STARTUP Incubator Rijeka


Promotion of the 5th generation of attendants of K.E.Š. in Start-Up

Rijeka, 24.06.2013.

The promotion of the 5th generation of attendants of the Creative-educational school (K.E.Š.) for young entrepreneurs was held yesterday in the premises of the new entrepreneurial incubator for the young – Start-up in Ružićeva 14.

The City of Rijeka, in cooperation with the Youth House and with the help of the schools in Rijeka working on the animation of future programme attendants, successfully carried out this programme cycle of the regular workshops of K.E.Š. During the 29 workshops that lasted 58 school hours, the attendants developed their creativity, communication skills, presentation and negotiation skills, and developed attitudes about entrepreneurship.

They acquired knowledge about entrepreneurship by learning through set cases, in which entrepreneurs from Rijeka, Tabletop and Kreativni odjel, helped them. Erste klub za mlade (Erste youth club) welcomed them in its premises, where they learned everything about the modern ways of payment and invoices.

This year K.E.Š. carried out a part of the workshops with interns from the EU, who were brought as guests by AIESEC. Together they also successfully carried out two workshops in English, with the subjects “Teamwork and soft skills” and “Business plan”. Since the programme is constantly adjusted to the new environmental conditions, and the Republic of Croatia will soon accede to the EU, a part of the programme will be carried out in English in the future, because this was shown to be a challenge which K.E.Š. attendants can handle.

In the final workshop attendants presented the acquired knowledge before the programme and workshop leaders. Their performance was recorded and presented at the promotion itself, during which report cards and certificates of participation in the programme were awarded.

The parents present at the event also expressed their satisfaction with the accomplished results and brought future attendants of K.E.Š. to the promotion.

The young attendants of K.E.Š. also received information about the possibilities that the City of Rijeka offers to the young through Start-up Incubator. They visited their slightly older peers who work on the development of their entrepreneurial ideas and expressed their intention to design their own entrepreneurial ideas as soon as possible and develop them in Start-up. (V.L.)

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Programme council

During their entrance in February this year, the startup teams from our incubator informed the Programme council about the ideas, i.e. projects they will be working on for 6 months. After 3 months of staying in the Startup Incubator, the teams presented their work and progress in developing their ideas on Wednesday, 5 June 2013. In developing their ideas, the teams made use of mentors and their advice and suggestions for the adjustment of ideas to market requirements.

The Programme council will deliver its recommendation on the continuation of their activities and stay in the incubator to the teams in a short period of time.

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How to pitch a business idea

The skill of business presentation is of crucial importance for the business success of an individual. Presentation is at least as important for the success and acceptance of a business offer or idea as the idea, i.e. offer itself. Despite this, very few business presentations that take place in daily business life manage to avoid the 5 cardinal presentation mistakes: unclear point, unclear usefulness for the audience, unclear sequence, too many details, and excessive duration.

In cooperation with the mentors in our incubator, we try to prepare our teams for pointing out the most important parts of their project in a few minutes by practicing in front of the mentors in order to somewhat prepare themselves for the wider public, i.e. a potential investor in the near future. Until now, we had 3 presentation workshops and we intend to organise such workshops as often as possible by the end of the incubation since they do not require that much preparation from the teams.

The Startup Incubator tries to train them, encourage them and give them guidelines so that their performance would be the best possible and, which is most important, so that they would accomplish the set objective.

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Republika Festival

Rijeka, 18-20/07/2013

The Republika international event – a global meeting of creative people from the field of progressive culture – starts in Rijeka this summer. The festival will be held from 18 to 20 July, and it has been designed as a combination of a summer school, conference and festival. It will bring some of today’s most creative and exciting minds to Rijeka and enable young people from Croatia, the region and the world to exchange ideas, experiences and inspirations with them and between one another.

This festival of creativity will include workshops, playgroups, lectures, presentations, installations, concerts and entertainment. The three-day programme of Republika consists of six parallel parts. Some of them are organised by prestigious global festivals such as SHARE (Belgrade/Beirut), A MAZE (Berlin/Johannesburg), PAUSE (Melbourne), East Doc Platform (Prague), and the SeedCamp travelling innovation festival, while some will premiere precisely at Republika, such as the Art Expo Forum – the annual review of visual art creation in Croatia. The entrepreneurial-technological part of the events will form RockPaperStartups.

