Jernej Pangeršič is a Technical Specialist in Education at Microsoft, covering 33 countries in Central & Eastern Europe and some countries in Asia. He works with various stakeholders in transforming education for the 21st century, deploying Microsoft education solutions, which are crucial in the age of remote/hybrid learning.
Jernej has been passionate about entrepreneurship from an early age. He was trying different business ideas throughout high school and applied to Watson Institute (headquartered in Boulder) in college. He was one of the first Europeans and the first Slovenian accepted to the program.
Early in his career, Jernej was the Head of mentorship at Ustvarjalnik, a social venture running a network of high school accelerators where students met once per week after classes to discover what they love to do and to turn this into a real business. Over the course of the program, students launch their first startups, thus learning how to transform their ideas into reality.
After that, Jernej became the youngest CEO in Slovenia, leading Katapult, the business accelerator focused on helping hardware entrepreneurs bring their idea from the prototype to a finished product stage, between 2016 and 2018. His passions for technology and helping others led him to co-found OPTICYBER3, a cybersecurity startup that focuses on penetration testing and social engineering to help their clients to better secure their infrastructure.