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The Startup Ecosystem Canvas project seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the Zagreb Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release an updated version of the Croatia Startup Ecosystem Canvas (in v3 below)! It was developed by the Zagreb Founder Institute, local leaders, and commenting from the public.

This is a working document - more input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

If you are looking to launch a company in Croatia, then apply to the Zagreb Founder Institute today.

A text version is included below, for searchability:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

  • Inspire
    • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
      1. ICTBusiness.info
      2. Mojbiz
      3. N1TV :StarhTech Show
      4. N1TV :TechRadar Show
      5. Netokracija.hr
      6. Poslovni.hr
      7. Prviplan.hr
      8. StartupCroatia.com
      9. Startup Digest Croatia
      10. StartupZagreb.com
      11. zimo.denvnik.hr
    • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. CISEx Friday
      2. CRO Business Cafe
      3. CRO Business Caffe
      4. Fuckup Nights
      5. Lean Startup Drill
      6. Lean Startup Meetup
      7. Open Coffee, Split
      8. OpenCoffee Split
      9. Software Startup Akademija, Osijek
      10. StartupGrind-Zagreb
      11. Startup Inkubator Rijeka
      12. Startup srijeda by Crane
      13. Tech PARK Varazdin
      14. Tvornica Ideja Dubrovnik
      15. UP Zagreb

  • Educate
    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspirate)
      1. Agile Adria
      2. BIOS Osijek
      3. BizKoshnica
      4. Impact Hub Zagreb
      5. Koprivnički inkubator
      6. OpenCoffee Split
      7. Plavi ured
      8. Split Tech City
      9. Startup Factory Zagreb
      10. Startup Founder 101
      11. Startup Inkubator Rijeka
      12. Tech PARK Varazdin
      13. Tvornica Ideja Dubrovnik
    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs)
      1. Algebra Lab
      2. Founder Institute
      3. Idea Knock Out By Bug.hr
      4. Microsoft Startup Academy
      5. Startup academy
      6. Techstar Startup Weekend
      7. The Inkubator (by Impact Hub Zagreb)

  • Validate
    • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
      1. Agile Hrvatska
      2. AI Future Intelligence
      3. Big Data Zagreb
      4. Bitcoin Group Zagreb
      5. Blockchain Investment Group Zagreb
      6. Coding Croatia
      7. Corporate Innovation & Intrepreneurship
      8. Croatia Startup Founder 101
      9. Data Science Croatia
      10. DATA Science Economy Meetup
      11. eCommerce Hrvatska
      12. Fintech Zagreb
      13. Founding Moms Zagreb
      14. Internet of Things Croatia
      15. IxDA Croatia
      16. Lean Startup Croatia
      17. Lean Startup Meetup
      18. Startup Grind Zagreb
      19. STEM 4 Health & AgTech
      20. TeamUP by FI Zagreb & Lean Startup Croatia
      21. Travel & Technology
      22. Zagreb Freelancers
      23. Zagreb Skills Exchange
    • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
      1. Adriatic Fintech
      2. Agile Croatia
      3. ERSTE Finnovation Hackathon
      4. Idea Knock Out By Bug.hr
      5. INNOVATE by SAP
      6. Lean Startup Drill
      7. SAP Now
      8. vblatu Meetup
      9. Webcamp


2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

  • Start
    • Establish: Law firms and banks for startups.
      1. Addiko
      2. Delloite
      3. Erste
      4. Oukp.hr
      5. PBZ Investment Bank
      6. PWC
      7. Skerlev in cooperation with BRADVICA MARIĆ WAHL CESAREC Law Firm
      8. VIPO Group
      9. Vukmir
      10. Zagrebačka banka


    • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces.
      1. Algebra Lab
      2. BizKoshnica
      3. Center For Transfer of Technologies Zagreb
      4. Core HUB Zagreb
      5. Coworking Croatia
      6. HUB385
      7. Impact Hub  Zagreb
      8. Lauba
      9. NovaTech Ltd
      10. Offspace intelligent offices
      11. Osijek software city
      12. PODI Šibenik
      13. Silos Rijeka
      14. South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning SEECEL
      15. STEPRI
      16. Technology park Varaždin
      17. Tvornica ideja Dubrovnik
      18. Urbani Inkubator


  • Develop
    • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
      1. Calyx
      2. Crowe Horwath
      3. Five Minutes
      4. Hodicon
      5. Infinum
      6. Marker
      7. Startaparat
      8. Studio Revolucija
      9. Talent Lyft
      10. UX Passion


    • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup teams)
      1. Algebra Lab
      2. CISEX
      3. Founder Institute
      4. Startup Factory Zagreb


