Scientific and Research Association for Art, Cultural and Educational Programmes and Technology EPEKA, Social Enterprise, was founded in 2008.

EPEKA Association was founded as an initiative to connect creators of cultural, artistic, educational, scientific and technological content for the European Capital of Culture 2012 project. One year later, EPEKA proposed the Municipality of Maribor to submit  candidacy for the European Youth Capital title. Consequently, Maribor became the European Youth Capital in 2013. We continue our activity in the field of EU citizenship, EU values and intercultural dialogue. EPEKA also has branches abroad: EPEKA Czech Republic, EPEKA Austria, EPEKA Serbia, EPEKA Turkey and an informal group of youth EPEKA Armenia. We also have an affiliate branch in Ljubljana. EPEKA Association, Soc. Ent., is an association of public interest in the field of culture and an association of public interest in the field of youth. We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization, and we have been operating by the prionciples of a social enterprise since 2013. In addition to youth activities, we are also active in the field of culture and arts, volunteering, ecology and promotion of intercultural dialogue.Currently, we are focusing on the international mobility of youth and informal education (acquisition of learning competencies) in the youth field. In 2016 we have also established the EPEKA Youth Cooperative Society to support youth business.

Our Work:


In the EPEKA Gallery at Koroska 8 we exhibit various works of art by known Slovenian and foreign authors: Tomaz Lavric, Marjan Mancek, Stojan Grauf, Konstantin Selikhanov, Brina Torkar, Serena Luna Raggi, Selma Selman, Marijan Amalietti …


We participate in and organize various youth projects. We focus on the EVS youth exchanges and training courses for youth workers. We are committed to youth with fewer opportunities and we collaborate on projects that promote the involvement of young people in the labor market, their active participation and citizenship awareness.

Social Entrepreneurship
We operate by the principles of a social enterprise. We focus on the active inclusion of vulnerable groups in social life and labor market.

Our main project is

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Roma restaurant Romani Kafenava which also operates by the principles of social enterprise, it invests all earnings into new employments. It is the first Roma restaurant across the European Union. Due to the unique Roma culture, diverse cuisine and inherent interior design, Romani Kafenava is a rare Slovenian and European gem. Roma people in Romani Kafenava offer Roma specialties, host groups, organize catering, they focus attention to each and every visitor and … believe it or not … offer the best fortune-telling.



Štefan Simončič, president of Association EPEKA, so. p.
Nermina Simončič, manager of the administration office, project administrator, manager of human resources in coordinator of public works, editor of
Matej Tisaj, vice-president of Association EPEKA, so. p.
Nina Petrič, secretary Association EPEKA, so. p.
Žiga Štajnbaher, promoting active citizenship among youth for greater employment 2016–2018, cashier of Association EPEKA, so. p.
Luka Murovec, architect, designer, project assistant
Nika Bratović, youth worker
Sašo Fekonja, project assistant, Roma activator
Mateo Horuščak, youth worker
Urban Žunko, member of the presidency of Association EPEKA, so. p.
Aleksander Berglez, member of the presidency of Association EPEKA, so. p.
Jasmin Softić, member of the presidency of Association EPEKA, so. p.

Surveillance committee of EPEKA, so. p.
Marko Malajner
Jaša Prajnc
Marko Gorjak

Social enterprise board of EPEKA, so. p.
Štefan Simončič, representative of the founder of the social enterprise
Mario Mehmedović, representative of the workers of the social enterprise
Lea Cipot, representative of the users of services of the social enterprise


Podpirajo nas Zavod Republike Slovenije za zaposlovanje, Ministrstvo za izobraževanje, znanost in šport, Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti, Ministrstvo Republike Slovenije za kulturo, Mestna občina Maribor, Urad za mladino, EU programa Erasmus+, EU Kultura.