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EURAXESS Startup Hub Serbia



Welcome to EURAXESS Startup Hub Serbia

EURAXESS Startup Hub Serbia

  • We are developing technological mentoring and coaching programs in some of the most disruptive technologies today
  • Our innovation assessment schemes helps turning a great PhD thesis into even greater innovation product
  • Learn about the key concepts of scientific startup entrepreneurship, in our digital handbook, a part of EURAXESS Startup Hub Digital Toolkit
  • Get to know the basics of writing successful research proposal by taking part in our training schemes on access to funding



EURAXESS Startup Hub Serbia

Who we are?

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Niš (MEF) is a higher education establishment, a part of the University of Niš with 13 faculties and more than 26000 students enrolled.

MEF is acting EURAXESS BHO organization, Coordinator of the national EURAXESS Services network and administrator of the national EURAXESS portal. MEF has participated or is participating in a number of Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 projects, where it implemented different training programs, deployed online collaboration and promotional solutions and worked on the national and regional research policy issues. It contributed to the EURAXESS network with highly innovative tools and solutions, such as EURAXESS Digital assistant (instructional chatbot) and in-depth analysis of EURAXESS Jobs dataset.

MEF has long experience in training, mentorship, promotion and implementation activities in different entrepreneurship aspects. It implements the programs with significant impact to a local startup community, such as: 

  • Summer school of technological entrepreneurship,
  • Artificial Intelligence Info Days,
  • Academic course on Startup entrepreneurship,
  • Guest lectures for first-year students on entrepreneurial careers,
  • CIM seminars connecting industry and academic researchers and
  • Round tables on scientific entrepreneurship.


Our environment

About Serbian startup ecosystem

Serbian startup ecosystem is small but one of the fastest growing in Europe, currently in activation phase. It raised 143 MEUR in last 10 years with EU countries as the most important investor (70% take).

When considering the investments, gaming and Blockchain are the two most attractive sectors in Serbian startup arena. Some of the most critical factors for growth are world-class engineering education (with more than 3300 graduates in Software Engineering each year), waivers on tax and contributions on salaries and tax incentives.

The Digital Serbia Initiative estimates the total value of the Serbian ecosystem (with approx. 300 startups) at 502MUSD. 78% of the companies are export-oriented, while nearly 60% are in the B2B domain. Two of the most notable success stories are Nordeus (mobile game development company based in Belgrade) and Frame (one of the leading providers of cloud-based software, recently acquired by Nutanix).

Find more information about Serbian startup ecosystem at Startup Genome report here.


EURAXESS Startup Hub

Meet the EURAXESS Startup Hub

The EURAXESS Startup Hub is a networked program of support to sci entrepreneurs, setup by the research and funding organizations from 7 countries, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Israel, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Serbia, with participation of tens of external stakeholders, the prominent actors in national startup ecosystems of the above countries.


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EURAXESS Startup Hub Serbia

Our activities 

We are focused to promoting the novel career paths to early-stage researchers and facilitating industry-academia collaboration through different training and networking schemes.

  • Early stage startup training and promotion activities include promotion of startup careers for first-year students, practical summer schools for third-year students from the different faculties and academic course for master students.
  • Networking activities include regional and international schemes in which young entrepreneurs meet with their colleagues and learn about startup culture in other countries.
  • Reverse innovation activities are technology meet-ups of industry with academia where practical problems find their solutions in advanced application of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and other technologies.

Our flagship project is the series of three study visits for R1 or R2 researchers who already embarked in the startup entrepreneurship waters to the lively capitals of three startup nations: Israel, Estonia and Luxembourg. The tour will help aspiring sci-entrepreneurs to learn directly from the renown experts and mentors about the challenges and opportunities of the novel careers for researchers and to get in touch with international startup markets and cultures. The tour is organized by IP&D (Israel), University of Luxembourg, Estonian Research Council and MEF, and it will take place in June and July 2022 by welcoming researchers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Israel, Luxembourg, Montenegro, and Serbia.

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