January the 18th, 2024 – The Croatian startup Rearm from Škabrnja in the Zadar hinterland, is currently testing out a revolutionary platform which deals with the automatic creation of business applications.
As Novac/Jutarnji/Bernard Ivezic writes, the answer to one of the biggest doubts felt by the modern global IT industry – whether artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually replace programmers in the future – could come from the place where you least expect it – Škabrnja, a location more synonymous with the horrors of war than with tech.
The Croatian startup Rearm with its legal headquarters in the hinterland of Zadar, but which operates operationally from Zagreb, plans to launch a revolutionary programming platform for non-programmers in the first quarter of this year.
It recently entered NovacHR’s list of TOP 10 AI startups to watch in 2024, which was published in this year’s Business Outlook. This ambitious company previously won the startup competition of the largest Croatian AI conference, AI2Future, and investors have showered praise on it.
Škabrnja leading the way?
The Croatian startup Rearm has completed and is now testing out a cloud platform for the rapid creation of applications using AI and low-code/no-code technologies, with which all non-programmers will be able to create computer applications.
Josip Ivković, co-founder and technical director of Rearm, explained that the ongoing digital transformation requires a completely different approach due to increasingly advanced technologies and specific client needs.
“Artificial intelligence will result in innovations that enable digitisation tailored to individuals and companies, with minimal time consumption and without technical prior knowledge,” believes Ivković.
The Croatian startup Rearm’s technology impressed no less than the Canadian biotech startup Loon, which uses AI to automate clinical research and entered the “Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub”. As a result, Ivković also became their technical director, and Loon builds its technology on that of Rearm.
Ivković hasn’t wanted to comment on who the other technology testers of this Croatian startup are.
According to the Court Registry, Rearm was founded three years ago.
from School friends to entrepreneurs
According to Fina, in 2022, the Croatian startup Rearm recorded a revenue growth of 98.3 percent to 330,700 euros with a net profit growth of 36.9 percent to 106,566 euros. It currently has nine employees and continues to expand. Along with Ivković, Rearm was co-founded and managed by Ena Fuzul.
“Josip and I have known each other since our school days in Zadar – he’s from Škabrnja and I’m from Bibinje – so when he returned to Croatia from the USA, we started a joint company. This was just before the coronavirus lockdown, and we worked in parallel on the development of our own ideas and provided services as a software agency,” revealed Fuzul.
The director of Rearm explained that they’ve been working on their own products from the beginning, because it is’s far from easy for small software agencies to compete with well-established companies.
It was revealed that this was precisely why they immediately developed a startup vision, offering simple solutions to complex problems.
“This is how we observed the patterns of the needs of companies in the field of digitisation. Judging by the reactions of users and partners to our product, we feel that at the moment of its release on the market, we’ll have a solution that will help many companies,” stated Fuzul.
Ivković added that they worked with software technologies used by corporations. Noticing patterns in the applications they were developing, they used no-code/low-code technologies to typify them and thus accelerate the development of their own solutions. Then they connected it with AI, with the result being a new platform.