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04.13.2012, News, by .

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Central and Eastern European Startup News

Poland News (by Szymon Szymczyk, our Poland contributor)

  • Two Polish startups qualified for the TNW BizSpark Startup Rally at the TNW2012 conference. They are:
    • AppMotion –  ”Think of it as Nintendo Wii, but with your iPad as a console and screen, and iPhone as a controller.”
    • Zapstreak – “Zapstreak will put AirPlay into Android media apps (video, audio, photo). No hardware required.”
    • (And Belladati from the Czech Republic is the third one from CEE. It provides analytics tools to retailers.)
  • iTraff Technology, the company behind the SaveUP image recognition application, has collected 1,9 mln zł (0,45 mln euro) in its second round of financing. New investors are Innovation Nest fund, Rafał Han, Stephane Senkowski, and SpeedUp Venture Capital Group, which also invested in the first, seed round. SaveUP had started as a mobile application but then it found out that there were companies interested in just its image recognition technology. So SaveUP made a pivot and now it’s a B2B product. They plan to sell a worldwide licence and access to its API.
  • Two business angels, Mariusz Gralewski and Michał Skrzyński, have invested 300k zł (72k euro) in positionly.com, a tool for monitoring the position of a website in search engines, which just recently came out of beta. Positionly.com has 1500 registered accounts (paid and free) and plans to attack Silicon Valley – they’ve already got customers there.
  • At last some numbers that look impressive even after dividing by 4 (Polish złoty/euro exchange rate). PizzaPortal.pl and three other websites (from Sweden, Austria and Finland) that are run by OnlinePizza Norden, a company based in Łódź, were acquired by the German group Delivery Hero for 120 mln zł (28,7 mln euro). Today Pizzaportal.pl supports over 1150 restaurants in Poland.
  • This news may surprise many people, but… beginning on April 12th, Polish developers can at last officially sell applications in Google Play. It’s a pity they had to wait so long…

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