CRANE Board Member Hrvoje Prpić participated in the second round of Fina Meetup, whose main topic was Startups and Public Administration – why it is important to connect, which was held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, organized by the Financial Agency. In the panel moderated by Maja Klarić from the Department of Development and Innovation at the Financial Agency, also participated Dora Blažević, Senior Digital Customer Experience Consultant at Vipnet, Goran Dautović, Startup Factory Project Manager and Mirela Đuran, Head of the Micro Enterprises Department at HBOR.
“My favorite part was listening to the IT e-Croatia employees from the public who mentioned the example in which one of the employees went through the application for the state exam in which he worked and understood, even though he made his part, he realized that the other party was still not ready to digitize Croatia. I am glad to see that individuals within state structures can do a great deal on their own and do not have to wait for their authorities to give them instructions”, said Hrvoje Prpić.
As one of the problems, there was an unclear definition of startup and how it should be legally defined. The key to solving the current economic problems is to strengthen the process of creating new value-added that is achieved through intensification and support of entrepreneurial activities through innovation. Also, the financial support from many institutions is very important, together with non-financial education and mentoring.
“The development of startup of entrepreneurship (startup culture) is one of the important factors of creating competitive advantages of the national economy. Many state institutions encourage such entrepreneurship, together with entrepreneurial centers, entrepreneurial incubators, technology parks, accelerators, and regional development agencies. All these small entrepreneurs are quicker and easier to realize their business, motivated by higher investment and employment of people while the state through incentive measures achieves lower unemployment and better economic growth”, said Agneza Margetić, Coordinator of the Financial Services Support Services Development Agency.