Startup Factory

Are you looking to accelerate the development of your idea / prototype?

The award-winning Startup Factory is Croatia’s first acceleration program and takes zero equity / no fees.

The top 3 teams and startups will be awarded EUR 50.000 in total plus EUR 10.800 in in-kind support.

If you’re developing a high-tech product, you are eligible to apply.

Applications are now closed.

Who can apply?


Without a registered company

Will be required to register a company with a company seat in the City of Zagreb prior to receiving financial support

2 to 7 team members with complementary skills


Companies registered less than 12 months ago with a company seat in the City of Zagreb

Majority of the company owned by natural persons

2 to 7 team members with complementary skills

Startup Factory’s 9th Cycle

Spring 2024

Up to 12 teams/startups entering the program will work with our coordination team and mentors on tech product development. Our coaches will make sure they’re pitch-perfect.

They’ll participate in 4 bootcamps, including workshops, lectures, and networking events.

Demo Day will take place at the Zagreb Connect startup conference in October. Each team will pitch their project for a chance to win EUR 50.000 and a 12-month entrepreneurship program at ZICER, including office space worth EUR 10.800*.

1st Place: EUR 25.000 + EUR 3.600*

2nd Place: EUR 15.000 + EUR 3.600*

3rd Place: EUR 10.000 + EUR 3.600*

What can the teams/startups expect?

They’ll have a refined pitch and pitch deck, a developed business plan, and an advanced version of their prototypes/MVPs. They’ll also join the most prominent startup hub in the country and receive mentorship and PR support.

What do we expect from the teams/startups?

They need to have a proactive approach in terms of program participation and achieving ambitious goals, and a can-do attitude.  

Bootcamp 1 — Design Validation / Investment Academy (Jun 8-9)

Bootcamp 2 — Business Plan / Product Development (Sep 7-8)

Bootcamp 3 — Branding / Marketing (Sep 28-29)

Bootcamp 4 — Legal & IP (Oct 12-13)

Demo Day — Zagreb Connect (Oct 10)