Europe’s only startup award for recycling ends on the 15th of September 2015

Gree-Alley-logoGreen Alley is looking for the best ideas on the topics of recycling, resource conservation and sustainability Europe’s only startup prize in this field. Deadline for application is September 15th. Young entrepreneurs and startups can apply. Finalists will be invited to attend a mentoring workshop in November in Berlin with subsequent live pitch and award ceremony.

The Green Alley Award addresses a currently much discussed political issue. The EU’s Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik has only recently Continue reading

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Top deals seen in Central and Eastern Europe in August

Euro-DealsHere is my list of some interesting deals from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), seen in August. Often overlooked by big US and Western European investors, the region offers many good deals, at much cheaper valuations compared to the US market.

Galactic Exchange, a big data startup with activities split between Kharkiv (Kharkov), Eastern Ukraine, and Silicon Valley, Continue reading

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The key findings of the MY-WAY survey on web entrepreneurship support for young adults

MY-WAY-SurveyMY-WAY, the two-year project which set out to improve the startup ecosystem for students in Europe, just released a research study based on its recent online survey for young adults and on face-to-face interviews with student support centres.

The survey and interviews were implemented to identify the needs and capabilities of the student networks and young adults across Europe regarding web entrepreneurship. Based on the survey results and with a better understanding of the current gaps and problems, MY-WAY will develop a new service scheme for student networks and student entrepreneurship centres to support young tech Continue reading

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Lengow, the European leader in ecommerce feed management, secures €10M

lengow-logoLengow, the European leader in ecommerce feed management, has secured €10 million in Series B funding from European investors Serena Capital, BPI and Alven Capital. The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s international growth and global customer acquisition. This brings Lengow’s total venture funding to €11.4 million, following Continue reading

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Berlin-based Labfolder secures seven-digit financing round for growth and international expansion

Labfolder-logoLabfolder, a digital laboratory notebook software for research, closes a seven-digit growth financing round for further development of the software platform, and expanding marketing and international sales. Together with new investors and partners from the laboratories, labfolder will push development in order to connect researchers and data, as well as to connect equipment, special software and laboratories globally.

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Video messaging app Dubsmash surpasses 75M downloads and raises $5.5M

Dubsmash-logoDubsmash, the viral video messaging app that lets users create and share dubbed “selfie” videos, today announced a $5.5 million Series A investment round led by Index Ventures, with participation from Lowercase Capital, ENIAC Ventures, Sunstone Capital, Raine Ventures and King.com’s CEO Riccardo Zacconi. The investment will be used to expand the Dubsmash team, which is headquartered in Berlin, and scale the company’s infrastructure.

Launched in November 2014, Dubsmash enables users to “say it with video” and mix short video recordings of themselves with a popular Continue reading

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SumUp announces latest successful €10 m funding round

Sumup-2015SumUp, one of Europe’s leading mPOS companies, announced a new €10 million injection by investors including BBVA Ventures and Groupon. American Express and other current investors also participated in the funding round. This takes SumUp’s funding so far to a total of €50 million, and follows the recent investment by Swiss venture capital firm Venture Incubator AG.

SumUp is set to empower the world to accept card payments. With SumUp, merchants can accept credit and debit cards, using their smartphones or tablets, in a simple, secure and cost-effective way. SumUp’s mobile card acceptance solution is built on proprietary end-to-end EMV payment technology, terminal hardware, and mobile Continue reading

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Interview with Benjamin Günther – Co-Founder and CEO of STYLIGHT

Stylight-Benjamin-GuntherSTYLIGHT inspires women to shop fashion they love. Every day, the company’s websites and apps feature a curated selection of the latest fashion trends and new products from the hottest fashion stores online. Blending nice content and great products from +400 shops worldwide together, STYLIGHT provides a constant stream of inspiration. Continue reading

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Mobile Growth Europe: Mobile industry leaders meet in Berlin next week!

Mobile-Growth EuropeMobile industry professionals are meeting in Berlin on September 3-4 at the Mobile Growth Europe conference.

At the event, attendees will have a chance to connect with and learn from mobile business professionals specializing in user acquisition, monetization, retention and mobile engagement.

As you might now, the volume Continue reading

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10 of Europe’s best dating and matchmaking startups in 2015

Love-StartupsSeveral studies over the last two years suggest that already over 20% of today’s couples in Europe met online. This number is increasing year by year.

Over the last two decades, there were a bunch of really successful dating/matchmaking-related startups coming out of Europe. Companies like eDarling, meetic and Parship – to name just a few. Since fruitful matchmaking businesses not only create happy couples, but also have the potential to earn a lot of money, there are new Continue reading

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