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STup!2022 is getting closer!

Nikolina Kukoč

Nikolina Kukoč


We’re just about to step into June and that means STup!2022 is almost here to launch all those fantastic student startups into orbit! 😀

Applications have been concluded and the competition program, as well as this year’s judges and speakers, have been determined, so let’s see what we can expect from STup! this year, shall we?

The third edition of STup! will once again be realized by the awesome team from the Student Business Incubator at the Faculty of Economics in Split with the support of the City of Split and ICT Županija, as well as the University of Split and the Alliance of the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU).

This international student startup competition is designed to encourage young entrepreneurs, startups, and researchers by giving them the opportunity to share their passion for entrepreneurship and to present themselves to investors of international character, incubator leaders, and accelerators with programs for proactive students.

The main goal of STup! has always been to support student and scientific research startups and allow young entrepreneurs to present their work on the international startup scene.

Furthermore, most of the work required to organize this competition will be handled by students who have the desire to support their fellow students in the realization of entrepreneurial ideas.

Once again STup!2022 competition will be held in a hybrid form: offline in Split at the Faculty of Economics, as well as online via Zoom. Those who won’t join the organizers and other teams in our beautiful city of Split on June 17th and 18th will still be present online.

The novelty of the third edition of STup! is the division of the competing startups into two categories: the early-stage startup category and the research startup category.

Early-stage startups are startup teams formed by undergraduate or graduate students in an early stage of development. The research startup category is for startup teams formed by Ph.D. students with highly developed startup businesses.

The part that remains the same is the competition format: startup presenters will have 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for jury questions. Each category will have separate pitch groups and prizes.

On Day 1 everyone gets to do their pitch after which the finalists will be chosen: the best 6 startups from each category will proceed to the finals on Day 2 when they get to pitch again.

The winners of both categories will be announced after the final pitching rounds on Day 2.

Aside from the competition itself, there will also be plenty of networking opportunities, as well as some interesting lectures given by this year’s STup! speakers.

Now that we went over the competition details, let’s take you through the impressive list of this year’s STup! judges and speakers.

Maja Brkljačić, Vice president for education & EU funds at CRO STARTUP – Croatia

CRO STARTUP is the Croatian Startup Ecosystem Association. The Association is created to support the interests of startup founders and employees in Croatia, to empower them by providing a wide range of resources, tools, and networks, and finally, to promote the startup scene on a European and global level.

Michael Chaffe, CEO at Wolves Summit – Poland

Wolves Summit connects angel investors, VC funds, tech talents, and corporations with the most promising startups in the CEE region to help ambitious founders scale and foster international economic growth.

In the last five years, they have fine-tuned their Wolves Match tool to facilitate strategic connections and strengthen ties between countries, expand startup ecosystems and grow opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Ivana Čuljak, COO at Invento Capital Partners, EIT Urban Mobility Croatia – Croatia

INVENTO Capital Partners is specialized in fostering innovation in the Balkans by working on the business development of start-ups and/or SMS and building connections with industry, researchers and entrepreneurs, businesses, and markets across Europe.

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 they have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities to make them more liveable places.

Veronica Kirin, Board Member at Founder Institute Berlin – Germany

Founder Institute is the world’s first early-stage accelerator. Their program was built with early-stage founders in mind specifically, meaning you can join with just an idea or MVP.

They provide invaluable knowledge from top mentors and deliver decades of startup and entrepreneurship experience in an intensive 14-week offline or online format.

Maciej Kraus, Partner at Movens Growth Equity – Poland

MOVENS GROWTH EQUITY has been set up by experienced investors and managers with extensive experience in profitably scaling up companies and orchestrating successful equity transactions.

They offer unique investment opportunities to equity investors looking for exposure to the SME asset class in the CEE.

Stevica Kuharski, Principal at Fil Rouge Capital – Croatia

Fil Rouge Capital is a Venture Capital investment fund whose primary goal is to invest in entrepreneurs, as well as start-up and scale-up companies.

They are sector agnostic and run an acceleration program twice a year and their mission is to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem and make the Croatian startup scene the next leader in the CEE region.

Tessa McIver, Head of Alumni Development at MIT Enterprise Forum CEE – Poland

MIT Enterprise Forum CEE is a CEE-based, equity-free startup acceleration program affiliated with the worldwide recognized Massachusetts Institute of Technology that provides financial, legal, and consultancy support to startup founders from the CEE region.

The aim of the program is to support the development of the most innovative startups from Central and Eastern Europe.

Iva Rakocevic, Principal at Kavedon Kapital – Austria

Kavedon Kapital is a Venture Capital firm whose entire ethos and philosophy are designed around Circular Economics.

Kavedon is an outcome-focused fund, with mutually aligned interests in the short and long term, which means everybody gains from the generated prosperity without sacrificing their unique interests.

Julia Sohajda, Managing partner at Vespucci Partners – Hungary

Vespucci Partners aims to find and support those Central European startup teams that have a truly disruptive products and are capable of achieving success in the global market.

They believe that this market can produce unicorns as well, and they want to be the investors who help grow these potential startups to get closer to that stage.

Andreas Spechtler, Founder and CEO at Silicon Castles – Austria

Silicon Castles is a Strategic Business Accelerator for technology intellectual property licensing businesses with a focus on European Diamonds.

Once a year Silicon Castles organizes the Startup Executive Academy (SEA), which is an international and exclusive go-to-market program for early-stage startup founders and executives to accelerate their business and inspire growth.

Jonathan Steinberg, Founding partner at Mountside Ventures – the United Kingdom

Mountside Ventures optimize the fundraising process for European startups and investors. They partner with the most ambitious entrepreneurs to help them get funding while minimizing the disruption to their business.

They also help forward-looking limited partners identify the most promising venture fund managers to promote the flow of venture capital into the European ecosystem.

We hope this gives you an idea of what to expect from STup!2022. 🙂

In our humble opinion and if last year is any indication of how amazing STup! is, you will be very sorry if you miss it this year.

So, come to the competition in June to support STup!2022 startups and the Student Business Incubator team! 😀

Photos and visuals by: Student Business Incubator


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 creating content about Split's tech community, you will find me in singing rehearsals, 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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