First Startup Mixer Sofia which is organized by Eleven's third batch startups, will take place on Thursday 8th August at The Roof by Eleven. Young students and professionals who apply for the event, will have an opportunity to talk to some of the regions most interesting startups which are in the process of hiring at the moment.
Two regional startups, Croatian Skiipi and Slovenian CubeSensors will have the opportunity to present themselves to a large number of foreign visitors and investors at this year's Web Summit which is taking place in Dublin form 30th to 31st of October. Europe's largest startup event will bring together more than seven thousand attendees, while the startups will have the opportunity to participate in a PITCH competition (presented by box) where they will compete for a top prize - 500,000 euros.
Every time an entrepreneur pitches such plan for his startup to me (and it happens quite frequently in Central Europe), I try hard to hide my disappointment. I am writing this post from Israel, where I am meeting with local entrepreneurs to hear their pitches and get a better feel for the local startup scene. After listening to several entrepreneurs this week, the lack of ambition of our region became even more striking. How come that there are so many entrepreneurs in Israel who treat their home market as a playground to test their product before its real launch in the United States, while our entrepreneurs have a hard time dreaming beyond Prague?
In order to warm up for the European Pirate Summit in Cologne, a Pirates On Shore Balkans will be held in Sofia, on 29th of July, to meet the local pirates. There will be a selection of real entrepreneurs and investors, arrrsome speakers and loads of pirateness. Sitar Teli, managing partner at Connect Ventures has already confirmed his presence.
Aaron Levie, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of cloud storage startup Box, will join the Web Summit lineup this year. Levie started Box when he was just 19, quitting college to pursue the venture that has since raised nearly $500m and is rumored to IPO in 2014. Levie will also judge the finals of the Summit’s startup event PITCH, which has a prize fund of €500,000.
Carlos Eduardo Espinal, partner at Seedcamp and the organizer of Mini Seedcampu during the Zero Day of RockPaperStartups, took the stage again on Day One to talk more about the Product Market Fit term, how to reach that phase and what are some of the things startups should pay attention to.
Prezi is considered to be one of the most popular startups that come out of the Eastern Europe. Part of their success is directly related to having a good internal PR. Because this is usually every startup's weakest point, Kelly Hook from Prezi talked more about PR for startups and the way they should approach media during the RockPaperStartups conference which was held in Rijeka last week.
As Netokracija published two weeks ago, Slovenian VC fund RSG Capital invested 1 million euros into Croatian iStudio. During the RockPaperStartups conference, Ivan Brezak Brkan sat down with RSG's Jure Mikuz and iStudio's Daniel Ackermann to talk more about one of the biggest investments in this region.
Last day of RockPaperStartup conference was closed by Elena Perez from Facebook. Before she started to work for the biggest social network, she ran a startup which was bootstrapped and made more than two million dollars without any investment!
When Netokracija published the announcement for RockPaperStartups conference several weeks ago, one person was specially excited. That person is Goran Duskic, CEO and founder of WhoAPI, and the reason for excitement - his home town was going to host one of the biggest summer startup conferences in Europe.
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.