European accelerator Startupbootcamp has announced the launch of its new accelerating program which will focus solely on startups that works on financial technologies (fintech). Three-month program is backed by international finance giants like MasterCard, Lloyds Banking Group and Rabobank. New program comes only two weeks after the launch of Starupbootcamp’s Istanbul program that aims to open up accelerator’s network and operations to MENA.
Named ‘Startupbootcamp FinTech‘, the program is open to applications by early-stage businesses from around the world, who focus mostly on financial technologies such as payment systems. Startupbootcamp will select 10 startups for the scheme and provide them with €15,000 cash, mentoring from industry experts and free office space in the Rainmaking Loft at Tower Bridge, London for a period of 3+1 months.Read More
Berlin-based digital media startup accelerator Axel Springer Plug&Play will kick off its third program in March 2014. The Accelerator is currently receiving applications from all over the world for the juicy package that includes €25,000 seed financing, office space in Berlin and most valuable mentorship by the big shots in the ecosystem. The application process will run until the 14th of February.
Axel Springer, a giant media conglomerate located in Berlin, is partnered 50-50 with Sunnyvale-based Plug&Play, a well-established accelerator, investor and tech community with a network consisting of more than 300 startups and 180 investors.Read More
‘Raising awareness’ in the greater Middle East is something often associated with social and political issues. When you look closer, preferably with a focus on business, a relatively tiny yet flourishing startup scene will catch your attention mainly thanks to fresh SMEs’ highly progressive impact on forthcoming generations. Enabling platforms of crowdsourcing has been playing their roles even more effectively, particularly in comparison to voluminous US market.
That’s the driving force behind, as well as the basis of the unfolding power of, Eureeca, a crowdinvesting platform that operates with a special focus on MENA. Shortly after its launch in May 2013, it has become a magnet for Arab region startups and investors equally.Read More
Europe’s largest startup accelerator Startupbootcamp have announced the opening of its Istanbul program with an eventual purpose of expanding to the Middle East and North African markets. The accelerator aims to use Istanbul office as a regional launchpad for startups in MENA.
Istanbul program has now started to accept applications from Turkey and MENA countries, with a deadline of March 31st. Up to 10 startups will be selected to join the 3-month program which is scheduled to start on 2nd of June. The startups coming from outside of Turkey will have to relocate in Istanbul in order to follow the program.Read More
It was the last day of DLD14 when we met Slava Rubin, a co-founder and the CEO of Indiegogo, and asked about the ideas he conveyed on stage as a keynote speaker of the conference. The US-headquartered crowdsourcing platform which has differentiated itself by adopting a more liberal and emotional approach to selection process. Indiegogo enjoys a jump in its popularity in regions other than the US, particular in Europe, Slava said. The number of participants and money collected in Indiegogo in Europe have almost tripled last year. He believes that 2010s is and will be a decade of crowdfunding in digital industry, with ever-rising interest and freedom in a more liquid and streamlined funding process. You can find more in our short interview with Slava above.
Berlin-based Earlybird Venture Capital announced the initial closing of its new early stage fund – The Digital East Fund (EDEF)- at over $110 million with a target up to $130 million. Company says the fund will focus on the underserved and attractive Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) markets.
Total capital commitments contribute to total funds of over $900 million raised by Earlybird since its founding in 1997, and it will be used for investments in disruptive consumer internet, mobile and enterprise technology companies originating from Turkey and CEE, official press release discloses.Read More
It’s the second year in a row that Webrazzi have been joining DLD conference as one of the media partners. If you may ask, the reason of our always welcome partnership with Munich’s prominent digital brainstorming platform is the multi-dimensional take by the organization of digital economy, life-style and culture, always having a social angle to each issue, even if the focus is on business.
This must be a highly-esteemed advantage of DLD, for investors and startups alike, as is perfectly highlighted through DLD’s speaker list and themes this year. Webrazzi team, we will be covering the event all three days and sharing it with you mostly via video interviews with some prominent speakers. Stay tuned.Read More
Despite their amazing growth in number, which complicates the process of selecting the best and most useful to join, tech events and conferences matter much more now for almost all startups and tech people around the world. It is not only about networking and brainstorming, but also for the chances of letting more people (and the press, of course) know about your brilliant business in diverse markets. Webrazzi has been on both sides of the trade, attending, sponsoring and covering major events in Europe including LeWeb, NOAH, DLD, WebSummit, TechCrunch Distrupt Europe as well as organizing 6 of its own.Read More