For the first time ever, Fiedler Capital, a Central and Eastern European VC and Oxygen Accelerator in the UK have partnered to make an entire cohort exclusively of Eastern European and Baltic startups. They will run a 13 week accelerator programme in Spring 2015 based in Birmingham UK, selecting the ten best startups from across the CEE and Baltics. Successful teams will receive a fixed €21,000 in return for 8% equity. Applications are open until 8th February 2015. CEE Startups can apply here.

To scout around for the best startups in the region, the Oxygen and Fiedler Capital team have already hit the road on a tour in January. After visiting the Baltics, their next station will be Cluj at Cluj Cowork on 14 January. Visits in other startup hubs of 6 CEE countries are yet to come. Budapest, Prezi is scheduled for 21 January. Read more to see their schedule.

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Meet the team and learn about how to take your startup global and how to seek international investment. All events begin at 7pm local time. A short talk will be followed by pizza, beers and networking.

Weds 7th Jan – Tallinn – Tehnopol (event link) Announcement of Oxygen & FC Programme
Thurs 8th Jan – Riga – TechHub (event link)
Fri 9th Jan – Vilnius – ISM Innovators Base (event link)
Wed 14th Jan – Cluj – Cluj Cowork  (event link)
Weds 14th Jan – Warsaw – Reaktor (event link)
Thu 15th Jan – Krakow – Colab (event link)
Fri 16th Jan – Prague – Node 5  (event link)
Mon 19th Jan – Ljubljana – Poligon Creative Center  (event link)
Tues 21st Jan – Budapest – Prezi  (event link)
Wed 21st Jan – Vienna – Sektor 5  (event link)
Fri 23rd Jan – Sofia – Betahaus  (event link)

Originally from Los Angeles, Walter Rivera, Portfolio Director at Fiedler Capital says:

“After being involved in the Eastern European startup scene for over 3 years, I can say that there is a huge amount of talent in this region. There are startups coming up, mostly in their pre-seed or seed stage, who are intelligent, tech-savvy and highly ambitious. The goal of many of these startups is to go to Silicon Valley. While there are a few rare exceptions, for most startup at these stages, it is unrealistic, pointless, and a huge waste of money to go there. Instead, we’re excited about this new opportunity to bring startups closer to the investors, facilities and ecosystem in UK. We’re launching this programme in the City of Birmingham, because it is the UK’s second largest city, has a reasonable cost of living, great access to talent, has a thriving startup ecosystem, and it’s less than 1 and a half hours away from London.”


Simon Jenner, CEO of Oxygen Accelerator said.

“We’re seeing some amazing talent coming out of Eastern Europe and we’re excited to bring them to the UK to help them grow at lightning speed. Partnering with a VC will give them an even greater chance of investment and continuing support after the programme.”


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