2nd Business Café International event gathering foreign entrepreneurs starting the business and moving to Croatia was held on Monday 10th in Zagreb at the Rooftop Lateral. Same place, different experiences.
Business Café International was established to highlight the opposite of migration trends, i.e., showing examples of entrepreneurs who moved and started their businesses in Croatia. It is a joint effort to make Croatia a country that is not just great to live in, but also an attractive place for doing business.
This time entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Venezuela, and Romania living in Croatia were guests of Kristina Ercegović, Business Café founder, with this new project, continues to promote her vision of Croatia as one of the best places to live and work.
Jan de Jong Born from the Netherlands moved to Croatia in September 2006 at age 22 and within 10 months built a contact center with 30 full-time employees.
Over the past 13 years, he co-founded several companies. End of 2015 he made a successful exit of the contact center he had founded. Today he is an owner of M+ Agency (full-service digital marketing agency) and Webpower Adria (email marketing service provider). Jan said Croatia’s taxes are not so high the real problem is what they are being used for. He also said we take Croatian lifestyle like drinking 3-hour coffees for granted.
Mirela Rus and her husband moved to Croatia after a vacation here. They bought some land near to a small fishing village in Split area and planned to construct apartments. However, they had problems with the bureaucracy and paperwork still putting the whole project on hold. In the meantime, they started and now run 5 shops Break Time where they offer bracelets, necklaces, and key-chains which are all are personally handmade by her husband using original yachting rope and nautical-inspired shackles and anchors.
Mirela’s story moved the audience to tears.
Mara Vitols Hrgetić Latvian born in Venezuela moved to Croatia with her husband Josip Hrgetić, Croatian by origin, from Venezuela to Zagreb. She co-founded and today runs Forum event center as well as organizes G2 meeting – conference connecting Croatian diaspora and local entrepreneurs.
Mara said; We take things like security for granted, try to live and work in Venezuela.
All guests agreed Croatia is different to do business. Not good or bad but different and as an entrepreneur you can succeed anywhere. Many things that Croatians take for granted foreigners know how to value and appreciate.
Most of them, unfortunately, had the experience of a different kind of inspections (we have a lot of them 🙁 in the beginning, but that did not discourage them.
Next event is planned for August 26th. Looking forward as always.
Sponsors of Business Cafe International are Diglossia translations, Catering Team Lisak and Domella beauty.
Media sponsors are Total Croatia News, Croatia2go, Diplomacy and Commerce.