ZAGREB, May 22 (Hina) – An impulse centre for entrepreneurship and production, or entrepreneurship incubator, was officially opened in Ploče on Friday, and the project, worth HRK 10.36 million (€1.36 million), was 99.84% funded by the European Union’s Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.
On the occasion, Croatian Agriculture Minister Marija Vuković underscored that the project was especially important because it was concrete and clear and it represented a hub for entrepreneurial initiative, vision and creativity.
Ploče is a city of great potential, which can be turned into a strength through good communication and by supporting big entrepreneurs, but also all the small ones who will have the courage to start their projects in hard times, Vucković said.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić said that the entrepreneurship incubator was of great significance for starting a business, and surveys have confirmed that there is great interest among young entrepreneurs.
The centre currently has six ‘tenants’, micro-entrepreneurs, of which three do business in the production sector and three in the hospitality sector.
The main role of the entrepreneurship incubator is to encourage economic activity in the area.
The incubator will be managed the Entrepreneurship Centre, an institution which is focused, in co-operation with economic subjects, public institutions and all stakeholders, on the development of entrepreneurship in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
In 2016, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County had submitted the project for building and equipping the Impulse Centre for Entrepreneurship and Production to a public call by the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Ministry, which ensured its realisation with European funding.