Invento Capital Partners is proud partner in Interreg Danube Energy+ Boost potential of Young Innovators to pioneer change in energy efficiency inside Danube Macro-region, project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

Danube Energy+ tackles the need for change in regional ecosystems to support Young Innovators in transforming their disruptive ideas into ventures. Project´s general objective is to create an enabling environment, which will support Young innovators to pioneer a change in the energy efficiency area by setting up highly innovative startups in the Danube macro-region.

Project activities:

Danube Energy+ ecosystem Package as an innovative learning system for key regional ecosystem actors will be developed by using learning interaction among project partners and inclusive design process involving regional public administrations, universities, SMEs and business supporting actors. It is uniquely composed of two main elements – (1) best practices, models and experience in identification and motivation of individual Young Innovators in regional ecosystems and their connection to ecosystem actors, and (2) developed Danube Energy+ Tool as a pre-acceleration learning scheme for Young Innovators boosting their competences to start successful ventures.

The learning system will be piloted in 9 countries involving 90 key regional ecosystem actors and 90 Young innovators enabling improvement of regional ecosystem actors´ knowledge.

To ensure regional and transregional level sustainability and transferability, regional Danube Energy+ Hubs will be created in close cooperation of regional public administrations and Regional Alliance members based on regional Action Plans and Transregional Hubs´ Strategy including the transferability plan to other regions.

9 project partners and 7 associated strategic partners as key strategic cooperating bodies with regional public administrations will join Danube Energy+ project to create a unique partnership based around core expertises needed: work with Young innovators in regional ecosystems; pre-acceleration programmes development and running; cooperation with regional stakeholders, Hubs creation and operations and regional policy sustainability and support.

Project partners:

Lead partner:

  • InnoEnergy – Germany

ERDF partners:

  • Cleantech Bulgaria – Bulgaria
  • Neulogy – Slovakia
  • ABC Accelerator – Slovenia
  • Invento Capital Partners (Optimizacija Ltd)- Croatia
  • E-KLASTR Czech Republic – Czech Republic
  • Startup Transilvania Center – Romania

IPA partner:

  • SEE ICT – Serbia

ENI partner:

  • European Initiatives Center – Ukraine

Associated partners:

  • Sofia Tech Park – Bulgaria
  • Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency – Slovakia
  • Slovene Enterprise Fund – Slovenia
  • Zagreb Innovation Centre – Croatia
  • Regional Development Agency of Pardubice Region – Czech Republic
  • iTech Transylvania Cluster part of Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software – Transilvania Branch – Romania
  • Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications – Serbia

Project period: 01-08-2018 – 31-07-2021

Project Budget:

Overall budget: 1 864 354 EUR

ERDF Contribution: 1 318 195, 30 EUR

IPA Contribution: 139 729, 80 EUR

ENI Contribution: 126 775, 80 EUR



Invento Capital Partners has started with activities on Interreg Central Europe Ce-ConnectorBuilding knowledge and linkages among Business Angels and Public across territorial ecosystems to close the financial gap for innovative start-ups project. The project is implemented in partnership with 10 project partners from 5 countries and 7 associated partners from 5 countries and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Start-ups are key drivers of innovation and therefore future prosperity of Central Europe. Despite the avaiability of new financing schemes, there is still a financial gap, which exists between 3Fs ( Friends, Family and Founders) and VC (Venture Capital). Main objective of the project is to  build knowledge and linkages among business angels and public institutions across territorial ecosystems through establishing a sustainable transregional co-investing ecosystem, where business angels invest together with providers of public leverage with the aim to close the financial gap between 3Fs and VC investment.

Project activities:

Within the project a transregional Angel Co-investment Fund will be set up and during it’s pilot operation 3 public-private co-investments to start-ups from the RIS3 strategic segments per partner will be realized. This will amount to 18 start-ups invested with 75 000 – 1 000 000 EUR per investment, 75% provided by business angels, 25%  by public providers and 1 co-investment per partner wil be transregional.



The sustainability of the angel co-investment funds will be ensured through action plans for the first 2 years after the end of the project when the funds will be active and up-scaled.

Invento Capital Partners is responsible for implementation of all territorial activities and ecosystem building in Croatia with the help of our national partner Zagreb Innovation Centre (Zicer) and associated partner Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG BICRO). Invento Capital Partners will be in charge of operation of our territorial Angel Co-investment Fund.


Project partners:

Lead partner:

  • DEX Innovation Centre – Czech Republic

ERDF partners:

  • Invento Capital Partners – Croatia
  • Zagreb Innovation Centre – Croatia
  • P-INVENT Consulting, Trading and Services Kft – Hungary
  • Szechenyi Venture Capital Fund Manager Ltd – Hungary
  • Bogatin, market research and consulting company, Ltd – Slovenia
  • Technology park Ljubljana – Slovenia
  • Lodzkie Region – Poland
  • Automotive Engineering Network –The Mobility Cluster e.V – Germany
  • Centre for Support of Entrepreneurship “Connect” Sp. Ltd – Poland
  • City of Karlsruhe –  Germany

Associated partners:

  • The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players – Belgium
  • Innovation centre of the Usti region – Czech Republic
  • Slovene Enterprise Fund – Slovenia
  • Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy – Slovenia
  • Business Angels of Slovenia – Slovenia
  • Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments – Croatia
  • Hungarian Business Angel Network – Hungary

Project period: 01.04.2019. – 31.03.2022.

Project budget:

Overall budget:    1 995 288,03 EUR

ERDF Contribution:     1 675 627,42  EUR

Partner Contribution:    319 660,61 EUR


Invento Capital Partners is one of the project partners of Interreg Central Europe InNow – Innovate Now! Innovation Support Framework for fostering the collaboration of startups, SMEs and large companies on clean-tech projects project.

Programme priority specific objective of the project is to improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe.

The aim of the project is to foster collaboration and innovation co-creation between cleantech startups/SMEs and large companies in partner countries:  Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. Through collaboration both target groups strengths can be utilised to the maximum extent and as a result, more innovative products and services can reach the market.


Project activities:

An innovation support framework will be designed during the project and piloted in partner countries. It will consist of 3 programmes, each targeted to certain maturity and size of participating companies, starting from lower level of engagement and maturity of the participating companies towards higher level of engagement.

Business Support Programme will be designed for startups/SMEs enabling them to organize their businesses so that they would be able to partner up with large companies.

Innovation Support Programme will be designed for increasing large companies’ awareness and will include different events for fostering collaboration between start-ups/SMEs and large companies.

Matchmaking Acceleration Programmes will be designed to enable tailor-made open innovation practices between certain large companies and matching startups/SMEs.

Programmes will be piloted with 200 cleantech startups/SMEs and 5 large companies in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia.



Lead partner:

  • InnoEnergy Central Europe sp. z o.o – Poland    

Project partners:

  • ABC Accelerator – Slovenia
  • Invento Capital Partners- Croatia
  • University of Debrecen – Hungary
  • Neulogy, a.s – Slovakia
  • EH Invest Zrt – Hungary

Associated partners:

  • Petrol– Slovenia
  • Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s – Slovakia
  • HEP ESCO – Croatia
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical
  •  Engineering and Naval Architecture – Croatia
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing – Croatia
  • MOL Group – Hungary


Project period:  01.07.2019 – 31.06.2022.

Project budget:

Overall budget:               1 548 985 EUR

ERDF Contribution:        1 316 637 EUR

Partner Contribution:       232 347 EUR