Sentiance raises $5.2 million in Series B financing round led by Samsung Catalyst Fund

Sentiance-logoThe Belgian startup Sentiance has just announced that it has closed $5.2 million in its most recent round of funding. The new investment enables Sentiance to enhance the company’s focus on the Internet of Things. Sentiance provides Ambient Intelligence by filtering meaningful commercial data out of users’ direct environment which is automated through a proprietary sensor fusion platform. The platform empowers Continue reading

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GetYourGuide raises $50 Million in a growth round led by KKR

Getyouguide-2015KKR, a leading global investment firm, has just announced that it is leading a $50 million growth equity investment in Berlin-based GetYourGuide – one of the leading independent online marketplaces for discovering and booking travel activities worldwide. GetYourGuide’s existing investors, Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Sunstone Capital as well as new investor Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) will join the financing round. Going forward, KKR aims to support GetYourGuide’s global expansion by providing primary capital, operational resources and access to its global network. Continue reading

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HomeToGo, one of the world’s leading search engines for vacation rentals, expands to the U.S.

hometogo-logoHomeToGo has just expanded to the world’s biggest online travel booking market – the United States. The Berlin-based startup will bring vacation seekers 3 million offers in over 200 countries from more than 150 vacation rental Websites!

“This is a very exciting time for HomeToGo,” says CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Patrick Andrä. “The impressive variety in our search results of vacation rentals Continue reading

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3D printing startup Printr is ready to make 3D printing accessible for everyone

printr-logoAlthough 3D printing is becoming increasingly popular it is still a niche market which only a tiny proportion of consumers has access to. The Dutch startup Printr is going to launch its operating system Formide in December to make 3D printing accessible to everyone. The young company just received €750.000 in funding, which Continue reading

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MIRA Rehab: A social impact startup that gamifies rehabilitation

Mira-InterviewI met Alina Călin from Romania in Vienna at CESA Grand Finale, where the best startups and ecosystem supporters in Central Europe were announced. Her startup, MIRA Rehab, which has offices in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and London, won the category “Best social impact startup”. That was a good reason to interview her about her entrepreneurial path and MIRA Rehab.

Who is Alina? What makes you wake up in the morning?

I am just a young girl trying to make a difference around me and bring back value to the society that invested so much in my education and Continue reading

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Dublin-based healthcare marketplace WhatClinic acquires

Whatclinic-2015One of Europe’s leading healthcare comparison sites,, today announced its strategic acquisition of UK dental booking site The move will introduce the simplistic booking of Toothpick’s software to more than 11,000 UK dental clinics listed on – which has been dubbed the ‘Tripadvisor of private healthcare’. This acquisition, which terms remain undisclosed, will fast-track the site’s move towards real-time Continue reading

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Top deals seen in Central and Eastern Europe in October

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

South African-based global internet and media company, Naspers announced a US$1.2bn transaction to become the largest shareholder in Avito, the leading online classifieds platform in Russia. Naspers Continue reading

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Something is accelerating in Budapest

Csongor-Bias-TerminalWhile I believe in a less government-driven economy, it’s good to see smart initiatives coming from this world also in Budapest, that truly supports the local ecosystem.

I had a good chat with Csongor Biás, Head of Tech Incubation at Design Terminál in Budapest on their upcoming acceleration project.

What is Design Terminál’s Techlab? And what is Design Terminál?

Design Terminal is a government backed agency responsible for improving the entrepreneurial scene in Budapest. Besides organising and hosting dozens of events every month, running conferences and gathering the community, we have an increasing focus on business incubation. To that end, we Continue reading

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Truecaller reaches 200 million users and launches tagging feature

Truecaller-logoThe free phonebook app Truecaller and dial pad replacement app Truedialer will now come equipped with a new option that will enable users to tag a contact based on a broad range of categories such as Transportation, Banking / Finance, or Drinks and Nightlife, making it even easier to identify the number of your cab driver or your bank.

Since day one, when Truecaller came to life on an online forum, and experienced the first 10 thousand downloads, the Stockholm-based company has been Continue reading

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Data Natives 2015: A Conference for the Data­Driven Generation (Sponsored)

DataNatives-logoData Natives, a two day conference on November 19-20 in Berlin, celebrates three areas of technology that are driving innovation and the next wave of billion dollar startups. These are Big Data, IoT and FinTech.

If you haven’t purchased your conference ticket yet, make sure to use the exclusive promo code DNEUStartups which gives you 33% off.

Join industry leaders from Big Data, IoT and FinTech at the Data Natives 2015 Conference. Continue reading

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