Summer Business Camp – STEP RI, 26th – 30th June 2019

STEP RI Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka and United States Embassy Zagreb present Summer business camp, a 5-day program that provides extraordinary mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and investors from Croatia and USA.

Summer Business Camp brings teams from all over the world that want to improve or refine their business ideas and solutions through exercises, lectures and individual coaching.

Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs that have a developed business idea or a functional prototype.

Why should I apply?

  • If you want to learn how to bulletproof your idea.
  • If you want an experienced entrepreneur as a mentor.
  • If you think that you know everything and that you are prepared for entrepreneurship.
  • If you want to hear directly from investors what are they looking for and how to deliver it.
  • If you want valuable feedback and honest thoughts that will accelerate your project.
  • If you want to create new opportunities and are looking for an investment.
  • If you want to meet people that will become very important in your journey.
  • If you want to learn a ton and have a great time doing it!

When and where can I apply?

The applications are closed.
A committee of experts will evaluate the project applications and will choose at least 15 teams that will participate in the camp.

What will I get?

  • half-board accommodation for up to two members of the team
  • lunch at the venue
  • local bus tickets for getting to the venue
  • a cool T-shirt

Will I get funded?

Many teams in the past received funding from participating investors and judges. However, nobody but you can answer that! Come and pitch your idea and see how far it will take you!

Who will evaluate my idea?

A panel of venture capitalists, business angels, businessmen will evaluate the projects and the best teams will win great prizes:

  •  1st prize MacBook Air
  •  2nd prize Apple iPad 6
  •  3rd prize tablet

Venue & date

  • Croatia, Rijeka, Science and technology park of the University of Rijeka
  • 26th June – 30th June 2019

Summer Business Camp program

Day 0 – June 25th 2019
Teams arrival

Day 1 – June 26th 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Registration & opening
10:30 – 12:00 Workshop – Business model canvas – Lecture

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:30 Assessing & improving your business model

Day 2 – June 27th 2019
10:00 – 11:45 1st pitch presentation
11:45 – 12:15 Mentors presentation – Reverse pitch

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:15 Split sessions
Group 1: Speed mentoring
Group 2: Revenue streams and ”secret sauce”

Day 3 – June 28th 2019
10:00 – 13:00 Split sessions
Group 2: Speed mentoring
Group 1: Revenue streams and ”secret sauce”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Focused mentoring I

Day 4 – June 29th 2019
10:00 – 13:00 Focused mentoring II

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 17:00 Focused mentoring III – Pitch practice and presentations update

Day 5 – June 30th 2019
10:00 – 12:00 Final competition

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 13:15 Award ceremony & closing

Official language of the camp is English.

Meet your mentors

Mark Crandall

Chairman at Continental Wind Partners

Tatjana Batas

Founder of Mozaik Business Services

Stevica Kuharski

Founder at Locodels

Denise DeSimone

Billion Dollar Funders Circle Advisor, CEO of C-Leveled and Former Partner of Industrius CFO

Vibor Cipan

CEO and Co-Founder PointJupiter

Marija Sitar

Owner and CEO of Calluro

Business model canvas trainer

Boris Golob

CEO of STEP RI and Certified Business Model Canvas Trainer


Aleš Pustovrh

Co-founder and program manager – ABC Accelerator

Branko Drobnak

Slovenia Business Angels

Nina Dremelj

CEO at AlpVent AG Venture Capital Fund CEO at AlpVent GmbH Startup Sales Office

Vedran Blagus

Investment Manager in South Central Ventures

Ivana Čuljak

COO of Invento Capital Partners


STEP RI Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka Ltd 
Radmile Matejčić 10, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia

Jana Blažević Marčelja, mag. oec.
Summer Business Camp coordinator
+385 51 265 962

Suzana Knežević, MSc. log.
Summer Business Camp coordinator
+385 51 265 965