The goal of this national event is to encourage innovation and select 2 ideas with the perspective of developing a successful business. It is truly national, for it will be held in parallel in 4 Croatian cities (Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, and Split), geographically distributed so that everyone interested has the possibility to attend, regardless of which part of Croatia they are from.

Innovate Now Croatia participants will talk about innovation, startups, technology, sustainability… and Split and Zagreb will also hold hackathons (Blue & Green, respectively) with pitch presentations and cool prizes (EUR 1.500 + online business skills program + one-week bootcamp in Norway) for the winning teams!

Check out the program in SPLIT (SPINIT incubator, Ul. Antuna Gustava Matoša 56):


Thursday, 26.10.

  • 18:00-20:00: Welcome drinks & Blue hackathon launch

Friday, 27.10.

  • 10:00-11:00: Registration & coffee
  • 11:00-11:15: Welcome remarks Hajdi Ćenan (Cro Startup)
  • 11:15-11:45: Keynote speech on innovation: Đulijano Nola (GammaChef)
  • 11:45-12:30: Fireside chat on new tech with Nina Erceg (Rimac Technology)
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:15: Panel on innovation: Moderator Romana Ban (Split Tech City), Mateo Perak (Profico), Mario Frančešević (SeekandHit), Nikolina Žurić (Parklio)
  • 14:15-15:00: Panel on women founders/innovators: Moderator Mislava Zuppa (DalmacijaDanas), Jelena Bikić (Silvan), Anđela Prljak (Rent-a-local)
  • 15:00-15:30: Lecture on innovation in the blue industry: Ivan Biliškov (Necogi)
  • 15:30-16:00: Coffee & networking


In parallel: hackathon on Blue growth

Saturday, 28.10.

  • 10:00-11:00: Registration & coffee
  • 11:00-12:00: Startups with or vs. Corporations: Moderator Damir Brčić (Digitalna Dalmacija), Dora Ćapin (Parklio), Darko Majić (Marcheting), Mirela Mravak (Codeasy), corporate representatives TBD
  • 12:00-12:30: University of Split’s Blue economy activities: Ivana Vuka
  • 12:30-13:00: Coffee break
  • 13:00-14:00: Pitching contest by the Blue hackathon participants
  • 14:00-14:05: Blue hackathon winner’s announcement
  • 14:05-14:30: Snacks & networking

This extraordinary event is made possible by the incredible enthusiasm of our community and the support of Norway. Supported by the Norway Grants 2014-2021, in the frame of the Business Development and Innovation Croatia Programme.

The future is calling – Answer it!


Sign up HERE to participate in the event – INNOVATE NOW CROATIASplit

See you!

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