STARTUP ZAGREB is an NGO created to connect and develop the Zagreb startup ecosystem and help startups in Zagreb.
We strive to bring the best practices of other startup hubs and implement them in Zagreb to create the right environment necessary for the creation of new startups.
The Startup Zagreb is a non-profit association registered as a non-profit NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in May 2018 with all the relevant government bodies in Zagreb and Croatia.
We are doing a bottom-up approach to developing a local startup ecosystem (bottom-up approach is the piecing together of systems to give rise to more complex systems, thus making the original systems sub-systems of the emergent system). We are talking with all the startup ecosystem stakeholders to list and categorize all the problems, needs and opportunities for startups in Zagreb.
Startup Zagreb is a grassroots movement to unite and develop the startup ecosystem in Zagreb. We created the Startup Zagreb nonprofit association to have a legal entity which is an NGO that we can use to bring our vision to life. The vision is Zagreb as a great startup hub, a thriving startup community in an organized and developed startup ecosystem. An environment in which startups can thrive in. Free access to knowledge based on experience and proven best practices for startup founders and those who are thinking of starting a startup.
Opportunities for startup founders to connect, cooperate with one another and with startup supporting organizations.
We divided the goals into four segments: Connect, Information, Contact, Support
Connect and unite the Zagreb startup ecosystem stakeholders so we can all work together to create the right environment for the creation of new startups and the growth of existing startups.
What does this mean? Startup ecosystem (not to be confused with the entrepreneurship ecosystem or the innovation ecosystem, those are three different things) is comprised of people, startups in different levels of development, various physical and virtual organizations present on a location, all interacting together as an ecosystem that allows for the creation of new startups.
Startup Community is a community of people that are in one way or another connected or a part of the startup ecosystem (those would be startup founders, mentors, advisors, consultants, the people who run startup events, those who manage accelerators and incubators, various investors, business angels, VC fund managers, partners, associates).
Some of the Zagreb startup ecosystem stakeholders: Founder Institute, Startup Grind Zagreb, Impact Hub Zagreb, HUB385, ZICER (the artist formerly known as Technology Park of Zagreb), SPOCK, CRANE, ZIP, AlgebraLab, HUKI, Lean Startup Croatia, MSPI and all others who together form and support the Zagreb startup ecosystem.
Connect everyone and give them a neutral partner that only has the best interest of the ecosystem in mind – Startup Zagreb, so we can together create the right environment suitable for the creation of new startups.
Create a central point of information for the Zagreb startup community by writing articles about startups and startup topics as well as having an updated startup event calendar.
By creating a central point of information for the Zagreb startup community it will be a lot easier for everyone to check what is going on, when and where, that is where the announcements and event calendar comes is. Currently, there is only one update calendar of startup events in Croatia, that is startupdigest.com/croatia however that calendar is let’s say of an older limited design. The event calendar on startupzagreb.com will have not only all startup events in Zagreb but also all tech events and events that might be interesting to the community.
Serving as a central point of information, the startup community will be able to find everything they are interested in here, in one place, all the invites by startup accelerators, pitching contests, international conferences, unique opportunities and so much more.
Create a central contact point for the Zagreb startup ecosystem to allow better communication within the startup community as well as with other startup ecosystems and startup organizations worldwide.
The central contact point for Zagreb will finally give every organization (foreign and domestic) the opportunity to get their message out or the chance to make the contact they want.
Example 1 – I am a representative of a startup accelerator, I want to invite startups from Zagreb to apply to our accelerator program, who do I contact, who can I talk to? A little Google-ing and Startup Zagreb found, send an email (and this is the crucial part), actually get a reply, and within the same or next day.
Example 2 – I am a representative of a startup competition, we want to invite startups from Zagreb to apply, especially these 5, we tried to contact them but got no reply, is there some other way to get in touch with them or someone who knows the community and has the time and desire to talk to us.
Example 3 – I am a representative of a city level startup support organization, we would like to organize a Startup Europe Week Zagreb or Techstars Startup Week Zagreb, or Startup Weekend in Zagreb, Startup Live, and so on, and so forth – who you gonna call – Startup Zagreb
One of the most important metrics for a central contact point is the speed of response to an email or query, many cities are failing to respond within 24 hours, most even fail to respond within a few days, some don’t even respond to the first email.
Support the startup founders in Zagreb by giving them information, education, advice, contacts, and by connecting them to the resources they need most to help them succeed.
There is a wealth of information and knowledge for startups, in fact, there is so much no startup founder can read it all and distinguish between useful information and mostly irrelevant information. That is why we will compile the information from credible sources and develop our own guides to help startups in co-operation with Croatian startup founders who already have hands-on experience in the topic we are cowering with them.
By providing startups with quality information, and equally as important (if not more) when they need the information, we can help them grow faster with fewer mistakes.