On this episode, I had a conversation with Monika Mikac, the CBO of QEV Technologies and a former member of the founding team at Rimac Automobili – maker of the all electric and fastest production car in the world, the Nevera. There, as the COO, she helped grow the company from 8 crazy kids in a Croatian garage to hundreds of employees and a very respected position in the global automotive industry. We talked about how she accidentally went from dreams of becoming a journalist to building a career in the auto industry, the early trials and tribulations of Rimac as a startup, creative fund raising, electric racing, and why QEV’s mission of electrifying public transport is so important.
Monika Mikac is the CBO of QEV Tech, a company which is leading one of the Formula E teams and offering engineering services to the automotive industry especially focused on the segment of electrification. Her role includes running the fundraising process and setting up the company for future growth. Awarded as one of the European Automotive Rising stars, she started her automotive carrier as COO of Rimac Automobili. She helped the company grow from its first employees to 350 people, being one of the first five employees within the company meant covering different scopes of work from PR and marketing activities to financial and administrative responsibilities. She actively participated in the fundraising process and helped Rimac Automobili close their first round in 2014 with 10 Million euros and second round in 2017 with 30 Million euros. She also raised 10 Million euros for EU funds. Monika has been actively involved in all of the projects the company was working on which gave her a chance to develop the strategic segments of the company’s business. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Zagreb and is also a certified project manager.
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