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Six Slovenians among best innovators in Central, Eastern Europe

Ljubljana, 16 November - Six Slovenians, including CEOs and founders of high-tech companies as well as an activist and the head of a bio-informatics lab, have made it among the top 100 innovators from Central and Eastern Europe as ranked by the organisers of the New Europe 100 project.

Ajdovščina, podjetje Pipistrel.
Slovesnost ob 25. obletnici podjetja Pipistrel.
Foto: Anže Malovrh/STA

It features Slovenia's CEO and funder of Pipistrel Ivo Boscarol, Feelif co-founder Željko Khermayer, Adora boss Kristjan Košič, activist Tomo Križnar, head of Gotoky Denis Lončar and Blaž Zupan, the head of the Ljubljana Faculty of Computer and Information Science's bio-informatics lab.

The list was compiled by Res Publica, Google, the International Visegrad Fund and Financial Times. The organisers picked top innovators based on nominations by project partners, including institutions from Central and Eastern Europe, and the general public.

More than half of the list has been filled by individuals or teams in business (54%), followed by those in society and politics (29%). Some of the finalists were meanwhile picked among those in science (10%) and those in media and culture (7%).

According to executive director of International Visegrad Fund Beata Jaczewska, the project, which has been organised for the third year running, is aimed at promoting the potential and creativity of people from this part of Europe.

"It is also an excellent platform for networking, because challengers get to know each other and share their ideas. We believe it is the best way of promoting fresh and innovative ideas, and the ensuing progress benefits us all at the global level," she stressed.

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