The newly-opened co-working and innovation centre HUB385, based in Zagreb, will bring together companies from various sectors striving for greater technological competence and looking for space for their innovation departments, and it will organise courses, lectures and other activities to meet the needs of the IT and other sectors, a HUB385 founder, Ivana Soljan, told a press conference on Friday.

Speaking to reporters at the centre, which will open its door to the first several small companies on Monday, Soljan, who is also a member of the IT company IN2's management board, said that such centres followed global trends and were inspired by similar centres in Berlin, as well as by the Sarajevo-based HUB387 centre.

"This is unique co-working space in Croatia bringing under the same roof people of different profiles and from different sectors, who meet one another on a daily basis, which helps bring about new ideas and collaborations that might not happen if they did not share their working space," said Soljan, confident that the centre would also draw big companies, city administration offices, different institutions and other interested parties that could have their employees trained for IT professions at the centre, or find at the centre good and innovative solutions to problems they encounter in their work.

A total of 500,000 euros of private capital has been invested in the centre, which covers an area of 2,500 square metres on three floors.

Soljan believes that the office rental at the centre is competitive, ranging from some HRK 825 a month for one place (meaning a desk, a chair, connections, etc.) to some HRK 3,300 a month for an entire office.

The centre comprises about 10 smaller and bigger conference halls, small and big offices for 3-18 people, technological equipment (computers, copying machines, scanners, etc.), a room for hackers and a living room.

The centre will be open 24 hours a day, meaning that its tenants may work non-stop.

Apart from Soljan (who also used to be a member of the HT telecom's management board), the centre's founders are also Ivica Mudrinic (former HT executive), and Ante Magzan, founder of the web portal and now an employee of the HUB385 centre.

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