30
yearS

of innovative entrepreneurship

welcome!

At ZICER, startups are focused on organic growth. This makes them more stable and resilient on the market. Regardless of the development stage the founders are in, we use a well-rounded approach to turn their innovative, high-tech ideas into startups, and startups into strong and successful companies. Here, they’re able to zero in on their work. And we make sure to take care of everything else.

At ZICER Plavi ured, we provide workshops and individual consulting sessions to anyone interested in starting their own company.

We demystify entrepreneurship and help get businesses off the ground!

Frane Šesnić

CEO

our history

[‘zitsər]

definition
coll., a sure thing, something that’s impossible to miss, something that ensures success
in a sentence
She said you’ll zicer make it.
This is zicer.
(Source: Jezikoslovac)

We are Zicer

Frane Šesnić

Frane Šesnić

CEO

Frane graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computing in Split, and holds a postgraduate Financial Institutions and Markets degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb. He was elected lecturer by the Rectors’ Assembly. Frane regularly speaks at numerous technology- and entrepreneurship-related events. He is the initiator of several international conferences:  Zagreb Forum (which specializes in Smart City strategies and solutions), Zagreb Connect  (the most prominent startup conference in Croatia) and  Startup Europe Regatta (a business-meets-sports event specializing in sustainable greentech and fintech technologies).

He established the first Croatian acceleration program – Startup Factory and launched Global Growth. Frane is passionate about bringing together stakeholders from all levels of society in building a thriving startup ecosystem. Through ZICER, he runs the largest startup hub in the area.

Tomislav Budimir

Tomislav Budimir

Assistant CEO

Tomislav is in charge of creating company plans, strategies and reports.

He prepares ZICER’s business plan for the financial year, as well as the company’s financial plan proposals. He writes semi-annual and annual business reports.

Tomislav heads ZICER’s finances and accounting, and prepares financial, audit and other reports. He also manages finances for specific EU projects implemented by ZICER. He closely cooperates with the City Office for Economy, Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Planning and city administrative bodies.

Tomislav graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and has earned a master’s degree in Economics. Since graduating from college, he has been working in finance and accounting.

Aleksandar Grozdanić

Aleksandar Grozdanić

Assistant CEO

Aleksandar is in charge of business consulting, entrepreneurial training and participation in current support programs for entrepreneurs on the City of Zagreb and national levels. He has been maintaining ISO 9001 Quality Management System for many years.

He organizes and conducts educational programs intended for entrepreneurs in the early stages of development, and has cooperated with numerous Zagreb innovators on providing financial means for the commercialization of their projects.

He graduated from the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Zagreb.

Tamara Didak

Tamara Didak

Head of ZICER Plavi ured - Entrepreneurship Centre Zagreb

Tamara ensures that the entrepreneurs are fully informed regarding their obligations, rights and opportunities. Through seminars, workshops and individual counseling, she helps entrepreneurs plan and finance their business ideas.

She is focused on creative accounting and development project financing models, and continuously monitors tax and legislative regulations. She promotes an entrepreneurial culture and the creation of small oases in which entrepreneurs have an environment for unhindered growth and development.

Vini Vrsalović

Vini Vrsalović

Project Coordinator

Vini performs public procurement activities: she prepares annual procurement plans and initiates and manages small- and large-scale procurement procedures. She also works on cooperation agreements with partner institutions.

She has a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy and prior experience in the tourism and financial sectors.

Milica Projić

Milica Projić

Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Incubation Program

Milica leads ZICER’s incubation program, drafts and implements projects, advises entrepreneurs regarding project applications, informs entrepreneurs on project cycle management and participates in the development projects for the City of Zagreb.

She also coordinates Startup Factory and Global Growth acceleration programs.

She relies on 20 years of hands-on experience in preparing and implementing over 50 projects directed at entrepreneurship (business incubators), financial education and debt management, microcredit, process of creating public policies and fiscal decentralization. Milica holds a PhD on the topic of Financing Small and Medium Entrepreneurship in Different Life Cycle Stages.

Lidija Zadro

Lidija Zadro

Project Coordinator

Lidija drafts and implements projects, counsels and educates entrepreneurs regarding national and EU funds, assists entrepreneurs with grant applications, and writes business plans.

Lidija graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb.

Ivana Rajković Pavlić

Ivana Rajković Pavlić

Senior Public Relations Specialist

Ivana is in charge of public relations, media affairs and marketing activities at ZICER. She organizes conferences, roundtables and media appearances, and creates content for ZICER’s communication channels. She also implements Startup Factory.

Ivana obtained a Law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and Marketing degree from Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb. Previously, she worked in full service media agencies, planning and implementing marketing activities through traditional and contemporary advertising channels, as well as coordinating and implementing client PR activities.

Ana Vlahov

Ana Vlahov

Senior Program Specialist

Ana coordinates Startup Factory and Global Growth acceleration programs.

She graduated from the City University of New York (CCNY) with a degree in Economics. She previously worked for cultural nonprofits in New York City and on a USAID-funded healthcare program in Uganda.

Željana Barišić

Željana Barišić

Senior Program Specialist

Željana prepares and implements EU and national projects. She supports the organization and implementation of project activities, prepares reports, monitors project implementation and coordinates project activities. Željana has extensive experience in the preparation and managing of various EU (ESF, ERDF, Horizon, ERASMUS and Europe for Citizens), national and locally funded projects/programs focused on the development of entrepreneurial, innovation, startup and employment ecosystems.  She also coordinates Startup Factory and Global Growth acceleration programs. As a member of the ZICER’s team for organization of local and international events she was coordinator and member of the organizing committees of international conferences and numerous other events, such as entrepreneurial competitions, meetups, B2B meetings, bootcamps, hackathons.

