Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Croatian Company Saponia Digitising Business With Infobip's Help

December the 28th, 2021 - The Croatian company Saponia, which is headquartered in the Eastern Croatian city of Osijek is on its way down a new digital path, aided by no less than the Vodnjan-based giant Infobip.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Lucija Spiljak writes, Osijek's Saponia will additionally focus its business on digitalisation and ongoing digital transformation, through a programmable communication platform that it will "build" in cooperation with the impressive Infobip, the first Croatian unicorn, as was reported on the official website of the Zagreb Stock Exchange where a letter of intent was also published.

Their collaboration includes multi-channel communication access to consumers on Viber, WhatsApp, Email, SMS and social media platforms. Thus, as they claim from the Croatian company Saponia, they want to improve the quality of their communication infrastructure with their consumers and customers, with whom they will communicate about key information and answer questions more quickly and efficiently through the aforementioned channels.

According to the Croatian company Saponia, Infobip was the ideal partner in the implementation of the communication cloud platform, given that they are among the leaders in the world in multichannel communication.

“Saponia's decision to cooperate with Infobip as a leading IT company came about due to the fact that the growth and development of our company is influenced by the speed and quality of information transfer to consumers. We believe that Infobip can be our long-term partner that will ensure the fast and personalised transfer of information through popular channels. Through their communication platform, we'll be able to place greater emphasis on sustainable solutions in hygiene and cleanliness of the home, educating consumers on how to properly use our funds for maximum performance and ensure a minimal impact on the environment,'' said Saponia's marketing director Tihana Kostenko.

This is an important move for a company that has been operating for 130 years in the production and sale of detergents and toiletries in Osijek, and the first step in the process of cooperation between Saponia and Infobip was made at a meeting of representatives of both companies, where they jointly defined the goals of their new communication strategy, after which several initial workshops were held.

“Adaptation to consumers is the foundation of Saponia's business philosophy. With a quality product, our intention is to provide our customers with all of the relevant information, answer all of their questions immediately and provide proper solutions We're absolutely sure that Infobip, as a global leader in multichannel communication, can enable us to provide our consumers with unique moments of connecting with well-known brands,'' said the President of the Management Board of Saponia, Diana Mrcela.

There were no additional comments from Infobip on this collaboration, and the process of implementing programmable communication is related to new projects that Saponia plans to implement next year.

"It's important for both Saponia and Infobip to create quality content that will attract new generations of consumers by providing them with all the necessary information in the shortest possible time," concluded Tihana Kostenko.

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Friday, 3 December 2021

Half a Billion Dollar Infobip Investment Pushes Vodnjan Company Further

December the 3rd, 2021 - After becoming the very first Croatian unicorn last year as a domestic IT company that exceeded $1 billion in value, this year has been equally dynamic for Infobip. An Infobip investment is also pushing them closer and closer to another big goal.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/VL/Zoran Vitas writes, a few weeks ago, the Vodnjan giant took over another American company, Peerless Network, a global provider of Voice over IP services, and then achieved a $500 million loan where Morgan Stanley was the chief financial advisor.

An Infobip investment of half a million US dollars was announced by Silvio Kutic, the company's director, back in May, which he said was a precondition for the company's first public offering of shares across the Atlantic in the United States.

“The $500 million loan financing, on extremely favourable terms, has classified Infobip among a group of high-growth, high-value technology companies that have used a similar form of financing. Part of the amount was used to purchase Peerless Network, but the rest was used for other needs, organic growth and further acquisitions. The industry in which Infobip is located is accelerating and we're ready to move forward on that wave,'' Kutic told Vecernji list, adding that the company's goal is to develop towards the ''liquidity'' event, most likely through the IPO in New York, when all factors are met.

In May, Infobip also announced the acquisition of Irish IT company Anam Technologies, the world's leading SMS firewall service provider. This year, Infobip also launched the Startup Tribe programme aimed at finding and gathering the most innovative domestic and global startups and accelerating and monitoring their growth and development.

Today, the programme brings together more than 70 startups from across almost 40 countries. They can apply for amounts from $10,000 to $60,000, as the value of using Infobip’s communication technologies. Infobip will always point out that the company is its employees, and the latest piece of big news is about the launch of the ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan), the allocation of option shares of the company to all current and future employees.

