News and Reading Tips: Edition #1

It has been more than a month since the first interview on SlovakSTARTUP was published. In the meanwhile, many news have popped up and lot of engaging articles have occured. As we would love you to get a touch of all that, here we are with our first month overview.

 

NEWS

ESET Opens Office in Great Britain

World class antivirus company founded and based in Slovakia, ESET, continues to expand to Western Europe. It has been present on British market for more than a decade and now decided to open its office in in Bournemouth in southern England.

For more information, click here.

Exponea received 1 mil. EUR 

LRJ Capital invested in Slovak startup Exponea, a company with such clients as Sygic or Skypicker. The investment should support the international expansion.

For more information, click here.

Alan Roach joins the Aeromobil team

Aeromobil announced a new member of their team who will be occupying the position of Chief Engineer Interior Systems, Safety and Vehicle Packaging. Alan Roach has many experience in automotive, as engineer he worked in Land Rover or McLaren to mention just a few.

For more information, click here.

Exciting news! Alan Roach joins AeroMobil as Chief Engineer Interior Systems, Safety and Vehicle Packaging.

Posted by AeroMobil on Monday, March 7, 2016

 

Letter of Intent signed between Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Slovakia

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies´ (HTT) CEO Dirk Ahlborn visited Slovakia beginning of March and met many local people. During the visit the Letter of Intent has been signed between HTT and Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic – making this a historic moment for both sides, as this was the first Letter of Intent ever signed between HTT and a particular country.

For more information, click here. / To read the interview with Mr. Ahlborn, click here.

Neulogy Ventures Invests in GroupSolver

Slovak fund Neulogy Ventures invested into the online platform for marketing research and collective problem solving, GroupSolver. The platform has been used by many big companies including Starbucks, SpoonRocket or O2.

For more information, click here.

Sygic navigation app covers almost the whole world

By adding 88 new maps to the portfolio, the Sygic navigation app has become available to users in every United Nations recognized state. Except for “Aland Islands off the coast of Finland; Antarctica; Heard Island and the McDonald Islands, a group of barren Antarctic islands near Australia; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and Svalbard and Jan Mayen, a pair of islands near Norway” it covers the roads of the whole planet.

For more information, click here.

“This GPS app now covers the entire planet except for a few volcanic islands and Antarctica” Theverge.com http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/9/11186912/sygic-gps-navigation-app-united-nations

Posted by Sygic on Thursday, March 10, 2016

 

LAB opened

New coworking space specialized on art of the state digital technologies, 3D printing and modern design opened its gates in Bratislava. Supported by Nadácia Orange and being part of Solidarity FabLab programme it will serve as a platform for digital education and innovation.

To follow Lab on Facebook, click here.

Pixel Federation in the New York Times 

Pixel Federaion, the most popular Slovak gaming studio, and its room-escape VR game CoLab were featured as one of the Game Developers Conference 2016 highlights by New York Times game critic Chris Suellentrop.

For more information, click here.

Starlift programme opened

If you are Czech or Slovak IT, design or business student and would like to spend 6 to 18 months on a paid internship in Silicon Valley and East Coast startup, definitely check the Starlift initiative for startups and students.

For more information, click here.

 

WHAT TO READ

Who Is Who on the Czech (and Slovak) Internet of Things?  

Interested in the Internet of Things and not sure whom to approach in Czech Republic and Slovakia? Get to know all the important companies in the field.

“The Internet of Things is not limited to the United States or Israel. There are a couple of local companies trying their luck in the Czech Republic as well as in Slovakia. Let me introduce them to you in this blog post.” Read the full article

European Tech Funding Report for 2015

How did the funding look like in 2015 and what are the key takeaways?

“For the past two years, the Tech.eu team has been meticulously keeping track of all funding and M&A deals involving European technology companies. Today, we’re releasing our first report on tech financing in Europe and Israel, offering an in-depth look at the state of capital investments in European tech companies in full calendar year 2015.” Read the full article

European tech companies raised more than €12 billion last year, spread across 1,516 deals tracked by the Tech.eu team…

Posted by Tech.eu on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 

The Story of TrainStation: How We Got 2 Million Downloads on iOS & Android

Ever thought how to get users to download your app? Maybe this article by Martin Palsovic from Pixel Federation might help.

“TrainStation is the most popular train simulation game in the world. This is the story behind its mobile app which reached 2 million downloads in 4 months.” Read the full article

Startup guides

Startus magazine has put a lot of effort in collecting the information about the startup infrastructure in three Slovak cities – Bratislava, Košice and Žilina. Now you can explore the guides on the following links – Bratislava, Košice, Žilina.

New venture funds CEE startups can benefit from: more than $220M in total

Where Central and Eastern European startups can look for a new source of capital for their projects?

“We’ve been hearing around that venture capital has become scarcer, and investors have been feeling less optimistic in their valuations of target companies. Despite this trend, highly-motivated and professional teams whose projects have a potential of disrupting traditional markets and growing exponentially.” Read the full article

The total of more than $220M is available for #startups from #CEE and #Russia thanks to Karma Ventures, Practica Capital, Phystech Ventures II and Isomer Capital.

Posted by GoalEurope on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 

The 5 biggest f*ckups we did in our #startup

Failures are inevitable on the way to a successful startup. Here is a list of five of them from CTO of Localization Guru.

“I’m often asked what the biggest mistakes were as we were building up our startup Localization Guru. As this is our first project with global ambitions, we made a LOT of them, trust me.” Read the full article


For sure we have not mentioned everything that has happened on Slovak startup scene. So feel free to add your comments on our Facebook and Twitter.

 

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