Funzi launches mobile information and learning service for asylum seekers in Europe

Funzi-logo-and-appWhile the debate on refugee crisis in Europe is going on, politicians fight over refugee quotas, some people do something to help. For example, a couple from Berlin launched website to help refugees find roommates in early September. Now, Finland-based Funzi, a mobile learning and information service, launches a service for asylum seekers that delivers reliable information to their mobile phone users (yes, refugees come to Europe with smart phones).

The service is easy to use and applies to all immigrants. It is initially available in an English version with multiple language versions under development. Funzi’s service contains trustworthy information Continue reading

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 IT for Girls, Girls for IT: Interview with CzechITas co-founder Monika Malátková

CzechITas-logoI met CzechITas (Czech Girls Talk IT!) at a small workshop with a CzechITas instructor participating, in an auditorium of about 95% men, a year ago. We could hear a lot of giggling when the CzechITas instructor spoke about mobile technology. It wasn’t a bad presentation, in my view, but I am not a big fan of quotas for women. I see people around me treating women and men equally in business. But while there, I realized that there were gender Continue reading

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Data acceleration startup Swarm64 raises €7.1 million

Swarm64-logoSwarm64 AS, the Oslo- and Berlin-based data acceleration startup, has raised a total of €7.1 million from lead investors Alliance Venture, Target Partners and Investinor. The funds will be used for market entry and team building in regards to the US market.

“We recognized Swarm64’s potential early and have been supporting the company since the seed-stage. Now we are excited to back the company during its growth phase,” says Bente Loe, partner at Alliance Venture. Continue reading

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CESA Grand Finale: Come to meet the CEE startup ecosystem in Vienna

CESAWARDS_2015-logoThe Central European Startup Awards aka CESA will have its Grand Finale on the 8th of October in Vienna, at the amazing venue of Hotel Schani - the very first hotel for the geek generation in the region.

Backed by prestigious sponsors, the mission of CESA is to enhance cooperations among the different players of the startup ecosystems in the 100+ million Continue reading

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Auctionata acquires ValueMyStuff and pursues international growth trajectory

Auctionata-logo-2015Leading livestream auction house Auctionata has taken over one of the largest online valuation companies in the global market ValueMyStuff) (VMS), based in London. Auctionata extends its global expert network with this acquisition and continues its international growth trajectory towards market leadership.

Alexander Zacke, founder and Continue reading

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MY-WAY searches for key players in the startup ecosystem for a potential collaboration!

MY-WAY-logoMY-WAY, an ambitious project which set out to improve the startup ecosystem for students in Europe, is currently searching for key players in the European startup ecosytem that are interested in a potential collaboration.

If you are an accelerator, network or association for aspiring entrepreneurs, a co-working space, incubator, mentor, venture capitalist, an authority or Continue reading

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Startup jobs of the week: IPlytics and Project A Ventures

Week after week, we’re introducing you to great career oportunities 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:

IPlytics-LogoIPlytics is a Berlin-based startup that develops a SaaS Solution (IPlytics Platform) to predict technology trends and analyze market developments. Their clients include companies from any tech-related branches such as Automobile, ICT or Biotech. Continue reading

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Customer engagement platform iAdvize secures €14 million to become global leader

iAdvize-2015Leading European customer engagement platform iAdvize has secured €14 million venture funding led by Iris Capital with BPI France and its historical investor Alven Capital. It will allow the company to pursue its international growth and boost product innovation.

“iAdvize is transforming the way in which companies are able to interact with their online customers, resulting in higher satisfaction and increased conversion rates,” says Sophie Dingreville, Partner Continue reading

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Crowdinvesting platform Invesdor adds debt, pre-IPOs, secondary trading to equity deals – interview with Lasse Mäkelä

Lasse-Mäkelä-InvesdorSince it is one of the leading European equity crowdfunding platforms, we wrote about Invesdor several times before. The firm started co-operation with business angel network FiBAN a year ago, but not many deals led by business angels were closed yet. Invesdor added debt product - CrowdBond (unsecured while bank loans usually require security with personal assets) - recently, for investors who want to invest while shouldering a bit less risk. Invesdor is the first European crowdfunding platform to have been granted a MiFID licence for investment advice, reception and transmission of orders, and placing of financial instruments. The firm recently raised a million euro crowdfunding round Continue reading

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German startup ecosystem, diluting the oxymoron

Germany-2015Ahoy Allemagne. Earlier this month I touched down in Germany at Pirate Summit and Startup Night. First impressions of the German startup scene raised the bar high but did this meet my expectations?

Startup success stories are increasing in Germany, where VC tech funding stood at $578 million in 2013. Last year this increased over two fold at $1.28 billion. In comparison UK tech firms grew 78 percent to a total of $1.6 billion. Despite the Continue reading

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