Golden Byte, International IT-Championship
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Check out this great competition for startuppers and talented developers in IT, design and communications! The Golden Byte project was launched in 2008 as an international championship to create a platform for startup industry development, new ideas search and innovation introduction. The championship is organized in three stages: 1) registration and 1st task (distantly, online stage) – 01.11.2015-21.02.2016 2) semi-finals in host cities (for the short-listed participants) – 01.03.2016-20.03.2016 3) international finals in Kiev, Ukraine – April 2016. There are several sections and nominations for various projects. Do not miss the chance to win 500 000 UAH and present your…

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DST Global fund becomes a co-investor in a record $3.3 bln startup round
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      Meituan-Dianping, a Chinese startup, dealing with online cinema ticket sales and restaurant booking services, has just raised a striking amount of investments within one separate round – $3.3 bln. DST Global, a famous VC fund, working with early stage ventures, later stage ventures, private equity investments and founded by Yuri Milner, also participated in this huge deal, though exact amounts of co-investors are not disclosed.       Tencent Holdings and Temasek Holdings, located in Asia, are among the other investors in Meituan-Dianping. It is worth mentioning that Meituan-Dianpin investment amount exceeds the record round of so…

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Autonomous robots to change the way we create and move things
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      It’s not news that robotics industry is one of the leading technology sections these days and it is obvious not only because of all those drones flying above our heads. Engineers, students, startuppers all try to create new powerful robots capable of replacing humans on doing some routine jobs, requiring great amounts of diligence and attention. You can see various intelligent robot systems already widely used in warehouse facilities, logistics, manufacturing. Remember the latest tech conference or a hackathon you attended: for sure, there have been some robots presented. Those intelligent robot systems are based on the…

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Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn makes a sad cryptocurrency resolution and leaves
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      Although just recently we wrote about the promising future for bitcoin startups and millions of opportunities for cryptocurrency development, which is still forecasted by numerous financial analysts and cryptocurrency experts, the latest claim made by Mike Hearn in his blog on Medium.com has put the future of cryptocurrencies in question and caused a broad media coverage, including various claims by Hearn’s ex-partners and friends.       Mike Hearn is known as one of the most outstanding Bitcoin developers, having spent more than 5 years on software engineering. He also used to work for Google but left…

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KNOQ: a forefront innovator in digital content delivery
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      Beacon technologies were on the peak of popularity last year and found a great variety of application uses, all based on location identification. Content delivery is one of the top business applications, associated with beacon technology. In 2014, a Latvian company launched a free smartphone application known as KNOQ, which by now has become famous for its innovative approach in targeted content delivery. The company founder and CEO, Denis Nasarov, is proud to admit that KNOQ team is working hard on changing our perception of reality through creating a certain interactive space around objects, which is supposed…

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Several startups likely to notify Polish startup scene
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     The new office of Google Campus in Warsaw was the topic of wild discussions in 2015: people believe in the great range of magnificent opportunities such a world famous complex can bring to the local startup scene, and to the whole CEE region. For years, Polish startup and entrepreneurship community has proved to possess a very promising business potential and an open mind to cooperation. To have a closer look at the current state of startup development in Poland here is a short review of six startups about to contribute to the progress Poland makes this year. 1. KoalaMetrics…

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Ukrainian programmer created an “immigration” website
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     Alexey Pavlenko, a code developer from Ukraine, created a website, serving a helpful immigration guide immigrant.today: the source contains hundreds of real stories by former USSR citizens about their immigration experiences and life abroad.      The business idea is partially based on personal experience (not long ago, Alexey moved to Poland). The developer admits the Internet is filled with loads of travel intermediary commercials: there are a lot of so-called ‘services’, assisting with immigration from Ukraine for example. But in most cases, it’s just money laundering, or you eventually face some unexpected problems.      According to…

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Companies still alive despite numerous negative forecasts
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     As you know, not only beginners experience business challenges. Many big corporations face problems from time to time: let it be the inability to keep up with competitors or some bad luck with launching a new product. Despite all fails and troubles, those companies keep going and apply all their patience and capital in order to survive in the race. Here are several examples of such companies that are actually better off than you might think. Dropbox      After a successful launch in 2007, Dropbox became one of the first cloud storage services, which quickly gained popularity…

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Lviv Startup Club
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This is a big meeting for local startuppers, inviting everyone to start this year with ideas exchange. Here you have a chance to learn about others’ experience of building a startup and find team members for your own project. On the agenda: real cases, interesting stories from famous speakers and friendly atmosphere. Preliminary registration is not obligatory, but welcome.

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Startup BootCamp FastTrack
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Startup BootCamp organizes FastTrack events in several European cities and Budapest is one of them. All local startups are highly welcome to attend, meet experienced mentors, pitch their business ideas and learn more about Smart City and Living program in Amsterdam. If you are interested and would like to participate in the main event in Amsterdam later, fill in the application for FatsTrack Day and present your startup.

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