2022 | StartupBlink View the Global Startup Map p. 188 47 | Slovenia Slovenia dropped by one spot to rank 47th globally, unable to reverse the steep decline it experienced in 2021. Nevertheless, Slovenia ranks 11th in Eastern Europe and holds position as 4th in the Balkans. Slovenian cities have continued a negative trajectory for the 2nd year in a row. Ljubljana, Slovenia’s highest ranked city, managed to stay in the top 200 despite falling 6 spots to 190th globally. In spite of its overall decline, Ljubljana climbed two positions in the Balkans, now ranking 4th regionally thanks to even greater declines by Zagreb and Belgrade. Ljubljana shows good results in Software & Data, making the top 100 at 86th globally. Maribor, 2nd nationally, saw a massive drop of 315 spots to 720th, continuing a negative trend from 2021. Novo Mesto lost its place in the Index this year. Consequently, Slovenia has a total of 2 cities in the global top 1000 compared to 3 cities last year. Slovenia continues its decline, but Ljubljana rises locally. 2020 2021 2022 Regional Rank Startup Ecosystem Ranking Global Rank National Rank and Change City Global Rank and Change Total Score Overperforming Industry 1 Ljubljana 190 4.375 Software & Data 2 Maribor 720 0.351 86 −6 −315 − − For more information about the rankings of cities, view the country dashboard on Startublink.com. Startup Ecosystem Overview Slovenia has the most vibrant economy of all the ex-Yugoslavia countries, as it enjoys proximity to both East and West, bordering Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. The country's startup ecosystems have been actively developed in recent years. This includes active efforts from the public sector to improve regulations and provide entrepreneurs with better conditions for innovation.