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Start up Camp Rijeka – Prepare to launch!



Startup Camp Rijeka is designed to help develop start up proposals into viable businesses. Successful entrepreneurs and investors from Croatia and America will mentor and help future entrepreneurs develop their business ideas into actual businesses.

The camp will gather 30 young entrepreneurs  (aged 18 to 35), based on business ideas they submit in their applications.  During this five-day long program, participants will have the opportunity to present their ideas for a start-up business.  Through a variety of different teambuilding exercises, lectures, and workshops, in addition to individual coaching challenges, they will further hone their ideas and develop an actual product or business.  Finally, a panel of four venture capitalists/businesspeople (2 American and 2 Croatian) will evaluate their projects, and the winners will receive awards from the organizing partners.

Start up Camp Rijeka will take place at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka (Step Ri) from Wednesday, September 2nd, until Sunday, September 6th, 2015.

We strongly encourage teams outside of Croatia to apply. You will receive extraordinary mentoring from both US and Croatian mentors. The organizers will cover lodging expenses for up to two team members

Program that awaits you:

Day 1 – 02.09.2015
10:00-13:00 Registration
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 First pitch session

Day 2 – 03.09.2015
9:00-10:30 Mission in Banana Republic
10:45-12:00 Business model canvas
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Understanding X, Y and Z Generation as Your Target Audience
14:00-15:00 Marketing in practice
15:30-… Reverse pitch – mentor presentation

Day 3 – 04.09.2015
10:00-13:00 Speed mentoring
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Speed mentoring

Day 4 – 05.09.2015
10:00-13:00 Speed mentoring
14:00-17:00 Pitch practice + presentations update

Day 5 – 06.09.2015
10:00-12:30 Final competion
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Award ceremony & closing


The Winners of Startup Cam Rijeka 2015 are:

1. Team Dermatrack

2. Team HoviAP

3. Team ReshRoom




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Mentors and organizers

Mark Crandall

Chairman at Continental Wind Partners LLC

Mark co-founded Morgan Stanley’s energy business in the early 1980s. In 1993 he became a founding partner in Trafigura, an energy trading company which grew to €25 billion in sales and 1,000 employees in 58 offices worldwide. He started Continental Wind Partners in 2005 by investing in Polish and Romanian wind development.

Ivo Špigel

Co-founder at Perpetuum Mobile, Tech.eu, ZIP Incubator

Ivo co-founded Perpetuum Mobile, an IT software and services company founded in 1989. He is active within the Croatian startup community as a cofounder of the ZIP incubator and has been recognized as one of the top 5 European startup mentors by The Europas awards in 2011.

Tatjana Batas

Founder of Mozaik Business Services

Tatjana participated as an business consultant in many EU projects related to Programmes for SME development. She is an evaluator within the Horizon 2020 and Fast track to Innovation program and has valuable experience on high Marketing Management positions in international environment (Bayer d.o.o.; Minolta GmbH). 

Nihal Advani

Founder & CEO of Georama

 Nihal is an experienced digital marketer. While at Stony Brook University in New York he interned at Google. Upon graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Marketing, he joined Microsoft where he spent 5 years in various marketing and data roles across Search (Bing) and Display, including as Program Manager for the Microsoft Media Network.

Marin Bezić

Founder&CEO of Concero

 Marin spent 8 years in the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, USA, managing development for the first Microsoft business intelligence product, Analysis Services. Since 2009, Marin is helping IT development organizations improve their teams and processes leveraging best practices from the Microsoft product development and the industry. Marin’s clients are leading regional companies in telecom, finance, and IT industries.

Ana Jergović

CEO of IDEOTEKA Creative Agency

Ana has been active in marketing and communication field in SE Europe for ten years. She left a CMO position in the corporate world for a startup in Bali, Indonesia and cofounded the creative agency IDEOTEKA whose goal is to create and design communication strategies which are based on the IDEA. She is a mentor in the Startup incubator Rijeka and she is fostering the startup scene in the region.

Stevica Kuharski

Founder at Ombotics

Stevica has been developing software for web and mobile platforms for the past 15 years. He has been an entrepreneur since 2003 and has had two exits and secured investment for an educational project called Habbits. In 2014 he started Ombotics, a robotic development company that is developing Alamo, an autonomous robotic lawn mower. Stevica also serves as an advisor at Intersat Telekomunikacije. Using the motto “sharing is caring,” , he manages Startup Camp.

Keith Bradley

Managing Director of Blue 1647

Keith is the Managing Director at Blue 1647, one of the largest technology innovation centers and co-working spaces in Chicago. There he is responsible for organizational programming, business development and developing business partnerships with organizational allies and key industry stakeholders. He provides high-level management and coordination of all activities related to educational and program services. An Information Technology and program delivery professional with more than 16 years of program development and implementation experience, Keith is an IT solutions content expert. He was previously the Assistant to Harper Reed, Chief Technology Officer for President Obama’s presidential campaign and is often a guest lecturer on performance based service delivery systems. His vast organizational and business experience includes development responsibilities of driving fundraising campaigns, organizational and social media marketing, community engagement, and non-profit leadership.

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