“We launched the Employee Option Shares (ESOP) model, which has a global application, back in 2017, modelled on Silicon Valley companies. We allocated 10% of the company's share, and then we started allocating options to individual employees who proved to be key to growth and business. This is now a new beginning for Infobip. As we extend ESOP to all current and future Infobip employees, the company’s success and their individual successes will be even more strongly linked. It's the employees who generate the growth of the company, and Infobip has grown so fast thanks to their talent, effort and dedicated work.

With this, the company wants to thank them, reward them and motivate them even more for an ambitious growth plan in the future. By working so well for the company, our employees will create value for themselves after a certain time,'' said Silvio Kutic.

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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Croatian Company Infobip, First Domestic Unicorn, Has Most Shareholders

November the 13th, 2021 - The Croatian company Infobip, the country's first ever unicorn, now also has the largest number of shareholders. This Vodnjan-based company has gone from strength to strength and made truly remarkable progress, and it seems that isn't slowing down yet.

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes, the Croatian company Infobip has moved one step closer to the stock market. It is no longer just the first Croatian unicorn and the largest domestic startup to date, but also the one with the most shareholders of all. Infobip has also now launched its own ESOP programme for all of its employees, more than 3300 of them.

This impressive cloud communications company has announced that it will automatically apply the employee shareholder programme to all of its future employees.

Silvio Kutic, the co-founder and CEO of the Croatian company Infobip, says that ESOP is the most important initiative that rewards employees for their contribution to the evolution of the company through compensation in addition to their salaries.

''ESOP is a key part of the value offer of employees and that's why it's my honour to have the privilege to state that we've reached the point where we can make all employees part of our story of growth as shareholders,'' explained Kutic.

The Croatian company Infobip has had an ESOP before, but it's questionable as to whether it can be called that given the fact that it was very limited in scope. It was valid only for individual, key employees, estimated to number about 800. Now, however, the programme has become a company-wide standard and has included an additional 2,500 employees.

ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) is a programme by which companies add the option of acquiring an ownership share to employees' salaries. It is used as a form of reward and a tool for retaining staff.

Although one of Podravka's is considered to be one of the most successful ESOP programmes in all of Croatia, this type of employee reward programme is currently the most popular in the entire IT industry. According to a survey which was conducted last year, as many as thirty domestic IT companies have embarked on various ESOP programmes. Infobip was the first to do so, followed by Nanobit, while Rimac Automobili announced that they were moving in that direction as well.

Nanobit also made an ESOP but also of a limited scope. As was learned last year, Nanobit allocated 5.57 percent of the ownership stake to 30 percent of the company's employees. The programme, as Alan Sumina, the co-founder and CEO of Nanobit, explained at the time, rewarded people who proved to be key to the company's growth as well as a motive for attracting potential staff from elsewhere to come and work for the company, especially in the City of Zagreb.

For the listed companies, the option to acquire an equity stake is usually activated in preparation for the IPO. The Croatian company Infobip is planning its IPO for the end of 2022, ie the beginning of 2023. Then, just before being listed on the stock exchange, employees can convert their options into ownership shares and thus become "real" shareholders of the company after the IPO, meaning that they can then sell the shares they have thus acquired and thus generate additional income.

It should be emphasised that there are numerous variations of the ESOP programme, and some companies share such options with their employees, while some, as is the case with the IT company Span, which recently went public on the Zagreb Stock Exchange, have offered their employees the option to purchase shares on preferential terms. Regardless of which ESOP implementation model both companies and employees have chosen, this is a more tax-profitable way of increasing additional income in Croatia.

From Infobip, they explained that their ESOP plan is designed as an addition to the current employee compensation packages, and this means that it is the so-called optional ESOP model. Infobip launched the programme four years ago and back at that time, a 10 percent stake in the company was allocated to reward employees, but the entire package was not distributed at the time, as the ESOP was applied to a limited extent.

Kutic explained that this is a confirmation that the organisation is now in the next phase of the path of exponential growth, and if we quickly recall, it's worth noting that Infobip's revenue jumped 57 percent last year to 1.25 billion dollars or 7.74 billion kuna.

After receiving a 300 million US dollar investment from the US fund One Equity Partners in 2020 and taking over OpenMarket for that same sum, this year it bought the Split conference franchise Shift, and then the world's leading SMS firewall service provider, the Irish Anam Technologies. The value of these transactions hasn't yet been disclosed.

Recently, the Croatian company Infobip also took out a 500 million dollar loan from funds managed by Ares Management Corporation and funds managed by BlackRock, it also took over one of the largest alternative telecoms in the USA, Peerless Network. The company has made it clear that it will continue to take over and merge with others in the coming period.

