Seed Forum
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Seed Forum is a global organization that unites representatives in more than 40 countries. This is a series of local events where local investors, funds and financial intermediaries get the opportunity of investor matchmaking and thus improve their professional competencies. At the same time, Seed Forum is a great chance for startuppers and entrepreneurs to present their ideas and raise capital for the projects. The pitching companies are carefully selected by Seed Forum organizers. Check out all the Seed Forum locations on their website.

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Collision ALPHA
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Collision is a popular American tech conference, which has become truly international in two years and attracted numerous startups, company executives and investors from more than 50 countries. Every week they pick up startups from around the globe for their ALPHA exhibition. The lucky ones get the opportunity to present their project to the international audience, get access to Investor Office Hours, Mentor Hours and many more.

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Latest investment travel destinations
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     For years, managers in most investment funds, especially the ones located in emerging markets, have concentrated a big part of their assets in BRIC countries, widely recognized as commodity-heavy economies. However, there is a new investment preference now, coming into the trend among funds and capitalists – technology-centric economies, including so-called TICK countries (Taiwan, India, China, South Korea). Not only does it mean that fund investments move to tech-heavy economies, but it also implies assets’ reallocation towards tech companies that are grabbing considerable shares in individual baskets. Some experts explain such a crucial reallocation of funds by a…

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Startup Gjirafa shakes Albanian startup ecosystem with a $2 million deal
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     The first thing that must come to your mind as soon as you hear the word “search” is Google. This brand became a widely-used term associated with information search a long time ago. However, it turns out that Google is unable to make everyone happy with the results, and some regions need their local search machines. In Albania and Albanian-speaking countries, this is the case.      Recently, Albanian search startup Gjirafa disclosed a big sum of investment attracted for further advancement of their search engine. Gjirafa company’s CEO and co-founder Mergim Cahani presented a search engine that…

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Outbrain shows how to go global
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     Outbrain is now one of the leading content discovery platforms on international markets, providing their clients with increased traffic and growing revenues gained from efficient marketing campaigns, led in association with Outbrain’s brand partners. The company is headquartered in New York and also manages offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, London, Paris, Hamburg, and Netanya. Founded in 2006 as a startup, Outbrain has been so far financially backed by such investors as Index Ventures, Carmel Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, GlenRock Israel, Rhodium and Lightspeed Venture Partners, with the last $50 million injections made in July 2015.  …

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Seedstars World pushes the limits of startups
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     For those who are still obsessed about the Silicon Valley buzz, it might be quite unexpected to learn that emerging markets are creating a very positive vibe in the startup world today. Very few people think about innovation and business development when they hear about the countries of the CEE, MENA, LATAM regions, Africa and Asia, which is actually a mistake. Seedstars World, an exclusive startup competition, gathering startups from 55 countries in emerging markets and organized by enthusiastic and talented people, is trying hard to open the rich potential of the higher mentioned areas to the whole…

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Explore business opportunities in Europe: Vienna vs. Vilnius
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     Look at the map of European startup hubs and you will see a dense network of micro-ecosystems, each offering different facilities in terms of the new project launch, scaling up and investment activity. Whether you start your first business or look for new destinations to expand, it’s always worth making the right decision basing on the whole specter of local opportunities that might be interesting particularly to you. In this article, we try to compare two contrasting hubs: Vilnius – fastest growing startup ecosystem – and Vienna – admittedly the perfect place to live in. Have a look…

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Business leader vs. craftsman: the power of thinking tools
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     In the modern world, it has become rather complicated for team leads, executives and CEOs to perform their management roles: too many areas to take care of, too much information to process and too little time for everything. A startup founder typically needs a good expertise both in their tech field and business strategy.      In his popular book “Paid to think”, David Goldsmith raises the question of leadership development. Turns out, those widely defined leadership tools like computers, spreadsheets, data, and professional experience, in reality, do not help a lot. What a good leader really needs…

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Seedstars Summit
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     Seedstars organizes their international Summit for around 1000 entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, corporate executives, government representatives and business angels from CEE, MENA, LATAM regions, Africa and Asia. The greatest minds will the impact of technology and entrepreneurship on billions of people’s lives.     The main part of the event will be devoted to the selection of the startup winner that will be picked up from 54 international finalists. The winner of Seedstars World will receive up to $500 000 in equity investment. The best startups in travel and space industries will also be rewarded with equity investments and…

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West meets East: SVOD Europe Conference outcomes
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     On 27th-28th of January, Dublin hosted the SVOD Europe conference, sponsored by Almaz Capital Partners, PWC and Google, and traditionally connecting tech leaders from Eastern Europe with their colleagues from more developed western ecosystems. Now SVOD Europe was held on the topic “Unicorn vs Narwhal. Myth vs Reality”, which was to suppose to reveal opposite investment strategies applied by tech companies at various development stages: “all-you-can-eat” vs. “eat-only-to-live”.      As usually, SVOD Europe was highlighted with exciting speeches by professional speakers like Brian Caulfield (Draper Esprit), Alexander Galitsky (AlmazCapital), Uri Adoni (JVP), Deborah Magid (IBM), Paddy Flynn…

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