News and Reading Tips: Edition #7



Aeromobil’s Team Is Growing

AeroMobil welcomes Dr. Mark Leaity – Chief Engineer of Structures to the team as one of the growing number of seasoned mechanical engineers to join the roster, as well as the automotive and aerospace expert, Darren McDonald.

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CESAwards 2016: Breaking walls and building bridges in Central and Eastern Europe

The Central European Startup Awards has just opened its nominations for CEE startups.The Central European Startup Awards is an annual award show, committed to advocate and celebrate the startup spirit of the CEE region and to pin the region to the global startup map. The festival brings together 10 countries, nearly 4.000 startups and their ecosystems for the third time by the end of this year.

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DECENT’s ICO Raised over 5500 BTC in a Month

It took only 10 hours for DECENT to raise over 3,742 BTC during its initial coin offering (ICO). On 11th September, the first day, ICO began with 104,4 BTC and was followed by 532,8 BTC. Then, after successful four-week period, the current collected sum stands at remarkable 5522 BTC (over $3 million USD)!

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Slovak STARTUP AWARDS Launched Registration For Startups

The registration for STARTUP AWARDS is now open! Young innovative companies can apply for the competition in four categories – Science, Digital Arts & Design and Society. The registration for companies remains open until October 16, 2016. 

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AR&VR Hackathon in Brno

Corinth, the leading innovator in the interactive 3D in education, decided to hold Corinth AR&VR Hackathon. As the first in the Central Europe, Corinth will provide programmers with the HoloLens, which is being expected both by experts and public, as well as with the leading VR device, HTC Vive.

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Vectary raises $2.5M for easy 3D modelling + community platform, moves to NYC (featured on TechCrunch)

CThe startup has now raised a Seed round of $2.5 million, led by BlueYard Capital, the Berlin-based VC. Neulogy Ventures, the Bratislava-based VC which had previously put in a pre-seed sound alongside angel investors, also participated.

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The Press Release Is Dead — Use This Instead

“I’m UTTERLY SICK and TIRED of dealing with MILLIONS of tech entrepreneurs (these days there are a HELL of a lot of you) and (some) PR people who have ZERO clue how to pitch me/TechCrunch/the media. Their pitches are long-winded and rambling. They ask if they could ‘send some more information’, as if I care. I have no idea if it’s interesting or not until you send it! Many just ask me out to lunch or coffee.Read the full article

What’s Special about the Slovak Tech Ecosystem?

“We asked a group of entrepreneurs and influencers in the countries we’re visiting to tell us their perspective on their own ecosystem, and we will share that learning with you in a series of blog posts, starting with this week’s post about Poland. Today, we’ll explore what makes the Slovak Ecosystem unique…Read the full article

Paul Jozefak at Startup Grind (VIDEO)

The 8th Startup Grind Bratislava with Paul Jozefak – Managing Partner of Liquid Labs.  Watch the full video

The world’s first flying car will launch in 2018 – here it is in action

“In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Nearly 80 years later, no flying car has yet reached production stage.That may be about to change. Slovakian firm AeroMobil, currently working on its fourth prototype flying car, plans to start taking orders for its vehicles as soon as next year.Read the full report

How I Got There: Andrej Kiska

“Andrej Kiska is the President of the Slovak Republic. He is Slovakia’s first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.In the early ‘90s, Kiska migrated to the United States to seek better opportunities. What he found instead was a string of low wage jobs; he first worked as a construction laborer and then at a petrol station. Eventually, he returned to Slovakia.” Read the full article

Cover photo: by Visual

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