3. Business Cafe International – Entrepreneurial journey
3rd Business Café International event, which gathers foreign entrepreneurs starting a business and moving to Croatia, will be held Monday, August 26th in Zagreb at 6 p.m. at the Rooftop Lateral, Strojarska 20/26.
Business Café International was established to highlight the opposite of migration trends, i.e., showing examples of entrepreneurs who moved to Croatia to start businesses. It is a joint effort to make Croatia a country that is not just great to live in, but also an attractive place for doing business.
Kristina Ercegović, Business Café founder, with this new project continues to promote her vision of Croatia as one of the best places to live and work.
This time Jonathan Cooper and Ben Croft will be joining us as entrepreneurs.
Jonathan has been living primarily in Croatia since 1997. The first 12 years of his career he worked in the private equity and M&A fields, where he led investments into companies like Iskon Internet, DCM cable TV (now A1), and Dok ING d.o.o. As an M&A advisor he advised the owners of companies like Moj Posao, Oktal Parma, and MegaKlik in their sales to strategic investors. He was also a co-founder of the Croatian Angel Network (CRANE). Later, Jonathan began focusing more on entrepreneurial Ventures and co-founded KlasikTV and Bright Entertainment, the latter which is franchising the Museum of Illusions concept globally. He is also an investment partner in True Global Ventures, a FinTech investment fund targeting SEED and start-up Fin Tech investment opportunities. In addition to his time living in Croatia, he also lived and worked in Oman and Qatar from 2011 – 2016. Jonathan’s wife is Croatian as are his two boys, and he hopes one day to be able to master Croatian grammar.
Ben is a multi-award winning entrepreneur who specializes in the Business and Executive Coaching industry. He is the CEO of the World Business & Executive Coach Summit, Co-Founder of Conversational Intelligence for Coaches and 5 other active companies and also Founder of his non profit EthicalCoach.
In 2018 Ben’s company WBECS Group was named the fastest growing Education company in the UK in the INC 5000 and his Group of companies is expected to make the prestigious list for a second year in 2019.
Ben’s most well known company WBECS has grown to become the world’s leading event for the industry withwith 46,000 attending in 2019 with attendees from a total of 156 countries. Ben has now embarked on his most ambitious project to date – Ethicalcoach.org. An organization that helps charities/NGOs build organisational capacity through coaching. EthicalCoach recently delivered it’s inaugural project at the United Nations in Ethiopia. The 2 day EthicalCoach NGO Leadership Summit saw 400 NGO leaders come together for a series of talks and high level workshops with an international and local team of coaches. Between them they support more than 9 million Ethiopians.
Previously, Ben led a project that involved flying in a troupe of clowns from around the world to travel to help refugees at the Syrian border. Full Story: http://onforb.es/1OLCjVk
In 2019 Ben was named in Europe’s 40 under 40.
Ben is now looking at investing into the Croatian market, creating an incubator and agency that will train and support talented Croatians and offer high quality, well paid international projects that will enable them to stay and work in Croatia.
We are also happy to announce that Ambassador W. Robert Kohorst will be sharing his rich entrepreneurial journey before he became a diplomat.
What does he think can be done to improve the business climate in Croatia?
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and connect with awesome local and foreign entrepreneurs exchanging ideas and the well-known energy and atmosphere of all Business Café events.
Buy your ticket:
200.00Kn TAX incl.
Sponsors of Business Cafe International are Diglossia translations, Catering Team Lisak, and Domella beauty.
Media sponsors are: Total Croatia News, Croatia2go, Diplomacy, and Commerce.
Media partners are: Womeninadria, Mentorica and Poduzetnik.