Category Archives: The EU and Europe

10 key take-aways of Tech.eu’s M&A and IPO report for 2014

Last Thursday, Robin Wauters, the founding editor of Tech.eu, published a report zooming in on all the mergers, acquisitions and IPOs in the European tech industry that happened in 2014. The European Tech Exits report is the result of 18 months of monitoring … Continue reading

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MY-WAY launches a survey on web entrepreneurship support

MY-WAY, the two-year project which set out to improve the startup ecosystem for students in Europe, just launched an online survey on web entrepreneurship support. The survey has been designed to identify the needs and capabilities of young adults in … Continue reading

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Invesdor receives an EU licence to boost cross-border crowdfunding in SME sector

Invesdor, a fast growing Nordic crowdfunding platform, has been granted a MiFID licence by financial authorities, to expand debt and equity crowdfunding services across all 31 EU and EEA countries. The Helsinki-based crowdfunding platform is the first one to receive this level of … Continue reading

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Interview with Dörte Höppner, Chief Executive of the European Venture Capital Association

Risk capital funds have been closing more deals in Europe recently. Investment activity in VC-backed European tech companies reached a four-year high in both deals and dollars in 2014. Also, U.S. venture-capital investment in Europe is increasing steadily, a recent … Continue reading

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Top deals seen in Central and Eastern Europe in March

Here is my list of some interesting deals from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), seen in March. Often overlooked by big US and Western European investors, the region offers many good deals, at much cheaper valuations compared to the US … Continue reading

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Teams from Hungary, Estonia and Austria win the CEE Women Startup Competition in Budapest

In the beginning of this week, the beautiful city of Budapest hosted another CEE Women Startup Competition and I was there… Amazing teams, good presentations by ambitious and intelligent young female entrepreneurs, cool venue –  Prezi House of Ideas – full … Continue reading

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MY-WAY sets out to improve the web entrepreneurship ecosystem for students in Europe

Started on the 1st of January 2015, MY-WAY is a two-year project, which was co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The ambitious project aims to enhance and improve the collaboration and efforts of web entrepreneurship initiatives (startup … Continue reading

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In a couple of years, Techstars might have 6-8 locations in Europe

Yesterday, I attended a fireside chat with Jon Bradford in Vienna. Jon is not only a funny guy, but mainly someone who helps European startups as a mentor and/or investor. Jon said he quit his job as Managing Director of Techstars … Continue reading

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European VC-backed investments in tech companies at 4 year high in 2014 – summary of the CBInsights report

CBInsights is one of the best and most comprehensive Venture Capital databases I know. It helps tracking the world’s most promising private companies, their investors, their acquirers and the industries they compete in. CBInsights just published a data-driven review of 2014’s financing activity to … Continue reading

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Equity crowdfunding platforms and campaigns we liked in February

Equity crowdfunding is kind of disrupting the finance industry. Now, it is possible for individuals to invest, often along with experienced angel investors. Hunger to aim to invest in new Facebook or Skype type of companies is no longer privilege … Continue reading

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