CCW 2017: "Developing Innovation Ecosystem"
A 2-day event in Zagreb focusing on the transfer of know how between Chicago's and Croatia's entrepreneurial ecosystem builders
The program includes
All free of charge!
is for Business Support Organisations
is for Entrepreneurs, Startups and Students
Applications open till April 4th (20:00)
Kristi is an accomplished sales and operations professional with extensive experience developing corporate partnerships and building community relationships. She is responsible for facilitating relationships for Pritzker Group’s family of companies and connecting them with the firm’s wide network of experts. Kristi served as a strategic account manager for Kapow, an online marketplace and corporate event provider. Prior to Kapow, Kristi was vice president of events for 1871. Kristi operationalized 1871’s focus on connecting businesses, organizers and entrepreneurs during its early stages.
Serhat is an expert on Innovation Management with over 20 years of experience serving corporations in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Consumer Goods and Industrial Products sectors. His areas of expertise include Corporate Strategy Planning, Corporate Venturing, M&A, and New Product and Service Development. He is a Clinical Lecturer at Quinlan School of Business of Loyola University Chicago and the Director of Center for Risk Management. Since 2008, Serhat has been pursuing another passion: Startups. “I have worked with over 25 startups on business modelling, incubation, and fund raising.
DV X Labs
Steve Oxman is the Academic Innovation Lead for DV X, DeVry Education Group’s research and development team. He has previously served as senior director of curriculum and instructor development at Kaplan Professional Schools, with a focus on online and on-ground real estate licensing education; executive director of curriculum at Kaplan Higher Education Campuses during a transition to a blended delivery approach; and as associate dean of academic affairs at Western International University, where he led a revamp of the online course model. Steve was also a teaching fellow at Yale College.
Emily Lonigro Boylan
In 2004 Emily founded UX agency LimeRed Studio with a plan to prioritize high-quality design, user experience, and meaningful social impact. Lime Red is now the nation’s only WBE certified B Corp UX agency. Her experiential spectrum includes design, business development, user experience, writing, marketing, and strategy in online and offline programs for multinational corporations. Emily is also the co-founder of ImpactX Labs, an accelerator for solving social problems with human-centered design and collaboration. She’s run accelerators for nonprofits and is a mentor for other women in business.
Gillian is passionate about technology and mentoring with more than 15 years of experience in digital product development, business leader coaching and operations. Prior to i.c.stars, she was part of the leadership team at Ubiquiti Networks, a Silicon Valley hardware manufacturer, responsible for program management and operations on the global cloud team. Gillian began her tech career at Bank of America. She managed the team responsible for proof of concept projects in open source and was a member of the bank’s global architecture review board. She has a degree in music from Roosevelt University.
Vedder Price, P.C.
Ms. Buckley has over 25 years of experience counseling companies around the world with regard to all aspects of employment-related immigration laws. She advises employers on immigration law issues arising in corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Ms. Buckley assists clients in obtaining temporary and permanent immigration status and visas in virtually every immigration category. She develops immigration compliance policies for employers and conducts internal immigration/I-9 audits and training for employers. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of WorldChicago.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
During his 18 years in education, Scott’s innovative reform work has yielded increased educational access for diverse learners in North America and the United Kingdom. NFTE works with students in low-income communities across the country which are often plagued by crime, violence and high dropout rates. During his administrative tenure in Chicago Public Schools, District 89, and the UK, Scott was a fierce advocate for marginalized youth. In 2010, The Chicago Board of Education appointed Scott SWAT Team Leader to overhaul failing and non-compliant schools where he overhauled district 89 policies.
Peggy Parfenoff is the President of WorldChicago, a non-profit that hosts US Department of State and other federally sponsored emerging leaders in Chicago. WorldChicago is a member of the Global Ties national network. Peggy serves on the board member for Global Ties, currently filling the Vice-Chair role. Before joining WorldChicago, Peggy worked at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of Development. Her international exposure started with a year spent studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, followed by many journeys throughout Europe, Eurasia, South America, Russia, Cuba and China.
