Croatia’s innovation and startup ecosystem has been growing at a rapid pace, particularly in the cities of Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek. The Croatian Digital industry has grown four times faster than Croatia’s GDP, and this year it has become even more clear how much impact it has on exports.

In order to strengthen the innovation environment, India and Croatia have launched the India Croatia Startup Bridge initiative. The Startup Bridge enables startups, investors, incubators, corporates, and aspiring entrepreneurs of both countries to connect and provide them with resources to expand and become globalized startups. This bridge serves as a technology infrastructure and common platform via which future. This will be the foundation for all programs being run for the advancement of the startup ecosystem between India & Croatia.

On this occasion, the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments ( HAMAG BICRO ) and Startup India, DP IIT, Invest India and the Embassy of India in Zagreb invite you to the launch ceremony of the India Croatia Startup Bridge initiative. The purpose of this Croatian Indian cooperation is to strengthen the current trade and economic cooperation between Croatia and India.
The initiative India Croatia Startup Bridge will be officially launched on 20 December 2021 , at 10:30 and the whole event will be available at LINK
On the Indian side, the participants will be addressed by the Ambassador of India to Croatia H. E. Raj Kumar Srivastava, and on the Croatian side, Mr. Vjeran Vrbanec, Chairman of the Board of Directors of HAMAG BICRO. The program will also present examples of good practice of Indian and Croatian successful entrepreneurs.

The main features of the India Croatia Startup Bridge initiative:
1. Knowledge Exchange: Comprehensive guides and toolkits that will assist startups in both countries to evaluate expansion opportunities and technology transfers
2. Networking Opportunities: Enable connectivity among startups, mentors, investors, and incubators in relevant sectors from both countries
3. Hosting Joint programs: From Investor roundtables to startup exchanges and more, the portal will be a one stop shop to host all ecosystem programs
4. Capacity building platform: Access and application to events, competitions and workshops in both countries followed by partnerships with coworking spaces.

Event will be available online at: LINK
More information on the India Croatia Startup Bridge initiative is available at: bridge.html