At a press conference held today at the ZIP.Events venue in the building of the University of Zagreb, ZIP announced one of its biggest projects this year – a regional startup conference named Startup Island.

The Startup Island conference is taking place from 13th to 16th of June in the town of Hvar. It will gather all the leaders of the startup community from the vast region of “New Europe“ – from Finland and the Baltics to Turkey, from Austria to Russia.

ZIP has embarked on the organization of the conference with a network of 15 partner startup programs from this whole region: Startup Sauna (Finland), Pioneers.io (Austria), Eleven and Launchub (Bulgaria), Geekcelerator (Romania), Gammarebels (Poland), Digital October (Russia), Hekovnik (Slovenia), Startup WiseGuys and GameFounders (Estonia), Domain.me (Montenegro), Node5 and Techsquare (Czech Republic), SEE ICT (Serbia), Neulogy (Slovakia) and the BVU Group (Ukraine).

Prominent keynote speakers on the conference include Jon Bradford (TechStars), Nenad Marovac (DN Capital), Inmaculada Martinez Rubio (Opus), Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp), Natalia Burina (eBay), Heather Russell (Rinkya) and many other esteemed startup specialists.

An important purpose of the conference is to round up the “middle-stage” startup projects from the region. More precisely, the companies that have shown significant progress, have 3-6 years of market success behind them and are achieving rapid growth on the global market. Some of the conference participants from the near region are the cofounders of Farmeron, ShoutEm, Salespod, Zemanta, Nordeus, as well as their colleagues from the same generation from the broader region.

Though, the ecosystem consists of actors other than startup founders, and not just from the countries mentioned, so ZIP is also bringing together investors, analysts, media representatives and others operating in the “old” EU states, Great Britain and the USA who are actively networking, investing in and collaborating with the global projects originating from this part of Europe.

Startup Island Conference