), Massimiliano Collino (DRIVEvolve s.r.l), Eleonora D’Alessandri (C.D.A. Società Benefit), Nicola Bosello (Eurosystem SPA)

Sustainable INNOchallenge - Competition for the most sustainable and innovative business ideas of students

UP Faculty of Management and RRC Koper

Online event: ZOOM

11.45 -12.45

INNOchallenge is a cross-border competition for the most innovative students’ business ideas. This year, students from UP Faculty of Management, UP Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica and Ca’Foscari University of Venice have participated in the competition. As part of the final event, we will present the most innovative students’ business ideas in the 2020/2021 academic year and announce the winners of the competition.


Inno Model - Canvas Business Model Tool for Business Model Development

Assoc.Prof Veselina Jecheva, PhD, Burgas Free University, ; Prof. Milen Baltov, PhD

Online event: ZOOM

13.00 -13.45

A well-developed business model canvas will help streamline planning, development, and execution across your business. It should align everyone with its objectives and eliminate inconsistencies between the various people who contribute to your business objectives. The presentation will contain basic description of InnoModel (http://innoplatform.eu/index.php/en/innotoolsselectpath/bcmallrec), based on Business Model Canvas, as well as some practical examples.

Workshop on Intellectual Property and Knowledge Protection

mag. Tina Baznik, INNO Legal

Online event: ZOOM

14.00 -16.00

1. part: Knowledge protection – ment for a wider audience in English: The purpose of the workshop is to give participants a general insight into the field of protection of knowledge, how very important it is and to which business processes it relates to. Intellectual property is like a red thread that is being unwind through the entire organization as it is the fruit of knowledge – and knowledge is carried out by people who are in different positions and may not pay attention to how they can monetize it and above all – protect it. 2. part in Slovenian: will be dedicated primarily to researchers and related to questions about copyrights and IP related to work, projects etc.

*The project was co-financed by the Slovenian Government and the European fund for regional development.

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Video archive of past events

FestINNO 2021

FestINNO 2020

FestINNO 2019

FestINNO 2018

FestINNO 2017