Shift Conference announces the 32 teams that have entered the Shift Challenge and have a chance to win the $10.000 Grand Prize.
The Shift Challenge is a unique chance to win glory, fame and prizes from Softlayer, Nokia or the grand prize a $10.000 check from Societe Generale (Splitska Banka), with no strings attached. The winner of the final will be selected out of the 32 participants.
The Shift Challenge will take place on the 22nd of May, which is the Mentors day. All day, the teams will pitch, get feedback and have meetings between the teams and mentors, which are consisted of investors, journalists and entrepreneurs.
After going through over 130 applications from 4 continents, the day has come to announce the 32 teams that have entered the Shift Challenge.
My research on business accelerators is now available. I hope you guys find my contribution valuable and don’t hesitate to give me feedback on it.
I would like to thanks for everybody who helped me by giving interviews (Antti Ylimutka, Peter Kadas, Mike Reiner, Zdenek Komenda, Agnė Adomaitytė) or giving advices, sources (Thomas Van Huijgevoort, Lotta Frimodig, Jon Bradford) and also many thanks for reviewing and quality checking for György Drótos Phd and Peter Kadas MD. I am so grateful to all the entrerpreneurs, accelerator alumni and prospective applicants for filling out and spreading my questionaire. I wouldn’t be able to make it without You.
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The fifth Hungarian Innovation TechShow (HITS) will take place on June 11th, 2013 at the Akvarium Club, downtown Budapest. Organized annually by the Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia Cluster, the event offers an opportunity for innovative businesses and individuals to showcase their latest high-tech products and services to an audience of professionals, investors, representatives of the media, and the general public. The open call for exhibitors is posted on the event’s website, the application can be downloaded from there as well. Check out the website of last year’s HITS to see what to expect.
The exhibitors selected to participate will compete for valuable prizes, among them a 20-minute one-on-one Skype conversation with one of the superstars of the international startup world: Alexis Ohanian (Reddit, Hipmunk), Naval Ravikand (Angel List, Venture Hacks), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup, IMVU), or Mark Suster (GRP partners, This Week In Venture Capital). The 20 minutes can be freely used for pitching an idea or getting advice on developing it.
I have had the pleasure to make an interview with Mike Reiner, the founder of Startup Wise Guys and get to know the accelerator and its’ background better.
Mike Reiner, Co-Founder of Startup Wise Guys
How came the idea of starting a business accelerator?
We wanted to provide the huge pool of technical talent in Eastern Europe with an accelerator that understands the culture and the market, and also provides teams with access to global expertise and networks that they would not otherwise be connected to. Continue reading
Transylvania Innovation Ventures, in partnership with the Start Europe, announces the second edition of Startup Live Cluj-Napoca, which will take place from 17 to 19 May 2013, at Yonder headquarters (Dorobanţilor Street, no. 18-20). The event brings together application developers, designers, business people, investors, and passionate about innovation. Continue reading
Telefonica released a report on the global startup ecosystem in Nov 2012. They analysed 50k stakeholders and found that the rest of the world is catching up to Silicon Valley. Sadly, our region is still missing from the global top 20, the closest hubs being Moscow and Berlin. Continue reading
Yesterday we have selected the finalists of the Budapest Bank Startup Competition that will be held next Thursday (2nd May, 2013) The members of the jury were Viktor Gerő (Conor Fund), Jozsef Kerekes (Budapest Bank) and myself.
We have received 51 applications that were really promising! The following companies have made it to the final: