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I feel like I am being snowed under with all of startup conferences. The upcoming events are plentiful. It seems that life is one big celebration of entrepreneurship. The only question is, when the attendants of these numerous startup competitions manage to do any work.
This past Friday, two startup competitions took place: HackFwd Build07 and Startup Sauna Warmup Saint Petersburg. Russian Maxygen won the Startup Sauna Warmup competition, and Filmaster from Poland got a lot of buzz at HackFwd. Maxygen, which was already mentioned on these pages once, developed a new technology that allows for the detection of infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria within 10 minutes, and at the cost of only $10. Useful and practical in my view. Filmaster has developed a better way to make movie recommendations (must ask Synopsi.tv’s Rastislav Turek how the two compare).
The key event bringing thousands of visitors and featuring over 50 companies from Central and Eastern Europe is StartUp Week 2011 in Austria. The list of the pre-selected companies for the startup competition has now been released. Well done Credo Week participants DietPoint from Slovenia, Mediatoolkit from Croatia and MixGar from Hungary.
Soon after the StartUp Week 2011, Seedcamp organizes a Mini Seedcamp event in Prague, Czech Republic. There is still time to apply to Europe’s best-in-class incubator program and a networking and PR machine (here is why).
“Applications to Mini Seedcamp Prague are open until the 28th Sep but already we have double the number of applications since visited Prague last year. This shows the raising number of startups in the region which is hugely exciting,” shares Kirsten Campbell, the general manager of Seedcamp. “Once applications close, Seedcamp and our investors will judge the applications and select the top 20 teams,” she adds.
Prague was selected as a central European location, allowing teams from Eastern European, Nordic and German-speaking countries to apply, but more importantly the organizers are hoping to discover local gems, as Seedcamp has not previously invested in a Czech company.
So here is a long list of events that have everything to do with innovation, entrepreneurship and startups in Central and Eastern Europe and CIS countries (which we call Eastern Europe in this publication). These are also available here on the static page.
Please do let us know if there are some we have missed.
Startup Sauna Warmup Kazan, Russia 18 September
European Pirate Summit Cologne, Germany 20 September
Startup Sauna Warmup Jekaterinburg, Russia 20 September
Arctic15 Helsinki, Finland 22 September
WebFest 2011 Budva, Montenegro 22 – 23 September
Startup Sauna Warmup Novosibirsk, Russia Warmup 22 September
Startup Sauna Warmup Warsaw, Poland 24 September
Startup Sauna Warmup Riga, Latvia 30 September
Startup Weekend Minsk Belarus 1-3 October
StartUp Week 2011 Vienna, Austria 3-7 October
Startup Weekend Poznan, Poland 7-9 October
Startup Sauna Warmup Tallinn, Estonia 11 October
e-nnovation Poznan, Poland 10-11 October
STARTup Live Budapest, Hungary 14-16 October
Startup Weekend Bratislava, Slovakia 14-16 October
Mini Seedcamp Prague, Czech Republic 20 October
IDCEE Kiev, Ukraine 25-26 October
Webit Congress Sofia, Bulgaria 26-27 October
Startup Weekend Szczecin, Poland 28 October
CEE SEC Conference Russia 31 October – 3 November
How to Web Bucharest, Romania 9-10 November
Startup Weekend Bucharest, Romania 11 November
Startup Weekend Skopje Macedonia 11 November
Startup Weekend Warsaw, Poland 18 November
Garage48 Riga, Latvia 18-20 November
WebCamp Ljubljana, Slovenia 22 November
Startup Weekend Yerevan, Armenia 2 December
Garage48 Kiev, Ukraine 2-4 December
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