VLATKA ŠKOKIĆ, Course leader
Associate professor of Entrepreneurship at Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split and a Visiting research fellow at University of Surrey, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, UK. Prior joining the University of Split, she spent six years as an assistant professor at the University of Surrey. Vlatka holds a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Her research is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and networks. Vlatka's research is published in the leading management and social science journals including Annals of Tourism Research and European Management Journal. Vlatka is experienced at teaching a range of subjects including entrepreneurship, family business and research methods (qualitative) at postgraduate and doctoral level. She participates in a number of scientific projects related to entrepreneurship, including the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Tamas Szeker is Startup International Business Development and Pitching Coach and Co-founder of the global consulting firm iScale Hub, specializing in innovation management services, accompanied by legal and engineering solutions. Tamas holds an MA in Business Development (specializing in entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation) from the Budapest Business School, and is also certified as a Value Methodology Associate (VMA) and, so far in his career has supported the growth of 250+ startups through several incubators, accelerators, VCs, and other ecosystem players. Tamas helps ambitious startups scale and succeed globally by providing them with intense and tailored coaching and training on international business development and pitching; supports them with fundraising (EU funding, Horizon Europe, EIC Accelerator, private investments), and connects them with innovative corporate companies to run a PoC together. His key expertise include: International Business, Startups, Partnership Management, Business Development, Community Building, Scouting and Recruiting, Ecosystem Development, Consulting, Startup Mentoring, Project Management, Cultural Intelligence, Cross-cultural Communication
Co-Founder and Director at Preneurz.Amsterdam, Senior Connector Technology at Techleapnl, Amsterdam, the Neatherlands. Arjan is passionate about the start-up ecosystem, guiding entrepreneurs through the process of determining the desirability, feasibility and viability of their business plans and strategies, towards a successful launch or scaling of their start-up. Arjan is also pursuing his ambitious agenda to connect scientific knowledge to business and social challenges on behalf of the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Science Park. In addition, he assists start-up agencies, governments and universities in building thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide, most recently in Bahrain and Belarus on behalf of ACE Incubator. In Albania Arjan assists local universities in developing their entrepreneurial education capability in order to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. His specialties include: Digital, Digital Strategy, Customer Experience, Proposition Development, Big Data, Blockchain, Business Design, Innovation Capability, Digital Transformation, Global E-Commerce Platform, Design Thinking, Agile aproach, Social Media, Channel Strategy.
Founder and CFO at cLAB Ventures and Member Of The Board Of Directors at Startup Campus, London, UK. Gergő completed his studies in London and graduated with a first in Management and Accounting with Finance and a CFA scholarship, that gave the theoretical foundations of his professional career. Before he was headhunted to run Startup Campus London, he formerly worked in private asset management for a high net worth individual where he could gain significant working experience in accounting and investment management. Gergő has significant working experience in the field of management and international start-up acceleration. He is well connected to investors, ecosystem builders and start-ups in the UK and on a global level. He also runs an advisory firm that focuses on start-ups that are changing the world. His specialties include: Consulting, Finance, Accounting, Fundraising, Innovation Management, Marketing, Sales Support, Strategic Planning.
Dr. Florentin Popescu is a Senior Researcher at Research Centre International Business of HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. Worldwide recognized for his research and valuable contribution to knowledge, society and different stakeholders, Dr. Florentin Popescu expertise varies from holistic approach on adult learning, Internationalization and Globalization of Higher Education to Social Entrepreneurship in cross-cultural contexts.
Karoly Szanto, based in Hungary, is currently a Director of Venture Studio at OUVC - Venture Capital & Venture Studio, bringing experience from previous roles at eKraft Europe Kft., Ceedar Venture Capital, PortusHome Coworking & Coliving and MandoLab. With a robust skill set that includes Sales Operations, Business Development, Business Planning, Channel Partners, Product Management and more, Karoly Szanto contributes valuable insights to the industry.
Associate professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics, Business, and Tourism, Split. Her research interests lie in the area of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategic management.
Marina’s research is published in relevant publications and she continuously participates in a number of research and professional projects. She is actively engaged as a mentor and lecturer in Faculty’s Student Business Incubator and Service Learning programme.
LJILJANA NAJEV ČAČIJA
Assistant professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Split, and an external associate at the University of Zadar in a postgraduate program for school principals. Her research interests are Entrepreneurship and Social entrepreneurship, Non-profit management and marketing, Educational management and Leadership. She actively publishes research in relevant international journals and books. Ljiljana is a member of the Croatian Scientific Centre of excellence for school effectiveness and management and Social entrepreneurship consultant for many non-profit organizations in the region. Ljiljana is very passionate about teaching students and improving their entrepreneurial skills. She has been a mentor and lecturer at Student Business Incubator programs for Entrepreneurship and Service learning for many years now. Besides scientific and teaching experience, she has significant working experience in several companies where she held marketing manager position with a particular focus on innovation, new products and market development.