Judges & Speakers

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Renata Brkić

High Commissioner Croatia, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)

The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is an international organisation aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start up to scale up to exit, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide. It is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, startups, and SMEs.
World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)

Edward Platt

Investment Manager, 360 Lab

The 360 Innovation Lab defines itself as a think tank to incubate and accelerate startups financially, with mentoring and a global test market. From the incubation period, to getting product-market fit to introducing your innovation to the world: we support young and ambitious companies on their path to market entry.
360 lab - Venture Capital & Private Equity

Iva Rakocevic

Partner, DYNAX Invest

Our main value proposition is attracting funding for early stage technology companies, particularly in Seed, Series A and Series B rounds. The company has active presence in Europe, USA and Asia with a large network of business partners and investors.
DYNAX Invest - Venture Capital & Private Equity

Stevica Kuharski

Fil Rouge Capital

We love building and being part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem where everybody plays their role. We want to make the Croatian entrepreneurial ecosystem the best in class so expect to see a lot of us. We can give continuous support to our startups from incubation and acceleration to scale-up and exit.
Fil Rouge Capital - Venture Capital & Private Equity

Ivo Špigel

Co-founder of Perpetuum Mobile and ZIP

I wear several hats... I'm a co-founder and board member of Perpetuum Mobile, a software and IT services company based in Zagreb, Croatia. My particular topic of interest are European startup founders & entrepreneurs who are making waves on the global high tech scene, about which I've written a book. They are also to blame for my involvement as a cofounder and contributing editor in Tech.eu. Wacky enough to start the first startup program in Croatia & the region: ZIP.
Perpetuum Mobile - one of the leading IT companies in Croatia

Ela Žižić

Head of the Department of Economy, crafts and tourism, City of Split

Department of Economy, crafts and tourism of City of Split carries out professional affairs in the field of economy, develops programs and proposes incentive measures for the development of SMEs and entrepreneurship, monitors the state of the economy of the City, coordinates the relations of the economic entities of the City, participates in the implementation of the program of encouraging SMEs, cooperates with economic chambers and institutions from the field of economy, monitors employment trends and business results of all economic entities in the City, monitors the situation in the investment area.
Department of Economy, crafts and tourism - City of Split

Vanja Perić

Managing Partner at Wealth Management Canada

Vanja is an investment consultant with over 10 years of experience working in investment and wealth management. Her work has focused on developing and implementing investment strategies for high net worth families, foundations and endowments, as well as investment management research. Vanja is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society Toronto, where she is an active volunteer, serving as Vice-Chair of the Member Communications Committee.
Wealth Management Canada - a team of dedicated investment professionals

Karlo Kukec

Managing director, TECH_PARK Varaždin

TECH_PARK Varaždin Ltd. is an incubation center for innovative start-ups and existing technologically innovative companies. The founders of TECH_PARK Varaždin are The City of Varaždin, Faculty of Organization and Informatics and University of Applied Sciences in Varaždin.
TECH_PARK Varaždin - incubation center for innovative start-ups

Zoran Puljić

Director, Mozaik Foundation

Zoran Puljic is the Director of Mozaik Foundation and the 2010 Schwab (World Economic Forum) Social Entrepreneur in Central and Eastern Europe. He successfully started several non- and for-profit organizations, all of which aim for economic and social empowerment of disadvantaged groups, primarily youth and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zoran served in, and chaired on, numerous domestic and international boards, including the German Marshall Fund (Balkan Trust for Democracy), European Foundation Centre (Grantmakers East Forum), Resource Alliance, ICNL, EU TACSO and Bigmev.
Mozaik Foundation - Leading impact investor in the region

Davor Tremac

General manager, Uber & Board of Directors, CRANE (Croatian Association of Business Angels)

Davor Tremac is currently working as general manager of Uber for Southeastern Europe. Prior to that, he spent seven years at McKinsey & Company consulting house at various projects in Europe and Southeast Asia in industries such as telecom, high technology and private equity. In addition, he is one of the co-founders of the internet startup Gourmeo. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Croatian AmCham, and is nominated on the list of the most influential European leaders under 40 under the think tank "Friends of Europe" from Brussels. He is also in the Board of Directors of the Croatian Association of Business Angels, CRANE.
CRANE - a Croatian business angels network, i.e. a network of private investors interested in investing in innovative production companies in their early stages of development.

Aoife Hegarty

Go Beyond Investing

Go Beyond Investing is transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools,syndication/pooling,due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders. Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland and the US.
GO BEYOND - Early stage investing