Željana holds a degree in Political Science. She has professional education in public relations and development of social skills.

Lena Čičak

Lena Čičak

Educational and Advisory Programs Specialist

At ZICER Plavi ured, Lena is responsible for organizing educational sessions and bringing in top educators and educational programs. She provides educational and consulting services to entrepreneurs in regard to setting up and running specific types of craft enterprises, as well as internationalizing their businesses.  

After obtaining her degree in Economics, she worked for a courier company where she managed internationalization-related affairs as well as human resources. In parallel, Lena ran a small family business and is a certified freight forwarder. She has worked extensively with exporters assisting them with international placement of goods and services. 

Marina Grgić Eldić

Marina Grgić Eldić

Project Specialist

Marina provides legal counselling to entrepreneurs, educates entrepreneurs in the fields of commercial, labor and statutory law, counsels entrepreneurs regarding financing entrepreneurial and other projects from national and EU funds, and assists them with applying for grants.
Klementina Roginić

Klementina Roginić

Material and Financial Affairs Specialist

Klementina is responsible for managing the financial records and accounting affairs of the company, which includes handling accounting events and payroll, preparing and submitting tax reports, final accounts, and annual financial reports. Additionally, she participates in the preparation of financial plan proposals and monitors other business expenses.

Klementina completed her professional studies at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and gained 13 years of experience in accounting and finance while working in the private sector.

Anita Brajković Skoko

Anita Brajković Skoko

Expert Consultant

Anita chairs the Technical Secretariat of the City of Zagreb Local Partnership for Employment and works as a professional orientation trainer for the youth, mentor and lecturer on the EDUBIZ project. She has also been appointed the Information Officer and Occupational Safety Coordinator for ZICER.

During twenty two years at ZICER, Anita worked as a business consultant and educator for entrepreneurs and Homeland War veterans, an expert advisor for marketing and education, business education teacher and organizer, as well as took part in national and EU projects implementation. She organized 480 seminars and lectures attended by 9600 participants. Anita also acts as a HAMAG-BICRO mentor within the Student Entrepreneurial Incubator Network project, e-Business coach, and has co-authored a booklet for entrepreneurs Preparing IT Experts for Entrepreneurship.  Anita is a graduate of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and London School of Public Relations, and practices lifelong learning.

Hrvoje Grbeš

Hrvoje Grbeš

Expert Consultant

As part of the business incubation program team, Hrvoje is responsible for administrative and technical duties. He also takes care of ZICER’s high-tech labs that were equipped through the StartUp Factory Zagreb – High Technology Incubator EU project. 

Hrvoje is an electrical engineer.

Dino Kalac

Dino Kalac

Expert Consultant

Dino is part of the team responsible for the entrepreneurial incubation programme. He provides technical support and assists with event organization.

He graduated from Effectus – College for Finance and Law. He spent a number of years working in the tourism sector, managing a travel agency and catering business.    

Nikolina Koren

Nikolina Koren

Office Manager

Nikolina is responsible for organizing events, managing the event space schedule and performing a wide variety of administrative tasks.

Nikolina graduated from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology. However, she’s never worked as a fashion designer as life had different plans in store. Instead, she gained more than 10 years of professional administrative experience leading a call center and managing a retail chain branch.

Barbara Blečić

Barbara Blečić

Senior Associate

At ZICER Plavi ured, Barbara is in charge of the website, social media and media relations. She writes entrepreneurial success stories and works on promoting Plavi ured. As part of the Start-up Academy team, she educates potential entrepreneurs about the (self) promotion opportunities via digital channels.

While studying Communication Science and Sociology at the University of Zagreb, Centre for Croatian Studies, she held jobs where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research, and worked in sales and digital marketing and PR campaigns.

She is passionate about public relations and new media, as well as spreading positivity through stories of everyday life.    

Mateja Gudelj

Mateja Gudelj

Senior Associate

Mateja is in charge of the EU projects’ implementation and administration. She supports the organization and implementation of project activities, prepares reports, monitors project implementation and internal communication, and coordinates project activities.

She has a Public Administration degree from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. Prior to ZICER, she worked in administration and finance in the private sector.  

Dina Herenda

Dina Herenda

Senior Associate

Dina is in charge of daily communication and correspondence with tenants and clients. She is responsible for resolving operational issues and tasks related to the use of space as well as entering data for report purposes.

She graduated from the University Zadar, Faculty of Economics. She worked as a sales representative at Croatian Telecom for several years. She joined ZICER team following her move to Zagreb.  

Merima Mehadžić

Merima Mehadžić

Senior Associate

Merima works in the legal department and is responsible for the legal, administrative and technical affairs. She is also part of the project team providing training and consulting to entrepreneurs.  

Merima holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law. During her studies, she gained experience working for multinational companies performing research and administrative tasks.

Viktorija Sopek

Viktorija Sopek

Senior Finance Associate

Viktorija is in charge of operational accounting and bookkeeping, as well as administrative and technical tasks.

She holds a degree in Finance from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb and possesses considerable accounting experience.

Vedrana Holjevac

Vedrana Holjevac

Associate

Vedrana is in charge of Plavi ured accounting and payment and works on writing annual plans and business and financial reports. She takes care of everything from office supplies to Internet support in order to enable everyone to work as efficiently as possible.
Ljubica Ćurić

Ljubica Ćurić

Assistant

Ljubica is the first person you reach on the phone  when calling Plavi ured. She’ll give you the necessary information and is in charge of providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs and colleagues.

For the last five years, she has been at the service of all employees, members and visitors to the Agency on a daily basis.