The City of Križevci is leading the project, “Križevci Development Centre and Technology Park”, which is co-financed by the European Union through the Grant Plan for Business Infrastructure within the Operational Programme for Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013 under of the Priority Axis 1 – Development and improvement of Regional Infrastructure and Strengthening the Attractiveness of Regions, Measures 1.1. Support to Infrastructure Development.
Project implementation began on 1 October, 2014 and will end on 30 September 2016, i.e. it will last for 24 months. In addition to the City of Križevci, the Križevci College of Economics and Križevci Entrepreneurial Centre Ltd., as the manager of the Development Centre and Technology Park, are also participating in the implementation of the project.
The European Union has approved an amount of 33,817,117. 60 kunas for the City of Križevci, which comprises 90% of the total value of the project. The greatest part of the project’s budget is intended for the construction of the buildings for the Križevci Development Centre and Technology Park (hereinafter: DCTP Križevci) on the premises of the former military barracks in the centre of the city, where a new administrative building with all of the necessary facilities is about to be finished. It will connect the existing four buildings and will include a scientific-research laboratory and the spaces in which the activities of small and medium-size entrepreneurs will be carried out.
The main goal of the project is to raise the level of the competitiveness of the companies in Northwest Croatia based on the “smart” specialization of the region and upgrading the skills of the inhabitants, to initiate sustainable economic growth and a positive entrepreneurial climate and to increase employment in the wider area of Križevci (Koprivnica-Križevci County) with an orientation to high added-value activities.
The Križevci Development Centre and Technology Park, with a total surface area of 8,490 m2 (in five structures) will provide small and medium-size entrepreneurs with business space and various services for the improvement and development of their operations.
From the very preparation of the project, DCTP Križevci has been focused on improving entrepreneurship and stimulating research, the development and innovation in small and medium-sized technology companies by specialization in the sectors for:
with the creation of strong links to research and scientific institutions, but also vocational secondary schools, that are active in the city of Križevci, as a base for development.