The best young entrepreneurial teams present their ideas.
Ten young Croatian entrepreneurial teams presented their projects at the first edition of the Good Game Liftoff startup competition. After several hours of presentations, the jury made the decision – 100,000 kuna went to Mundus, a smartphone game developed by three pupils from a Zagreb high school and a student from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), reports tportal.hr on September 14, 2018.
Filip Hercig, Luka Domančić, Matija Fućek and Fran Zekek have created an exciting game for the 21st century which combines board games and smartphones. “This was really unexpected since nine other excellent projects were presented. I would like to thank all our mentors and people who have supported us on our journey,” said Filip, speaking for the Mundus team.
In addition to the significant financial grant that will surely help them in further steps and business development, the winners have also received the right to use office space for free and to participate in the new business incubator by Algebra Lab. The importance of the project has been recognized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which will help them finance a visit to and a presentation at one of European business fairs.
“The first edition has gone beyond all our expectations and we believe that the next one will be even better, and that in the years ahead we will continue to help and encourage young Croatian creators and the whole Croatian startup culture,” said Nikola Stolnik, the CEO of Good Game Global company, which was the main organiser of the competition. He and with his team have already embarked on preparations for the fourth edition of the spectacular Good Game gaming tournament in Zagreb next spring.
The second place was won by Prostec, an animal identification device with software support and educational programme for farmers. It has been developed by a startup founded by young FER students, who have already won two eStudent competitions this year and are soon expected to present their solutions at the world student startup competition in Denmark. The third prize went to Iron Bull, a robotized tank based on the popular World of Tanks game.
The competition started with a motivational speech by Albert Gajšak, a successful 19-year-old entrepreneur from Karlovac who produces the unique electronic game console MAKERbuino. His Circuit Mess company has sold more than 6,000 consoles, and in his brief presentation he told his life story and explained his first business steps.
“If you have your idea or want to make a change, do not wait for the perfect moment because it will never come. If I thought I was too young and did not know much about entrepreneurship, I would never have experienced this and turned my hobby into business. If you want to start something new, you have to be different. Getting started is difficult everywhere, not just in Croatia, and therefore do not blame the state for your own failures. It all depends only on us and our work,” said Albert, who now has seven employees.
Translated from tportal.hr.