Wearables market rocks: +172% in a year
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     According to analysts from International Data Corporation, the world market of wearable devices has demonstrated a significant rise in the fourth quarter of 2015, which can be totally granted to the growing popularity of fitness trackers and smart watches. From October till December 2015 tech manufacturers produced around 27.4 million items of electronic wearable gadgets. As a result, the total wearable tech market volume reached 78.1 million, which is 172% higher than the previous year scale.       Why is it so noteworthy? Because wearables market now represents a very promising development trend for vendors – with…

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Latitude59
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A tech conference with a great reputation, connecting innovative developers, startuppers and entrepreneurs with investors and future partners. Held in Tallinn, the land of electronic solutions and digital society, the event must be truly international with attendees coming from Europe, America and even Asia. The organizers promise an exciting pitching competition, a bunch of outstanding speakers and great networking.

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PODIM Conference
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Check out the great conference, promising two days of exciting networking and educational activities for entrepreneurs and startuppers. This year, the conference is devoted to “hidden forces of startups” and everything connected with startups’ potential to bring changes. Theme talks, panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions and many more are waiting for you at PODIM 2016.

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Pioneers Festival
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This famous startup fest is a famous event organized by tech entrepreneurs. Here startuppers are treated as pioneers, who get together in a 2,500 crowd in order to spend a couple of days and make a lot of new connections among colleague startup founders, investors, and media. Pioneers Challenge is on the agenda: the jury will pick up 10 best teams from each ecosystem to participate in Pioneer of the Year.

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Consider fundraising in the US?
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      In recent years, there have been a lot of startups from Europe and the UK that expressed their keen interest in raising investments from US-based VCs. Sadly, it is far from easy. As a rule, non-US startups without certain customer traction among the American audience and without local partners, startups conducting no operations in the States, have almost zero chances. That is because historically, US investors prefer startups located in close proximity to their offices – it is more convenient for them to control deployment of their capital.      To deserve American investors’ trust and attention,…

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The Next Web Conference
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    Do not miss another annual conference organized by The Next Web! You have a great opportunity to attend a real fest and meet thousands of investors, entrepreneurs and tech leaders. What is expected: grand networking sessions, informative talks and exciting exhibitions, all dedicated to the latest trends in innovation, tech, communication industries? Startups are selected weekly for Boost and Bootstrap sessions ti have better chances during the pitching.

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Startup guide: how to become a corporate partner
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     More and more startups are born every month, which creates incredible competition among young entrepreneurs in terms of brand exposure, investor support and customer grip. In this case, it is often a good option for a startup to partner with a large well-known company that would provide certain support and stability during the growth period. Recently, Aaron Michel, a co-founder and CEO of PathSource edtech startup, shared his company’s experience of cooperation with the GED Testing Service, which turned out to be a beneficial partnership for both sides. In his article for The Next Web, Aaron suggests considering…

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$128 million invested in AI in 2015
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      Since 2010, more than 45 world companies and corporate VC departments have invested millions of dollars in startups, working on AI algorithms development. In 2014, Bloomberg Beta, Bloomberg LP, Samsung Ventures and Rakuten venture department appeared to be the most active AI investors, actively searching for new AI projects (like many other tech companies) and acquiring innovative startups, in order to keep up with Facebook and Google, which are now dominating the AI market.      Facebook and Google are reported to be the Silicon Valley leaders in the artificial intelligence industry. Both companies have injected huge…

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WEBIT Festival
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This festival is a big event, organized in a form of several parallel summits for numerous startuppers, enterprise executives and policy makers. Held especially for and focused on Central Europe, WEBIT festival is an event focused on tech and digitalization, which promises to be really international and bring together the world leading brands, audiences and media.

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Max Gurvits from CBA: “Revenue is trendy!”
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     VCEE Startups recently interviewed Max Gurvits, a famous entrepreneur and investor with an impressive experience gained in Europe and the US. Max used to manage an online legal services company in Amsterdam in 2008-2011, and later became a co-founder of one of the largest tech acceleration programs in the region – Eleven Startup Accelerator – and EUR 12m seed fund. Presently, Max Gurvits works as a Director for CEE and MENA in Cross-Border Angels. Thanks to a wide range of regional activities and programs Max participates in, he has a good vision of the current ecosystem state and…

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