Google and Goldman Sachs partner with Infobip to launch mentorship program for Croatian startups


With American tech and finance behemoths viewing Croatia as Europe’s next Silicon Valley, the 16 Croatian start-ups included in the Scale|Croatia mentorship program now have access to top tech and finance experts to advise them on development of their activities. Infobip will act as an intermediary between the dynamic ecosystem of Croatian startups and world leaders.

Google and Goldman Sachs unveil new partnership with Infobip. Objective : the launch of a mentoring program for start-ups in Croatia. With its first two unicorns, the country continues to expand its powerful startup community which is increasingly distinguishing itself in the South East Europe region and within the EU. Infobip, a global cloud communication platform, is one of the examples of such successful startups.

Recognized by Google and Goldman Sachs as a leader in the technology ecosystem in Croatia and the region, Infobip opens its Scale|Croatia joint mentorship program to all Croatia-based startups that are members of Start-up Tribe. From the first year of the program, the founders of 16 Croatian start-ups had access to a 4-month mentoring program, allowing development and scaling synonymous with quality and speed for their companies.

“Jigsaw is honored to participate in Scale|Croatia’s mentorship program to further develop the technology ecosystem of this emerging European center,” said Scott Carpenter, Director of Google Jigsaw. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with innovative businesses in the region. »

Startup founders will benefit from dedicated mentors from Google and Goldman Sachs with whom they can consult on various aspects of business development – ​​product development, fundraising, marketing, sales and other areas.

“We decided to pilot this project with Croatian start-ups because we noticed an almost unlikely, but remarkable pattern of success,” said Jared Cohen, co-head of applied innovation and president of global affairs at Goldman Sachs. “The data shows remarkable results for Croatia’s booming tech sector. The country seems to be on a very similar path to Estonia and Israel in their early days, so now is a good time to engage with this group of young entrepreneurs. »

Among the 16 startups from Croatia stands out Orqa, based in Osijek – a world leader in the development of FPV goggles for drone pilots, and other startups developing products.

“Thanks to Scale|Croatia, we are very happy to be able to help Croatian startups to reach well-known companies such as Google and Goldman Sachs more easily,” adds Nikola Pavešić, Director of Startups at Infobip. “The fact that such large companies have recognized the potential of our startup ecosystem is a real consecration for Infobip, but also for the entire technology sector in Croatia, which is positioning itself as a new

central European pole in the field, like the European Silicon Valley. We support all the startups in the program and I am convinced that they will be able to use all the opportunities it brings them. »

The program launched in June, with an event in New York at both Goldman Sachs and Google offices, attended by the majority of the 16 startup founders, where they were able to listen to experts from both companies.

“The program has paved the way for a whole new level of expertise for Croatian startups, which can hardly be found here,” says Srđan Kovačević, co-founder and CEO of Orqa. “We found it extremely useful to measure Google’s experience in product management, as well as Goldman Sachs’ experience in listing technology companies on global stock exchanges. We are extremely grateful to Infobip and their Startup Tribe program for all they do for the regional startup ecosystem, and I hope other great local companies will take inspiration from it. »

Currently, the startups are halfway through the program, and the feedback is positive. If it proves to be a success in Croatia, the Scale series will serve as a model for other parts of the world as well.

“We are very happy that through Scale|Croatia we can help national startups reach global leaders such as Google and Goldman Sachs, which was almost impossible ten years ago when I was personally running my startup,” concludes Ivan Burazin, Chief Developer Experience Officer at Infobip. “Today, with programs like this, that is no longer the case, and I am extremely proud that Infobip now serves as a bridge for all startups in the region to connect them to the global hub of technology industry. »

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