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Croatians from 18 countries gathering for ‘building business bridges’ conference

ZAGREB, 29 October 2019 – The 5th edition of Meeting G2 – Building business bridges – which connects Croatians abroad with people and business opportunities in Croatia – will be held at the congress centre Forum Zagreb from November 4th-6th 2019.  

More than 200 participants are expected, including around 70 successful business people of Croatian descent from 18 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Canada, Hungary, Macedonia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Germany, USA, Slovenia, Switzerland, UK and Venezuela.  

Business people from logistics, food, real estate, healthcare, finance, construction and IT sectors are among the participants. 

On Monday, November 4th, the first day of the conference, there will be a presentation of five successful Croatian franchises, followed by pitch sessions for startups who have decided to build their future in Croatia, and time for networking and exchanging contacts.  

On the second day, Tuesday, November 5th, more than 30 Croatian business people from home and abroad, as well as representatives of state and local institutions, will take part in five panel discussions. 

Also, representatives from Croatian fashion brands will educate visitors how Croatian designers have managed to market their products and will then put on a mini fashion show. The current state of the Croatian IT industry and what can be done to be more successful will also be discussed. Several successful Croatian exporters will reveal what is responsible for their business success and offer their insights on how to create new markets for Croatian products and services.

Visitors will also learn about the success of Canadian-Croatian Business Network (CCBN) and the challenges of Croatian entrepreneurs in Austria in two panels during the programme. Joe Bašić, president of the Canadian-Croatian Business Network, will present their work and business success, whilst Niko Ilic, President of the Association of Croatian Entrepreneurs in Austria, will talk about the experiences of Croats in Austria. 

Between the panels, inspirational business stories will told by Marko Buzolic (Plava Laguna), Vlado Lendvaj (Croatian Association of Informatics), and Hrvoje Busic and Tomislav Anadolac (Old Pilot’s Gin). 

The programme will be completed by short lectures by prof. Božo Skoko on the topic of developing the identity and brand of the Republic of Croatia, and lobbyist Natko Vlahović on the importance of Croatia’s upcoming presidency of the European Union.

Meeting G2.5 is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović who will open the conference.

More details can be found on the official website.

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