Startup Europe Awards


µSCOPE is the croatian winner for the e-Health category

Country: Croatia

Category: Social

Project Aim:The aim of this project was to develop a didactic toy that could be used in kindergartens, thus user-friendly and developed with the latest technology – 3D printing technology.

Children like to observe and explore things that surround them and µSCOPE helps them to do exactly that in a simple way. Based on that notion, our students prepared little tasks and games for preschoolers in a kindergarten in Pula. Besides observing different items using µSCOPE, this experiment was aimed at developing different didactic means and games to attract the attention of the youngest and increase their interest in the project. Finally, by drawing the µSCOPE, children showed their perception and vision of the microscope. This was of fundamental importance for the project as it helped in the creation of the final design of the microscope. Our main goal is to become a strong center for 3D technology, future technology and a source for new opportunities which would illuminate and provide an understanding of science and technology in modern society.

What does µSCOPE do?

µSCOPE was created in collaboration with constituents of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula under the guidance of assistant professor Sven Maričić, an internationally acclaimed scientist in the field of 3D printing. For the first time in the history of our University, the students of the Faculty of Economics and Tourism “Dr. Mijo Mirković”, Faculty of Informatics, the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Educational Sciences were motivated by a joint project that resulted in the first intellectual creation of the University:  3D print microscope – µSCOPE. Thanks to the innovation and creativity of the team, the microscope was not developed in its characteristic form, but rather in the form of Glagolitic character S all while not losing a single ounce of its functionality. This design, i.e. shape was used due to the fact that in the area where the microscope was developed, from the beginning of the 9th century to the 19th century, the Glagolitic Script was used. In this specific way, it interlaces the past and the future by giving µSCOPE a distinct value. One of the peculiarities of µSCOPE is its software, which was developed by a blind computer engineering student Dalen Benaca, who enabled the optical information from the slider to be digitized and connected to the computer.

What is the µSCOPE future?

At this moment, there is a developed version of the µSCOPE for preschools, and we are currently developing it for elementary schools, high schools and Universities. The introduction of a 3D print microscope in kindergartens would greatly contribute and help children discover the world of science. Children would be able to get familiarized with new technologies as well as the world of science which would enable them to feel and act as small researchers while seeing the world through µSCOPE.

The gained recognition of Europe’s Startup Awards Croatia is great acknowledgment because, besides this being the first intellectual creation of the University, students from different fields of study collaborated to developed and innovate µSCOPE.

Our main goal is to become a strong center for 3D technology, future technology and a source for new opportunities which would illuminate and provide an understanding of science and technology in modern society.


Balkan Roads is the croatian winner for the tourism category

Country: Croatia

Category: Tourism

Project Aim: The beauty of the Balkan Roads is that you’re tailoring your own route by choosing checkpoints you prefer and as to that – you’re determining your route adrenaline intensity. By doing Balkan Roads you’re getting a full insight in natural, historical and cultural beauties but even more in the life of the Balkan people. The mentality of our people define this area in the way it is described in the first sentence – exotic. We’ll make sure you’ll get the best from it because who can show you the Balkans better than the Balkan people? Me and my girlfriend/colleague Ana have been traveling all our lives. Ana drove the whole USA from east coast to west coast and back by a car and in 2016 I’ve been to Mongolia and back in a tiny car Yugo, Koral 55. I realized then that the Balkans have so much to offer. Since I’ve been organizing trips and travel arrangements for the past 8 years and I found myself in the tourism sector, although unconsciously at first, I knew that our country Croatia is a very popular tourist destination but still misses concrete types of tourist adventures. That’s when Balkan Roads was conceived. When we look at Balkan Roads, we don’t even look at it as a tourist product although that’s what it is by its form. We do it primarily because we want to show the Balkans to the people as it truly is and why we love it. We hope that everybody will discover a part of themselves on Balkan roads…

What does Balkan Roads do?


 Balkan is a place of eternal love and conflict, beauty and ugliness, glamour and poverty. With that being said Balkan Roads is a circular road trip on old dusty roads of Balkan peninsula using equally old vehicles preferably of Balkan production (Read: Yugo, Zastava, TAM, TAS, Tomos etc.) while the guests will use more or less intense adrenaline checkpoints along with it. From highly adrenaline ones we single out few, such as Bungee jumping, Scuba diving, paragliding etc. and from less adrenaline ones there is sheep gathering and guarding, cooking traditional Balkan meals, horse riding and many more. By taking checkpoints participants will win points and compete for a prize. Checkpoints are minimally 30% more affordable when taken via Balkan Roads then by an individual arrangement and there are also some nights included in a price, BBQ-es, parties, gift packages, tracking system, public engagement etc. All carefully composed to provide an incredible experience for anyone who dares to brake their boundaries and test their skills through an active type of vacation. There are many banger rallies out there but there’s only one that gives you the most of experience such as Balkan Roads. But these aforementioned checkpoints are not just a service or a product. We call it a location of a necessary interaction with other people. And If you get yourself in any need for help and you probably will since you’re driving Yugo’s and Zastava’s through the Balkans, in the locals you will find a person of vital importance on which you have to rely on as long as on your own communicating skills if you’re lack of car repairing ones.

What is Balkan Roads’ future?

According to that we can conclude that this recognition means a lot to us because we are grateful for the opportunity to present our adventure and to share it with the rest of the Europe. Europe is a big market not just in an economic sense but also in a cultural meaning. We strive to intercept prejudices related to this area and help to create a better image of the Balkans not just in Europe but in the world as well. Why? Because there’s more to live in the Balkans.



