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This year’s STup! competition is getting closer. During the second edition of STup! – international university startup competition – Split is once again the global stage for university startups and entrepreneurship.

The organizers from the Faculty of Economics’ Student Business Incubator have truly been hard at work to bring this event to fruition this year. Following their vision and mission by continuing to encourage entrepreneurial awareness and skills among young people, the Student Business Incubator at the Faculty of Economics in Split, supported by the City of Split, University of Split, SEA-EU, and WorldChicago, organizes the second edition of the international university startup competition STup!2021.

Although the situation we all found ourselves in last year has prevented the competition from taking place, this year STup! is coming back on June 18th and 19th in a hybrid form – by combining on-site events at the Faculty of Economics, Business, and Tourism and online participation via a virtual platform.

The program spans two days, 18th and 19th June, and its schedule is packed with competition-related activities, interesting lectures, as well as possibilities for networking.

This year’s panel of judges and speakers gathered numerous experts in the world of startups, and particularly student startups, which gives great opportunities to all the participants to, not only network and meet possible future investors, but also be inspired for this and any future ventures.

As the name of the competition suggests, STup! brings the important things to the forefront: students, startups, and Split.
This event aims to enable competitors and visitors to connect, improve the entrepreneurial culture among students, and exchange ideas and experiences at the international level. During the two days of the event taking place, the city of Split will be a stage of innovation, new technologies, and ideas, with which university projects will try to secure the attention of renowned experts, potential clients, and investors.

As in its last edition, STup! will gather together both local and international startups, entrepreneurs, representatives of incubators, accelerators, companies, and investors. Therefore, in addition to competitors, investors and accelerators will also present their programs aimed at young innovators and startups.

The actual student startup competition will feature a selection of 35 startup teams representing 16 universities from 10 countries around the world:

  • The University of Mostar, University of Sarajevo, and University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Indian Institute of Information technologies in Allahabad (India)
  • The University of Latvia (Latvia)
  • The University of Malta (Malta)
  • The University of Gdansk (Poland)
  • The University of Belgrade (Serbia)
  • GEA College and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • The University of Cadiz, the University of Granada, and the University of Malaga (Spain)
  • Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  • The University of Zagreb and the University of Split (Croatia)

University startups will compete in the following competition categories:

  • AgriTech and bioeconomics
  • logistics and mobility
  • energy and environmental sustainability
  • robotics and AI/ML
  • blue economy
  • education
  • financial technology
  • tourism
  • medicine and quality of life

Jury members and speakers are experienced professionals from the world of entrepreneurship and investment management. They are representatives of respectable entrepreneurial institutions from Austria, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, and The United Kingdom.

The jury members are:

  • Paulina Bialek – Business Development Manager at Expara IDM Ventures
  • Michael Chaffe – Director of Wolves Summit
  • Diana Florescu – Co-founder of Grai Group
  • Arjan Goudsblom – Co-founder and Director of Preneurz.Amsterdam
  • Gergo Gulyas – Board Member of Startup Campus; Founder and CFO of cLAB Ventures
  • Sara Korchmaros – Co-founder of cLAB Ventures
  • Iva Rakočević – Representative of Kavedon Kapital
  • Andreas Spechtler – Owner and CEO of Silicon Castles

In addition to the startup competition, STup! is also an event where interesting lectures on the related topics take place. This year’s lectures are:

  • Paulo Andrez, President of Green Swan – “Risk mitigation for startups”
  • Matt Kurleto, owner of Neoteric – “Developing startup ecosystem”
  • Diana Medimorec, Amazon Web Services – “Innovation and customer obsession in Amazon”
  • Nikola Pavešić, director of the startup ecosystem at Infobip – “Fireside chat: Infobip Startup Tribe”
  • Andreas Spechtler“How to avoid mistakes and become investor-ready”

The best student startup team will take the title of “Best University Startup 2021” which also secures numerous rewards. The grand prize for the winner is provided by Infobip, a global IT and telecommunications company, and it is for using Infobip’s communication technology: $17,500.00 for the winner, $ 15,000.00 for the runner-up, $ 12,500.00 for the third place, and $ 10,000.00 each for the remaining three finalists.

The winning startup also secures participation and exposure at the Wolves Summit conference, a STup! partner, which is scheduled for October this year. The Wolves Summit is the largest entrepreneurship conference in Central and Eastern Europe, bringing together over two thousand startup companies looking for investment and investors from around the world.

STup! partners from the EU Startup Summit also provided free participation for the 3 best startup teams. The best startups can also win valuable prizes in the form of licenses for various useful startup tools, such as Cuttles, IdeaBuddy, and Freedcamp, as well as $ 1,000.00 of active credits for using Amazon Web Services cloud service. In addition, Ensoco will provide the best startup team in the conceptual phase with free business consulting for a six-month period.

In addition to valuable prizes, it is worth noting that the STup! partners from The Works Coworking have made the use of their coworking space available to all guests and competitors of the STup!2021 competition for work and preparation. The organization of STup! is also supported by the Tourist Board of the City of Split, the company Dalmacijavino, which provided drinks for participants, and the company Promet Split, which secured free public transport rides for all participants of the event.

This competition is an ideal opportunity for university startups to connect with the international startup community and be noticed by European startup investors making STup!2021 a not-to-miss international event in our local startup ecosystem. Therefore, keep an eye on STup! website and social media for any updates, follow all activities and announcements the organizer, Student Business Incubator, makes and get ready for another great tech event in Split!


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