Great conditions for work
Developing startup community
In the past few years, talents are more and more frequently facing the challenges of building global companies. Modern technology, knowledge and positive energy allow startup entrepreneurship to develop in Maribor. This is how for example in Venture Factory, the business incubator of the University of Maribor, new startup companies are being created and positioning with their innovative products. What helps them in this is entering global accelerators, such as Techstars, Wayra, Seed Sumo, Tech Wildcatters, LaunchHub, ... Meanwhile, the international entrepreneurship conference PODIM is also incredibly important for Maribor. It annually attracts more than 600 entrepreneurs, investors, support programme organizers and other stakeholders to the city of Maribor.
Business zone Tezno
The main part of the development vision for the Tezno zone is for it to become a technologically highly developed industrial, service and research area. The Tezno zone is part of Slovenia’s development network, which has the goal of achieving excellence and international competitiveness in certain locations as well as offering services that will support the realization of business projects. The university wishes to build its own science park within the development projects of Slovenia and European Union. It's important to emphasise here that the Tezno zone is part of the European project Retina. Retina’s goal is to transform old and ecologically-hurt industrial areas in South-eastern Europe into areas where trendy economic development goes hand in hand with healthy environment.
Maribor has good traffic infrastructure. Close by, there is a junction of European highway corridors 5 and 10 connecting the European North and Southeast, and European East and Southwest. The renovated Maribor airport is only a couple of kilometres outside of Maribor, the Graz airport is only 45 kilometres away and the Jože Pučnik airport in Ljubljana is 130 kilometres away. Maribor also has very good road and railway connections with the ports of Koper and Trieste.