Mate Rimac

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Mate Rimac
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Born1988
ResidenceZagreb, Croatia
NationalityCroatian
Alma materVERN University of Applied Science
Occupation
TitleCEO of Rimac Automobili
CEO of Greyp Bikes
AwardsOrder of Danica Hrvatska

Mate Rimac is a Croatian inventor,[1][2] entrepreneur,[3] and founder of the Croatian car company Rimac Automobili in 2009. Rimac started mooting an electric supercar at the age of 20. 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.[2][4][3] 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.[5] Rimac was named the Croatian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 by EY Hrvatska (Ernst&Young Croatia).[3]

Early life[edit]

Rimac was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1988 to Zdenka and Ivan Rimac. His family moved to Frankfurt, Germany when he was three years old and lived there until 2000 when they moved to Samobor, Croatia and founded a construction company.[6] Rimac's first invention was the "iGlove", an electronic glove that replaces the keyboard and the mouse on computers, an awarded high-school project.[7] Rimac attended the VERN University of Applied Science from 2007. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Entrepreneurial Management in 2010.[6]

At the age of 18 in 2006, Rimac bought a 1984 BMW E30 323i and raced it. After the gasoline engine exploded during one race, he decided to turn the car into an electric one. He worked on the car in the garage of his parents in Samobor and bought pieces for it on the Internet. This was the groundwork for the car company he established in 2007.[2][8]

Career[edit]

Rimac Automobili[edit]

In 2009, Rimac founded the Rimac Automobili automobile manufacturing company in Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb.[8] The Rimac Concept One electric car, the first one designed and manufactured by Rimac Automobili, was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011. The car included company's 24 patented innovations. It was described as the world's first electric supercar.[9]

Greyp Bikes[edit]

In 2013, Rimac founded a new company, Greyp Bikes, a sister company of Rimac Automobili with the purpose of manufacturing high-performance electric bicycles.[10]

Honours[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Croatian inventor behind the world's first electric supercar". CTV News. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Luke Waller (2 December 2015). "24 - Mate Rimac - Croatia - The Innovator". Politico 28. Politico.eu.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mate Rimac Named Croatian Entrepreneur of the Year". Croatia Week. 21 March 2018.
  4. ^ Lauren Simmonds (17 March 2018). "Mate Rimac: I Want to Help Croatia Bring Other Car Manufacturers Here". Total Croatia News (HRT).
  5. ^ a b "Forbes puts Croatia's Mate Rimac on its 30 Under 30 list". SeeNews. 18 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Mate Rimac proglašen poduzetnikom godine! Podsjetimo se tko je impresivni tvorac prvog hrvatskog električnog automobila". Vijesti.hr. 20 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Proizveo je električni auto za kojim mnogi uzdišu". Večernji list. 20 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Mate Rimac, 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year: "We Need to Work Together and Value Success"". Total Croatia News. 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ Johnson, Bailey (4 September 2012). "World's first million-dollar electric supercar". cbsnews.com. CBS News.
  10. ^ "NOVI PROJEKT MATE RIMCA: Električni bicikl s kojim želi promijeniti svijet". Jutarnji list. 21 August 2013.
  11. ^ "U prigodi Dana državnosti predsjednik Josipović dodijelio 11 odlikovanja, priznanje dobila i splitska udruga MoST". Slobodna Dalmacija. 25 June 2014.

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