The Krapina-Zagorje County Business and Technology Incubator, worth 32.6 million kuna, officially started operating on Thursday, and was opened by Croatian President, Zoran Milanović.
The incubator is 100% owned by Krapina-Zagorje County. For its construction and equipping, grants were obtained through a tender of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts amounting to 20 million kuna, while 12.5 million was provided by the county.
President Zoran Milanović said that Croatia had the right to "use the money that it had contracted" for another three years and that "at least six billion euros are still ahead of us" calling on the government to focus on that as much as possible.
“We are opening a facility that is a building on land that was smartly provided by the city. At the same time the county came up with the project that passed within EU funds. This is called an example of well-coordinated work, as it should be. And there should be much more of this,” said the President.
Currently, the incubator houses five companies and business entities, and in the coming months it will be completely filled with about thirty small companies.
“The goal is for innovative young people to have a place where they can develop in fields such as robotics, mechatronics, or stay in Hrvatsko Zagorje where they can study and work,” said Krapina-Zagorje County Prefect Željko Kolar.
There are currently 28 business incubators in Croatia, in which 374 business entities operate, and another 19 are being prepared, which will be opened with EU funds.