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Mate Rimac on the MIT's list of Innovators under 35

By  Nov 08, 2018

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has published their Innovators Under 35 list for 2018 and it includes extremely successful Croatian – Mate Rimac. Innovators Under 35 is an annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, communications, and the Internet.

- We are searching for individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Our goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems. We reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large—not just to peers in a particular field or industry – it's explained at their official page.


Mate Rimac, a Croatian inventor, entrepreneur and founder of the Croatian car company Rimac Automobili fits the list perfectly since he's only 30. Rimac started mooting an electricsupercar at the age of 27. He started his car efforts in his garage, growing his company out, into a pair of companies. As a child, he dreamed of building the fastest car. He has stated that his goal is to bring automotive manufacturers to Croatia.

-This young Croatian with Bosnian origin affirms that he has created the “fastest and most exciting electric Hypercars in the world”. In Zagreb he has more than 400 employees working at his company, Rimac Automobili, which has recently partnered with Seat to manufacture the Cupra e-Racer, and in June of this year with Porsche, who announced that he had bought a 10% stake of his company. The company also develops and sends transmissions and battery systems to major brands around the world, such as Jaguar, Aston-Martin, Renault, and Mercedes-Benz. However, its focus is on the technology of high voltage batteries, electric powertrains and digital interfaces. In addition to this, the team also designs and builds electric bicycles in the subsidiary Greyp Bikes – MIT writes.


MIT describes his road to success, from high school when he entered competitions – and won them – to being 19 and turning an old BMW to electric racing car in his parents’ garage.

-He wanted to show that electric vehicles not only contributed to the environment but could also be powerful, fun and better-quality machines than the traditional ones. At first, he lost many races against the typical combustion engines and had to make improvements. But in 2010, his old retro-equipped BMW beat five records in the acceleration category of electric vehicles of the International Automobile Federation and Guinness World Records. It was in that same year when he hired his first employees – it’s stated in the article.

They add that Rimac soon made a name for himself in a country that had never had an automotive industry or technological investment. The young man recalls: “The most difficult thing was that in Croatia there was not a single car company, we had to do everything on our own”. Today, he has become the first Croatian manufacturer to develop and produce electric sports cars.

Michel Duchateau, Chief Innovation Officer and Partner at Convidencia, who is a member of the jury of Innovators Under 35 Europe 2018, believes that in addition to demonstrating “an impressively strong maturity”, the Rimac project “is already generating an impact in the world”.

This is just one of many successes by this amazing young man. For example, Forbes Magazine named Rimac one of the Top 30 Under 30, the 30 best entrepreneurs under the age of 30 of the world, in 2017.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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