Swedish med-tech firm Getinge acquires Danish counterpart Cetrea for reported €12M

cetrea_logoGetinge, a Swedish firm specializing in medical technology, announces that they have acquired Danish counterpart Cetrea for a reported €12 million. As part of the deal, Cetrea will be integrated under the Maquet name.

Despite the acquisition, Cetrea will also continue to operate as a Denmark-registered company. Together, the companies plan to combine Cetrea’s clinical-logistics solutions and Getinge’s operating-room services to target the entire hospital.

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Topes acts as manager for corporate offices in the CEE

topes-solutionsThere is quite a bit of management required for any large business to ensure that the employees are satisfied and things run smoothly. Whether keeping the office clean, the employees fed, the office stocked with supplies, or other services, there is usually a host of contractors and different companies with whom you will be dealing. Earlier this year, we covered the startup uGift, co-founded by Andriy Zhivolovich. Now, however, Zhivolovich (along with Alexander Gudkov) is back with a new project called TOPES, which aims to streamline this system by creating one business to manage all of these different services.

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Kiev-based Casual readies to launch simple project-management platform

Casual_logoThere are players well-established in the market for project-management software, but there is certainly room for Casual to cater European markets in the first place. The Kiev-based startup which entered private beta last year, looks to help companies by offering a simple, chart-based platform for managing projects.

The platform works by allowing teams to create charts to help with visualizing tasks. One you have charted out milestones towards completing a particular project, you can go in and created sub-charts for each step. Base plans (up to 2 users) start out at $9 per month, but the fee jumps to $49 per month if you add up to 10 users.

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Rocket Internet re-enters Turkish market with local version of ClickBus

tikobus_logoRocket Internet who had terminated operations in Turkey two years ago has decided to re-enter the market with TikoBus, a local version of the German incubator’s Brasil-headquartered long distance bus ticket sales marketplace ClickBus.

The new platform starts with over 65 bus travel companies on board, offering tickets to more than 3,500 destinations across the country.

TikoBus engine lists the schedules and prices for a bus travel to a destination with an option to buy the ticket instantly. The website also offers a full-refund option if the travel plans of a client changes.

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HotelTonight adds more than 80 new destinations in Europe

hoteltonight-wallThe leading last minute hotel booking app HotelTonight announced that it has added more than 80 new destinations in Europe, bringing the total number to 130 cities in 18 countries across the continent. New additions includes a number of summer travel hotspots like the French Riviera, the Amalfi Coast, Bodrum and Tenerife.

As of today, the company claims over 2.5 million European downloads with 554% year over year growth in European bookings.

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Turkish Airlines to launch non-stop flights between Istanbul and San Francisco

san-francisco-684x385We wish to quickly share an important piece of info we have just learned. Turkish Airlines (THY) is launching direct flights between Istanbul and SanFrancisco by 13th of April 2015. The departure from Istanbul is scheduled to be at 01:05PM Turkish time, and the one from SF will depart at 06:10PM (PDT).

THY had previously announced that it will start flying between Istanbul and SF but never hinted when.

Shortly after the unconfirmed info we have got, the website of Turkish Airlines has started to list direct SF flights starting by 13 April 2015 (see below).

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Dating service ILookForYou aims to help serious women find serious relationships

ilookforyou-screenRegardless of where you live, your ethnicity, religious views, or other categories, there is likely a ‘matchmaking’ service for you. Turkey is no different in this regard, but the founders of ILookForYou nonetheless believe that there is room for a new, higher-class service geared towards women seeking serious relationships and it may well work anywhere in the world.

Lionel Farinha, whose wife Cecile founded the service, tells us that they began building the company over 2 years ago and now are working to establish themselves in the Turkish market first.

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First group of speakers announced for Webrazzi Summit 2014

summit_logoA preliminary list of speakers is announced for Webrazzi Summit 2014, one of the most influential internet and tech conferences in Turkey and the surrounding region. The conference will be held on 25th of September this year in Swissotel The Bosphorus, with the anticipated participation of over 1500 attendees from the leading companies and institutions shaping the digital ecosystem in the world.

The announced list of speakers includes BlaBlaCar co-founder and COO Nicolas Brusson, Y Combinator partner and CFO Kirsty Nathoo, Tech.eu writer and founder Robin Wauters, TechCrunch Europe editor Mike Butcher, SimilarWeb co-founder and CEO Or Offer,Web Arts founder Andre Morys, MUBI founder Efe Çakarel, Aslanoba Capital‘s founder and owner Hasan Aslanoba, HotelTonight‘s EMEA Managing Director Heather Leisman, CAPTCHA inventor and Duolingo founder Luis von Ahn, LaMetric founder Nazar Bilous and ArabNet founder Omar Christidis.

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Quandoo closes $25m growth financing round to expand globally

quandoo-logoReal-time restaurant reservation platform Quandoo announced the closing of its Series C financing round lead by Piton Capital and affiliates.

Berlin-based company says the new funds will be used to ‘extend its market leadership in Germany, Austria and Italy across Europe, while preparing to launch also in Asia-Pacific and South America’.

Holtzbrinck Ventures and DN Capital, the two VCs who lead the A and B round, , as well as the Sixt family (lead investor in the Seed round) and Texas Atlantic Capital, participated in this growth-financing round.

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With more than a million users, Russian Radario stakes a claim in ticket-selling market

radario-logoIt has become significantly easier to sell tickets to events, large or small, but it has not necessarily become equally simple across the globe. As early as 2008, Sergey Suchkov, co-founder of Russian ticket-selling service Radario, says that he wanted to make it simple for ordinary people to organize events and sell tickets and, in 2011, he decided that the time was right for such a service.

Radario, which launched in 2012, claims 1 million users for a service that enables ticket-sellers to sell tickets to events and track their success. Radario says that they are aiming to become a leader in the Russian market before expanding operations in the rest of Europe this year. To date, they are operating in a host of major Russian cities, Tallinn (Estonia), and Helsinki (Finland).

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