10 of the hottest startups from Wolves Summit

Wolves-Summit-Top10Last month I attended Wolves Summit in Warsaw, one of the biggest startup events in eastern Europe. More than 250 investors, 300 executives, 500 web & software developers and about 300 startups attended this year’s edition. Startups competed in two categories – Young Wolves (winner: SwipeStox) and Experienced Startups (winner: Twisto). Here are some of Continue reading

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Helsinki-based Jolla has raises $12 million to further develop its mobile OS Sailfish

Jolla-Sailfish-osJolla, the Finnish developer of the open mobile operating system Sailfish OS, today announced that it has secured new financing of $12 million to advance the Sailfish OS development and licensing business further. Jolla is currently also recruiting new software developers to strengthen its product development for new and upcoming projects.

After some financing challenges last autumn, Jolla
has now entered into an agreement with its main creditors, and has canceled its debt restructuring application in Finland. Powered by the new funding (investors were not announced), the Helsinki-based company is now able to Continue reading

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Pitch Competition: Apply till the 24th of May to pitch your startup at the EU-Startups Conference 2016

EU-Startups-Conference-BerlinOn the 24th of June, we’re going to host this year’s edition of the EU-Startups Conference at the Microsoft Atrium Berlin. We’ll have inspiring speakers like the founders of GetYourGuide, Close.io and Marley Spoon, a panel discussion with Europe’s leading crowdfunding platforms, a networking break with delicious food, but most importantly:

An exciting Pitch Competition with 15 startup teams. Our goal is to showcase some of Europe’s best seed and Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: Join offerista or greatcontent in Berlin

Week after week, we’re introducing you to exciting career opportunities in the startup space. This is your chance to become part of the success story of one of Europe’s hottest startups! For a complete overview of the best startup jobs, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

Offerista-logobarcoo and Marktjagd, the shopping and product guides of Offerista, create transparency for shoppers, and help retailers and manufacturers directly address customers. Right now, the growing company seeks to extend Continue reading

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Music startup Musikki secures $1 million in funding and launches Exclusiph

musikki-logoMusikki, the music startup providing B2C and B2B music services including the Musikki Music API, has successfully closed a new round of funding securing $ 1 million from Portugal Ventures, the biggest venture capital fund in Portugal. This continues Musikki’s successful initial funding secured by winning in 2012 the Building Global Innovators Continue reading

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The CODE_n16 startup competition is now open for applications! (Sponsored)

CODE_n16-ContestAfter four years and more than 1,500 startup applications from 60 countries, the international CODE_n CONTEST is now accepting applications for its next round under the banner ‘Unveiling Digital Disruption’.

Startups from all over the world have until May 31, 2016 to apply for the contest. Finalists will compete in one of the following four themed clusters to win a grand prize of €30,000 as part of the CODE_n Award as well as free exhibition space at the new.New Festival.

1. Applied FinTechs: This theme is targeted at startups working in the field of financial technologies (or FinTechs Continue reading

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Scale up for Europe – join the EBAN Congress on May 25-27 in the beautiful city of Porto

Scaleup-for-EuropeThe European Business Angel Network (EBAN) is organizing its annual Congress on May 25-27 in the beautiful city of Porto, Portugal. This year’s theme is “Scale Up For Europe“.

EBAN is looking forward to welcoming many promising entrepreneurs and seasoned investors at this year’s EBAN Congress, which will focus on what Europe needs to do to transform our great startups into amazing scale-ups and unicorns. Attendees can expect a great program and Continue reading

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Munich-based fintech startup Paymill enters into a strategic insolvency and is looking for a buyer

Paymill-InsolvencyIt seems as if the European fintech market is entering a phase of consolidation. Earlier today the mobile payment companies SumUp and payleven announced a merger agreement. A few hours later we learned that the Munich-based fintech startup Paymill seems to be in trouble, as it has just entered into a “strategic” insolvency. Like payleven, Paymill has been heavily backed from the beginning Continue reading

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Nuki, an innovative door locking solution, raises €2 million in seed financing

NUKI-logoThe Austrian startup Nuki is receiving a 7-digit sum in a seed investment round. Around € 2 million are available for the further growth of the company that was able to raise a total of € 385,524 in May 2015 during a Kickstarter campaign. The Nuki Smart Lock is a simple-to-install system that works with European door cylinders. It allows home locks to be opened and closed automatically by Smartphone. Nuki can be controlled via Bluetooth and WiFi.

The Nuki System consists of the Nuki Smart Lock, the Nuki Bridge and optionally the Bluetooth Nuki Fob key ring. The core is a cylinder made of bead-blasted aluminium, which visually connects the door cylinder and the Nuki Smart Lock. Nuki can also be operated by pressing the button Continue reading

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Now official: Mobile payment companies payleven and SumUp join forces

sumup-payleven-mergerTwo of the leading European mobile payment companies SumUp and payleven today announced a definitive merger agreement to create the global leader in mobile payments. The shareholders of both companies have approved the transaction and will continue to support the combined company going forward. payleven has been co-founded and backed by Rocket Internet. Continue reading

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