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Split and the world: international business partnerships

Nikolina Kukoč

Nikolina Kukoč


view of Split from the cathedral bell tower
Why should I look for an international partner?

No man is an island, and no company is either. We’re often to blame for a closed-minded mentality and not realizing that we’re not alone in this interconnected world.

In biology there are ecosystems. Any part of an ecosystem cannot exist on its own. It might survive for a really short time, but overall its solitary life is unsustainable and leads to extinction and possible collapse of the ecosystem itself. Why we forget that this also applies to us humans, we will never know. But the fact is – we do. Therefore, we need to be reminded about it from time to time.

There are biological ecosystems, but we’d say there are also economic ecosystems. Each entity in the ecosystem knowingly or unknowingly affects and is affected by the others. This creates a constantly evolving relationship between the entities in which each of them needs to be flexible and adaptable to change in order to survive.

In biology, this fight for survival is sometimes eased by symbiotic relationships between two organisms. In business terms, we’d call it a partnership.

Partnerships bring a variety of benefits to all partners: new experiences, different points of view, individual ways of work that need to be blended together, sharper teamwork skills because you work through differences towards mutual goals, etc.

This brings a substantial boost to businesses, not just in terms of economic benefits, but also in terms of new energy and connections. Additional bonus – it makes the ecosystem stronger, too!

Why should I look for a business partner in Split?

For one, if you ever come visit your partner in Split, you will be visiting the most beautiful city in the world! No, seriously – we don’t joke about this. Many international tech professionals who come to live here from abroad have a variety of positive things to list about their life in Split: weather, nature, history, warm and welcoming locals, overall quality of life, etc.

As a city, Split is just big enough to offer a variety of content for everyone to find something of interest and small enough to be walkable and not necessitate a car for every little task. It is a tourist destination that is well-connected to the rest of the world via its airport; the capital, and any cities of interest that are nearby, via the highway; and many of the islands via ferries.

Having a nice Mediterranean climate year-round and being well-connected, Split became a favored destination for digital nomads as well. In terms of possible international partnerships with local tech companies, this is a benefit, as digital nomads can be employed by foreign companies during their stay in Croatia, making them potential employees for any business project, thus widening the skill pool even more.

Being also a university city makes Split lively even outside of the tourist season and having a university provides a yearly influx of new graduates for local companies to refresh their talent. It is also a fertile ground for budding startups, as we’ve seen in recent years.

Split’s tech community as a whole has been growing and has the potential to become a strong ecosystem within Croatia’s economy.

Its continuous growth will not stop, but can certainly be aided by future international partnerships and collaborations.

What could I offer and what would I get in return?

In terms of partners, you will find loyal and hardworking people with an international mindset, good English proficiency, and great education. Many international tech professionals living in Split say the people here are very open, communicative, accommodating, and balance work and life well due to the laid-back nature of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Being a country focused on tourism, we are used to new people and open to different cultures, but we don’t shy from being proud of our heritage and traditions. Meaning – the first chance we get we’ll take you out of the office to proudly show you all the sights and feed you lots of local food.

Croatian people are no different from others in terms of their desire to succeed, so any local partner you have will definitely be there for you and work hard on the mutual goals you’ve set.

What you can offer to locals is your different point of view and new knowledge, as well as your support – be it financial in terms of funding a project or paying for a product or service provided, or intangible in terms of opening a new market for the local companies you collaborate with.

This in turn will make you boost our growing tech community because new opportunities will be generated, new jobs will be created and there will be an influx of income into the local ecosystem. Like we’ve said before: we’re all connected.

Some things are easier than they were before…

Our world is interconnected now more than ever. Technology makes it easy to connect with anyone anywhere and it makes the borders for possible partnerships virtually non-existent.

Before you might have had to consider the vicinity of your possible business partner and ask yourself is it economically beneficial to start a partnership in terms of travel costs for meetings and discussions, etc. Nowadays this barrier is all but gone.

While it is great to meet your partner in person and visit each other, depending on the work you do, it isn’t necessarily needed for getting the job done because of the technology we have at our disposal. And even if the work you do necessitates face-to-face meetings, this is much easier with the level of connectivity we have today compared to say fifty or so years ago or even earlier.

This connectivity is also made faster with technology: you can check timetables, buy tickets, do check-ins just using your smartphone. The time spent on those additional tasks while traveling is now greatly reduced and could be used elsewhere. So, you have no excuse to say that having an international business partner is a hassle.

We’ll tell you partnership stories, but – why not write one yourself?!

While we’ll introduce you to some successful worldwide partnership stories that are part of our community to inspire you, why not write one of those stories yourself?

If you’re looking for a partnership, no matter if you’re from Split or from abroad, contact us!

We will gladly help you make that first connection, or put the word out there that you’re in need of a partner. You never know – some time down the line, we might feature your successful partnership story and you might be an inspiration for others to follow that path as well!


About author:

Nikolina Kukoč

Researching is woven into my DNA, but I am a musician at heart. Interested in too many things and always curious. Forever in love with Split and enchanted by people who teach me new things. When I am not writing about Split's tech community, you will find me somewhere in nature, in the theater, or with my head stuck in a book. I do my best to live by the verse from the opera "Fedora" by Umberto Giordano: "Love forbids you not to love."

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