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Central and East European startup coverage
- Piano Media, the online paywall provider from Slovakia, raised 2 million euros for its expansion efforts. Read on TechCrunch
- Transferwise, an Estonian company making international money transfers easier and cheaper, raised 1.3 million dollars. Read on Pando Daily
- The next batch of startups to participate in the Startup Sauna accelerator was picked. Central and Eastern Europe is represented by 8 teams. Read on GoalEurope
- Goal Europe published a neat list of hot Ukrainian startups.
- Skolkovo: stimulating the Russian IT industry by spending “stupid” money wisely. Read on The Next Web
Poland News (by Szymon Szymczyk, our Poland contributor)
- The 2012 Aulery Awards Nominees list has been published. Although the contest is international, most of the finalists are from Poland.
- UseItBetter got to the final of GiGse Launchpad in San Francisco. They will present two new products: Playful (helps designers and analysts understand players) and Fairplay(„Security cam” for advergames, social games, and online gambling).
- EduKoala (mobile app to learn vocabulary) got to the final of Startup Sauna in Helsinki.
- NaviExpert (GPS navigation provider) got to the final of the 2012 Red Herring 100 Europe Award.
- Startup.tv has officialy launched (unfortunately, videos are in Polish only…).
- Brand24, a successful startup specializing in social media monitoring, has acquired another investor – business angel Andrzej Zydorowicz took 5% of shares for 200K PLN (48K euro) thus valuing the company at 4 mln PLN (about 1 mln euro). It is worth recalling that in August 2011 (just before the end of the beta phase and market launch) CAM Media SA acquired 30% of Brand24’s shares for the same amount of money. The company is already profitable and plans international expansion.