''Our goal is to ensure that everyone is fully active in the implementation of our ambitious growth plan that we intend to carry out over the next few years, because in this way, employees will create value not only for the organisation but also for themselves as individuals,'' concluded Silvio Kutic.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021

Vodnjan Infobip's Taking Over of American Rival is Step Closer to Wall Street

November the 4th, 2021 - The Vodnjan Infobip company has gone from strength to strength over recent years, and now, with its most recent take over of an American rival, this remarkable Croatian company is edging ever closer to Wall Street.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, the first, and so far the only Croatian ''unicorn'', the Vodnjan Infobip, is continuing with its ambitious expansion. After a financial injection of half a billion dollars last month, this company acquired the American Peerless Network, a global provider of VoIP (Voice over IP) services.

Although the value of the transaction remains a secret for now, it is on the trail of plans to go public in New York in late next year, or in early 2023. This latest acquisition comes after the Vodnjan Infobip company realised a 500 million US dollar loan last month with the main investors being credit funds managed by Ares Management Corporation and those managed by BlackRock, under the advisory baton of Morgan Stanley.

''This new financing places Infobip in an exclusive group of renowned high-growth and high-value technology companies, which have used a similar form of financing. This is Infobip's second round of external financing, after a significant strategic investment by the capital investment company One Equity Partners (OEP) in the total amount of 300 million euros from the second half of last year,'' the company said in a statement.

They don't want to talk too much about the details of the transaction, stating only that the payment was made with a combination of money and shares from Infobip, as well as the fact that the management of Peerless will invest parts of its ownership shares in the Vodnjan Infobip company. The conclusion itself depends on the green light of the regulator.

By stepping into the US market, Infobip is set to inherit a lucrative piece of cake of the ''voice over IT'' services market as Peerless is a leader in this segment covering over 93 percent of the US population. It has more than 4,500 interconnections in 49 (US) states and a turnover of nine billion minutes per month across more than 200 markets.

''By taking over the Peerless Network, we're accelerating our international strategy. This is a very positive thing for Infobip from a financial, strategic and operational point of view. It enables us to grow our business even more strongly over in the USA, which is in line with the strategy of the Peerless Network,'' said Silvio Kutic, the CEO and co-owner of Infobip.

“Together, we'll offer companies and people around the world our services through a truly global network supported by local teams. Of course, the goal is to provide the best user experience on the market. We have an exciting period ahead of us and big things are just starting to happen for Infobip,'' he added.

“We're very excited about all the possibilities that the combination of Infobip and Peerless will bring. It will allowsus to scalably expand our services, capabilities and offers to our customers. By combining our market-leading voice offering and Infobip's global messaging capabilities, we're creating a strong foundation to become a leader in the fast-growing cloud communications market,'' said John Barnicle, CEO of Peerless Network.

"This acquisition will, among other things, enable Peerless Network to provide comprehensive support to its customers who have business needs outside of the United States," he added.

The range of services boasted by the Vodnjan Infobip company enables companies to communicate with a large number of their customers via messages, e-mail or chatbots. Among their clients are massive world names such as Uber, LG, Sberbank, and their services are also used (among recreational athletes) by the very popular Strava application. Peerless, on the other hand, brings a narrower segment of communication, VoIP, under the umbrella of Infobip.

Thus, the joint solutions of the two companies would ultimately be able to process more than 30 billion monthly user interactions across a full range of communication channels in more than 190 countries around the world.

When asked whether the acquisition of Peerless completely exhausted the aforementioned financial injection, Infobip didn't want to specify. It is to be assumed that this is not the case since it was previously announced that they would consider several acquisitions before going public, and it was confirmed to Bloomberg that "the takeover cycle isn't over".

Plans for an initial public offering of shares on the New York Stock Exchange are in full swing, and if we briefly recall, the CEO and co-owner Silvio Kutic told Bloomberg back in May that after the completion of funding (the latest rounds) the company could be ready for an IPO in the next 18 to 20 months.

In the first quarter of the year, the Vodnjan Infobip company's revenue grew 57 percent compared to the same quarter last year thanks to the acquisition of OpenMarkets, after which the valuation exceeded 1 billion US dollars, seeing Infobip crowned with the prestigious status of a unicorn. This year, they also took over the Croatian Shift franchise and the world's leading SMS firewall service provider, Anam Technologies from Ireland.

Infobip's expected revenues this year should amount to 1.2 billion euros, repesenting very rapid growth compared to last year's level of about 720 million euros, or about 600 million euros achieved back in pre-pandemic 2019.

