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Business Innovation Croatian Agency - BICRO


Short Description

The Business Innovation Croatian Agency - BICRO, established recently after a merger between the former Croatian Institute of Technology (HIT) and the Business Innovation Centre (BICRO), is the key governmental organisation in charge of catalysing the innovation process. BICRO both develops and coordinates national policy measures related to innovation on one hand, and the necessary financial instruments on the other, with the ultimate aim of motivating the private and public sector to raise the levels of investment in R&D.

The Business Innovation Centre of Croatia – BICRO has been established by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in 1998 as a public company with the aim to develop financial incentives that will support innovation and technology-based businesses in Croatia. The programmes administered by BICRO have been developed based on the international best practices, and with the support of international experts and the World Bank. The Croatian Institute of Technology (HIT) was founded in March 2006 by the Croatian government. The HIT was implementing programme test (providing funding for pre-commercial research activities), in charge of developing national technology foresight platform and providing administrative structure of the national contact points of the EU Framework Research and Technology Development Programmes.


Main Goals and Priorities

  • increase the commercialization of knowledge
  • increase awareness of the value of innovation
  • transfer knowledge and technology solutions from science to business
  • start new businesses based on knowledge and advanced technology
  • promote the establishment and development of technology infrastructure
  • contribution to the creation and development of the venture capital industry
  • strengthen the competitiveness and growth of companies focused on advanced technology
  • strengthen the cooperation of the scientific community and the economy
  • create public-private partnerships in innovation and technological development


Support technological innovation in the economy and scientific institutions to actuate Croatian economic growth through technological development in order to strengthen Croatian global competitiveness and social values.


BICRO has vision to be positioned as a national coordinating body in order to support policy development in technology and innovation as the key link of the national innovation system for achieving social and economic benefits by developing Croatian technology.


Business Innovation Croatian Agency is engaged in fostering and strengthening R&D - and technology-related activities of the public research sector with those of the entrepreneurial community. In the immediate future, BICRO will additionally facilitate the absorption of EU Structural Funds by the R&D&I sector, particularly as concerns private companies. BICRO also has a role in developing and maintaining educational, advisory and networking activities among all the R&D actors, whereby special emphasis is placed on financing and monetization. Within the newly established Agency further efforts are invested in promoting supporting programmes to a wider community in order to increase the number of applications and, consequently, to increase the overall productivity of research and innovation activities in Croatia. Agency is now a central institution in the National Innovation System for supporting innovation and technology advancement.

Public Sector Programs:

  • TEST

Private Sector Programs:


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Available languages:

  • Croatian
  • English

Direct link

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