Include & Memgraph Make Top 50 Innovators in Europe
Next week Europe’s Top 50 entrepreneurs will be revealed at the European Parliament during European Innovation Summit. Glowfly, in partnership with Knowledge4Innovation and the European Parliament, will be revealing Europe’s 50 most promising startups which leverage technology to build disruptive solutions, addressing Europe’s most pressing challenges. Medium has taken a sneak peek at the Top 50 innovators in Europe who will next week have the opportunity to present their projects at the European Parliament in front of more than 800 people. Among them are two Croatian startups – smart bench creators Include from Solin, and Zagreb-based software company Memgraph. “This is our biggest recognition to date. Include has been named on the list of Top 50 EU startups which are creating the future of technology in Europe. Next week in front of 800 people in EU Parliament we will have the opportunity to present everything we have been working on these last few years,” Include founder Ivan Mrvos said.
24. INCLUDE, Croatia
Include is a Croatian hardware company, founded by a 22-year-old innovator Ivan Mrvos. In less than 3 years they became one of the top producers of smart street furniture in Europe. Their Steora smart bench is currently the most advanced street bench on the market. It provides cable and wireless charging for all smart devices, a free Wi-Fi hotspot, street light in the evening, 15 sensors for tracking bench usage and environmental data, and a dashboard — an advanced web platform where their users can track data from every bench in real time. More than 450 benches in 125 cities and municipalities across the globe have already created social spots providing huge amounts of data for future urban planning, which helps optimize public spaces, making them more efficient in every aspect for their citizens.
28. MEMGRAPH, Croatia
Memgraph is accelerating the world’s ability to build the next generation of enterprise applications by bringing the world’s first high-performance database management technology specifically optimized for storing and exploring deeply interconnected data in real-time. By blending cutting-edge algorithms, data structures, in-memory computing, and building everything from the ground up using proprietary techniques, Memgraph delivers performance improvements between 10x-100x compared to existing commercial solutions. Startups and enterprises are turning to Memgraph to power state of the art fraud detection, anti-money laundering and cyber security systems amongst other applications.
World’s First Discovery Yacht Built By Croatian Shipyard
A Croatian shipyard is currently building the what is being introduced as the world’s first discovery yacht. Scenic Eclipse, which will be the world’s most sophisticated luxury cruiser, is being built at Uljanik shipyard in Pula for Australian company Scenic. The luxury cruise ship is designed to sail anywhere in the world with the latest innovations in naval design and technology for exploration in extreme environments, such as the Arctic and Antarctic coasts and the seabed. “Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, only 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery, and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable,” Scenic says. State-of-the-art safety features allow the cruiser, which will be 165.70 meters long and 21.50 meters wide, to unlock a number of new destinations. Scenic Eclipse will also offer a variety of features, including a platform for helicopters, submarine for seven people, a theater with 240 seats, a heated pool, gym, spa, jacuzzi, six restaurants, bars, room for Pilates and hundreds of apartments. The 6-star luxury discovery yacht will launch in the Mediterranean on 31 August 2018, sailing from Athens to Venice.
Hard Rock Hotels Intend to Open in Croatia
Hard Rock International, who operate the Hard Rock Cafe brand, including Hard Rock Hotels, is interested in opening hotels in Croatia. Josh Littman, Vice President of Development for Hotels at Hard Rock International based in London, has told Poslovni.hr that they are currently intensively looking at a number of locations in Croatia to open. “Croatia is a very interesting market for us, because it blends into our business philosophy with a rich culture, the hotels will be 4 or 5 *, and all of them will connect music as a symbol,” he said, adding that the locations of Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and the northern Adriatic are locations of interest. Littman will arrive in Zagreb next week to attend the Rexpo investment conference in the Croatian capital where he expects to meet potential partners in Croatia. Hard Rock International is interested in a number of options, from direct investment to a franchise model for the Hard Rock Hotels. Hard Rock International operates in 75 countries with a portfolio of 176 Hard Rock cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos. They are owners of the global license for all 11 Hard Rock brands with their famous cafes located in most major cities around the world. Hard Rock Hotels have a music theme and guests are able to order their own playlist during their stay. Music is also actively used in their Rock Spa wellness, with some hotels having a Rock Shop on site. “Our hotels range from 100 to 2000 rooms depending on the market and there are no rules, but let’s say that the average is between 200 and 400. Our hotels are a gathering place, a venue for concerts and other entertainment events where we work with local musicians,” explained Littman. Littman revealed that they are looking to open 10 new Hard Rock Hotels in Europe, including in London and Berlin, whilst hotels in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New York, Ottawa and China are in development.
Flydubai Introducing Dubrovnik Flights in 2018
Low-cost airline flydubai could introduce flights in 2018 from Dubai to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport confirmed it is negotiating with flydubai for the introduction of flights from its hub in the United Arab Emirates next year, EX-YU Aviation News reports. Flydubai’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations, Jeyhun Efendi, told EX-YU Aviation News last week that the carrier will unveil a number of new seasonal European routes for next summer within a month’s time, one of which could be Dubrovnik on Croatia’s southern coast. “The service is expected to operate up to four times per week and will mark the first time the two cities have been linked with nonstop flights,” the report says. The service would meet the growing demand from tourists visiting the Croatian coast from the east. Flydubai has a wide-ranging codeshare and partnership agreement with Emirates, allowing passengers to book their trip with both airlines via Dubai on a single ticket. Emirates introduced a service to Zagreb last summer for the first time. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has created a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries and opened up 67 new routes that previously had no direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from the city.
First Croatian Craft Gin Distillery Looking for Support
A team of entrepreneurs, distillers, engineers and gin enthusiasts from the Croatian capital are looking to open the first craft gin distillery of it’s kind in Croatia. The team at Luftbremzer Gin Distillery have launched a crowdfunding campaign to acquire the necessary funds for quintessential distilling equipment. “We source our botanicals from certified local herb pickers and family farms in order to produce organic and truly distinctive spirits. We want to create something to enjoy, gather a community that appreciates the values of friendship, authenticity and dedication. We’ve been working hard to create a sleek Croatian craft gin that you will enjoy as much as we do”, the team says. The distillery will function as a place of craftsmanship and community. The inspiration came from distinctive Croatian wine cellars, where you can come in and taste all the products, communicate with the staff and in the end treat yourself with a bottle of your favourite beverage. The Luftbremzer Distillery will have an open door policy. “The gin recipe has already been developed in their little gin lab, and it contains only local botanicals. As production starts we will be partnered with fine bars, hotels and specialized fine beverages stores. The procurement of our botanicals, base alcohol and packaging is also settled. The last and essential part of our endeavour is funding the distilling equipment.” The name Luftbremzer is derived from an old word used in Zagreb for a ‘man about town’, someone who knows what happenings are going on in town, have their finger on the social pulse and enjoys themselves. So far the campaign has raised over $5,000 of the target $31,000.