EPlanetSport is the croatian winner for the IoT category

Country: Croatia

Category: IoT

Project Aim: This team consists of friends and sports enthusiasts. It all started as an idea in 2010. Our main goal is to promote sport as a way of life through our sport network. The whole world is talking about all sorts of negative impacts with usage of modern social media but no one has presented a solution. Until now. Our goal is to be the first European sport network recognized on a global scale. This is our answer on global social networks.

What does ePlanetSport do?

If you are really into sports you will not go to a supermarket and buy sport equipment, you will go to the specialized store in sport’s ware.  You do that because the quality of the desired product is what you are looking for. That gave us an idea. Make a specialized sport network. A place where you can find absolutely everything relating to sport and it’s aspects.

Through this we will connect, people, disabled people, schools, students, sport associations, business. It’s going to help the development of sport tourism in some communities. With this project we make sure that interest for sport in younger population becomes their priority as it is the best way of keeping ourselves healthy. Connecting sport on multiple levels, building a new standard.

What is the ePlanetSport’s future?

As a CEO of this project I’m thrilled that Finnova gave us the great chance to promote the future of European sport and sport networking in general. This invitation is the proof that hard work and good ideas are welcome in the European Union.


Croatian best 6 startups will be representing this country in the StartUp Europe Awards 2017

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassador and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe.

In Croatia, Bussiness School PAR is the Country Manager. They desire to make a change, education as an answer to a need for knowledge and care for the future generations. PAR has become known as an innovative international educational centre, professional conference on leadership, the first higher education institution with an entrepreneurial incubator for students and the first sports academy, etc. Apart from the awards ceremony, they had panel discussion, with our dean Gordana Nikolic, Sven Maricic (University of Pula, mentor of Startup Braille Riddles) and Damir Medved (Head Consultant for Ericsson Nikola Tesla). Discussion was about Is Croatia a good country for innovations?

Mathrix is going to participate in the Eurovision of StartUp in the Edtech category. This startups think that education of math in modern age is based on different mathematical techniques and ignores creativity and logic which are primary in understanding mathematics. That causes repulsion towards mathematics instead of new way of thinking and intuition. The idea of project is to change approach in early ages and show the true face of math: it is everywhere around us.

In e-Health, ReDi Isokinetc is the winner. This company wants to improve and manufacture the newest line of very precise diagnostics and rehabilitation devices and become biggest European provider of isokinetic devices to the health-related clinics. Vision is to make therapies affordable to all the patients who need it and to provide them with better quality of life. Device is designed for both diagnostics and therapeutic purposes. This level of diagnostics allows us to have insight in the dynamic state of the knee.

Growncity is the winner of Green category. Their main product is the EcoBox. EcoBox is a mobile food cultivation system integrated inside a shipping container. EcoBox makes food cultivation possible in every part of the world. The EcoBox is 100% mobile and can be deployed on almost every possible location, allowing not only farmers but all people with basic computer and technical skills to set it up anywhere from rooftops of buildings to deserts in the middle east. “

ePlanet Sport is the Romanian representation for IoT category. ePlanet Sport is a project based on idea to promote sport activities through web platform. Main goal is to connect sport community and to advertise the positive values through sport and education. ePlanet Sports goal is to connect people, people with disabilities, schools, students, sport associations, businesses. Sport events will be easy to track just by sharing events information on our network.

Social category winner is uScope. SCOPE presents first Croatian 3D printed microscope from University of Juraj Dobrila in Pula, Croatia. With special developed software this microscopic device is able to scan and analyse usual objects from leaf’s to other organic samples. Main software was developed by our blind student.

Balkan Roads is the Tourism´s category representation. Balkan Roads is an adventurous travel arrangement that will take you through all the hidden as well as well-known natural, cultural and historical beauties of Balkan peninsula in a tiny, old wreck of a vehicle of Balkan production.


ReDi Isokinetic Summary is the Croatian winner for the e-Health category

Country: Croatia

Category: E-Health

Project Aim: The Company wants to improve and manufacture the newest line of very precise diagnostics and rehabilitation devices, and become the biggest European provider of isokinetic devices to the health related clinics. Vision is to make therapies affordable to all the patients who need it, and to provide them with better quality of life.



What does ReDi Isokinetic do?

To us it is important to create high tech device with enhanced efficiency in rehabilitation and therapy of precisely targeted number of conditions (legs, hips knees), at affordable price for medical and sport institutions. Our product will come with unique software and education that will allow its users to achieve highest level of rehabilitation efficiency for their clients.

Marketing plan will target regional and international government and private medical and sport institutions who are providing physical therapy and rehabilitation, or diagnostics. Part of the marketing reach will also be to direct customers interested in treating their conditions in the Clinic. Market size only in Europe is estimated above 5 billion EURO. There are at least 80 000 rehabilitation institutions.

What is ReDi Isokinetic’s future?

The global medical devices market is in constant growth and offers tremendous opportunity for new manufacturers, as well as significant challenges, for government policymakers seeking to support competitiveness in overseas markets. Some countries consider that industry as one of the most important ones. For example U.S. Government thinks that “encouraging and fostering U.S.-based healthcare industries is critical to the future of the U.S. economy, which is why medical technology is a National Export Initiative priority.

First goal is to go from prototype to production device, with additional work from engineering and production specialists. This goal also includes securing finances for development and production in the range of 150 to 250k Euros.

Second goal is to conclude and publish clinical trials based on the results from the Isokinetic device.

Trends are showing that number of people doing sports as a recreation is rapidly growing in the last decade. Predictions are that many of them will have the need for therapies and rehabilitation.