Zagreb Startup Event

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The Event

The Zagreb Startup Event is a regional Startup Competition that will take place in Zagreb on the 6th of October.

The event belongs to a larger network of international events dedicated to innovation, created by WMF - We Make Future, in collaboration with local partners.

The Zagreb Startup Event is totally free and investors, startups, press and visitors can attend the event by fillig the form below.

WMF Startup Network

The WMF is an international festival which celebrates innovation in all its facets. Since 2013, the WMF has been working for the creation of an innovative ecosystem connecting Startups, investors, corporates and incubators and organizing the most important Startup Competition in Southern Europe.

More than 1 million euros have been raised from international partners since the first Startup competition. In 2020, thanks to the help of local partners, the WMF launched a network of events all around the world with the aim of connecting Startups and Social Innovators with Investors and Key Stakeholders. 

The Partners

The Zagreb Startup Event is organised in collaboration with two main partners: the Italian Croatian Chamber of Commerce (CCIC) and the Zagreb Innovation Centre (ZICER)

CCIC is a NGO that works to develop and improve the relationships between Italian and Croatian entrepreneurs, while seeking to encourage the cooperation between Italy and Croatia in economical and cultural matters. ZICER is a company owned by the City of Zagreb, founded with the objective to stimulate and promote entrepreneurship, provide entrepreneurial education and support private business initiatives, especially in the areas of development and high technologies.

How it works

The Zagreb Startup Event is open to any startups and business - made up of individuals or teams - who want to share their innovative projects or ideas. The applications are open to any kind of startups, with no specific requirement for development stage or industries.

Participants can attend the event as investors, as visitors or as candidates for the competition. All the startups applying as candidates in Zagreb will be evaluated by a dedicated team, and 15 startups will be selected to pitch during the event in front of major investors. The 15 Startups will just have few minutes available to present their project through an elevator pitch. A jury, composed both by investors and professionals, will then choose 3 winners.

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The Elevator Pitch

The ‘elevator pitch’ is a brief presentation that describes your business venture in a nutshell. A solid elevator pitch needs to convey the business idea in a concise manner, so as to quickly attract your audience's attention.

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The Benefits

All the startups attending the event will be granted free entrance to WMF2020 (19, 20, 21 November).

The first 3 classified, among the 15 startups chosen to have the elevator pitch in Zagreb, will have access to the following benefits:

  • 3rd and 2nd classified: chance to give the elevator pitch in Italy, during WMF, in a dedicated conference room in front of the most important European investors.
  • 1st classified: access to a 6sqm stand in the Innovation Expo Area of WMF and chance to give the elevator pitch in Italy in a dedicated conference room in front of the most important European investors. The 1st classified might also be selected among the 6 finalists who will pitch on the Mainstage of the Festival. This option will grant access to the awards valued 1 million euros (based on 2019).

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:
  • Skills of the team, knowledge of the sector, feasibility of the project;
  • Development stage of the product/service;
  • Degree of innovation and its defensibility;
  • Positioning in relation to competitors;
  • Consistency with market and customers’ needs and potential outreach;
  • Business potential of the idea.

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Members of the jury

Alessio Cioni
Alessio Cioni

Deputy CEO Croatia PBZ and Vice President of CCIC

Mario Vražić
Mario Vražić

Scientific Director at FER - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and computing

Andrea Perkov
Andrea Perkov

General Secretary of CCIC

Frane Šesnić
Frane Šesnić


Vito Esposito
Vito Esposito

Head of WMF Global Partnerships

Cosmano Lombardo
Cosmano Lombardo

Founder and CEO Search On - Ideator WMF

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