February 12, 2019 – Another day, another stellar recognition for the thriving young entrepreneur from Solin, Ivan Mrvoš.
Chances are, you probably already know a thing or two about Ivan, the CEO and Founder of Include, the leading global manufacturer of solar powered street benches. Their flagship product, the Steora smart bench, is already on 40 markets with more than 930 benches around the world. The Steora benches all have the same core – PV modules, device charging, Wi-Fi, ambient light, data gathering, cooling system, and the dashboard, though there are six different models with additional features – like the super bright 19″ display of Steora Urban, or Steora E special features for indoor usage, and more.
After they were named the European Startup of the Year in 2017, a large investment followed, and the recognitions haven’t seemed to slow down for Include and Mrvoš since.
Last year, Ivan Mrvoš was nominated for MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ award in Europe. In 2017, Include was selected among the 50 best innovators in Europe, and on that occasion, Ivan Mrvoš presented the company at the European Parliament in Brussels during the European Innovation Summit.
Back in October, Include won the “Rising Star” award by the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program, which is described as a program that recognizes and profiles the fastest growing private or public technology companies in Central Europe.
Mrvoš wrote in a Facebook status then:
“Include – the fastest growing company of Central Europe in Rising Stars category by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program.
We are the first Croatian company to win in this category, with 1950% growth rate in the last three years of business operations.
Back in 2014, we started out with modest initial capital and big vision – to build the largest smart street furniture production company in this part of Europe. Four years later, with 35 highly skilled employees and products placed in 39 global markets, we can proudly say that winning the Deloitte Rising Stars award is one of our company’s greatest accomplishments so far.”
And just a few weeks ago, the first smart benches hit Qatar, prompting Mrvoš to reflect on the brilliant start to 2019.
“Our new flagship product (Monna Smart Bench) has sold a total of 14 copies in the first 20 days – 11 for Canada, 2 for Denmark and 1 for the Croatian Market.
– We also sold 35 Steora smart benches worth over one million kuna (which is already the monthly standard that continues to grow), out of which around 20 are Urban and Urban + (benches that have a display for digital advertising purposes). We seem to be creating a new trend in two industries – street furniture and outdoor digital advertising – by merging them into one and further enhancing it because our benches and campaigns are accessed/managed through our web application.
– We’ve opened in one and a half new markets – Bermuda (officially part of the UK, and a week-long fight to decide who will go to install it) and Poland (a much smaller fight), so we are now in 42 global markets
– We’ve hired new employees – business developers, embedded software developers, python developers (ads can be found at: https://www.include.eu/job_opportunities)
– We have continued media coverage outside of Croatia: https://www.gulf-times.com/story/620188/Aspire-Zone-first-to-introduce-smart-benches-in-GC (installation of three Steora Urban+ benches in Qatar) although it is a mistake to say that these are the first benches in the GCC region – no, there are probably thirty or forty.
For the first twenty days – quite solid.”
Today, however, the 23-year-old from Solin has been named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list under the Manufacturing & Industry category in Europe for 2019.
Ivan Mrvoš took to his Facebook to try to make sense of yet another brilliant acknowledgement.
“Every time I think: ‘ok, we’ve won all the recognition that could be won’ and then life says ‘wroooooong!’.
So, today I found myself on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list under the Manufacturing & Industry category for 2019 in Europe. As far as I can see – I am the youngest on almost all lists and the only one from Croatia (if there is someone else on the list – my apologies).
An absolutely huge recognition not only for my work, but for the whole team’s work at Include. Great work, team.
And the year has started well, with only 1.1 million kuna worth of products sold in January.”
Include also shared the happy news of their founder and CEO.
Bravo to Ivan and the Include team!
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