For all of you living in Croatia and with a business idea, there’s some good news on the horizon! The Inkubator in Zagreb has officially launched and is eager to develop the startup scene and make a change in the area. Impact Hub Zagreb, a collaborative working space in Croatia, has taken on the initiative to build up an incubator where individuals and teams can get the support needed to develop a business.
inventures.eu caught up with Hermes Arriaga Sierra, one of the key members, to find out more about the programme and whom it targets. “The model emphasises the delivery of essential business knowledge, the necessary skills and the entrepreneurial attitude to turn ideas into action and surely, it matches ventures with mentors,” said Arriaga. This way, the local community can get support and access to a global network, as well as benefit from an affordable office space to grow their idea.
The incubator will start by educating and connecting people from different fields and then focus on ideas addressing a social need. The spotlight is, as Arriage put it, on “impact-driven ideas. [On] ideas or projects related to an environmental or social issue, focused on changing lives for the better.”
A co-creation by hub members and local partners
Initiated by Impact Hub Zagreb, the incubator is co-financed by it and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, and supported by CO2cut and Lean Monitor. “The programme and curriculum are co-created with insights and input from Hub community members and other local partners… among them Adizes, CEDRA and Lean Startup Zagreb,” said Arriaga.
If you are a student or an entrepreneur, apply here but make sure to do so as a team, as it has been proven that groups of people have better chances of going further with their ideas than individuals alone.
With hands-on experience, Arriaga’s opinion is that the incubator will “kick-start the ideas due to its nature of approach, methodology, experienced trainers. We expect the programme to challenge ideas, ask potential customers… and in general to get theirbusiness models right since the very beginning.” Six months later, the idea is expected to be a solid business model with potential customers lined up.