The City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Innovation Center invite you - sign up for the Startup Factory pre-acceleration program and ensure intensive training, top mentors, incentive infrastructure and networking and participation in the Zagreb Connect startup conference. The top five startups will win by 160.000 kn of non-refundable funds, and the best pitch of Zagreb Connecta with additional 60.000 kn.
You can sign up at by midnight 12. September

What is Startup Factory?
Startup Factory is the first publicly funded pre-allocation equity program in the city of Zagreb and beyond. Three years ago, the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Innovation Center (ZICER) were launched * with the aim of empowering the ecosystem to start entrepreneurship. The program helps startups on the way to monetizing business ideas. It facilitates their business in the development of innovative products and expanding business to existing and new markets, providing intensive education, mentoring, promotion and infrastructure support. The best teams also provide non-refundable financial support from the 800.000 kn total fund. The winners of the Startup Factory this year will be selected and proclaimed 5. December at a large startup conference at Zagreb Connect.

How to apply?
Applications for Startup Factory last until midnight 12. September 2018. year on the website. Teams or startups registered in the last 12 months that develop high-tech solutions can gather and gather 3 to 5 full-time members of complementary knowledge. Applications that using ICT (ICT) or key development technologies (KET) are innovative with their innovativeness to contribute to the realization of the areas defined by the Smart Specialization Strategy of the Republic of Croatia (S3). In addition to the health and quality of life, energy and sustainable environment, transport and mobility, food security and bio-economics, projects involving tourism, education, lifestyle and fintech are also included.

Synergy of Zagreb Connecta and Startup Factory
Through the conference "Zagreb Connect", which we organize this year for the fifth time, we have the opportunity to start up their ideas and projects with investors, investment institutions and business angels. The news is that this year we are directly linking our most important startup projects, Startup Factory and Zagreb Connect. Through intense startling Startup Factory program teams will develop their innovative solutions that will be 5. December at Zagreb Connect. For the top five teams, we have secured 160.000 kn of non-refundable funds, and the best pitch conference will win additional 60.000 kn. I invite you to sign up and take steps, like our Startup Factory and Zagreb Connect participants, to start entrepreneurship! - said Mirko Jozić, head of the City Office for Economy, Energy and Environmental Protection.

In the highly successful pre-commissioning program Startup Factory, which we started three years ago, has so far participated in the 21 startup. Of these, 11 also received the initial funding allocated to the program as a pre-seed investment. This year, we have secured an even larger fund that amounts to the 800.000 kuna and will be awarded with the best startups from the pre-election program as part of the Zagreb Connect final conference. Through the program, we provide top international and domestic mentors, an intense and intuitive acceleration program aimed at developing innovative ideas to its market sustainability. I call on all those who have an innovative entrepreneurial idea to assemble the team and apply to Startup Factory to accelerate their innovative idea to the global market, "says Frane Šesnić, director of ZICER and initiator pre-commissioning program initiator Factory.

Sign up with the support of the City of Zagreb and ZICER and make a success!