The company Agrounik
has been working on four new science projects in the past few years, especially in 2017. This year, the focus is on the project financed by the Innovation Fund and followed by the IPARD program, under control by the World Bank. The project is in progress and pertains to the preparation of a new product which should be implemented in suppressing a dangerous bacterial disease of apples, pears and quinces
According to Snezana Djordjevic, founder and owner of Agrounik, the team working on the project consists of local scientists in various fields, and other participants include the Institute of Plant Protection, the Institute of Molecular Genetics, the Faculty of Agriculture and Agrounik.
Our interviewee notes that this is only one in the range of activities of the company, which has managed to link science and economy through its operations in the past 13 years and implement lab results in the fields, in agricultural production. She believes that this must be the essence of all scientific research, which is why she's decided to leave her career as a professor and become an entrepreneur.“We used to explain to agriculturists how Slavol works”
Snezana Djordjevic entered the world of entrepreneurship from academic circles, as a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, as she wanted to put her scientific work to practice. She decided to found the company in 2002, as she reached results while working on her PhD thesis she believed could prove very useful to agricultural producers.
– I managed to isolate a large number of bacterial species stimulating the growth of plants by producing various enzymes and, after the completion of my thesis and several adjustments, I realized that this is not just theoretical science – eKapija's interviewee explains.
The start of her entrepreneurial endeavors was marked by great enthusiasm and the desire to start implementing her research. She managed to acquire a small 70-liter apparatus immediately and that was the initial capacity she started producing Slavol
with. As she says, these were minimal investments. There were no other options, considering that it was the time before the appearance of developed funds and credit lines for startups.