In the past five years, seed-stage investing has experienced a boom. In North America, seed funds now represent 67% of all VC funds, up from 33% in 2008. The CEE region is no different: according to European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the number of seed deals has increased 19x over the past four years. Even considering the fact that EVCA’s data is not fully comprehensive, since many investments are not announced at all or are not made by EVCA’s members, it still illustrates my point
Seedcamp has been known for its continued investments in the CEE startups and has decided to focus its efforts on making these investments simpler for themselves and other potential investors in the region. The investor group Websummit just issued the first localized Termsheet for the CEE region, as Seedcamp tells us exclusively, translated in Croatian and adapted to Croatian legislation, to make the investment process easier and more transparent.
Ante Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili, Croatian electric supercar company secured a million Euro investment from Tak Cheung Yam, the new majority stake holder in Forbes Media LLC. This is the third high-profile investor to put their money behind the Concept One and Rimac himself- the first two being Frank Kanayet Yepes and Sinocop Resources– and the funding round is […]
Fundraising isn’t easy, even if done well, its fraught with all sorts of ambiguity and frustrations. To that very point, I recently wrote a blog post about the fundraising mindset in order to help you set a tone on approaching the process.
That said, there are things you can do to make it go better than others and things you can do to make it go worse… and in the spirit of the ‘Tonight Show’s’ top ten list, below are my top ten things that will likely cause a fundraising fail situation.
A group of entrepreneurs and investors gathered around Slovenian Silicon Gardens startup initiative launched Silicon Gardens Fund – a micro fund focused on investing in early stage startups coming from Slovenia and the broader region. The Fund’s main investors are entrepreneurs from the region. Also joining are established U.S. investors who believe in the potential of the region - Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, Jerry Colonna and Paul Vidich.
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.
Shift in Croatia attracted thousands of developers and thus made its way to the very top of developer conferences in Europe. Now they are ready to cross the borders of Croatia and come to the USA. Applications for Shift Miami are starting soon!