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Friday, 22 October 2021

Infobip Named Best Service Provider in Platform-as-a-Service Segment

ZAGREB, 22 Oct 2021 - The Vodnjan-based global cloud communication platform and leading regional IT company Infobip has been named the leading service provider in the Communications Platform-as-a-Service segment by the independent UK analyst house Juniper Research, it was reported on Thursday.

Juniper's new tool Competitor Leaderboard provides a visual representation of the competitive positioning of the leaders within a particular market sector.

It ranks stakeholders in terms of their market reach, innovativeness, growth capacity and financial, operational and marketing strength.

Infobip has been named an established leader in the CPaaS segment owing to the quality and capacity of its own CPaaS platform, solutions for text message control and filtering, solutions for mobile identity services and solutions for business communication through RCS messages.

That is also the highest ranking compared to the other analysed companies.

Last month Infobip was ranked the leading service provider in the mobile messaging space, placing well ahead of the next established leader.

Infobip today has 15 years of experience in the IT industry and employs more than 3,300 people globally, doing business through more than 70 offices on six continents.

In 2018 alone, 4.7 billion people used Infobip's services.

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Infobip Shift Developer Conference Held in Zadar

ZAGREB, 9 Sept 2021 - The international developer conference Infobip Shift, held in the coastal city of Zadar on 7-8 September, brought together 3,000 participants from around the world and an additional 10,000 online participants.

The event ended with Infobip co-founder Silvio Kutić's message that the company wanted to present Croatian know-how to the rest of the world and link domestic experts with the biggest global companies.

The event, which was addressed by more than 60 experts-speakers, presented the latest topics in the developer and IT world.

"We brought in one place representatives of global technology giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft and of excellent domestic startups, including Orqa, Robotiq, and Stemi, as well as a large number of people from Infobip. We wanted... to present to the rest of the world Croatian know-how and expertise as well as enable direct contact for our developers with the industry's biggest names," said Kutić, who is also Infobip's executive director.

Infobip, an IT and telecommunications company based in Vodnjan, in May this year launched the Infobip Startup Tribe program, designed to find and connect the most innovative domestic and foreign startups, step up their development and follow their growth. The program currently covers 54 startups from 34 countries and the company received more than 200 applications in a short period of time, Infobip said.

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Infobip and Damir Sabol Invest in Rijeka Robotics Startup Stemi

September the 9th, 2021 - The Rijeka robotics startup Stemi has been invested in by Damir Sabol and the remarkable Vodnjan company Infobip, which has become widely known and well respected over the last few years.

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes, Infobip and Damir Sabol have invested in the Rijeka robotics startup Stemi, a startup which successfully developed the very first Croatian educational robot and created an educational platform around it that reaps good results across the Atlantic in the USA.

The trio announced the above at the jubilee tenth Infobip Shift conference in Zadar, and this is Infobip's first investment in a startup so far. The Vodnjan company has received many investments from others, but hasn't, until now, made one itself.

They didn't want to reveal any of the details for now, and instead, Stemi has stated that they are preparing a big surprise for the end of September in the City of Zagreb. Stemi has recently been heavily involved in the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in education, and has been supported in this by Infobip. In addition, Rijeka robotics startup Stemi is one of the first members of the programme in which the Croatian unicorn encourages young technology companies from around the world to use its technology - the much talked about Infobip Startup Tribe.

The Infobip Shift conference is being attended by more than 13,000 visitors this year. In Zadar, over 3,000 live visitors gathered physically in the Kresimir Cosic Hall, and over 10,000 bought tickets for the online following of the conference. Thus, this year's Shift conference, the first organised under Infobip, has grown into the largest developer conference not only in Croatia but also in Europe.

Ivan Burazin, Infobip's board member for developer relations, boasted at the opening of the conference that Infobip has the best communication platform in the world, which is sold according to the service model.

''This year, we're under the auspices of Infobip for the first time. That's why it's now called Infobip Shift, but we're still Shift and this year we're dealing with what developers are doing - problem solving,'' explained Burazin.

Izabel Jelenic, the co-founder and chief technical officer, then took the stage, greeted the audience briefly and told them that they were "just starting". This is the slogan of Infobip, which, after becoming the first Croatian unicorn, is strengthening its operations and actively taking over other companies. It first took over the American OpenMarket, then the Croatian franchise of the Shift developer conference, and then the Irish company Anam Technologies. That's why it is speculated that the market value of the first Croatian unicorn far exceeded last year's billion dollars.

