WMF Startup Competition Final

31-03-2022 / ZAGREB, CROATIA

The new stop of the International Roadshow was held at ZICER - Zagreb Innovation Centre in the presence of the Ambassador of Italy in Zagreb Pierfrancesco Sacco and the Vice-councillor for the Economy of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Martina Ciglević. During the WMF event, talks on innovation and green, on tech transfer and entrepreneurship, business matching & networking opportunities in the exhibition area and of course the WMF Startup Competition between Italian and Croatian startups.

"Very interesting, fun and dynamic,

with the We Make Future you have brought to Zagreb a valuable piece in a revival of relations

between Italy and Croatia that is developing all-round"

Pierfrancesco Sacco

Ambassador of Italy in Zagreb

The Three Italian Winners

Nowadays, to put a new drug on the market, are required more than $2B and 10-12 years in R&D. TToP is a modular, versatile, and user-friendly MicroPhysiolgical platform that aims at improving the effectiveness of preclinical prediction guaranteeing more predictive results than conventional technologies, replicating complex human pathophysiological conditions, minimizing the controversial animal use in research.

Bioristor is a unique technology, based on a biocompatible biosensor, directly inserted into the plant stem. Bioristor enables to detect the characteristics of the sap in real time and in vivo, without damaging the plant. Bioristor allows monitoring the health of the plant, to optimize the water supply, to fine-tuning the nutrients management to early detect pest and diseases for the entire length of the crop cycle without interfere with the normal growth of the plant.

The re.corder is a digitized acoustic soprano recorder. Millions of students around the world know and are able to play this instrument at various levels. Our instrument is portable, lightweight (100g) and ready to be connected to its app and many other standard MIDI applications. Due to its ability to sound acoustically exactly like its traditional counterpart, it can be immediately substituted for the one used at school.

The Three Croatian Winners

Our solution to the problem of agrochemicals overuses is a smart biopolymer microcapsule with 3-in-1 technology: protection, nutrition and the time-release mechanism that releases various bioactive components at the time the plant needs them the most. Our pilot product, agro-formulations of microcapsules, was created by a green chemistry process that produces smart capsules with a 3-in-1 effect over three years of research and testing with various crops. One of the key features of our solution is the ability to grow plants indoors, where microcapsules enter the root zone in the form of small particles and release bioactive components through the process of dissolution and dialysis.

ELNAV's mission is to improve the safety of navigation with state-of-the-art technology. Helm Order Monitor (patent pending) is the first technological solution to the problem of insufficient monitoring of helm orders between helmsman and pilot or navigator onboard ships. Did you know that disaster of Costa Concordia happened due to the helmsman applying the helm on the wrong side shortly before the impact? We are fixing this problem with an electronic device that combines automatic speech recognition and data from the ship's sensors. This artificial intelligence allows us to continuously monitor whether issued helm orders are clear, confirmed, and most importantly, correctly executed.

Gamechuck develops a diverse range of products, including both games and gaming hardware. Our game development efforts began with our series of interactive comics, but have since branched of into both retro-styled action games, with Speed Limit and Midwintar, and large-scale narrative-driven adventure games, with Trip the Ark Fantastic and Professor Balthazar. On the hardware front, we are currently developing our own arcade gaming system, the Gamechuck Arcade. Our games and products have been nominated and/or awarded on many international events, such as: Filmteractive Warsaw, AZPlay Bilbao, Casual Connect London, Unfold Games Festival, ARCA, Zagreb Desing Week, and many more. 

Members of the jury


Cosmano Lombardo

Cosmano Lombardo

Founder and CEO Search On - WMF Ideator
Vito Esposito

Vito Esposito

Head of WMF Global Partnerships
Alberto Gusella

Alberto Gusella

CSO Zagrebačka banka
Alessio Cioni

Alessio Cioni

Vice CEO PBZ - Intesa Sanpaolo group & Vice president of Italian Croatian chamber of commerce
Nikola Pavešić

Nikola Pavešić

Director of Startup Ecosystem - Infobip
Damir Brčić

Damir Brčić

Head of IT and Common affairs department at Split-Dalmatia County and Head of ICT County project
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