Jan de Jong
Co-founder of Webpower Adria, CROP and DNA Croatia
Jan de Jong moved from the Netherlands to Croatia in 2006 at age 22, where he founded his first business, M+ Group. Today, M+ Group has a listing on the Zagreb Stock Exchange, employs 8.000 FTE and is one of the largest employers in the region.
In 2016, Jan made a successful exit from M+ Group, after which he founded Webpower Adria. Today, Webpower Adria is the leading Email Service Provider in the region. Webpower Adria is proud to be among the first companies in Croatia to introduce a 4-day work week.
In 2020, Jan became known as the person who initiated the introduction of a “Digital Nomad Visa” in Croatia. He made his key move in this effort on 10th of July, 2020, when he wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Plenković on LinkedIn, asking him to kindly consider the introduction of such a visa in Croatia.
On January 1st, 2021 Croatia officially became one the first countries in the world to welcome digital nomads, having changed both the Alien Act and the Tax law.
In 2020, Jan also co-founded the company “Crop”, through which he aims to bring the Dutch high-tech agriculture technology to Croatia and thus make Croatia less dependent on imported food, hoping also to turn it into a food-exporting nation, as it once was.
Jan is now 37, married and a father of 4 children. He is a strong believer that positive change in Croatia will not come from politics but will from its entrepreneurs, and he is proud to be a member of that exciting community.
Presentation title: Croatia – the land of opportunity
Over the past 10 – 15 years, we have seen some 500.000 mostly young and talented Croats leave the country. Most of them left Croatia in order to find their imagined happiness and opportunities in rainy climates like Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
As a Dutch entrepreneur, I found my happiness and opportunities in Croatia. For me, moving to Croatia has been one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. My entrepreneurial journey in Croatia has been on for 15 years now. It has been a long, challenging and very rewarding journey.
Through my entrepreneurial efforts I also want to create opportunities for others in this beautiful country, so that my children and all other children in Croatia don’t have to move abroad to rainy and gloomy countries, but find their happiness and opportunities right here where they were born– in Croatia.