STARTUP CAMP

Mentors

Mark Crandall
Chairman at Continental Wind Partners LLC

Mark co-founded Morgan Stanley’s energy business in the early 1980s. In 1993 he became a founding partner in Trafigura, an energy trading company which grew to €25 billion in sales and 1,000 employees in 58 offices worldwide. He started Continental Wind Partners in 2005 by investing in Polish and Romanian wind development.

Some of the mentored companies and projects:

Resalta
Farma Drijade

Luka Ciganek
CEO of GamingBattleGround

Luka co-founded GamingBattleGround service for amateur video gamers where they can create or join online tournaments and earn money by doing it. He was CEO and built a team from scratch currently counting twelve people and growing. Luka was responsible for raising money (raised seed), managing day to day operations and sales.

He transitioned to the role of CTO where he hired new technical team (+8 people including lead developer, art director, senior members etc.) and took responsibility of project and product management.

Andrija Čolak
CEO and Co-Founder of Surf’n’Fries

Andrija Čolak founded his first company in 2002 – a real estate listings portal – InfoNekrenine. In 2008 InfoNekretnine was sold to a foreign corporation. Immediately after that, he started Surf’n’Fries, a franchise chain which is now present in over 15 countries of the world. He was also part of the team that made the first smart umbrella in the world – KISHA, sold in over 30 countries.

Andrija studied Marketing Management in Canada, with focus on branding, sales, PR, innovation and creativity.

Stevica Kuharski
Founder at Locodels

Stevica has been developing software for web and mobile platforms for the past 15 years. He has been an entrepreneur since 2003 and has had two exits and secured investment for an educational project called Habbits. After visit to USA organised by State Department, in 2015 he started Locodels, sharing economy based city delivery service.

Tatjana Batas
Founder of Mozaik Business Services

Tatjana participated as a business consultant in many EU projects related to Programmes for SME development. She is an evaluator within the Horizon 2020 and Fast track to Innovation program and has valuable experience on high Marketing Management positions in international environment (Bayer d.o.o.; Minolta GmbH).

Some of the mentored companies and projects:

Dental BioScience
Hendal market research Agency
Metroteka – LorisQ app
Pisinium
Naše Klasje
Agroruše
Viko Obuća
Klimaoprema
Ledeno doba

Denise DeSimone
Billion Dollar Funders Circle Advisor, CEO of C-Leveled and Former Partner of Industrius CFO

Denise DeSimone, Chairman of C-Leveled, has an uncanny ability to launch ventures with tremendous success. Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA Degree in 1983, she has founded eight companies including C-Leveled. This woman means business. With Denise at the helm, revenues have increased by millions at every company she’s touched. If you ask Denise, the real story behind her business savvy is the idea of building companies by forming teams that listen to clients’ challenges, assess their needs, and examine processes in order to develop solutions.

Some of the mentored companies and projects:

WATT Fuels Cells
BOSS Controls
Jewish Family and Children’s services
Today’s Home
TandemLife
Uncle Charley’s Sausage

Boris Golob
Step Ri CEO

As a business consultant for more than 15 years, Boris has been working with startups, incumbent companies and scientists and giving lectures and training entrepreneurs in Croatia and abroad. His fields are product and service innovation methodologies and commercialization strategies and he is a leading SE Europe expert in business model innovation. Boris is also a EU EASME Horizon 2020 expert evaluator.

Some of the mentored companies and projects:

Genera Research / Osteogrow
DIV grupa
Ventex
Alarm Automatika
Namještaj Mima