The conference "Developing University of Split’s High-Tech Business Incubator" took place on December 14 in the big hall of SPINIT Technology Park. Results achieved since the opening SPINIT in May 2021 were presented, as well as planned activities for next year.
Prof. Dragan Ljutić Ph.D., University of Split Rector; Blaženko Boban, Split-Dalmatia County Prefect; Goran Batinić, Director of the City of Split’s Development Agency (RaST); prof. Sven Gotovac Ph.D., director of Spinit Incubator; as well as tenants of business premises in the incubator attended the conference.
For the time being, 21 tenants found their place in the Incubator, young people at the beginning of developing a business idea with their start-ups, or in the process of founding a business company.
Rector Ljutić expressed his pride in the work done at the University of Split in the past three years, with special reference to the opening of SPINIT incubator, which enabled young start-ups starting business, which means young people remaining in Split, working and acting here, developing their ideas. He also pointed out the remarkable success University of Split is achieving, both in STEM as in social sciences and humanities.
Prefect Blaženko Boban, thanking Rector Ljutić and professor Gotovac, said that SPINIT is an indicator of the direction in which City of Split and the entire county must proceed. He mentioned how well University of Split and the County cooperate on a number of projects within ICT County, emphasizing that recently a new generation came out of Start IT Academy, 15 of them, 7 of which have already started companies and do business with countries in Central and Western Europe.
- I am extremely glad to see that the SPINIT incubator and its building came to life, that there are different things happening in it. It is entrepreneurial-supporting infrastructure and must live with its tenants, generating various activities and events in order that the story continues - said Goran Batinić, director of Development Agency (RaST).
In his presentation, prof. Sven Gotovac commented on the project, whose total value was HRK 23 million, with approximately 20 million financed by the European Union, from the Regional Development Fund, and the University of Split with just over HRK three million. Beginning of May this year, the project was successfully completed, prof. Gotovac pointed out, stressing that their building’s reconstruction recently won the Award for Green and Sustainable Construction in 2021, at the fourth Central Conference on Sustainable Construction. Gotovac also mentioned the visit of Israeli Ambassador Ilan Mor, as well as future cooperation with Matam Park and Ben Gurion University.