  • Launch
    • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs. (i.e. Techstars and similar programs that provide seed-funding)
      1. ABC Akcelerator
      2. Algebra Lab
      3. Core Incubator
      4. Eleven Accelerator
      5. Hub Raum
      6. LaunchHub
      7. SPOCK
      8. Startup Factory
      9. STARTUP Inkubator Rijeka
      10. STEP Incubator


    • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
      1. AccellBootOs
      2. Algebra Lab
      3. BIOS INCUBATOR Osijek
      4. Eleven Start Trek
      5. Eleven Start Trek
      6. Famelab by Open Science Festival
      7. G2 Conference
      8. HUB Gacka 16
      9. Idea Knockout by Bug.hr
      10. Idea Knockout by Bug.hr
      11. Impact Hub Zagreb
      12. Koprivnički poduzetnik
      13. Lean Startup Croatia
      14. Moja Zaba Start
      15. Netokracija
      16. OpenCoffee Split
      17. RockPaperStartups, Rijeka
      18. Shift Split
      19. Software City Osijek
      20. Split - SPLIT Tech City
      21. Startup Factory Zagreb
      22. Startup Inkubator Rijeka
      23. Startup Island, Vis
      24. Startup Island Rovinj
      25. Tech PARK Varazdin
      26. TeDx Zagreb
      27. Tvornica Ideja Dubrovnik
      28. Voogle Varaždin
      29. Zagreb Connect


3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

  • Recognition
    • Investor Networking: Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
      1. EBAN Winter University
      2. Famelab by Open Science Festival
      3. G2 Conference
      4. Idea Knockout by Bug.hr
      5. RockPaperStartups
      6. Shift Split
      7. Startup Camp Vis
      8. Startup Island Rovinj
      9. TeDx Zagreb
      10. Voogle Varaždin
      11. Zagreb Connect


    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
      1. Banka.hr
      2. Bug.hr
      3. Business.hr
      4. Dnevnik
      5. IQ
      6. Lider.hr
      7. Limun.hr
      8. Mreža.hr
      9. Netokracija.com
      10. Poslovni.hr
      11. Privredni.hr
      12. Prviplan.hr
      13. Tportal
      14. Women In Adria


  • Funding
    • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
      1. 3TS
      2. Alternative Private Equity
      3. Capital Day One
      4. Credo
      5. Croatian Angel Investors / CRANE
      6. Earlybird
      7. Enern
      8. Eternitas
      9. Eternity
      10. Finance In Motion
      11. Founderbeam
      12. Founder Invest
      13. Honestas
      14. Invento Capital Partners
      15. Launchub
      16. Meta Ventures
      17. Prosperus
      18. RSG Capital
      19. South Central Ventures
      20. Speedinvest
      21. Traction Tribe


  • Growth
    • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, insurance & more. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. Allianz
      2. Instant Offices Croatia


    • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. AT Kerney
      2. Delloite
      3. Ernst & Young
      4. Interfocus Advisors
      5. Invento Capital Partners
      6. PWC
      7. Roland Berger
      8. SEE Regional Advisors
      9. Simulus Group
      10. The Inkubator


4. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Agrivi d.o.o.
  2. Amphinicy Technologies - Blink
  3. Amplifico - Parklio
  4. Apenture d.o.o.
  5. Async Labs d.o.o. - My Beeline
  6. Bioinventa d.o.o. - Walligami
  7. Circuit Mess d.o.o. - MakerBuino
  8. Combis d.o.o. - Olive Manager
  9. Diversitas IT Systems Ltd -Mash.me
  10. Dok Ing Automotiv
  11. Dok-ing d.o.o.
  12. Drap.agency d.o.o.- V-Health Lab
  13. Effiepoint
  14. E-glas d.o.o. - Serwantess
  15. Eter.io
  16. Exaltum Ultra
  17. Fistnet - Dot metrics
  18. Frames Page
  19. FSB - RONNA – robot surgeon
  20. GammaChef
  21. Gauss d.o.o.
  22. Genos DNA laboratorij d.o.o.
  23. Geo3D
  24. Gideon Brothers d.o.o.
  25. GisCloud
  26. H2O Robotics
  27. Hangar 18
  28. Hipersfera d.o.o. - Hypersphere
  29. HUBIGG
  30. iCat d.o.o. - Electrical Boats
  31. Include d.o.o. - Steora Smart Benches
  32. Inetec d.o.o. - Industrial Robotics
  33. Infinum d.o.o.
  34. Infobip d.o.o.
  35. Itel d.o.o. - Sail Router
  36. J.P. Atelier d.o.o. - My Rent
  37. Kod savjetovanje - Code Consulting
  38. Lemax d.o.o. - iTravel
  39. Locodels
  40. MadBarz
  41. Me.mum
  42. MediaToolkit
  43. Microblink d.o.o.
  44. Mobile Vehicle Technology
  45. Mobilna Informatika - Repsly
  46. Modulos Sustavi Namještaja d.o.o,
  47. Nanobit
  48. Nanody
  49. Noomly
  50. Oradian - Instafin
  51. Pametni bar d.o.o. - Trakbar
  52. Pet minuta d.o.o. - Five
  53. Prostec
  54. Q Alijansa d.o.o. - Q Software
  55. RASCO Holder d.o.o. - Electrical Communal Vehicals
  56. Rentlio
  57. Rimac Cars
  58. Selk d.d.
  59. Sentinel Marine Solutions
  60. Smart Sense
  61. Smart Technologies - CodeAnyWhere
  62. Software Sauna d.o.o.
  63. Solvis d.o.o.
  64. Stratowave Connect j.d.o.o.
  65. Studio Rebus d.o.o. - Meridda
  66. Styria medijski servisi - Data Science
  67. Tehnix
  68. Tenzor d.o.o. - Orca FPV.One
  69. Viagem IT d.o.o. - Orioly
  70. Viking d.o.o. - Gy3o
  71. Vollo tehnologije d.o.o.


Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Ante Magzan
  2. Augustin Jarak
  3. Branimir Golob
  4. Brian Pashalich
  5. Damir Bičanić
  6. Damir Sabol
  7. Davorin Štetner
  8. Davor Runje
  9. Davor Tremac
  10. Dino Bendeković
  11. Dino Ravnić
  12. Dražen Nikolić
  13. Flip Stipančić
  14. Frane Šesnić
  15. Hajdi Čenan
  16. Helena Rosandić
  17. Hermes Ariaga
  18. Hrvoje Prpic
  19. Iva Matasić
  20. Ivana Šoljan
  21. Ivan Brezak Brkan
  22. Ivan Burazin
  23. Ivo Spigel
  24. Johnathan Cooper
  25. Kristian Ravić
  26. Kristina Ercegovic
  27. Leo Mršić
  28. Luigi Ammati
  29. Luka Abrus
  30. Luka Sucic
  31. Marijana Šarolić Robić
  32. Marko Kovač
  33. Martina Golčić
  34. Mate Rimac
  35. Matija Kopic
  36. Michael Glazer
  37. Michela Magaš
  38. Mihovil Barancic
  39. Milan Račić
  40. Mirjana Joksović
  41. Mladen Vukmir
  42. Monika Mikac
  43. Nenad Bakić
  44. Sasa Cvetojevic
  45. Saša Lamza
  46. Tihana Petricevic
  47. Tina Lee Odinsky Zec
  48. Toni Trivkovic
  49. Viktor Marohnic
  50. Vladimir De Franceschi


2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. 57  regional and city development agencies
  2. American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia
  3. BIOCENTRE - Biotech Incubator
  4. BIOS incubator Osijek
  5. Blue Office (Plaviured.hr) - Zagreb
  6. Croatian-German Industry and Trade Chamber
  7. Croatian robotic digital innovation hub (CROBOHUB)
  8. Doing Business Croatia
  9. EUC 4 Biz Zagreb
  10. HAMAG-BICRO
  11. INNOVATION Centre Nikola Tesla - ICENT
  12. Invest Croatia
  13. Local/regional-government-organized Chambers of Commerce (Gospodarska Komora)
  14. Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  15. Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Croatia
  16. Ruđer Bošković Institute
  17. Startup Inkubator Rijeka
  18. Tech PARK Varazdin
  19. Tvornica Ideja Dubrovnik
  20. Zagrebački Inovacijski centar - ZICER


3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Algebra
    2. Coturgli
    3. IGBS
    4. University of Split
    5. University of Zagreb
    6. Vern University
    7. Visoko Tehničko Učilište
    8. ZSEM


  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google, with large local offices)
    1. Abrakadabra
    2. Agrivi
    3. Aseco SEE
    4. AVAYA
    5. Bellabeat
    6. Combis
    7. Croatian Telekom/Iskon
    8. Ekonerg
    9. Ericsson Nikola Tesla
    10. Farmeron
    11. GDI Group
    12. Geophoto
    13. GISCloud
    14. IBM Hrvatska
    15. IN2
    16. Infobip
    17. Koncar
    18. Locodeals
    19. Microsoft
    20. Mireo
    21. mStart
    22. Nanobit
    23. Oradian
    24. Perpetum Mobile
    25. Rimac Cars
    26. S&T Croatia
    27. SAP
    28. Sedam IT
    29. Siemens
    30. SPAN

    31. Tele 2

    32. Telegra

    33. Vipnet


Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Croatia Canvas on this collaborative Google document, or on Twitter using the hashtag #ecosystemcanvas. This is a perpetual work in progress, and it will be updated frequently, so we want your feedback!

If you are looking to launch a company in Croatia, then apply to the Zagreb Founder Institute today.


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