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Bulgarian LAUNCHub Seed Fund recently announced the start of its new dedicated round for applications for seed funding ending June 9, 2014. The fund's team is now looking for more teams to welcome on board the LAUNCHub family of 41 startups and more than 120 founders.
After it secured 1.5 million dollars and another 6 millions in seed investment, American-Slovenian communications platform for apps Layer announced that it raised 14.5 million in Series A funding from Homebrew, AME Cloud Ventures, CrunchFund, Fuel Capital and others.
A few weeks ago, when we visited Wayra’s Demo Day in Prague, one of the startups really caught our eye – BIG Launcher. I know what you’re thinking – what kind of interface is that? Well, it’s a launcher for Android, intended for seniors or visually impaired persons, that don’t have to use feature phones or senior phones anymore. Today it has more than 350.000 downloads of the free version and around 30.000 of the paid version. And the whole story started when one of the cofounders’ mom broke her phone.
The internet has really changed the music industry. Many unknown artists got the chance to reach more people and some of them became well known because of YouTube and similar services. There are still plenty of them out there with not only great songs, but also music videos, but most of them still remain in shadow. One startup wants to change that – Rormix, a mobile app that helps discovering emerging music videos. We talked about that with Emma Owens, one of cofounders, who told us more about the team, the mission, the future of Rormix.
Brand Embassy, a "next level" customer care tool, has closed a $1 million round of seed investment with two funds and is opening six new offices globally. The move comes as customer service moves towards social media and away from traditional channels such as toll-free phone numbers.
Socialbakers just announced that it secured $26 million in incremental funding in order to expand the business even further. This company had a significant growth in clients and employees during the last year, so it will be pretty interesting to see what this investment brings.
Croatian-Slovene startup Bellabeat, ex Babywatch, launches today a social platform for pregnant women, Bellabeat Global. Bellabeat is a pregnancy tracking system that rethinks the pregnancy experience. The team believes that by giving women a way to autonomously track and share their pregnancy experience this engaging, comforting and enjoyable at-home experience will become a part of the contemporary prenatal care.
GoodData, the leader in cloud business intelligence, and StartupYard, a mentor-driven seed accelerator based in Prague, announced a partnership to provide select startups with free access to the GoodData platform. StartupYard is recruiting applicants for its fourth round until January 31st with the theme of Data, Search and Analytics.
The Bulgarian LAUNCHub Seed Fund marks the beginning of the year with 10 new investments – 9 new companies and one follow-on in portfolio member EdHub. The latest investment decision followed the fourth Long Weekend Event held during November 28 – December 1, 2013, which was the culmination point of the Fund’s selection process. During four days of intensive pitching, coaching and mentoring, 14 teams competed to receive seed investment funding of up to 200K Euro.
This week we had opportunity to cover the announcement of airtAI, a Croatian fintech startup whose solution is based on artificial intelligence and is directed towards smaller banks that want to better assess the needs of their clients. Exclusively for Netrokracija airt’s CEO Hajdi Ćenan reveals the details.
Applications that control the operation of oil platforms and plants for the processing of derivatives are directly responsible for a safer and cleaner world, and one of the best is created largely in Croatia.