The 2015 edition of the pan-European startup contest Idea Challenge sees an increase in variety and internationality. The series of events re…
News portal Netokracija recently published a research on the amount of investments put into Serbian startups in 2014. The figures they presented were discouraging, as they've shown that tech startups have accumulated the total of € 4.300.000, lagging behind Croatia (€ 21.156.023) and Slovenia (€ 60.855.500). The research was put into perspective in a commentary article, and there are certain points to be analyzed deeper in order to get a complete picture.
If term Serbian startup stands for startups registered (and paying taxes) in Serbia, the amount is much lower - 1.3 million euros. This sum came solely from Innovation Fund, while investments Bulgarian Eleven made adds another € 200.000. Registered investments from private funds and individuals are zero.
However, if Serbian startup is defined by having at least one co-founder from Serbia, the amount goes up to 6 million euros. The highest investment in this category was 1.9 million euros for Mainframe2, a company registered in the U.S.
Startups with development teams located in Serbia have taken around € 10 million in 2014. A good example of such startup is Humanity, originally from San Francisco, that got $ 3.2 million in the fall last year.
Devopsdays is a global conference that brings developments and operations together. The event has been held in different cities all around the world since 2009, and will take place in the Ljubljana City Hotel from 3-4 April this year.
The Ljubljana Devopsdays team includes Andrei Serdeliuc, Tea Klemen and Tomaž Kovačič who will welcome successful entrepreneurs such as Sabine Bernecker-Bendixen, Avishai Ish-Shalom, Daniel Torok, Oliver Hankeln or Domen Kožar as speakers. The business celebreties will help participants better themselves and their industry with presentations on the evolution of infrastructure, keynotes on the future of O/S, providing different definitions of "work", sketching the process from idea to product and many more. So hurry up and purchase your ticket here.
The Macedonian Fund for innovation and technological development has published it's first open call for Macedonian startups. Startups can apply until 18 April for co-financing up to 85% of the total budget for the project (maximum of 30,000 euros). The remaining 15% of the total budget for the project should be provided by the applicant. The purpose of the instrument support is to encourage innovation in enterprises, implementation of innovative solutions and support for companies that have high growth potential, as well as presenting scientific research results in applicative methods, or commercial activities by creating "spin-off" companies. The call is open to micro, small and medium enterprises (not older than six years), startup and spinoff companies, predominantly owned by the Macedonian citizens. Overall, 600,000 euros are provided to fund projects under the public announcement.
On 8 May, the Austrian startup supporters Up To Eleven will host a startup pitch at the Marketing Rockstars Festival in Graz. Business enthusiasts can apply here until 12 April. The best three ideas will be able to present their projects on the Festival’s Main Stage. With a little luck you can win a media volume of 30,000 euros by derStandard.at as well as coaching sessions with UT11 and the Marketing Rockstars.
First Serbian accelerator StartLabs added another company, WhoAPI to their portfolio. WhoAPI provides its customers with "extensive domain data and simplifying WHOIS". WhoAPI has already gone through acceleration program with 500 Startups, and is being used by Twitter, Wikipedia, King.com among others.
The winner of the PiratesOnShore pitching competition got tickets and support for the Pirate Summit! VapourApps is a startup that aims to help creating your own corporate Dropbox: storage, sharing, integration, collaboration and much more. On the past Friday, the Pirates on Shore tour brought the spirit of the Pirate Summit to Skopje. Three Macedonian startups had three minutes for their pitch and Q&A session with the speakers/jury. Next to the winners also DoxOut - a breakthrough cross-platform development technology that enables sharing of 90% of the code base across platforms - and TakeAnAdd that will try to simplify the social media aspect for SMEs by "creating beautiful facebooks on the go" got the chance to pitch and receive valuable feedback.
While Aleksander Tasev (SuperFounders) opened the event and explained their pre-accelerator programme, Till Ohrmann (Co-Founder & CEO of European Pirate Summit) presented what the Pirate Summit is all about. Participants also had the opportunity to learn what Hub:raum Krakow offers its members from Luka Sucic and later Stephane Gantchev (Launchub) took over for a fireside chat. Skopje was one of the 50 cities all across Europe and the Middle East that the Pirates on Shore tour is visiting.
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