Ivan Mrvoš Wants to Build First Croatian Smart City in Split Area

Daniela Rogulj

Ivan Mrvoš, one of Croatia’s top innovators, entrepreneurs, and founder of the Solin company ‘Include’ can already boast a big year. Back in February, his smart benches secured him a spot on the Forbes ’30 Under 30 List’ in the Manufacturing & Industry category for 2019 in Europe. Shortly after, he started recapitalizing the company in which he raised 15 million kuna. The serious interest of investors is testified by the fact around 7.5 million was collected just on the first day – and Include’s current value has risen to 110 million kuna, reports Index.hr on July 1, 2019.

Include has tremendously grown in five years and will exceed 50 employees by the end of summer. The company currently has open bids for 14 positions, and for those interested who are not from the Split area but want to work at their headquarters in Solin, they also offer accommodation. 

Namely, the end of summer, Include will employ 55 people and build a development team of 18 people to work on new products – and for Index.hr, Mrvoš even revealed his ambitious plans to construct a campus of 15,000 square meters. Thus, if this project is realized, it will be the first Croatian smart city for production, but will also house Include employees who are not from the Split area to permanently solve the problem of accommodation and output.

“We are negotiating with several investors and banks, and next year they would begin building the first Croatian smart city, a campus that would probably be located in the wider surroundings of Split. Whether it will be in Split, Solin, Klis, we still do not know. We are speaking to some of the mayors, so we’ll see how that is going to develop. The idea is to make a production plant that would have about 4,500 square meters, with offices, production, laboratories and even a co-working area for startups from this area that are just beginning. Also, within the campus, there would be 30 apartments that would be used by Include employees who are not from this area, free of charge. That project would cost a total of about 28 million kuna. This is all still in the negotiation stage, but by the New Year we will definitely know whether we are going to do it or not,” said Mrvoš for Index.hr.

You can read the full interview on Index.hr.

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