Tech Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Education Fellowship Program

Program Introduction and Application Instructions Dear Applicant:   The U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants will complete individually-tailored fellowships in appropriate businesses, government offices, non-profit organizations, or business associations. The program establishes structured interaction among Americans and foreign participants designed to develop enduring professional ties and lasting partnerships. WorldChicago, an international nonprofit organization based in Chicago Illinois, has been awarded an FY2015 grant from the US Department of State for 2015 to implement a Tech Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education Fellowship Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and the United States. The program will bring a total of 10 emerging leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia to Chicago for a program from May 1 – June 5, 2015 that includes 4-week fellowships with Chicago-based businesses, government offices, non-profit organizations, or business associations. Selected fellows will complete individually-tailored fellowships with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies and NGOs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and university and non-university technology incubators. An additional 10 fellows will be selected to participate in the program in fall of 2015 (program dates October 1 – November 5, 2015). Recruitment and selection of candidates will focus on targeting English fluent emerging leaders (age 25 – 40) from tech-innovation and entrepreneurship communities working in the private, public, and NGO sectors.  

Second wave competition now open! Submit your application until 7 December

CONNECT is an entrepreneurship programme coordinated by EBN and supported by the European Commission, targeted at European new entrepreneurs starting up businesses with the potential to grow internationally. Selected entrepreneurs will embark on a fulfilling exchange scheme in Brazil, where they will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced host entrepreneur, either in a successful enterprise or in a business incubator, during a period of generally 3 months. This is a win-win collaboration, through which the entrepreneurs will exchange knowledge and ideas and discover new markets and business partners. The stay will be partly financed by the European Commission (up to 2500€!). Who can participate? New entrepreneurs: Promising entrepreneurs from all over Europe who are planning to start a business, based on a viable Business Plan, or who have started their own business recently. No specific sector required! After the first wave competition launched in June this year, 25 entrepreneurs from all over Europe with innovative business ideas and operating in different sectors of activity were selected. First European entrepreneurs are already in Brazil, getting positive results for their business! The second wave competition for European new entrepreneurs is now open until 7 December 2014! Don’t miss the opportunity to CONNECT your business with Brazil. The application is easy and quick: the registration form should be filled in here and should include a Business Plan. Programme dates Deadline for submitting applications: 7 December 2014 Selection and matching: December 2014 – January 2015 Travelling period: February – June 2015 (generally 3 months) APPLY NOW! slika

8th International Congress of Food Technologists, Biotechnologists and Nutritionists

Held from October 21 to 24, 2014 in Opatija, Croatia The organizers of the Congress are Croatian Society of food technologists, biotechnologists and nutritionists and the Faculty of food technology and biotechnology, University of Zagreb. The Congress 2014 has provide a platform for food scientists, biotechnologists, nutritionists, technologists, producers, young scientists, environmental professionals and students to present their latest research achievement and share valuable experiences in the field of food technology, biotechnology and nutrition. The Congress programme has included plenary lectures, poster presentations and sponsored presentation. The aim of the Congress has been exchange of knowledge and experience as well as  direct integration of science and industry to improve the Croatian scientific and economic development. Following topics have been addressed:
  • New Developments in Food Processing and Novel Foods
  • Food Quality, Safety and Regulation
  • Food, Health and Nutrition
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Chemistry (Natural Antioxidants and Antimicrobials, Functional      Foods and Ingredients; industrial and consumer perspectives)
  • Nutrition (clinical, nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics)
  • Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Industrial Biotechnology – Future Bioindustries – Microfactories –      Microbial production of Biochemicals, Biofuels and Pharmaceuticals
  • Microbial Physiology, Metabolism and Gene Expression
  • Wastewater, Treatment, Reuse, Bioremediation, Legislation


bf bf2 The event “From Innovation to Business” held from 15 – 18. 10.2014 aimed to offer to the Enterprise Europe Network members the possibility to meet other firms operating in the same sector with the objective to present and discover new products and services, to explore new business opportunities, to find new potentials clients and suppliers, to find partners for joint venture or innovation projects. The event was recognized long ago as a place that brings together producers and representatives of Croatian and international brands, and it turned out that way even this year. The international character is thanks to intensive cooperation with international ventricular associations and other partner institutions. What makes it different is precisely the business note, international business encounters B2B meetings that where held this year and on which we introduced the visitors with the project NEXT its results and services offered by the NEXT IS that are designed to support the relationships between the actors of innovation, in the Countries of the Adriatic area as well as national and regional level. fotografija 1


The second one also held in Pula (Croatia) on 13th October 2014, at the Materials Research Centre METRIS, where this workshop was held with the presents of nation government, Ministry of Economic and local  RTTC –Metris ,to demonstrate them services offered by the NEXT IS that are  designed to support the relationships between the actors of innovation, in  the Countries of the Adriatic area as well as national and regional level, and linking it with centers of competence that is  part of the innovation infrastructure of Croatia and an instrument for strengthening the innovation value chain and encourage innovation business sector and its correlation with scientific and research institutions . Connecting it with NEXT IS,  is important for the future operational programs and fundamental to the capitalization of the project NEXT.   DSC_0312[1]


  This event at 30.09.2014. was attended by local policy makers, Universities , from non-profit organization whose mission is to promote international cooperation – there was Foundation for Partnership and Civil Society Development and our local RTTC that is a part of IDA in order to demonstrate our effort  on a new innovation engine to transform knowledge into GDP as well as services offered by the NEXT IS that are  designed to support the relationships between the actors of innovation, in  the Countries of the Adriatic area as well as national and regional levels,. Examples of good practice and the need for closer cooperation among research institutes, researchers and business community. zrs