Rocket Internet partners with Qatar’s Ooredoo to invest big in Asian mobile markets

ooredoo-rocketinternetGermany’s biggest internet incubator Rocket Internet and Qatar’s number one mobile operator and service provider Ooredoo has partnered in a joint venture named Asia Internet Holding, to develop and fund online businesses and create new revenues streams in Asian markets.

The couple announced that the operations of the new venture will initially cover 15 markets in the continent, including Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia.

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Tech startup’s guide to European accelerators and incubators

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For most of the visionary but broke and unexperienced tech entrepreneurs, accelerators and incubators are still the most viable sources of mentorship and cash to pay for electricity and pizzas. Though they keep growing in number and the size of funding for start ups continues to increase, they are still scarce, given the huge number of entrepreneurs out there seeking tech funds.

Acceptance rates to accelerator programs are really low, even lower than average in Europe. So, it is crucial to do your homework and carefully study which accelerator offers the resources that play to your best advantage, and how you must pitch to them.

To make the task a bit quicker we compiled a list of startup accelerators and incubators in Europe with short descriptions of each. Be sure to take a look at them all to have a better idea.

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Cloud CRM application Casengo raises $2M to sign up more SMEs

caseongo-logo-webrazziCasengo, a customer communication aggregator for small and medium businesses has raised $2 million from a consortium of European investors led by venture capital firm henQ. Amsterdam-based startup says they will use the funds to grow further globally. The company has signed up more than 2,300 businesses since its launch in late 2012.

Casengo provides its clients with a virtual hub where all correspondence coming from the customers via e-mails, social networks and chat platforms are listed, and can be replied instantly. And it’s multilingual.

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The Europas season is on!

europas-startup-webrazziStartup competition season is on. And we expect it to be pretty hot this year, especially in Europe. With the aftermath of global crisis finally fading and the recent flurry of funding and IPO news, we are encouraged to believe there will be even better ideas that emerge this time around.

Mike Butcher’s The Europas Tech Startup Awards will definitely be one of the foremost platforms where you can enjoy the season and bet on your favourite stars of the near future. The nominations for the awards, which boasts an even more outstanding gang of jury members this year, were opened as of yesterday.

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Apple announces the opening date of its first Apple Store in Turkey [exclusive]

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Apple today officially confirmed to Webrazzi that the first Apple Store in Turkey, still under construction in the garden of Zorlu Centre, Istanbul, will open its doors on 5th April. The announcement came during an exclusive visit to the site where only Webrazzi and the Anatolian News Agency reporters were invited.

The covers around the entrance block of the store were also removed today during our visit, revealing banners exclaiming “We will be there on April the 5th”!

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Tesla expecting fast growth in Europe, schedules opening of 30 new stations (bonus video from MWC14)

tesla-europe-webrazziTesla, the pioneering producer of chic electric cars, announces ambitious plans for European market, with 30 additional service and supercharger stations scheduled to open this year. The company says their high expectations will prove accurate as their potential customer base in the old continent is steadily growing. It expects combined sales in Europe and Asia will be twice as high as sales in North America.

The company who has already 14 stations in northern Europe said that it targets Europe as a priority market, and is determined to significantly expand supercharger network to allow people to drive longer distances across the continent, according to the press release.

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Social media analytics firm Socialbakers secures $26M funding for international growth

socialbakers-logo-webrazziSocialbakers, a globally well-known social media analytics and optimization company, has closed a $26 million Series C financing round led by Index Ventures. Existing investor Earlybird also participated in the round. This is one of the largest funding rounds for a social analytics company outside North America.

Third round came after a very successful year for Socialbakers, when the company added at least 1000 new corporate clients including Samsung, Disney, Universal and Discovery, and increased its revenues three-fold, according to the company announcement.

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Programmatic advertising platform PubMatic receives $13M funding led by Nokia Growth Partners

PubMaticNokiaGrowth-webrazziRedwood,CA-based programmatic advertising platform PubMatic announced that it has received $13 million investment led by Nokia Growth Partners. Current investors August Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Helion Ventures and Nexus have also participated in the funding. With the investment, John Gardner of NGP joins PubMatic’s executive board as an observer. The amount of shares that changed hands with the investment has not been disclosed.

PubMatic focuses mostly on providing combined multi-screen advertising solutions through cross-platform softwares that optimize the selling and buying processes of ads. New investment will support company’s geographic market expansion as well as mobile ad innovations, official press release said. This is NGP’s ninth investment in ad tech and data.

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