Angel Capital EXPO Europe
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This great gathering promises to bring together the representatives of angel capital and startup communities. 20 selected early stage companies from a number of different industries are going to present their products and ideas. Startups are highly welcome to register here. The event is organized by Keiretsu Forum Prague, which covers a big part of the CEE region, including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Belarus.

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Polish accelerator Orange Fab invites startups from CEE
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       Orange Fab Polska started to accept startup applications from outside Poland: now the accelerator welcomes startups also from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other countries of the CEE region. The acceleration program is planned to last for 12 weeks, in which time the best projects will receive up to € 10 000 and will be invited to participate in Demo Day in Warsaw or Paris. The program was organized by Orange Group.        Orange Fab team is in search of startups, whose products or services are very likely to scale and spread within…

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Investors strongly believe in CEE startups
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      SpeedInvest, one of the most prominent venture funds in Europe, with tickets up to € 500 thousand, has recently announced to focus particularly on CEE region in the following months. The fund’s team is in search of disruptive innovations across whole Europe, but in light of latest CEE breakthroughs and commonly recognized indicators of promising startup potential among East European tech developers, investors decided to take a closer look at the region.        In 2015, SpeedInvest has already invested in 14 European projects, 2 of them from CEE region. Hungarian startup Enbrite.ly, Slush 2014 winner,…

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Proffstore Hackathon
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The biggest free of charge hackathon in the CEE region. Developers, designers, creators and all the initiative people full of great innovative ideas are very welcome to participate! The hackathon will be held at the Art-factory Platform, creating space for the ecosystem settlement and IT development in Ukraine. The project is organized by Proffstore freelance space and Hackraft.

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Top November deals in CEE region
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Czech AVG acquired Israel-based startup Flayvr        AVG is a quite famous Czech company, a software security developer, which has become international since 1991. Recently, AVG has started to move the activities into the app design industry, and, therefore, takes corresponding measures, expanding its portfolio of mobile app companies. In November 2015 the company bought a photo app known as Flayvr for several million dollars. This Israeli startup is already famous for its photo apps MyRoll and Gallery Doctor. Now Gallery Doctor will be integrated into the AVG Cleaner app, doing almost the same function: notifying users about…

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Rubylight – new-concept Latvian investment company
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     Today many startup companies, positioned as B2C businesses, experience difficulty finding the right investors: even judging by the Slush and SV2B attendees, most of the investment companies target B2B sector. Rubylight is one of the few investment companies working with B2C projects. The company was founded by former tech entrepreneurs in Riga, Latvia, and until now it has a remarkable portfolio of successful projects.       Rubylight was started by a group of experienced entrepreneurs with impressive tech and business backgrounds. The founders also participated in building scalable B2C projects before, most of them worked as partners…

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How to turn post-USSR territories into Silicon Valley
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      American west coast became a definite model of the perfect entrepreneurship ecosystem for the whole world a long time ago. The most ambitious developers run away to California in hope of settling their startup in the Silicon Valley and then going global. The biggest concentration of investors, venture funds and startuppers alongside with obvious proofs of their success – billion-dollar exits, so-called unicorns and world-famous brands – all this is about the Silicon Valley. All the other ecosystems are often trying to copy that American business spot, European countries always compare their achievements with those belonging to…

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Belgrade Venture Forum 2015: call from East
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       On 12-14th of November, the center of Serbian business life gathers entrepreneurs, investors and innovators at the largest forum in Eastern Europe, dedicated to entrepreneurship and capital. As of last year experience, Belgrade Venture Forum managed to attract more than 400 participants from 24 countries, and this year promises to promote this event further: more than 500 attendees registered, 70 international investors invited, 300 startups to be presented during the forum. Smart cities, fintech and value innovations will be the key topics covered at Belgrade forum in 2015. To get you more interested, we provide a short…

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How venture funds work with startups in Ukraine
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It always seems that startuppers have to overcome numerous obstacles before finding the investors. But we never think of all the procedures taken by investors themselves to choose the right project for their money, which also turns out to be a complicated task. Yevgeny Sysoyev, a partner of one of the leading venture funds in Ukraine ‘AVentures Capital’ shared some of the venture experience and explained how capitalists usually work with startups. In the beginning, it is essential to learn how startup founders can be noticed by a venture firm after applying for funding. From the long list of applications…

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Lithuanian Startup Ecosystem
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Last month we presented a short review on Polish startup ecosystem, so now it is a moment to claim the prosperity of another business environment in CEE region – Lithuania. In several years, Lithuanian startup ecosystem has grown in the number of project founders and developers plus managed to attract more than 100 million dollars of investments in the promising deals. So what are the factors that encouraged such a great success in the region? First of all, it is a business-friendly atmosphere in all aspects. Not only numerous startup and entrepreneurship events are held here, but also the people…

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