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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Sightseeing reengineered:

Hofle AttilaI met Attila at a café in downtown Budapest to learn about his new project: In a few minutes I asked if I could take some notes, as I felt I really wanted to share it with you.

What is all about? How would you define it?

We organise alternative city walks in Budapest for tourists and expats in small groups (as a maximum of 5 or 6 people) and we focus mainly on the 7th district of Budapest which is known as the party district of the capital, but we do not organise pub crawls on purpose, because we want to show our guests the alternative art scene of the city: street art, design shops, flea markets, community centers and the cultural perspective of the ruinpub scene. That’s why we don’t offer any welcome drinks and Continue reading

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New funding round values Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh at €2.6 billion!

HelloFresh-UnicornHelloFresh is one of the leading delivery services for fresh meals at home – globally, offering households in 7 different countries the opportunity to enjoy healthy, wholesome home cooked meals with no planning. Rocket Internet just announced a € 75 million funding round Continue reading

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Startupxplore secures €210K in a new funding round with several top investors from Spain

startupexploreStartupxplore, the largest startups and investors community in Spain has announced a seed funding round of € 210.000.

Cabiedes&Partners, a well known Spanish VC firms, has led the round, joined also by Bankinter – a top Spanish bank – and some notable angel Continue reading

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London-based Quiqup secures funding from Delivery Hero and Global Founders Capital

Quiqup-logoQuiqup, a London-based on-demand delivery startup, has finalised a “multi-million pound” Series A funding round, with lead investors Delivery Hero and Global Founders Capital (investment fund of Rocket Internet).

The decision for Quiqup to select Delivery Hero and Rocket Internet as their new investors was influenced by their experience in supporting and building Continue reading

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The last call: Pitch your startup at the EU-Startups Conference on Oktober 23 in Berlin

EU-Startups-Conference-logo2On the 23rd of October, we’re going to host the EU-Startups Conference 2015 at the holy cathedral of the Rainmaking Loft Berlin. We’ll have inspiring speakers (The founders of QuizClash, Sedo, …), a panel discussion with Europe’s leading startup accelerators, a networking break with delicious food and an exciting pitch competition (application deadline: September 23)!  Continue reading

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Finnish startup Zero Keyboard introduces app for salespeople for entering information in CRM via voice and image recognition

ZERO-Keybord-logoFinnish Startup Zero Keyboard has announced a new kind of mobile application for sales reps to use Salesforce on the go. The official launch happened during the annual Dreamforce conference with 150,000 attendees. Zero Keyboard allows users to update their Salesforce CRM using touch gestures as well as voice and image recognition instead of Continue reading

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Deepomatic raises $1.4 million to help publishers monetize their images

Deepomatic-logoThe Paris-based startup Deepomatic today announced the closing of a $1.4 million seed round from Alven Capital and a range of business angels, including Pierre Valade, co-founder of Sunrise, and Jean-Charles Samuelian, cofounder of Expliseat.

Deepomatic, which was founded in 2014, automatically monetizes images published by web and mobile medias, by leveraging deep learning based algorithms. Continue reading

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Meet Éva Réz, a Hungarian VC finding and supporting the next unicorns in CEE

ÉVA-RÉZ-day1-capitalDay One Capital is one of the leading Hungarian VCs which aims to invest in the most exciting Central Eastern European startup teams.

Éva Réz, an Investment Director at Day One Capital, recently asked in an article whether VCs can be replaced by startup stock exchanges. Since her answers were quite open ended, I decided to ask her for more details. Here is the interview.

Eva, who are you?  What makes you wake up in the morning?

I am an Investment Director at Day One Capital, which is a Hungarian early-stage investor (VC) with 12 portfolio companies at the moment. I am looking for talented teams with innovative ideas, technology Continue reading

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Recruitee – probably the fastest seed funding after appearing on Product Hunt

Recruitee-logoTwo weeks after being featured on Product Hunt, a platform for finding the best new products, Recruitee closes a significant funding round with three informal investors.

After only a few hours of being live on Product Hunt, Recruitee saw over 2,000 visitors and more than 60 signups to the service! They also attracted the attention of Robert Pijselman and Luc Brandts. Both co-founded BWise Continue reading

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