We usually don't write about ongoing crowdfunding campaigns at Netokracija CEE, but we just had to introduce you to Walpie, a very groovy cat that wants to take YOU out for a walk. Wait, what…? Yes, you will ask that question often, throughout the whole article, because this campaign is a bit… Different. Why a cat, not a dog? Why crowdfunding? Who is the mysterious Mr MITS? We have (almost) all the answers!
We can say that Oradian, this year’s Pioneers Challenge winner, is truly an interesting startup, even though its area of expertise is finance [insert obligatory accountant joke here]. Oradian’s cofounders come from Croatia, Germany, USA and South Africa and they chose to be a part of the Croatian startup scene. Was that a wise decision and what the next step is for Oradian, Julian Oehrlein, one of the cofounders, revealed for Netokracija.
That is right – the 5th edition of IDCEE will take place on October 9-10 in Kiev. Traditionally, it will host the biggest Startup Alley in the region (150 startups) and hold Startup Competition with €30,000 total cash prize. The line-up of the anniversary conference will focus on e-health, charity, media, robotics, e-commerce and mobile applications. Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon and Tech Area will be introduced. And Netocratic will be there – moderating a panel discussion on sharing economy and reporting from the scene.
A number of workshops, alongside with keynotes, panels and, of course, parties, were organized during the seventh Weekend Media Festival that gathered more than 4000 visitors from 12 countries. Workshops enabled participants to learn various practical things they need in their everyday work and to return home from Weekend with concrete skills and knowledge. One of those workshops was We Need a New Website. What Now?, held by Marko Lokas and Zoran Šteković of the Croatian web agency Broj 42.
On July 23rd Eleven held its sixth Demo Day at the fully packed Betahaus Sofia. An event usually reserved for cherry picked mentors, prominent investors and a few Eleven graduates, this Demo Day was different. In front of almost 200 guests, the nine graduating startups coming from five countries gave their pitch presentations to a far bigger crowd than past Eleven startups had done so.
What is your first association when someone mentions Romania? Perhaps Transylvania and its most famous tenant, Dracula? Or the communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu that ran the controversial regime? Welcome to the tech startup world where Transylvania turns into Techsylvania and the hard history becomes a pretty promising present and even brighter future. We present you Romania’s growing tech landscape.
Remember the MVP Academy organized by Romanian How to Web? It is a pre-acceleration program for CEE early stage tech startups and it ended on Tuesday with a Demo Day. The finalists worked hard on their products for the last two months and pitched their products last night in front of the audience. In the same time, they have already started discussions for raising follow-up funding or being admitted into a European acceleration program.
While we usually connect Croatian Rimac Automobili with somewhat pricey electric supercars and other vehicles (take a look at Concept_One or Greyp Bikes), technology developed for them can be used in various applications. This time an adapted battery system was integrated into a standard wheelchair in order to improve the user’s quality of life. Rolly Bugnar, a bright young man that was testing the new system for the last seven months, shared his story today.
One of the fast-growing European agencies in collaboration with renowned innovator from the health field made a great B2B solution for which they received the German Innovation Award. How it came to be?