Global Entrepreneurship Week to be Held in Split this Month

By 5 November 2020

November 5, 2020 - From November 16-22, 2020, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will be held in Split for the fifth year in a row. 

From November 16-22, 2020, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is held in over 160 countries worldwide. It is an event held once a year to celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation, and business creators who drive startups and turn ideas into reality, foster economic growth, and improve their community's wider well-being.

This year, the event will be held in Split for the fifth year in a row, organized by the Student Entrepreneurship Incubator, the Entrepreneurship Center Split, and the Faculty of Economics in Split.

Through various activities, from big competitions and events to networking gatherings, GEW encourages participants to explore their potential as entrepreneurs and innovators and connects them with potential associates, mentors, and potential investors, introducing them to new opportunities and opportunities.

GEW is, therefore, more than an entrepreneurship awareness campaign; it is a platform for networking and collaboration - involving all players across the entrepreneurial spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.

Given that the pandemic is still in force in Croatia, this year's edition will be held in an online format using the Zoom platform and live broadcasts via social networks of the Student Entrepreneurship Incubator and will consist of educational lectures, workshops and panel discussions and 24- an hourly Hackathon competition called the Smart City Challenge to be held by domestic and foreign external experts, this time also in the online format.


During the Smart City Challenge hackathon, the registered competitors will solve the challenges set following the European Union's program "Digital Europe 2020." The emphasis is on building smart homes and buildings, smart transportation, smart manufacturing, smart environment, and smart health. The competition will last 24 hours without a break, and competitors will have the task of developing a completely new solution according to the competition rules.

Everyone can participate, regardless of their education or occupation. Teams will have an additional 5 minutes after the competition to present their project to an expert jury. To enable the competitors to develop an idea to prototype, they will be provided with full mentoring support, which will further guide them with its economic and technological knowledge and qualities. The best competitors will share a prize fund of HRK 20,000.00, which the City of Split provided as a sponsor this year.

Also, the best are ensured entry into the Student Entrepreneurship Incubator program where, with the support of mentors from the Faculty of Economics, they will continue to develop a business model of their solution. Applications for the Smart City Challenge hackathon last until November 15 and are made via

As for the program's educational part, there is a wide range of entrepreneur lecturers who will intrigue all participants. Thematically, it covers a wide area, from marketing, social entrepreneurship, rural development, digitalization of business processes, innovation development to student entrepreneurship.

Some of the interesting entrepreneurs and experts you will be able to listen to during the event include Ivana Čuljak from Invento Capital Partners, Ana Šunjić from Infobip, Anja Šerc from BB consulting, Oracle, Michael Freer from Ensoco, investment consultant Vanja Perić, Fran Poštenjak from ArboSMART Technologies, Peter Hopwood from Hopwood Speaker Coaching and guests of the panel on student entrepreneurship Ivana Perić (OPG Spara), Slaven Damjanović (eAgrar) and Lea Kosović (LOL agency).

The event and program were developed in cooperation with the project UIP - 2017 - 05 -7625: User-oriented (re) design of processes and modeling of information systems on the example of smart city services led by Assoc. dr. sc. Maja Ćukušić from the Faculty of Economics, which was financed by the Croatian Science Foundation.

You can view the entire program and the exact schedule of lectures and panels at Participants need to register for each lecture by clicking on the selected lecture or panel in the program located at the link.

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