Who are we and what do we do

Startup incubator at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb

SPOCK helps students, researchers and scientists to develop their projects and turn them into serious startups. Students at the University of Zagreb and those who graduated from the University within the last two years, employees of the University of Zagreb and employees of the different research institutions have the opportunity to participate in the programme which provides support, leadership, knowledge acquisition and development of skills which are necessary for every early stage startup.

SPOCK’s programme enables startups to connect with experts, mentors, investors and partners who will, with their knowledge and experience, help them to transform their ideas into profitable solutions and successful companies.


For all University of Zagreb students, researchers and scientists

Applications are open for both the individuals with ideas who, if accepted, will receive our help with forming a team, and an already formed teams with defined projects. Students, researchers and scientists who have the knowledge and skills in the areas necessary to develop a particular idea and who want to become a part of a start-up can apply for a brainstorming session of a selected idea, where the project and the team will be formed. After formation of the teams and presentations of all the projects, the best projects will be selected for inclusion in the SPOCK programme. Individuals and teams from other faculties will get help connecting with FER’s students, researchers and scientists and forming strong multidisciplinary teams that will work on prototype development. Apply now, start forming a team around your idea early and get bigger chances for getting into SPOCK!


  • Submit your idea

    You acknowledge the problem in your surrounding and you have the idea how to solve it

  • Present your idea

    Share the recognized problem and your idea in 5 min with interested fellow students, researchers and scientists

  • Brainstorm

    Brainstorm your idea with fellow colleagues at the workshop and build a strong foundation for promising project

  • Form a team

    Forma a team that will go with you on a startup adventure


  • Submit

    You and your team work on that one project for some time now? Tell us about it!

  • Pitch

    Tell us more about your team and business potential of your project

  • Start up

    Wait for the confirmation that you are in and make your first startup steps with us


6 months of work with breaks for exams

Programme starts in January and ends in June with the demo day. Programme is tailored for ideas and projects from the earliest stage to an MVP phase. We are expecting a professional approach and consistent progress from every accepted team. We will encourage those with weekly meetings and workshops. In the workshops, teams will work with mentors that have a startup and/or entrepreneurial experience and in week after every workshop they will use newly acquired knowledge to complete their pitch deck, slide by slide.

Co-working space and equipment

Free co-working space at FER and specialized equipment

Setting your goals

Assistance with identifying your short term and long term goals

Forming a team

Connecting with fellow students, researchers and scientists

Consistent progress

Weekly meetings to keep you motivated and to track your progress

Mentor network

Experts from industry and academia

Experienced leadership

Leadership with previous startup experience and early stage startup knowledge

Equity friendly

Zero cost and for zero equity


Small financial support for research and development


Project management, Software and hardware development, Business development, Target customer, UX/UI/Product design, PR, Storytelling/Pitch, Fundraising, Legal, …

Identifying key features

Assistance in defining the key features of your MVP

Connecting with target customers

Assistance in finding your target customers and connecting with them as early as possible

Startup competitions

Assistance when applying to different startup conferences and competitions
Programme starts


Group meeting and introduction


Startup Introduction


Ideation and Product/Market Fit


Market Research


Customer Needs Analysis


Customer Value Proposition


Business Model Canvas


Project Management


Content Marketing for Founders


Pitch and Storytelling


Fundraising Introduction


Inside a VC


Fundraising Strategy


Starting a Business in Croatia


Software/Hardware Prototyping


Testing the Proposed Solution


Picking the Right Technology
Demo day


Fifth SPOCK generation
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NADES Design

Imagine being able to select a plant, isolate certain valuable biologically active molecules with boosted bioactivity. Imagine you can incorporate these valuable molecules directly into your product. The team at NADES DESIGN can make this dream a reality by developing custom-made plant extracts using natural eutectic solvents (NADES). Our team offers a sustainable and innovative approach to producing plant extracts with a unique phytochemical signature of exceptional biological activity and stability.

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Aphasia is an acquired language disorder characterized by difficulties in language comprehension and/or speech production after a stroke. TONGUEO is a digital communicator that helps people with aphasia to communicate efficiently and it offers the possibility to independently practice speech. TONGUEO is small and wearable, ergonomically designed, and easy to handle even for people with motor disabilities. What makes TONGUEO unique is the connection of the device to the application through which the speech-language pathologist personalizes the device and monitors the progress of the user.

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Diagnostics in pathology are still based on slow, and often subjective, manual approaches. Integration of AI could provide a solution. But despite its potential, the adoption of these technologies into routine practice has been slow, mostly because of the lack of infrastructure required for the digitization of histological specimens. By developing a more affordable tissue slide scanner and using fast neural networks, Digicyte is developing technologies that will enable the widespread use of digitization and artificial intelligence in tissue analysis.

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Serious investment and market analysis require a more detailed analysis than the price of the product itself. Fructus is a web application that offers metrics and indicators for analyzing all financial instruments in a simple and clear interface. In addition to typical analysis resources, the application offers predictions of machine learning models tested on real data. Users of the application have access to those analyses that interest them, and they have access to information on all means in a way that allows them to make informed decisions independently.

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WearSense develops (bio)chemical sensor technology for the next generation of smart wearables. Presently, the physiological profile of athletes and fitness enthusiasts is tracked by wearable devices capable of monitoring physical parameters. Biochemical analytics in synergy with physiological status will provide deeper insight into the fitness and health of athletes allowing personalized assessment of exercise, workout stress, recovery, and other key performance predictors. WearSense (bio)chemical sensor technology will add a new dimension to Big-data and AI ecosystems for next-generation smart wearables.

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If Google had prioritized creativity over facts, its name would’ve been Emolve. This web application makes it easy to explore poetry in English, but instead of entering keywords, you search by feelings. Emolve also allows you to input the content you normally enjoy – the app will reduce every poem to moods and feelings using artificial intelligence and sentimental text analysis. By providing a more advanced reading experience, this service popularizes poetry and makes it more accessible. Although advertised as a practical media tool, Emolve is also a treasure trove of content helping young people express themselves and work on their mental health.

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SeeMe is a software solution that uses computer vision to distinguish a child from an adult. After integration with video surveillance, it is placed at the exit door of the kindergarten, and educators are warned if a child tries to leave the kindergarten unaccompanied by an adult. An alarm goes off when a child walks through the door and the system does not respond when an adult walks through.



Get in touch


Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Unska 3, Zagreb


+385 1 6129 573



Launch your startup at FER!

If you have any question about the programme, teams, potential cooperation and upcoming events feel free to contact us.