Ivana Čuljak, Project Manager of Technology Park Zagreb responsible for the development of technology infrastructure project and improvement of support to start-up’s. On a daily basis Ivana provides support to startups in StartUp Factory Zagreb – incubator for high technologies. Has years of experience in the creation and implementation of innovation programs for SME’s. Worked on the implementation of more than 100 innovative projects (contracted value of over 19 mil EU) in the Croatian Agency for Small Business, Innovation and Investment (HAMAG – BICRO).
Keith Bradley is an Information Technology Program Delivery professional with more than 16 years of program development and implementation experience. Since 2015 Keith has served as an ecosystem consultant and educator for the City of Sibenik (Department of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) in Croatia as well as a mentor for start-ups and entrepreneurs in Europe. Prior to working in Sibenik, Keith was the Managing Director of the Chicago Blue 1647 headquarters location and served as an assistant to Harper Reed (Chief Technology Officer for 2008/2012 President Obama campaigns). Keith is also a two-time finalist for the U.S. State Department “Professional Fellows Program Alumni Impact Award” for his work and dedication within the U.S. State department Professional fellows program.
Ivana Žorž is an Agricultural engineer by profession. Working as a Director of the Development and Beneficiaries Support Division within Croatian Agency for Small Business, Innovation and Investment she manages funding schemes in area of Regional Competitiveness and Innovation Policy, designing, creating and maintaining innovation based entrepreneurial system, focused on a development of supporting eco-system that nurtures and encourages sustainable development.
Antonija Mrsic currently works at the Croatian Ministry of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Of the Republic of Croatia as Head of Sector for International Cooperation and Innovation. Ms. Mrsic has been working in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation policy since 2005, designing and implementing strategies and public programs for enhancing Croatian enterprises’ competitiveness level, their innovation and internationalization capacity and performance. Her previous professional experience is in business development and quality management, mostly in tourism and business education sector. She actively participates many expert and working groups on innovation and entrepreneurship at national, EU and international level, contributing to creating a more favourable environment for start-ups, scale-ups and innovation. She is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Development at the University of Zagreb, preparing a dissertation on the role of policy ideas and discourses influencing innovation policy processes.
Organizers / Moderators
For the last 10 years Vedran has been actively involved into business coaching, starting with product development and product segmentation to setting up R&D teams with aim to foster innovative products and services in client companies. Through HAMAG-BICRO Vedran advised numerous SMEs regarding their innovative ideas and products, helping them to identify gaps to their success and overarching them. As an intellectual property expert he identified key issues with clients and helped them protect their innovations through various legal instruments.
Started his professional career as a software developer. In 2008 he took a role of an assistant manager in TechPark Varaždin to write project proposals, manage EU projects and mentor startups. He helped over 40 SMEs receive grants for early stage development of their innovative solutions. He managed Techpark2, EU project that funded the preparation of the project documentation for the new 30.000m2 TechPark Varaždin facility. Karlo is one of the founders of Voogle startup, an initiative that mentors startups and accelerates their growth. He is head of the Voogle conference organization team.
For the last five years she is part of a team in numerous EU projects run by the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO). Being an expert for Communication and Visibility – publications, web, social media; she also acts as Event manager – organizes company missions, brokerage events, conferences, start-up competition, etc. With business communications tasks, she is involved in the preparation and implementation of the EU projects that are helping entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness and internationalization. Marija is the project manager of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Acting Head of the Development and Beneficiaries Support Unit in HAMAG-BICRO.
Dajana started her career as a expert associate in charge of the organization of economic delegations, visits of ambassadors, monitoring European Union policy and current affairs on a national and European level related to European issues. Last year she started working in the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). With her previous experience in networking she is responsible for meetings of enterpreneurs on the brokerage events (B2B) and producing partnership profiles for the EEN database aiming to connect croatian companies with potential partners and new markets.
HUB 385 - Petračićeva ul. 4, 10000 Zagreb
Day 2 - Morning
DoubleTree by Hilton - Ul. Grada Vukovara 269A, 10000, Zagreb
Day 2 - Afternoon
Economic University - Trg John F. Kennedy 6, 10000 Zagreb
Applications open until April 4th (20:00)
Who can apply?
Business Support Organisations (tech parks, incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, business centres, development agencies, etc.)
Day 2 - Morning sessionWho can apply?
Day 2 - Afternoon sessionWho can apply?
Students, professors etc.