The winner of the Startup AddVenture conference, which took place in Kyiv on the 5th of December, was the world's first cloud-hosted 3D game development platform – PlayCanvas from the UK. The winners got a €25,000 investment and a real boxing championship belt.
After the great success of the first two GIC competitions in the CEE region, applications are now open for GIC 2014. Applicants are invited from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Applicants should submit their projects aiming to improve the lives of at least one million people in Central Eastern Europe leveraging the power of accelerating technologies.
Over 50 international experts, 8 days of hard working and possibility of reaching Deutsche Telekom customers – this is a short summary of hub:raum Krakow Warp which started on Saturday. A chosen group of 15 startups from Central and Eastern Europe including Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Poland and Greece, came to Krakow. The best team will be offered an investment and an invitation to the innovation incubator.
Bulgarian fund LAUNCHub just announced the final shortlist of selected technology startups which will attend the Long Weekend Event of its Fourth Selection Run this season. After four days of intensive work with coachers and mentors the final pitch in front of the Investment Committee on December 1, will decide the winners in the Long Weekend to be offered investment of up to 200 K Euro.
During the last few months, the crowdfunding phenomena became a very hot topic on the sunny side of the Alps. Gathered around Crowdfunding.si initiative, Slovene projects have already raised more than 1 million euros on leading crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. This initiative is working closely with key decision makers to change Slovene legislation in order to help fund projects access their capital easily, without administrative complications and huge taxes. On the top of that, Slovenes already have their own translation of the word crowdfunding that is actually being used – množično financiranje (“mass financing”).
Serbian Minister of finance, Sasa Radulovic, announced today that beginning next year Serbia will start a 35 million euro co-fund intended for local startups. The government will co-invest from 20 to 40 percent with foreign investors, who are to be attracted to this South-East European country which is slowly but surely starting to forge a stable startup ecosystem.
The first TechCrunch Disrupt Europe was held on 28th and 29th of October in Berlin, the Europe’s startup capital. The sought-after conference was preceded by a 24-hour hackathon and a warm-up meetup organized by Webrazzi on Sunday evening. Over two days the conference venue Arena Berlin was attended by a total of over 2000 people, making it a busy, lively place for the startup bunch that came to show off their dreams.
If you think it's impossible to run an entire project from scratch and finish it within 24 hours, a handful of enthusiasts from Croatian agency iSTUDIO decided to prove the opposite. Specifically, 40 of them will join forces this Saturday and try to launch a project that aims to revolutionize the search for the perfect job and the perfect employee, as part of the first project initiatives Startup in 24 hours.
What started as a blogging tool and one of Southeastern Europe's earliest tech startups, Zemanta, is pivoting toward content marketing with a new round of funding from Fred Wilson's Union Square Ventures and Social Starts: $2 million to be exact. As Zemanta's new CEO Todd Sawicki points out, the new capital will help Zemanta invest in native ad and content-based technologies.
Last week was reserved for Ireland – perhaps the biggest European tech and startup conference, Web Summit, was being held in Dublin. It gathered more than 10.000 people – entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, investors and media – with the Netocratic team as a CEE media partner. We covered many topics in Croatian and Slovenian language and here are five lectures I loved the most.
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.