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'Investment readiness of innovation projects in Southeast Europe' - Workshop organised by the European Commission in Zagreb, Croatia, 4-5 July 2018


The workshop will explore the support mechanisms required for innovations to grow and scale up in Southeastern Europe, while connecting the macro-level perspective of government and policy makers with hands-on insights from innovators and enablers.

The main focus of this workshop is to exchange best practices in supporting investment readiness for technology-based scale-ups and start-ups in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans and understand the requirements for developing bankable projects. Policy initiatives, implementation processes, instruments and capacity building activities will be presented, as well as first-hand experiences and case studies from across the region and beyond.

The conclusions of this event are expected to feed into broader political developments, and contribute to existing and new tailor-made instruments that can wider support innovative companies in the area.

Zagreb has been selected to host this workshop and showcase their innovation and technology transfer ecosystem within Southeast Europe. The event will take place at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb, which is the oldest and biggest faculty of this field in Croatia.

The event is sponsored and organised in association with the European Commission, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO).
This two day workshop envisages bringing together innovation practitioners and decision-makers with an interest in supporting scale-ups and start-ups, and regional stakeholders from EU member states, enlargement and neighbourhood countries in Southeast Europe.

Participants are likely to include research and innovation policy makers, representatives of academia and technology transfer offices, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, and early stage and venture capital investors including business angels.

Attendance to the event is by invitation only. If you wish to participate you are encouraged to submit an expression of interest (deadline 8/6/2018). More details on programme can be found here.

Public body

European Commission

Last modification date: 6/6/2018