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Friday, 16 July 2021

Croatia to Host Biggest Developer Event in Europe this Year: Infobip Shift Conference Announced!

July 16, 2021 - The Infobip Shift conference will be held this September in Zadar as the largest developer event in Europe this year!

After acquiring Shift, Infobip, the leading IT company in Croatia and the region, announced its plans for the upcoming Infobip Shift conference, which will be held on September 7 and 8 this year in Zadar at the Krešimir Ćosić Hall. The developer conference will bring together over three thousand people over two days, making this edition the largest developer event in Europe this year, reports Dalmatinski Portal. 

After Infobip organized its own DevDays development conference for many years, with the acquisition of Shift, both conferences were merged into one technology festival during which the best speakers from the developer world will gather, 60 in total, from companies such as Microsoft, Google, Adobe and many others. The Infobip Shift conference program will be held simultaneously on five stages. There will be three main stages, one intended for workshops, and the entire program will be rounded off by startups that will present their ideas and products on the Startup Tribe stage. With a rich conference program, time and a place for socializing and meetings have been provided, for which a thousand square meters are planned in front of the hall.

After the founder and executive director of the Shift conference, Ivan Burazin, was appointed a member of the Management Board for development experience at Infobip, his longtime associate Marin Tomičić was appointed project manager of the Infobip Shift conference.

"In a little less than two months, something truly unseen awaits us in this area. The program will be opened and closed by the performances of the co-founders of Infobip, Izabel Jelenić, and Silvio Kutić. In addition, we were able to secure the arrival of the world’s greatest speakers like David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of the Ruby on Rails framework, and Val Head coming ahead of global IT giant Adobe. Finally, of course, we also took care of the part of the conference that guarantees fun, so that all visitors will be able to enjoy a unique afterparty after the end of the program. The young and motivated team gathered around the organization of this event is working hard to justify the high expectations and trust," said Marin Tomičić, project manager of the Infobip Shift conference.

He added that Infobip has almost 500 developers in Vodnjan, Zagreb, Split, and Rijeka, who come from all over Croatia.

"Previous editions of the Shift conference were held in Split, while Infobip DevDays were held in Tuhelj. In the wake of this rich spread, we decided that the Infobip Shift conference in the coming years, starting with this one, will tour the whole of Croatia without a fixed location. We want the conference to be held at a different location every year. Therefore, we decided to hold this year's edition on the coast in Zadar," he said.

The tenth jubilee edition of the conference will not only be bigger than any Shift so far, but the whole experience of following the conference will reach an unprecedented level. From speakers, partners and startups, to organizational meetings and educational workshops - Infobip Shift will be the most influential developer event this year.

"My vision since 2012 has been to create the largest global development conference, but also to strengthen Croatia's connection with the world development scene. Over the years, we have grown, and we are getting closer to our goal. With Infobip, we got what we lacked - the support of a large company to give the domestic conference that global caliber and become the leader," said Ivan Burazin, a member of the Board for Development Experience at Infobip.

Join the two-day Infobip Shift conference on September 7 and 8 this year. Discover the latest technologies and learn all from the world's top developers. More information about the conference, tickets, and schedule can be found on the official website of Infobip Shift.

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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Istrian Infobip Receives More Than 100 Applications for Startup Programme

June the 2nd, 2021 - We recently wrote about the brand new Infobip Startup Tribe Programme which marked yet another positive step forward from the remarkable Istrian Infobip company which has made waves globally. More than 100 applications have since been received, from Croatia and the immediate region to European countries like the UK, to distant ones such as Singapore.

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes, in the first 48 hours alone, the Istrian Infobip company from Vodnjan received more than 100 applications for its Startup Tribe Programme. Most of those applications came from here in Croatia, then from the immediate region, from Slovenia through to Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia, and then from the rest of the world.

Applications from startups from other European countries such as Great Britain, Sweden and Austria came in, and then they did so from Singapore and even the USA.

Nikola Pavesic, the leader of the Istrian Infobip's Startup Tribe, hasn't even tried to hide his enthusiasm for this more than encouraging initial response.

''For now, after the official presentation of the Infobip Startup Tribe Programme, the response is even better than we expected, and we had quite high expectations,'' said Pavesic.

He stated that he is especially pleased with the large number of applications from the rest of Croatia. He pointed out that they've been contacted by, among others, some already successful startups, as well as those whose time is yet to come, such as Orqa, Robotiq.ai, Parkley, Hubbig, Farseer and Sportening.

