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Central & Eastern Europe News
- Prezi (Hungary) reached an exciting milestone – it grew past 10 million users. They also announced a Powerpoint import tool. It might be time to import my “history of beer in Central Europe” lecture into Prezi. Read on VB
- The Next Web conference took place in Amsterdam last week and Natasha from GoalEurope has a neat writeup of all the CEE companies she met there. Read on Goal Europe
- Brand Embassy, a graduate of the first batch of Startup Yard in Prague, officially launched its service. Read on Eastist Wire
- Estonian Zerply, a professional social network, raised seed funding from Dave McClure. This seems to be a popular industry up there, with rival Achoo launching just recently. Read on GoalEurope
- I recently participated in a discussion between a Latvian and Estonian entrepreneur about which country has the fastest internet in Europe. According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report it’s neither, but Romania makes a surprise showing. Read details on GigaOm
- 300.mg announced new social filtering tools.
- Electric super cars made by Croatian Rimac go on sale. Read on Mashable
Poland News (by Szymon Szymczyk, our Poland contributor)
- Winners of the Aulery 2012 awards have been presented during the ceremony on April 27th. They are: Can’t Stop Games, Brand24 and UXPin. Read more on GoalEurope.
- Zoe Adamovicz, the founder of ConciseSoftware with HQ in Rzeszów, is among a group of business angels who invested in Loopc.am, a tool for recording and sharing short gif-based videoclips. Read on TechCrunch
- Tequila Planet, a mobile games network, achieved 10 million unique users after a little over twelve months on the market. It provides game developers with a one-click in-app billing solution for Android, Java J2ME, and BlackBerry software, with broad coverage in more than 80 countries. It also extends the core functions of games by enabling social features such as online leaderboards, competitions with prizes, and integration with many popular social networks. Thanks to personalized recommendations, users can discover new games that match their interests.
- And now a bit of entertainment for you before the weekend: Grow App, an accelerator for mobile apps (you give them the idea, they make it and pay you commision on profits) released its first app on iTunes – Dream Beam, “the first dream induction app”. I haven’t tested it yet, and the creators say it it will only affect your dreams in 30-50% cases, but it still sounds like fun.
- Russian VC firm NGI launches a fund for investing in French startups. Read on TC
- Avito.ru, the largest Russian classifieds site, scored an investment from Accel. Read on TC
- This is a bit last week, but too interesting to skip – the Russian gigant Yandex invested in the Seedcamp fund. Yandex could really do something for ties between European and Russian startups. Read on GigaOM
- The Economist published an article about the internet security industry in Czech Republic and Slovakia, embodied by ESET, avast!, and AVG Technologies. Read on The Economist
- Nice write up of Startup Monthly Villnius. Read on EU Startups
- Ivo Spigel interviewed GetJar (Lithuania) founder Ilja Laurs. Read on The Kernel
- uberVU, partially based in Romania, got profiled on TechCrunch. Read on TC
- Mini Seedcamp Zagreb applications are due on May 20th. Do it!
- Pitch in Berlin applications are due on May 11th. Also do it!
- Tech All Stars applications are due on May 15th. This one is sponsored by the European Commission and offers a chance to get a free ticket to Le Web London and chance to pitch to important investors and entrepreneurs.
- Only few days left to apply to the Intel® Business Challenge Europe 2012 - the deadline for submission is May 7th. Winners of the competition will receive $50,000 in prize money, coaching from international business professionals and an opportunity to compete at the Intel Global Challenge finals in Silicon Valley, USA.