Aleš Pustovrh is an assistant professor, researcher, and lecturer in the field of economics and entrepreneurship at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. He is researching the new forms of innovation, emerging innovation systems and business models connected to them at this University. His papers have been published in well-known scientific journals and he has been regularly attending domestic and international scientific conferences. His activities are not limited to academic research of the topic as he is also systematically working with startup companies and large corporations trying to achieve accelerated growth. As such, he has been one of the founders of ABC venture accelerator in Slovenia and a partner at a venture capital fund in Croatia. Both in his academic and other activities, he remains closely connected to the regions of Southeast-, East- and Central Europe, using the diverse environments and experiences as inputs for his research.