Managing Partner

Jure Mikuž, South Central Ventures

Jure Mikuž is an experienced venture capital investor with more than fifteen years of experience in the industry. He was the founder of the first such fund in Slovenia and since then he has led or participated in more than thirty transactions in the field of various technological industries. He sits on the board of directors of several portfolio companies, and at the same time actively contributes to the development of the environment for investments in technology companies in the region. He is a managing partner at South Central Ventures, a leading regional venture capital provider with offices in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje.

Agritech industry is an interesting sector for South Central Ventures because we are looking for industries with a long term growing potential. We strongly believe that production of better, healthier food with a smaller impact on our environment is a true mega trend which will be here for the decades to come. Agriculture is an industry yet to be fully digitised and we’re looking for niche technology players that can help the traditional companies to achieve this transformation.

11:10 – 12:00 Round table: Financing and development of startups and projects in agriculture

The development, financing and commercialization of agriculture requires financial services that can support smaller and larger agricultural investments and agricultural infrastructure that require long-term funding and advancements in technology. An important challenge is to address systemic risks through different risk management mechanisms. At the round table, we will discuss where there are opportunities for technological and digital development in agriculture and how to access appropriate sources of funding and advisory support.