Startup Mountain 2024

Backbone Edition

22nd to 24th of March at Hotel Krvavec, Slovenia


This is the Big Restart

Backbone (noun)

  1. The most important part of something, providing support for everything else
  2. The chief support of a startup/scaleup ecosystem
  3. The series of vertebrae, such as incubators, business associations, investors, mentors, consultants and media extending from the founder’s dream to the global reality

Building on the legendary and unique concept of the ‘Startup Island’ events (held in Croatia 10 years ago), we present to you not one, but two events:

  • STARTUP MOUNTAIN to be held on the Krvavec mountain, Slovenia, from 22nd to 24th of March 2024
  • STARTUP ISLAND to be held in the seaside Trogir, Croatia, from 19th to 21st of September 2024

For years to come, both STARTUP MOUNTAIN and STARTUP ISLAND will be taking place annually… to co-create the BACKBONE of the regional startup community.

STARTUP ISLAND and STARTUP MOUNTAIN let you escape the usual hustle of startup events. We emphasize quality networking in extraordinary settings, where time seems to slow down. Learn more, connect better, plan further and snowball a little.

Our mission

Next event:

Startup Mountain 2024

Backbone Edition

22nd to 24th of March at Hotel Krvavec, Slovenia

CONNECT with the backbone of regional startup scene (investors, business associations, incubators, lawmakers, media, founders,..).

VISIT Krvavec, award-winning Slovenian ski resort (super close to Ljubljana and to Ljubljana’s airport).

SHAPE the future direction of the regional startup ecosystem with your input.

COMBINE professional goals with leisurely winter activities.

BUILD formal partnerships on top of informal friendships.

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Voices from our Participants

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I had the privilege of being a speaker at the Startup Island Conference in Hvar, Croatia. The vibrant atmosphere, picturesque setting, and warm hospitality created an unforgettable experience, making it a standout event in my speaking journey. I'm looking forward to take part of this event again.

Lauri Antalainen, President of EstBAN

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Startup Island was a remarkable experience, distinctively different from other events I've attended. Set on the beautiful Croatian island of Hvar, it offered a great opportunity for networking, where the focus was clearly on forging high-quality connections in a relaxed environment.

Jon Bradford, Dynamo Ventures

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On a more personal note - the initial Startup Island conferences in 2013 and 2014 were a lot of work to set up - but also a lot of fun with friends from all around the European high-tech community. I'm really looking forward to seeing Borut and Arne Rismal and their team reignite that flame and gather the community once again, in the Slovenian mountains and on the Croatian coast.

Ivo Špigel, Pontyx