27
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 Regatte (a business-meets-sports event specializing in sustainable greentech and fintech technologies).

He established the first Croatian acceleration program – Startup Startup Factory and launched financial instruments that support and invest in startups. 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.

Marko Helfrih

Marko Helfrih

Assistant CEO

Marko is in charge of strategic and operational planning, coordinating the preparation of annual business plans and monitoring the realization of planned goals and activities. He is also responsible for coordinating the preparation and implementation of EU-funded projects. Marko regularly advises entrepreneurs and provides trainings on EU-funding related topics.

He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is a City Management university specialist with over 16 years of work experience. Before joining ZICER, he worked at the Office for European Integration and EU Funds at the Mayor’s Office of the City of Zagreb and the Office for EU Programs and Projects of the City of Zagreb where he worked as a Head of the Project Preparation and Implementation Department. During his career, he participated in the preparation and implementation of over 50 projects co-financed by various EU programs and funds.

Tomislav Budimir

Tomislav Budimir

Assistant CEO

Tomislav leads ZICER’s finances and accounting. He is in charge of coordinating the development of the company business plan, as well as the semi-annual and annual Management Board business reports. He also manages the finances for the EU projects implemented by ZICER.

He holds a master’s degree in Economics.

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.

Aleksandar Grozdanić

Aleksandar Grozdanić

Project Coordinator

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.

Ariana Magdić

Ariana Magdić

Legal Affairs Coordinator

Ariana takes care of ZICER’s legal affairs, drafts contracts and general and other acts, provides legal advice, and performs human resources related tasks. She is a lecturer and mentor on a variety of projects.

She is a PhD student at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, and has completed her postgraduate studies in English while studying economics at the same time. She holds various specializations and certificates related to the EU, IP and labor laws, and is a certified public procurement specialist. During her 17-year career, she has gained extensive legal experience in various branches of law and economy, and has worked on multinational companies’ cases and as a legal affairs manager in a law firm. She is a lecturer and mentor on various topics related to law and economics as well as a sworn court interpreter of English language. 

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.

Milica Projić

Milica Projić

Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Incubation Programme

Milica leads ZICER’s incubation programme, 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 relies on ten 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. 

Ivana Rajković Pavlić

Ivana Rajković Pavlić

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.

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.

Sandra Matijević

Sandra Matijević

Project Specialist

Sandra is in charge of project management, conducting entrepreneurial education, and mentoring entrepreneurs, especially in the areas of marketing, sales, finance, business planning, business organization, and increasing the efficiency of business processes.

She built her career in sales and marketing, and has led a large number of strategic and development projects.

She teaches Customer Relations and Quality Management at VPŠZ , and is a guest lecturer at EFZG, EFRI, Verna, University of Sao Carlos (Brazil).

She holds a degree in Trade and Master’s degree in the Impact of Multiculturalism on Team Performance from EFZG. Sandra is currently completing her PhD at EFRI.

Željana Barišić

Željana Barišić

Project Specialist

Željana prepares and implements EU and national projects. She is also a Startup Factory coordinator.

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

Ana Bogdanović

Ana Bogdanović

Financial Affairs Specialist

Ana is in charge of financial, analytical and accounting tasks. She writes financial and audit reports, participates in the development of financial and procurement plans, and performs financial and accounting operations related to the implementation of projects co-financed by the European Union.

At the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb she graduated in field of Finance. She has extensive accounting and finance experience.

Ana Vlahov

Ana Vlahov

Project Specialist

Determined to help young, innovative people achieve their dreams, Ana serves as a Startup Factory acceleration program coordinator. Additionally, she’s part of ZICER’s Public Relations team.

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

Vini Vrsalović

Vini Vrsalović

Expert Consultant

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.

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.    

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.

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 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 London School of Public Relations and practices lifelong learning.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Valentino Vraneković

Valentino Vraneković

Senior Associate

Valentino manages IT infrastructure and equipment providing technical support to ZICER’s tenants, clients and employees. He also takes care of the laboratories equipped through the StartUp Factory Zagreb EU project.

He is an Expert Specialist Engineer in Information Security and Digital Forensics.

Hrvoje Grbeš

Hrvoje Grbeš

Senior Associate

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.

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.  

Luka Borić

Luka Borić

Senior Associate

Luka maintains and administers the networks, systems and computers that ZICER employees and tenants use. As part of the technical support team, he participates in event organization and maintains equipment. Additionally, Luka is responsible for taking care of the high-tech labs equipped through the StartUp Factory Zagreb EU project.

Luka is an IT engineer. He joined ZICER following his graduation from the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences.

Dino Kalac

Dino Kalac

Senior Associate

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.    

Viktorija Sopek

Viktorija Sopek

Senior 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.