Equerest investment platform launched in Ukraine
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      How long does it take an average startup to sign a deal with investors? How fast do investors find quality projects with high prospects for returns? Mostly, both sides experience certain difficulties while searching for business opportunities. What could make the whole process more efficient and convenient is some sort of organized communication between the pools of business counterparts. Equerest, a new investment platform in Ukraine, has all the chances to facilitate that constantly growing flow of deals led by local startups and capitalists. The platform positions itself as a specific search service allowing entrepreneurs to introduce…

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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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IE International Venture Day in Baku: another bunch of successful deals
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      On 3rd of December Baku hosted a great event, yearly held in 35 cities and representing a unique meeting platform for startups, experienced entrepreneurs and outstanding investors – International Venture Day, organized by IE Business School. In 4 years, participating startups have raised more than 12 million euros of investments in total.       This year 4 startups from Belarus were fighting for the main prize within the pitching competition. We are happy to announce that one of them – payment firewall project FirePCI – even became the first winner of the contest! FirePCI is a…

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Venture capital continues to grow and already exceeds 2014 level
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      According to venture capital reports provided by KPMG and CB Insights, the total amount of venture investments for the three-quarters of 2015 has already outrun the amounts of venture investments for 2014. Moreover, there is a clear growing trend, which promises to bring even more VC deals in the nearest future. For now there have been 1799 venture deals made all over the world, with more than $37 bln of funding given to newly created ventures, while the year is not over yet. Here is some key features of capital market development in the three-quarters of 2015. Unicorns…

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