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Student Business Incubator of the Faculty of Economics in Split is organizing the fifth edition of the international university startup competition STup!2024 as part of the University Green Digital HUB project and with the support of the City of Split, the European Maritime University Alliance (SEA-EU), the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR ) and the Croatian Agency for Small Business, Innovation, and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO).

This year, the STup! competition will be held on June 20 and 21 in the Great Amphitheater of the Faculty of Economics, University of Split.

The event aims to enable competitors and visitors to connect with each other, improve entrepreneurial culture, and exchange ideas and experiences on an international level.

In the two days of this year’s manifestation, the city of Split will be the stage for innovations, new technologies, and ideas, with which university projects will try to secure the attention of renowned experts, potential clients, and investors.

STup! will bring together local and international startups, entrepreneurs, representatives of incubators, accelerators, companies, and investors, so, in addition to competitors, programs intended for young innovators and startups will also be presented.

30 selected startups from 18 countries around the world will be presented at the competition.

University startups will compete according to the following categories:

  • Robotics
  • AI and IoT
  • AgriTech
  • Food and Bioeconomy
  • MarTech
  • Energy and Environment
  • EdTech
  • Tourism and Creative Industry
  • Medicine and Quality of Life

Jury members and speakers are experts from the world of entrepreneurship and investment management, and they come from Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the UK, France, Spain, Serbia, and Croatia.

These are the STup!2024 jury and speakers:

  • Arjan Goudsblom – co-founder and director at Preneurz.Amsterdam
  • Alexander Bernhard – co-founder and partner at Impact Hub Stuttgart
  • Kristina Čorić – project manager at HdM Startup Center
  • Tamas Szeker – co-founder and partner at iScale HUB
  • Iva Rakočević – director at Kavedon Kapital
  • Gergo Gulyas – Head of Operations and Strategic Partnerships at OUVC Venture Studio
  • Konstantin Mirin – CEO at Postindustria
  • Karoly Szanto – Director at OUVC Venture Studio
  • Rafael Ventura – vice-rector for social information and entrepreneurship at UMA
  • Kimberley Waechtler – Coordinator for International Relations at UBO
  • Ana Milićević – operational director at the FON Startup Center
  • Maja Čukušić – vice dean for science and international cooperation at EFST

In addition to the competitive part where startup teams will present their ideas, there will also be interesting lectures and panels.

So on the first day, we will have the opportunity to hear Alexander Bernhard on the topic “How to Be an Impact Entrepreneur” and a panel on the topic “The Role of Universities in Supporting Local Startup Ecosystems”, while on the second day, Rafael Ventura Fernandez will give a lecture on the topic “What Would Maslow Say to the Startup CEO”.

The best team will take the title “Best University Startup 2024” and as such ensure numerous awards.

Together with the prize fund, the best startup also receives direct participation in the famous TechBBQ conference, while a special prize was provided by Infobip, a global IT and telecommunications company, namely €7,500.00 for the winner for the use of Infobip’s communication technology, €5,000.00 for the runner-up, and €2,500.00 for the third place winner.

In addition to the valuable prizes, it is worth noting that the organization was also supported by the company Ledo, which provided its products for the participants, and the company Promet Split, which provided transportation for the participants during the event.

STup! takes place again this year as part of the University Green Digital HUB project, co-financed from the funds of the Erasmus+ program.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen the digital, green, and entrepreneurial skills of students, university startups, and university employees, and to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in the field of teaching for the digital and green transition.

This competition is an ideal opportunity for university startups to connect with the international startup community and get noticed by startup investors from Europe.

You can find this year’s event program on the STup! official website.

Photos: Student Business Incubator


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