With this project, Rijeka will position itself as the regional centre of creative industries, a European festival centre and a place for networking professionals from the field of creative industries on the international level.

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MIPRO 2013 open

On Wednesday, 22 May, the 36th International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics – MIPRO 2013 was open. The many ICT experts were addressed by Zoran Stančić from the Directorate General for Communication Networks, Contents and Technology of the European Commission, who assessed that, despite of the progress achieved, Croatia was facing new opportunities and ICT technology should be used more.

The use of Internet in Croatia falls behind its use in the EU. The use of broadband access also falls behind. For example, only 17 percent of citizens order services online, as opposed to 43 percent of EU citizens, Stančić said and pointed out that Croatia would gain an opportunity to use the funds in that field too with its accession to the EU. Krešo Antolović from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure pointed out the preparation of the draft of national framework programmes for the development of broadband infrastructure in areas in which there is no commercial interest in such investments. Since the contract has been signed, it is expected that those programmes should be finished by the end of the year.

After the opening ceremony, a panel discussion was held with the subject “Internet – yesterday, today, tomorrow”, during which participants discussed free Internet, the state’s authorities over the ICT infrastructure, the Internet’s influence on education. Among other things, it was emphasised during the discussion that Internet is a technological basis without which the society can no longer function and anybody with small investments in that area can realise their idea as an investment.

Slavko Vidović (Director of Infodom), Božidar Poldrugač (member of the Management Board of T-HT), Morley Winograd (the author dubbed the guru of the millennium generation) and Ivan Vidaković (Director of Microsoft Croatia) participated in the panel’s activities.

A big step took place in 1996, when the idea on taxing the Internet was given up on, and the state ceded the arrangement of the Internet and its functioning to international organisations, Winograd recalled the beginnings of the Internet in the USA and concluded that, thanks to that, the USA created a platform that resulted in the development of today’s large and well-known companies, such as Google and Facebook. Winograd sees the future of the Internet in its mobility and integration into human lives, which will result in huge economic possibilities.

Slavko Vidović added that the future of the Internet will definitely be in its virtualisation, i.e. that the crucial question is how we manage our time because Internet either wastes our time or enables us to invest it smartly. “The American vision is based on the idea of creation of a platform for development and letting companies do their job. On the other hand, the European vision is based on standardisation, which is also a very important aspect of development”, Vidović concluded.

Božidar Poldrugač talked about how the development of access technologies considerably determines the degree of technology implementation and pointed out that the global trend is in abandoning the vertical architecture and turning towards virtualisation and resource distribution. “The Internet is crucial, and that is precisely why protocols should be developed. It speeds up evolution and leads to revolutionary effects”, Poldrugač said and mentioned HT’s Terastream project as the concept of convergence of optical access and advanced network technologies.

Ivan Vidaković offered his vision of the Internet with the claim that the Internet is an agent of change which changes the world through three stages – exhilaration, abuse and stabilisation. “Today the Internet is in the stage of abuse, in which the main issues are related to security and privacy. In the future, we will see the Internet as we see electricity or water. It will be a part of infrastructure without which life will no longer be possible”, Vidaković pointed out and added that the main trends today happen precisely due to the Internet.

He pointed out that it is exceptionally important to be aware of all the changes this technology brings and participate in them. Otherwise, they will seem very intimidating. After the initial phase of use and thrill, the Internet is now at the stage in which security and abuse are discussed the most, while we are facing the stage in which the Internet infrastructure will be common, and those without it will be left in the periphery, isolated. This was pointed out in the discussion, along with the expectations and possibilities of the Internet in the future, as well as the way that would put it at the service of the people’s benefit. We do not have to like certain changes, but we have to learn to accept them, Vidaković said and pointed out the need for a drastic change of the system of higher education, focus on what is good for Croatia and change the value system.

“If we manage to do that, then it is not important what will happen in the future because we will know how to handle those changes and know how to choose priorities”, Vidaković concluded.

Source: MIPRO

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