Members of the Croatian Business Angels Network – CRANE, made the largest investment ever, by the number of investors included, in the gaming studio Hyperion from Jastrebarsko! Eleven members of CRANE were attracted by this young team and decided to invest in the startup. They developed and started selling the computer game Journey of Life completely alone, without any outside help, which in this period had revenues of over 250,000 kuna. The founder is the 22-year-old Adriano Žeželić, who presented his project at the CRANE Startup Wednesday held at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management – ZŠEM. The investment is agreed upon at a valuation of 500,000 euros, and the business angels of CRANE will own slightly less than 20% of the newly established London company.
“My friend Eugen wanted to help the project, so he suggested that I contact CRANE. I got a chance to pitch in front of all members of CRANE at Startup Wednesday, and I secured the necessary investment. The support of experienced business people is of great importance to me and I am looking forward to working with CRANE because I believe that with certain business advice, money and help in other segments, Hyperion Studio can become a global name in the gaming industry. Our team currently consists of three people, we are expanding according to our possibilities and now we can focus on the most important work, and that’s the work on the game. It’s a great feeling when those experienced investors valued the company at 500,000 euros! “, Said Adriano Žeželić, founder of Hyperion Studios.
The game Journey of Life is currently only available for the PC, but Hyperion is working on mobile versions that will be on the market in the third quarter of 2019. The game is currently accepted by many players who actively participate in its development. CRANE President Davorin Štetner was the first to invest in Hyperion, Hrvoje Prpić, a member of the Managing Board of CRANE, is the lead investor, and among the members of CRANE who invested in Hyperion are well-known names: Aljoša Domijan, Zoran Miliša, Dennis Rukavina, Zvonimira Orešar , Denis Matijevic, Nikola Serdar.
“The investment happened accidentally, a friend from Jastrebarsko told me several months ago that CRANE should invite a gaming startup to pitch. After the Startup Wednesday I found myself with the guys, but we did not reach an agreement. However, I didn’t want to give up so easily, so I arranged a second 1 on 1 meeting with the founder of Hyperion, Adrian. I got a completely positive impression of him on that meeting, so we quickly agreed on the investment. I like to see someone succeeding in launching such a demanding thing without help, so therefore I think that with the help of money and advice of experienced business angels Adriano will succeed in his ambitious plans! Next year, we expect great things and I look forward to the success of Hyperion! “, Said Davorin Štetner, president of CRANE and investor in Hyperion.
Journey of Life can be purchased at the following link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/794490/Journey_Of_Life/