[img height=""1"" width=""1"" style=""display:none"" src=""https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=488129308811483&ev=PageView&noscript=1"" /]

Croatia Regional Finalists

Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

BIRD Incubator

Description

Startup incubator for all ideas and startups related to AI, data analytics and machine learning

Fil Rouge Capital

Description

Fil Rouge Capital is a Venture Capital investment fund whose primary goal is to invest in entrepreneurs, start-up, and scale-up companies. We are sector agnostic and we run an Acceleration program 2 times a year.

Pismo

Description

DIH/Business incubator PISMO is focused on gaming industry, AI and blockchain. PISMO offers 1213 m2 of space (offices and coworking spaces) and equipment: music and video studio, VR equipment, motion capture studio, photogrammetry studio, 3D printer, computers.

Best VC

Fil Rouge Capital

Fil Rouge Capital is a Venture Capital investment fund whose primary goal is to invest in young entrepreneurs, start-up and scale-up companies, as well as establishing a local entrepreneurial ecosystem in Croatia.

Founder of the Year

Hajdi Cenan

Description

Hajdi Cenan is a non-tech person in the tech world, lifelong learner, travel & wine lover, a believer in benefits of equality, and hater of writing short bios. In her previous life, she was the Executive marketing director and Director of tourism publishing in Europapress holding (now Hanza Media) and COO of DRAP, the most-awarded digital marketing/tech/innovation agency in Croatia. Currently, she is the co-founder and CEO of her newest venture, AI startup airt that enables companies to easily and quickly implement and use the power of deep learning on all of their data. She is also one of the co-founders of PWMN Croatia, the association that promotes equality and gender-balanced leadership, as well as VP of the Croatian AI association

Dimitrije Trbovi

Description

Economist with an MBA, a member of top management in organisations with more than 500 employees in the automotive retail industry. Youngest winner of diamond badge by VW AG. My parents have been connected to cars throughout their whole career when cars were seen as something way different than today a symbol of freedom, travelling, and an object of desire. I was growing up running around car saloons 40 years later, the situation is the same; I am still surrounded by cars that are still the main source of my inspiration. Today, cars are considered more a product, but many are still considering them as a portal to a better place. I see digital saloons as a near future, but we still want to offer that special experience to consumers.

Marko Kucic

Description

An experienced person with over 15 years of management and entrepreneurial experience, working in different global startups and successful business ventures. I was a Managing Partner at COTRUGLI Business School, the leading business school in SE Europe, and a Board member at TOLAR, a next-generation blockchain project, one of SE’s most significant crowdfunding projects in Europe to date. Currently, I am focused on my role as CEO & Co-founder of Jenz, a revolutionary communication and feedback platform that serves as a modern internal social network for companies. Its focus is to boost company culture and build a more connected, engaged, and productive workforce, especially now during the home-office mode and the hybrid working model.

Best Newcomer

NEOSTAR

Description

Neostar is a Croatian startup launched in 2021 with an enthusiastic desire to solve the problem of trust and change the traditional relationship between owners of used cars and buyers, covering the ecosystem of cars: Buying, Selling, Servicing, Tires, Financing, and Insurance.

SPOTSIE

Description

Spotsie is on a mission to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world. Using Spotsie location cloud you can access location data in real-time or download the entire location history for further analysis and optimize workflows and detect anomalies.

SzuperChess

Description

SzuperChess is the first effective solution to combat cheating in online chess tournaments. Thanks to our innovative AI-based anti-cheating system, we allow players to focus only on what is truly important: playing chess, enjoying the tournament and competing for the prizes.

Diversity Role Model of the Year

Tanja Dzido

Description

Tanja Dzido, MBA is digital marketing specialist and book author, founder of The Art of Feminine Leadership, the first conference in Adria region that promotes feminine leadership traits. Tanja is widely recognized in start-up community as lecturer, mentor and inspirational speaker on many conferences, workshops and events. Her consultancy has served more than 50 clients in 4 years and she has engaged more than 1500 people at her events. During 4 years as entrepreneur, she has grown her personal brand to Top 1% in her industry on LinkedIn with more than 14.000 valuable connections. She now helps female professionals maximise their potential, increase their visibility and industry recognition.

