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.
Pavel Curda, the Czech investor/mentor that was the middle of a scandal involving him pestering female entrepreneurs, has seemingly decided to help fight sexism in the Central and Eastern European startup space in a blog post on Medium. While this might sound like an article fitting for Valleywag, lets continue...
In my last post on importance of employee equity, I set myself up for an ambitious task: to explain how employee equity works and how to set up a stock options plan in Europe. This topic is so complex and robust that it is almost impossible to pack all the relevant content into a single blog post. Therefore, I have decided to use a different approach: this post will summarize the basic concepts of employee equity using already existing content available on the internet and provide some commentary and context for European startups.
Fifth annual How to Web, conference on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology is taking place in Bucharest again on November 20 and 21, in a new format that brings world renowned technology professionals in front more than 1000 attendees. During the event, 32 startups in the region will compete for the 20.000 USD cash prizes offered at the 3rd edition of Startup Spotlight competition and orientation program aimed at early stage technology teams.
Startup Europe Partnership, an integrated pan-European platform aimed at helping the best startups emerge from local ecosystems and scale-up, is organizing a Matching Event on October 3, where selected startups will meet executives from the SEP member corporations, like Telefonica, Microsoft, Orange, BBVA, Unipol Group and Telecom Italia.
Although college is a place where you discover and learn new things, important entrepreneurial hands-on experience is often left out and it doesn't always represent a part of the curriculum. Thousands of students are therefore getting their BA and MA without the proper insight into their career choice. One particular program - Startup Link, is trying to correct just that by connecting US students with European startups and startups all over the world.
The phenomenon of startups, rising and spreading worldwide, hasn’t bypassed Africa either. Sub-Saharan African startups now have their equity and debt-based crowdfunding platform Push and Start, which will help them penetrate and disrupt the market as well as bring some positive economic changes. Choosing entrepreneurs, startup hubs and incubators, Push and Start developed a different and new approach with adjusted, original concept. They developed an interesting avenue of interaction between startup founders, investors, professional service providers and mentors, and they also adopted a very simple agreement model for allocating equity.
In recent years the number of web designers and front-end developers in Balkans has increased significantly. In order to ensure continuous growth of these profiles and follow up on most recent trends, SmartWeb conference - the biggest event in Eastern Europe for web designers and developers is being held in Bucharest's Raddison Hotel from September 22nd through 23rd.