The 2015 edition of the pan-European startup contest Idea Challenge sees an increase in variety and internationality. The series of events re…
Vienna-based seed fund SpeedInvest used the Pioneers Festival to announce a $55-million collaboration with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the biggest VC funds in the US. “We will not only dream big but we have a partner to make these plans come true now,” Speedinvest’s CEO Olliver Holle said for inventures. NEA will invest $5 million directly into Speedinvest’s newly launched second fund and anticipates reserving another $50 million for follow-on investments in Speedinvest portfolio companies.
At Austria’s biggest pitching contest for students the appointment app gatherer went home with not one but two prizes. Already before the final pitch, the startup could secure the Recommendation Award through their outstanding social media activity. Moreover, Desiree Zottl and her team were able to convince the jury and received the second prize at Entrepreneurship Avenue, which qualified them for joining the Pitching Days in Tel Aviv. With their mobile app gatherer helps you to organise events and schedule dates and appointments easier and faster.
What started as a pitching contest in front of CEED Macedonia in November 2014, lead to WeLrn's first investment. The team secured money from Macedonian business angels which will help them to further develop their platform, which is expected for launch in mid October this year. The idea for WeLrn was born at the third Startup Weekend Skopje and developed into an online marketplace for teaching and learning real-world skills through short video courses. Their interactive platform is built to encourage social learning and create a highly engaging environment with the use of gamification. The main focus will be improving practical skills through 20 minute online courses held by experts.
Graz-based Visocon developed a new videomeeting and webinar system called EyesOnXing. User can download the app, log in with their XING account and start scheduling meetings online. While the service including video calls, chats and presentations is free of charge, there will be a premium model introduced in the following months. VisoCon is a high-tech startup developing interactive communication solutions and is supported by tecnet and aws.
The Austrian art-guide beyondarts has won at the Constantinus Awards 2015. Their recent project „App-Guide Stift Klosterneuburg“ was nominated in two categories and received the first prize for „Native Mobile Apps“ at the ceremony in Vorarlberg. „The Constantinus Award is like the Oscar of the IT sector,“ the team describes their victory on their blog. Currently, the startup is also nominated for the UNO World Summit Award 2015.
A survey about the Austrian startup ecosystem showed that 90% of the startups supported by accent are still active. „With our support, the companies were able to secure more than 280,000 euros of public money and 120,000 euros from investors,“ Michael Moll, CEO of accent, explains their sucess. Accent is a high-tech founder centre for businesses in Lower Austria and has supported projects such as talentify or fresnex in the past.
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