''Now we have to analyse them all and see what the best ones are, or what we could offer them, for each of these startups and projects,'' stated Pavesic.

To briefly recall, the head of Infobip's first startup initiative started his career at the United Nations in Tanzania, and moved to Infobip from Tokyo, where for the past five years he has run partnerships with Nikkei, the world's largest business newspaper and owner of the respected Financial Times (FT).

Infobip's Startup Tribe enables startups to receive financial support in large amounts. This assistance is offered in the form of loans for the use of Infobip's innovative products. In addition, the Istrian Infobip will give startups that become part of its ''tribe'' access to its know-how, as well as to a rich network of advisors and investors. Among other things, startups entering this programme will have direct entry to pitching Shift conferences.

Pavesic has already confirmed that he will not take a percentage from these startups, but that the goal of the programme is actually to grow together with startups in the Istrian Infobip tribe.

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Infobip Startup Tribe Another Positive Move from Vodnjan Company

May the 26th, 2021 - The Vodnjan company Infobip, which has been in the news for all the right reasons more or less since its very creation, has created the Infobip Startup Tribe. The move marks yet another positive step forward for this remarkable Croatian company.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, this Vodnjan company's new Infobip Startup Tribe is the name of the newly established programme aimed at finding and gathering the most innovative Croatian and global startups, and accelerating and monitoring their growth and development. Under the programme, eligible startups can apply for amounts ranging from 10,000 US dollars to 60,000 US dollars worth of using Infobip’s communication technologies and use them to further grow and improve their own respective businesses.

In addition to the hefty amounts mentioned above, Infobip will provide invaluable know-how and direct connections with global investors and industry leaders to the startups involved, which can open the door to additional capital and new markets. In addition to numerous training sessions, the Vodnjan IT company will open up the possibility of making office space in more than 65 locations around the world available to startups, which, at the time of their growth and expansion, will certainly become a significant benefit.

In addition, the startups involved will have special access to the Infobip Shift conference, the recent acquisition of Infobip, which plans to grow into one of the largest developer conferences in the world.

An established department for startup ecosystems within Infobip

The Infobip Startup Tribe will be led by Nikola Pavesic, the director of this newly established Infobip department. Pavesic began his career at the United Nations in no less than Tanzania, and he continued his journey at the UN in Tokyo, where he has been living for the last decade. In addition to running his own startup, for the past five years, he has held a leading position for partnerships at Nikkei, the world's largest business newspaper and owner of the prestigious Financial Times (FT).

Pavesic will manage the newly established Infobip Startup Tribe programme, and in addition to leading the programme itself, providing support to startups and selecting registered startups, his task will be to form an advisory council consisting of some of the world's most famous investors and carefully selected partners from around the globe. The aforementioned partner network will contribute to a strong step forward of this Infobip initiative, and startups from their portfolio will have direct access to the equal benefits of the Infobip Startup Tribe programme.

"With this programme, we're showing that we're ready to invest in society, not only through our products, but also through all other resources at our disposal, and most of all with knowledge, experience and connections with the business and professional community. Working with startups will bring Infobip into direct contact with new ideas, ways of thinking and approaches, and these components enable companies to make better use of their own resources and technology in favour of a stronger and more positive impact on society.

I’m excited to have joined Infobip in the construction phase of the company as an even more powerful developer-oriented development organisation. Although it's a global initiative, we're especially focused on our climate because we think that this is a kind of milestone in the development of entrepreneurial and technological ecosystem, and that with a lot of quality work, we can significantly influence their development. I look with great optimism and enthusiasm towards the upcoming period in which we'll bring even greater value to all those involved through our cooperation with startups,'' said Nikola Pavesic.

The application criteria for the programme is rather flexible, all with the goal of bringing together as many fast-growing startups as possible. All those who have raised a maximum of five million euros of investment or have a maximum of 100 employees can apply, but the programme will also receive exceptions if they show great growth potential in their industry.

All interested startups that meet the above criteria can easily and quickly apply by filling out the form at startups.infobip.com.

"I've always had a special relationship with startups, and Shift, which is now part of Infobip, started as a startup conference. I'm really glad yo be coming back to my roots and that the whole initiative with startups is entering our new department for relations with developers,'' said Ivan Burazin of Infobip.

With this valuable Infobip Startup Tribe programme, the company has once again shown that it is ready to invest in society as a whole, not only through the transfer of its own products but also through all other resources at its disposal, selflessly giving them to companies that, much like Infobip, have the potential to grow and become a new driver strength for the Croatian economy.

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