The Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts has adopted the decision to finance the Centre of New Technologies - CeNT project which applied for the Development of Business Infrastructure tender (KK.03.1.2.01). The implementation of the project with a duration of 24 months started on 2 October 2017.
The total value of the CeNT project is HRK 38,141,895.85. The applicant, Zadar County, was granted a non-refundable sum of HRK 20,000,000.00 from the European Fund for Regional Development.
Zadar County's INOVAcija institution and Poličnik Municipality are partners in the project whose goal is the development of the business-entrepreneurship infrastructure and accompanying products and services, as well as the improvement of the competitiveness of the metal processing industry through the transfer of high technologies, strengthening of staff knowledge and competence (educational factory) and creation of new small and medium-sized enterprises and jobs in Zadar County and the Adriatic region.
Specifically, the project ensures the construction and equipping of a specialised business incubator which will be established in the Poličnik Municipality area, as well as the establishment and implementation of planned activities which should help grow the economy based on knowledge and products with a high added value.
The centre's infrastructure will enable the incubation of new companies, rental of business premises and specialised equipment for new and existing small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in the metal processing sector. It will also provide specialised services including education, measurement and testing, as well as business consulting which will contribute to the growth and competitiveness especially of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs with a lack of own resources for access to the latest skills and production technologies.
CeNT's goal is to become an educational factory for supporting the production of complex products where links between educational, scientific and business entities of Zadar County, Croatia's Adriatic region and beyond would be established. CeNT will also offer formal teaching plans and programmes in cooperation with professional and higher education institutions, as well as lifelong learning programmes.
Collaborators on the project include: Croatian Chamber of Economy - Zadar County Chamber, Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Zadar County, Vice Vlatković Vocational School, Zadar, Zadar Technical School, University of Zadar, ZADRA NOVA Agency for the Development of Zadar County.