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Yes, we can! We can change the world.

We can change it by designing new solutions for existing problems. We have started by creating a place where we can share ideas and collaborate on innovative tech/biz plans. This is what happens in Tehno potica.

We have been transforming Tehno potica since February, and we have come up with five ideas. In addition, we have strategies to develop those ideas into cutting-edge projects. Bogdan Mlakar will present the first idea, dealing with recycling wastes, next Monday, and afterwards, we will conduct a brainstorming session to expand on his concepts.

Can you join in and help change the world?

Yes, you can!

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Techno CakeI started to build a Technocake community two years ago; still, I lost a lot of my enthusiasm half a year ago when Group Technocake had no more than 60 members on Facebook. So, I thought that I would quit the group.

However, I remain a fan of Steve Blanc’s movement, and his call to change entrepreneurial culture in every town in the world has inspired me to try to change things where I live. “Business Model Generation discussions in every pub” said Jure Čuhalov, and that I something I strongly endorse.  Consequently, I took the initiative when I met the Mayor of Slovenska Bistrica at the end of 2012. I explained my ideas, and the Technocake business model. I was encouraged by his support and decided to develop our Technocake community into an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We will share a working space with the student club of Slovenska Bistrica, where there will be free access to a Wi-Fi internet connection, a place for meetings, pitches, presentations, and seed-camps. If anybody wants to help us and/or join the club, he or she will be most welcome. We believe that we can change our future with collaboration and cooperation in this new co-working space. We want to create a place where we can develop value propositions, build business models prototypes for unique ideas, help each other to find investors, and, through mutual input and support, be successful.

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Techno cake presently has forty-nine members, and that number could, and most likely will,  increase with each talk. Techno cake can exist in the long run only if we have a sustainable business model that extends beyond just  profit.  This is the  reason that I created the prototype of the Techno cake business model and now, to further develop that prototype,  I need  to brainstorm with the current members of the movement.


Business Model Canvas, Osterwalder, Pigneur & al. 2010, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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If we want to eat a cake instead of a piece of bread, we have to know how to get the cake. If we want to gain knowledge for the creation of added value, we have to bring together a number of investors, innovators, geeks, creators, and engineers. A gathering of such visionary people can accelerate cooperation, bring about the correlation of new ideas, and propose promising innovations and productions.


A case of just such a potentially productive group was initiated in my town and has the name “Techno potica.” The main goal of this assembly is to change the status quo through collaboration, co-creations, and business model combining between members of the association and the companies of attendees. Techno potica started with one event about a week and a half ago and will meet again every two weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing  how big a piece of cake we have after one year.












Photo CC by Benjamin Lesjak





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In Slovenska Bistrica where I live, a lot of successful athletes are active. Among them are the following Olympians: Shot-put: Miran Vodovnik; Judo: Topolčnik Stanko, Janez Vidmajer, Franc Očko, and Filip Leščak; Paralympics shooter Franc Pinter. In addition, there are many other world-famous athletes such as Mojca Mijovic, triathlon; Alpine skier Rene Melkuz; Eurocup basketball player Sani Becirovic; and mountain climbers Mira Zoric, Milan Romih, Marjan Freser, Francek Knez, and Dani Tic, etc. Each of those presents an interesting life story, one filled with incredible challenges, amazing determination and endurance, and raw courage. All of these athletes were trained in the clubs here that have an illustrious tradition, and that is where their stories all began. Some of these, however, have become part of the lore of our small town, and so, these modest athletes, who while they are talked about, never boast of their achievements, are part of the past and present of our city. Their actions and those stories are one the important aspects that make us different from other cities. Heralding the accomplishments of these renowned athletes could help greatly in making, Slovenska Bistrica much more well-known world-wide. At present, unfortunately, these stories are mainly confined only to Slovenia. How then, can we broadcast these interesting stories combined with tourism information via social media, in order to present the many attractions that we offer to the whole world? I will talk about the topic on my lecture next week.

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