Idea Challenge by EIT Digital – win up to 40K euro prize!

Are you building the product in the field of privacy, security and trust? 
Then learn how you can grow your startup by EIT Digital‘ leading European innovation network and apply for Idea Challenge. Winners get up to 40 K euro prize/grant and mentorship program (distance).

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The Eleven interview – What is Sofia’s secret?

“When you look at Bulgaria since 2012 in terms of politics and economy – I really think Eleven and LAUNCHub are the single best thing that happened to the country in those tumultuous past few years. They gave so many young people the motivation to come to Bulgaria and build new and exciting technologies here. People with world-class education and amazing upward mobility, people who could work in New York, London, Tokyo, Berlin, they chose Sofia. And even if you look at us – I mean, we’re building a freaking airplane in Bulgaria – an airplane that will be a true world’s first, and Eleven helped make it happen. If that doesn’t give young people hope, I don’t know what will.”

Daniel Tomov, Chief Dreamer at Eleven

This is how the Rangelov brother’s, Dronamics, winner of Pioneers Festival 2015, speak about Eleven, the biggest Bulgarian business accelerator. I was curious what is behind that comment. Eleven excels all the CEE startup accelerators in terms of activity (36 startups per year!), and also compete successfully with Western European programs. According to Fundacity’s European accelerator report of 2014, Eleven finishes in top ten among main investors. An exemplar of how to build something valuable out of the JEREMIE initiative of the European Investment Fund (EIF). What is behind their success? I asked Daniel Tomov, founder of Eleven about their secret recipe.

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Tips and tricks on fundraising in CEE Region by Credo Ventures

Here are the good news: you don’t have to go to the Silicon Valley to get funded. Not even London or Berlin. There is plenty of capital to be found in the CEE. You just have to know where to look.

And the bad news: if you know where to look, and still can’t get funding that means your current idea/startup is just not good enough. And if you can’t raise funds in the CEE, the odds are very high you won’t in Berlin or London either. It is better to fail fast and move on to something new.

// Republication of Credo Venture’s, the most succesful czech VC’s blogpost by Andrey Kiska.

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Another Bulgarian success on Pioneers Festival Vienna – Dronamics

Dronamics has won the Pioneers Festival Challenge 2015 – one of the biggest startup competitions in Europe! The team is part of Eleven’s 7th cohort and only two weeks ago they won another major competition –betapitch | Sofia. Are the Rangelov brothers (the two founders) following in the footsteps of the Wright brothers revolutionizing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems? Let’s see what they think. (Republication from

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Pioneers Festival 2014 winner Oradian secures seed round to reinvent core systems for microfinance

Oradian, developer of core technology platforms for microfinance institutions, announced yesterday the closing of its seed round at an undisclosed amount. The firm secured the funding from new investors, both angels and VC firms, including Credo Ventures, Playfair Capital, Day One Capital, Esther Dyson, Moaffak Ahmed and Pule Taukobong (Africa Angels Network) ! Continue reading “Pioneers Festival 2014 winner Oradian secures seed round to reinvent core systems for microfinance”

GE to take the lead in IoT sector – Interview with GE EMEA Technology Director

General Electrics (GE) the industrial giant has set the goal to be the forerunner of Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city, and therefore catch the wave of open innovation and involve more startups in their business. I asked Zoltan Koltai, EMEA Technology Director at GE Lighting, also board member at Lighting Europe how he sees the role of GE in IoT.

Zoltan Koltai, GE Lighting

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