Gordana Danilovic Grkovic
Extensive experience in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in the area of innovations, is combined with experience in the management of technology development and innovation projects and technology transfer. Belief in the potential of science has led to the idea of the establishment and development of Business Technology Incubator at technical faculties by implementing good practices of EU countries and Israel. A potential of technical faculties at University of Belgrade and brilliance of young people who are establishing companies within the Incubator, mixed with Incubator services, provide excellent results.
"When I arrived at the technical faculties I knew that the potential was great, and now, after 6 years of working, I am sure that it is immeasurable. These young people and their accomplishments make the bumpy road of Incubator's development, as an independent organization, be bearable."
BITF Business Support Center aims to improve the quality of services through the creation of a sustainable system of support for students, engineers, professors and associates of technical faculties to turn their innovative high-tech ideas into the business ones. The Center activities are carried out through the following stages: pre-incubation phase (training, business counseling, mentoring), to the company registration and support to growth and development, through the incubation phase (office space on favorable terms, accounting, financial, and legal support, business counseling, mentoring, and other forms of support depending on the specific needs of the companies), and finally, through positioning of successful companies on the market.
"Through monitoring of small high-tech startup companies - incubator tenants, I met great young intellectuals who successfully implement their ideas through business and who have shown to me that Serbia has people who can contribute to the development of our country."
Development of the Project Center is one of the special challenges in the development of Incubator - we aim to develop the information desk for small start-up companies and creation of pool of experts to assist the companies in writing projects. Previously Project Center directly implemented 11 Incubator projects (6 international and 5 local projects). At the same time, we succeeded to help small businesses with the application and the implementation of a number of innovative projects, especially projects of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Next steps are capacity building for other EU programs, especially HORIZON 2020.
"Through years of working with young talented students I found that the most common options that they perceive as being the only ones in their professional future are employment in public companies or going abroad. Incubator presents to students another option - starting your own business, and provides significant support to this process. We have shown that also in Serbia quality jobs can be developed, providing a challenge for young engineers who are eager to prove themselves."
Ruzveltova 1a, 11120 Belgrade
Veljka Dugoševića 54, Science Technology Park Belgrade
The four Technical Faculties of the University of Belgrade (Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and Technological/Metallurgical), the Municipality of Palilula, and the Democratic Transition Initiative
Based on: International best practice examples.