A small team with big ideas and strong execution
At Foodscale Hub, we explore. We experiment. We grow. A real team (an incredible team) with individual talents, creative ideas, effective strategies, and strong execution to fuel growth. So, as you look to the future, choose a partner who can help position your venture as a market leader and thought leader, giving you valuable visibility to the European agrifood ecosystem and support you in building a culture of growth.
One who is there with energy for the long haul. Who provides a seamless, integrated experience that allows you to focus on other priorities. And who truly grasps your business and culture, making it an easy and enjoyable fit. That is the initiative that Foodscale Hub is here for. To strengthen your positioning. To expand your markets. To drive your profit. Let us help you build creative, sustainable routes to growth. It’s what we do best.
Founder & President
Darko Mandich is an entrepreneur with experience launching ventures in the food and biotechnology industries both in Europe and the United States. Driven by his commitment to giving back to the community he started from, he founded Foodscale Hub. His vision is to make a positive impact on the future startup ecosystems that are creating solutions empowering the wellbeing of humankind and our planet. He is very passionate about bees, and his latest venture MeliBio is set to use science to produce honey without bees and remove the pressure of commercial beekeeping on wild and native bee species.
DR MLADEN RADISIC
Prof. Mladen Radisic is a university professor in the area of Business and Finance, and he has the position of CEO at Foodscale Hub. Mladen has been holding various management positions and has participated in numerous EU-funded projects (CIP/COSME, FP7/H2020, etc.). He has previous experience in running large-scale projects and organization of international EU-funded business accelerator programs. These projects and programs have delivered more than 12 mEUR to more than 150 European SMEs and startups, covering sectors such as agrifood, ICT, manufacturing, logistics, health, finance, energy, and environment. His fields of interest are financial and small business management, international project management.
VP for Business Development
Grigoris Chatzikostas is an expert in financing innovation in agtech and foodtech. He is managing multi-national and cross-sectoral consortia, developing proposals for EU funding, and coordinating large-scale projects that promote tech-enabled entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector. In the past 15 years, he has managed projects exceeding the total value of 100 mEUR. He has delivered programs supporting more than 150 startups and SMEs with pre-seed funding and business support services. As a passionate and engaging public speaker and trainer, he makes complex subjects related to EU funding and technologies accessible and easy to understand. He also offers mentoring and strategic consulting to a small number of carefully selected companies that are aligned with his interests.
Project Manager, Head of Thessaloniki office
Dimitris Fotakidis is an economist, graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), and holds a MSc in informatics and management from the same university, combining the two fields of his expertise, economics and IT. Over the last 10+ years, Dimitris has conducted business and marketing plans and developed the digital presence of numerous European SMEs and organizations. He has proposal writing and project management experience on research & innovation projects mainly in the fields of IT, agtech and foodtech
Maja Zikic is a Growth Strategist and Digital Marketing Coach. She has over six years of experience working at the intersection of business and technology, helping high-potential agrifood startups and scale-ups–in blockchain and IoT to AI and EO applications and services. Maja has in-depth know-how and expertise in public-funded innovation and R&I collaborative programs. In the last two years, she has been dedicated to empowering founders and entrepreneurs to make the transition to Product-Led growth.
Jelena Đokić is an integrated communications expert with experience in managing international projects and large-scale events. In the last 8 years she worked in advertising for the pharmaceutical industry and has participated in the EBRD, the EU and the USAID funded projects related to green financing, speciality food, renewable energy, water and waste management. Her areas of expertise include brand management, marketing strategy and tools development; graphic, industrial and retail design; ATL, BTL and digital accompanied by international trade fair organization. By vocation a drama and audio-visual artist with an MA in Dramaturgy, FDU in Belgrade, she is a proficient writer and a passionate creative professional.
Nikos Papagiannis is an Engineer of Regional and Town Planning, graduated from the University of Thessaly (Greece), and holds two MSc, one in Spatial Analysis and Environmental Management from the same university and another in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Over the last 7+ years, Nikos has conducted business plans and provided business consultancy services to numerous SMEs and organizations. He has acted as an external evaluator of numerous grant proposals submitted under various European and Hellenic national finance programmes and is a member of the Region of Thessaly’s assessment committee for the Investment Incentive Law 4399/2016, which is the Hellenic statutory framework for the establishment of private investment financial aid schemes. He has proposal writing and project management experience on projects mainly in the fields of Sustainable Development and Spatial Analysis.
Dajana Dulić holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. As a volunteer of the Erasmus Student Network, the largest student association in Europe, Dajana was involved in activities that support the exchange and cultural integration of students locally, nationally, and internationally. Through her work as a freelancer and a Junior Culture Consultant, she gained valuable experience in Social Media Management, Content Writing, and Business Development. Dajana’s area of expertise is Business and Management with a particular emphasis on Project Management, which she is now actively practicing through EU-funded projects.
Nikola Terzin is a junior project manager with a B.A in Engineering management & Project management. During his studies, Nikola was part of the Student Enterprise organization (“SPINS”) at the Faculty of Technical Sciences where he took on roles such as marketing team member, marketing team leader, and acting CEO. He has experience in running business associations that target student-employer relations. Nikola is passionate about entrepreneurship and scaling-up businesses, as well as marketing and project management.
Galina Žižakov is a Project Manager and a Grant Writer. She has three years of international NGO experience in organizational leadership, project writing, implementation, and event management. As a member of the Board of European Students of Technology, she had an opportunity to collaborate with organizations across Europe and participate in multiple conferences and events. Furthermore, she developed her leadership and project management skills through her role as President of the local BEST group in Novi Sad. With a background in engineering management and business administration, she contributes to our organization’s business and project development.
Dušan Pevac is a Financial Manager at Foodscale Hub. He has experience working as an external accountant and payroll associate, working mostly with SMEs and entrepreneurs. Before that, he was an intern at NIS (Gazprom Neft), where he assisted senior financial analysts in cash flow calculations and preparing internal financial publications.
Dušan got his bachelor’s degree in Finance, Banking, and Insurance and is currently pursuing his master’s thesis in Accounting and Audit.
Mirjana Trifković is a Project Manager with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management. She was an active member of ESTIEM, the organization for IEM students who combine technological understanding with management skills. She gained practical knowledge in implementing various international and local projects and practiced her skills in marketing-oriented roles. Previously, she worked in Quality Management; she has experience developing, implementing, and administering the organization’s Quality Management System (QMS). She contributes to the FSH’s overall business development and marketing efforts with a strong passion for environmental issues.
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