Startup Europe Awards: seven Croatian startups to compete in the Brussels finals
The national edition of the competition Startup Europe Awards Croatia was held on 15th of September 2016 in Rijeka. Organized by the Business School PAR and the Entrepreneurship Department from the City of Rijeka.
“I am proud that the Business School PAR got the opportunity to organize such an event”, said the Dean of the Business School PAR, Gordana Nikolic, adding that she considers entrepreneurship to be a skill that should be developed from a young age. The Dean also noted that it is encouraging to see so many creative young people presenting their ideas and innovations.
After a panel discussion on innovations in Croatia, the committee announced the winners in 7 categories. All seven winning startups have qualified for the European finals of the competition that will be held in Brussels at the beginning of next year:
Creative StartUp - Terrible Creations,
Energy StartUp - Tinja,
Health StartUp - Studio Rebus/Meridda,
Tourism StartUp - LovePranks,
Social StartUp - Braille Riddles,
Cities StartUp - eter. io, and
ICT StartUp - Juvo Home Friend.
During the Croatian edition of the event in Rijeka, the audience got the chance to vote and award two startups. Hence, the audience decided to give the Grand Prix Award to the startup Juvo Home Friend, while the Startup Hero Award was given to the Braille Riddles team.
Dario Zoric, the Startup Europe Awards Croatia coordinator, expressed his appreciation of all the Croatian startups that entered the competition, congratulated the winners and the quality of all startup ideas presented.
In conclusion, it is safe to say that Croatia is sending top startups to Brussels, and there is no doubt that our future looks bright with young minds like these.