Research on startup accelerators in Europe

Research_2014This morning, we launched our new Research section (check the menu above) and released a research on startup accelerators in Europe. Given the variety and huge number of accelerator programs out there, this is our attempt to give you a complete overview. Our research costs €19.9 / £16.4 and can be purchased here via PayPal or by tomorrow evening via Amazon.

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Axel Springer Plug and Play announces new batch of startups

AxelSpringer-PlugandPlayThis month, 10 new startups will be moving into the offices of the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator in Berlin, the third round of startups to move in since the accelerator’s founding. They’ll be using the offices as their base to develop their products, build their companies, and work towards follow-up financing. Based on the positive experiences of the first years, Axel Springer Plug & Play will be holding three program rounds in 2014.

A remarkable fact about the accelerator: In the first three months of 2014, every startup that took part in the first round of the program received follow Continue reading

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London-based The Currency Cloud secures $10m in funding

CurrencyCloud-logoThe Currency Cloud, an international payments engine, has raised $10 million in a Series B funding round. The fresh capital, which follows the A round ($9m) of 2012, came from existing investors like Atlas Venture, Anthemis Group, Notion Capital and XAnge Private Equity and the Silicon Valley Bank.

Making an international payment through traditional channels can be expensive and sometimes complicated due to out dated processes and high Continue reading

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Central European Startup Awards – let’s put our region on the map together

Central European Startup Awards is a series of events to recognise and celebrate the startup ecosystems of the region by finding the bests in six categories. Nominations are open until 23rd April 2014.

The Startup Awards started as a concept in 2012 to provide a spotlight focus on startups in the Nordic region. In 2014 the spirit spreads over the Continue reading

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MiniBrake – to make cycling safer for kids all over the world

The remote controlled bike brake to protect kids

MiniBrake is a remote controlled bike brake system that is designed to protect kids. The device consists of two parts: a remote controller and a small brake attached to the rear end of the kid’s bike. Using the MiniBrake is as simple as it gets: when parents sense that their kid is in danger, they just press the remote controller and their child’s bike comes to a safe and smooth stop. Helmets, elbow- and knee protectors are extremely useful, but they can only mitigate the effect of a collision – in contrast, MiniBrake can be actively used to avoid bike accidents.

This might seem like a simple idea (why didn’t I think of it first?!), but to make it really safe, the developers built Continue reading

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The 5 fastest growing startups in 7 European countries

thetech5-logoA few weeks ago The Next Web and global payments technology provider Adyen partnered to launch a new kind of competition in search of Europe’s fastest growing startups: the European Tech5. After receiving the submissions and screening over a hundred companies across seven European countries, the lists of the fastest growing tech startups are completed. The Tech5 lists are based on actual revenue, traffic and employee data and shows the growth rate between 2011 and 2013.

Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web explains: “It’s amazing to see how many fast growing companies there are in Europe. Besides the ones that Continue reading

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Jobs of the week: Roamler and Expaway

Be part of the success stories of some of Europe’s hottest startups out there. Each week, we’re introducing you to great career oportunities in the startup space. For a complete overview, make sure to check out our job board. And here are the jobs of the week:

Roamler-logoThe Amsterdam-based startup Roamler aims to revolutionise retail execution by providing valuable insights which are detailed, verified and directly available. Join the passionate team of Roamler and help to realise the dream about having Roamlers all across the globe. At the moment, the promising startup has presence in 13 countries where over 20.000 Roamlers make an extra buck by Continue reading

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Takeaway acquires Lieferando and raises €73 million

takeaway-logoAfter the rumours of last week it is now official: Takeaway.com acquires the Berlin-based food ordering startup Lieferando. But that’s. Takeaway also announced today that it raised € 73 million in additional funding from Prime Ventures, Macquarie Capital and the founders of Lieferando.

Takeaway.com is one of the world’s largest food delivery websites active in Germany with Lieferservice.de. The company will merge the two brands in Continue reading

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Amsterdam-based Casengo raises €1.5m to accelerate growth

Casengo-logoA consortium of European investors led by VC firm henQ injects € 1.5 million into Casengo. This cloud application, which launched in December 2012, empowers companies to respond to their customers faster and better, without losing the human touch. The Amsterdam-based startup Casengo was founded in 2011. Today, its application is beeing used by over 2,300 businesses worldwide.

Casengo mixes support software (like Zendesk or Desk.com) with chat applications like (Olark or LiveChat). By introducing a clever blend of email, chat Continue reading

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Lendico launches in South Africa and Austria

Lendico-logoThe Africa Internet Holding (a subsidiary of Rocket Internet), today announced the launch of Lendico in South Africa. Lendico is the digital alternative to banks that enables investors to directly fund the loans of private individuals. Lendico, which has been founded by the end of 2013, also just entered the Austrian market. In total Lendico is now active in 5 countries (Germany, Poland, Spain, Austria and South Continue reading

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