Hajdi Cenan

Description

Hajdi Cenan is a non-tech person in the tech world, lifelong learner, travel & wine lover, a believer in benefits of equality, and hater of writing short bios. In her previous life, she was the Executive marketing director and Director of tourism publishing in Europapress holding (now Hanza Media) and COO of DRAP, the most-awarded digital marketing/tech/innovation agency in Croatia. Currently, she is the co-founder and CEO of her newest venture, AI startup airt that enables companies to easily and quickly implement and use the power of deep learning on all of their data. She is also one of the co-founders of PWMN Croatia, the association that promotes equality and gender-balanced leadership, as well as the VP of the Croatian AI association.

Ana Brigovic

Description

A: Master of science for RIT, in service leadership and innovation. Spent 15 years working in marketing, from advertising to branding to corporate marketing. Found a true calling in supporting businesses when they are new to market entry and helping the impact practices and social wellbeing.

Kaja Pavlini

I am currently working as a Product Manager in a design and development agency named Speck. Along with that, I am an owner of my own company KAJUŠKA, which celebrated its first birthday just a couple of days ago. I am providing consulting and IT services to the civil and private sector on a national and international level. I am also a president of Sustainable Development Forum Green Window, an NGO which works with young people and educates them about human rights, activism, climate change and SDGs. Recently, I became the Vice President of Croatian Youth Network, a member of European Youth Forum. Since 2014, I am an alumna of the US Department of State and, until now, I have worked and organized more than 60 different projects.

Best Coworking Space

Coworking Rovinj-Rovigno

Description

Coworking Rovinj-Rovigno is the first coworking space in Istria-Croatia. It was founded by the City of Rovinj-Rovigno through civil-public collaboration.

Pismo

Description

DIH/Business incubator PISMO is focused on gaming industry, AI and blockchain. PISMO offers 1213 m2 of space (offices and coworking spaces) and equipment: music and video studio, VR equipment, motion capture studio, photogrammetry studio, 3D printer, computers.

ZICER - Zagreb Innovation Centre

Description

ZICER – Zagreb Innovation Centre is the nation’s leading incubator and accelerator, and the largest startup ecosystem in Croatia. We promote innovative entrepreneurship and transform good ideas into successful, sustainable businesses.

Ecosystem Hero of the Year

Frane Šesnić

Frane Šesnić graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computing in Split, and holds a postgraduate Financial Institutions and Markets degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb. He was elected lecturer by the Rectors’ Assembly. He is the initiator of several international conferences: Zagreb Forum, Zagreb Connect and Startup Europe Regatta. He established the first Croatian acceleration program Startup Factory and launched financial instruments that support and invest in startups. He is passionate about bringing together stakeholders from all levels of society in building a thriving startup ecosystem. Through ZICER, he runs the largest startup hub in the area.

Mario Čelan

I graduated from the faculty of agriculture. In my career so far, I have led the Open University in the city of Novska, as well as the center for the development of entrepreneurship of the City of Novska. I worked as a private consultant for a while. Since 2014, I have been director of the SIMORA Development Agency, which operates the PISMO business incubator.

Ana Brigovic

Description

A: Master of science for RIT, in service leadership and innovation. Spent 15 years working in marketing, from advertising to branding to corporate marketing. Found a true calling in supporting businesses when they are new to market entry and helping the impact practices and social wellbeing.

Startup of the Year

Spotsie

Description

Spotsie is on a mission to bridge the gap between the physical and digital world. Using Spotsie location cloud you can access location data in real-time or download the entire location history for further analysis and optimize workflows and detect anomalies.

Miret

Description

MIRET is a brand of environmentally advanced footwear designed to have the lowest possible impact on the environment. Our hi-tech bio-based sneaker is raising the issue of footwear eco-impact and is empowering people to choose sustainability.

Jenz app

Description

Jenz is a mobile app that builds a more connected, engaged, and productive workforce, even during the home-office mode.