Andrej Mertelj

CEO, Datalab


Andrej (born 1970) is best described as a serial entrepreneur with a passion for IT. After secondary school, he studied computer science, but dropped out just before graduating to pursue an entrepreneurial career. At the age of sixteen he published the first of many articles, lectures and even books.

Almost thirty years of experience in IT and twenty five in entrepreneurship have given him a unique mix of skills and knowledge, which has made its mark on PANTHEON, the leading SME ERP in Southeast Europe. His passion is now building SME cloud services with Telcos and bringing the benefits of modern IT to farmers.

Andrej is the chairman of KODA.SI, the Association of Slovenian Software Vendors, he was president of the Slovenian Association of IT and Telecommunications at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, and he is a member of several standardization bodies. He was government advisor in several EURO changeovers, VAT and fiscal register, and one of the boldest opponents of EU’s software patent and ACTA directive. He is a frequent mentor on startup events, CEED and entrepreneurial workshops.