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I was a couple of months into blogging last year when I attended Startup Week Vienna, organized by StartEurope (Startup LiVE), the team behind this year’s Pioneers Festival. The event was, how shall I put it, awesome (even though I might be too old to use such vocabulary).
How does it apply to Eastern Europe? Well, out of the 50 startups that went through the startup challenge, 19 came from Eastern Europe. Here is what happened to some of them.
The contest runner up, Hungarian PocketGuide raised over $2 million in Series A round, relocated to the US, and created more fabulous mobile city guides. The company appeared to be on the right track back in May at Next Berlin.
DoubleRecall, the Slovenian startup which significantly increases user engagement with online ads with its technology, graduated from Y Combinator raised $1.6 million earlier this year.
Serbian Newscurve got acquired by Neodata.
Hungarian Dragontape (mixed video tapes) released Socialtape (similar to Shelby) and is working on new apps.
As I was fresh on the startup scene last October, I was just starting to form my network with the entrepreneurs, investors and bloggers in the region, and the Startup Week Vienna was an excellent platform. It is a good place for Eastern European startups to get connected with the European ecosystem, and I cannot recommend it enough. What’s more, the conference will take place in a palace!
If you are a startup, apply by the 7th of September for a chance to win Euro 25,000 and present at the investor day.
For more events relevant to Eastern European tech entrepreneurs and investors please visit our updated events section.
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