the country dreams of being the new Silicon Valley of the Balkans

The embryonic Croatian tech sector is seen as an Eldorado for the authorities who hope to replicate the success of Estonia or Israel to become a new Silicon Valley in the Balkans.

Would the European Tesla be Croatian? The Nivera “hypercar” has the reputation of being the fastest electric car in the world: 412 km/h. She is the product of the research of entrepreneur Mate Rimac, 34, whose company, started in a garage in 2009, has become one of the unicorns of which his country is proud. Rimac Automobili, based near Zagreb, employs more than 1,300 people. Associated with Porsche, he bought the mythical brand Bugatti, which has a factory in Alsace. It also develops batteries and autonomous vehicles. Having become a billionaire, its bearded founder resisted the sirens of exodus and raised 500 million euros for the development of his company last summer.

“Croatian entrepreneurs all dream of starting a business and selling it or relocating abroad,” deplores Nikola Dujmovic, also founder of a local tech flagship, Span, a provider of computer security solutions. “I had a lot of takeover proposals and my…

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