StartIT 2021 - ICT County

Name: StartIT 2021 – ICT County

Client: ICT County, Split-Dalmatia County

Social/Positive Impact: StartIT 2021 – ICT County has a positive social impact by supporting the development of business ideas of 14 promising startup teams. This project provides support for technological entrepreneurship in the Split-Dalmatia County through education and mentoring of young entrepreneurs, fostering innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in the region.

Applied Methodologies and Tools: Within the StartIT 2021 – ICT County project, methodologies and tools such as the Startup Drill board and Lean Canvas were used to provide structured support to teams in developing their startup ideas.


For the Split-Dalmatia County, Smion has developed and implemented a pre-incubation startup program aimed at promoting technological entrepreneurship in the region. The program is structured into three segments and provides support to startup teams in different stages of development, starting from the business idea to market entry.

  • StartIT Camp: During the five-day StartIT Camp, teams participated in lectures and practical workshops to learn the basics of bringing their ideas to the market and structuring their business models.
  • StartIT Training: Following the StartIT Camp, a seven-week StartIT training followed, during which teams worked with mentors to develop their ideas and business models.
  • Demo Day: As the culmination of the program, teams had the opportunity to present their projects on Demo Day.


The StartIT 2021 – ICT County project has achieved significant results:

  • A pre-incubator startup program was designed and implemented for early-stage startups in a hybrid onsite/online format.
  • A total of 14 teams participated in the education and program.
  • All teams went through the market problem validation process and developed their business models.
  • Six teams managed to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or prototype that they tested with users.
  • Two teams generated their first revenues during the program, confirming the success of the program in promoting startup activity and entrepreneurship development in the Split-Dalmatia County.

The StartIT 2021 – ICT County project represents a valuable contribution to the development of the startup ecosystem in the region and underscores the importance of education and support for young entrepreneurs.