The Next Round Strategic and Dealmaking Summit 2021

The Next Round Strategic and Dealmaking Summit 2021 is the biggest yearly Strategic and Dealmaking summit of Venture Capital Investors from the CEE region attracting an aggregated investor potential of 2+ billion euros. 

The summit will bring together the eminent representatives of the VC investment community and EU institutions to exchange their views and actions on the challenges of financing and other critical issues to make a European breakthrough in generating future Unicorns. 

This year’s Next Round Summit is backed by the European Commission, as Slovenia is in its 6 months presidency of the European Union. We are exploiting the opportunity to also host policymakers in the discussion about the EU next generation of innovators with the implementation of The scale-up Europe manifesto by French President Emmanuel Macron.  

Key Metrics of the Next Round:

500+ Attendees

600+ 1on1 Investor-startup Meetings

200+ Scaleups

60+ International Speakers

The program will be in the hybrid form. Some events will take place in Ljubljana, with the majority of the content available online. There will be 2 tracks of the summit:

  1. The first track is a Strategic summit, focusing on the future polemics from the environment and industry


  1. The second track is aimed at Dealmaking approaches, exits, and 1on1 networking for deal flow with the best from the CEE region.

On the first track, we’ll host numerous EU representatives, policymakers, successful EU startups, unicorns, and European startup ecosystem stakeholders, sharing knowledge and predictions for the growth of the European startup scene. We will also talk to EU and national leaders, see how the startup ecosystem can support key agendas. During short and insightful panels, we will confront both future ambitions and current shortcomings of the innovation-to-market journey.

The Next Round partner is the biggest regional venture capital fund, South Central Ventures

The second track is aimed at Dealmaking approaches, exits, and 1on1 networking for deal-flow with the best from the CEE region. In this track, we’ll organize dedicated 1:1 online meetings. All the 1on1 meetings will be held online. Startups & Scalesups will be able to have a couple of meetings with potential investors, so book your spot.

The idea of the Next Round Strategic and Dealmaking Summit is to connect the most investable technology Scaleups in the CEE region with the right investors, contributing to the development of the European startup ecosystem. 

Some of the startups attending Next Round Summit are already investment-ready, others are on their way to become profitable and scalable. We are expecting more than 200 startups to attend the conference, providing a good reason for the biggest European investors to attend. 

Dedicated 1on1 meetings spread out through both days will make sure that best-matched startups and investors are connected with all relevant information at hand to make the next round call. Besides this, investors attend the Next Round Summit for two reasons: to learn how changes in EU funding will support growth and to find startups who can execute. 

The Next Round will take place on October the 26th and 27th.

Join us and book your spot.

Next Round is organized by ABC Accelerator and CEED Slovenija, in partnership with South Central Ventures and co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, European Union, and Slovenian Enterprise Fund.