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.
Startup AddVenture (Europe Venture Summit) will take place at the NSC “Olympic” in Kyiv, on December 4-5. It will connect more than 3000 IT entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels and incubators from Ukraine, CIS, Europe and the United States.
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.
It seems that Dave McClure's seed fund and startup accelerator 500 Startups is raising international "micro funds" of a couple of million dollars for India and Mexico, which raises the question of potential new funds the #500Strong collective might start in following years. Might we see a Eastern European 500 Startups fund following the Geeks on a Plane trip to the region?
The Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator, ZIP (Zagrebacki inkubator poduzetništva), presented the first 7 startups to enter it's new coworking space, one of the first in Croatia in general, today in Zagreb. They are Fieldpod, Content KOD, BackWay, Indoor Vision, Publiconn, Mash.me and Digital distribution of graphic novels. While ZIP is not an accelerator and doesn't fund startups, the news was well received by the local startup community that has lacked true support in previous years. Now, the Zagreb-based incubator will also be advised by Stefan Glaenzer, Seedcamp's Carlos Espinal and Dave McClure!
Farmeron, a fresh internet startup from Osijek, Croatia just raised an investment and support from Dave McClure's seed fund and startup aggregator 500 Startups. Matija Kopić, CEO of Farmeron confirmed, exclusively for Netocratic, that Farmeron team will move to Mountain View in Silicon Valley in the next ten days or so.
500 Startups is one of most powerful US startup accelelators run by Dave McClure, former CMO in PayPal. Altought Kopić couldn't confirm how big the investment is, it is known that 500 Startups' first rounds of investment start at 100 thousands dollars, and most of the time it's somewhere around 400-700 thousands dollars or even a million.
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.