Vukašin Stojkov


Aktivista, dizajner, bloger. Zainteresovan za tech preduzetništvo i načine na koje bi se ono moglo uzgajati u ovim područjima.

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Google to grow the Serbian startup scene in partnership with Startit

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Google has chosen to support Serbia’s growing startup scene by teaming up with Startit, the Belgrade-based tech community organization, with Google Developers Launchpad, a branch inside of Google designed to help developer communities and startups grow.

This initiative will open up new opportunities for Serbian entrepreneurs and will significantly widen and internationalize their business network and knowledge base. The partnership will focus on providing support to startups in Startit’s accelerator program, Startup Academy.

The startups will receive support in the form of mentoring, know-how playbooks, and many other benefits emanating from twenty years’ worth of Google research and best practice insights on building businesses, products, and teams at massive scale. In addition to online support and materials, the value to the local ecosystem will be provided by regular visits from Google’s representatives and mentors.

Startit’s Startup Academy is the first European accelerator to become part of Google’s program, thus becoming a part of an elite group of the world’s top accelerators, allowing it to share information and leverage resources.

These resources will help Startit’s startup portfolio — which already includes some of the fastest-growing companies in the region — scale its businesses exponentially.

Google believes, that in the coming years, markets outside of the Silicon Valley will increasingly impact the global startup and technology ecosystem. Kevin O’Toole, Google Launchpad’s Head of International Growth, had this to say on this partnership:

“Google Developers Launchpad is thrilled to work with Startup Academy to grow Serbia’s startup ecosystem. The “Powered by Google Developers Launchpad” program is about empowering startup ecosystems around the world through top accelerators, and helping them leverage each other for insights and resource sharing.”

Vukašin Stojkov, co-founder of Startit and Head of the Startup academy programme, remarked that:

This is a very important moment for the Serbian startup scene — the fact that Google has chosen to join the cause of growing further Serbian tech entrepreneurs’ endeavours is a great vote of confidence in the capacities and potential of the local ecosystem. We’re thrilled to play a role in this programme, and serve as a conduit in bringing Google’s huge value and resources to empower the local startup community.

This partnership is a follow up to a pilot program powered by Google Launchpad called Launchpad Start, which has taken place earlier this month in Novi Sad, bringing more than 50 international mentors for a 5-day bootcamp with Serbian startups.

Details about Google Developers Launchpad

Google Developers Launchpad is a branch of Google that operates a global acceleration program that helps startups grow. Google is a thought leader when it comes to building and scaling products and businesses using the most advanced technologies, and Launchpad works to share and distribute those best practices to the global community of founders and startups.

Google Developers Launchpad doesn’t take an equity stake in accelerator portfolio startups, but instead focuses on developing companies and their ecosystems over the long term.

Details about Startit and Startup academy

Startit is a Belgrade-based grassroots movement whose mission is the creation of a better society through the promotion of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

For the past 10 years it has been running projects such as, the most popular tech media in Serbia, and Startit Centers, a network of tech community centers around the country, which are being visited by 25.000 tech professionals and enthusiasts every year.

Startup academy is Startit’s acceleration program which is now in its seventh year of operations, through which more than 50 startups have gone through and went on to raise more than 2 million euros in investments, along with north of 15 million euros in revenue and more than 150 employees.


Startlabs, first Serbian accelerator, investing 50.000$ in regional startups

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Startlabs is the first seed fund and accelerator in Serbia and their goal is to invest in Serbian and Western Balkan’s tech startups.

They have a standard terms and conditions — 50.000$ investment for 10-15% share, with 3-month-program in Belgrade and San Francisco.

The founders of this accelerator are Voja Lalic and Nebojsa  Lazic, who both have long entrepreneurial experience, having a few startups in Belgrade and San Francisco like Pamet, Vision Inc, MotionApps i Vicert.


Eleven, the €12M Bulgarian accelerator, to bring in a cohort of gaming startups in its next batch

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Eleven, the €12M accelerator venture fund from Bulgaria, has confirmed that it will be upgrading its third batch of startups this spring by bringing in an additional cohort made up entirely of — gaming startups.

The young accelerator which started up last year with the help of EU funds currently houses its second batch of startups in their coworking space in Sofia.

At “The Roof” they provide them with mentorship and the sort of support customary to startup accelerators in the EU and the US, yet quite unique to the region of South-East Europe.


VetCloud raises €25k+ seed, aims to disrupt veterinary software

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Serbian startup VetCloud, which is building “the first modern software solution for the veterinary industry” has just recieved its first seed round, the investment totaling north of 25.000€.

Bulgarian seed fund and accelerator Eleven took VetCloud in their latest startups batch with a 25.000€ for 8% of the company. The other investor has not been named, the details of that deal are not public either, while emphasis has been given to the fact that the CA-based angel has a strong background in the US veterinary industry which the startup is ultimately targeting.


Hacking New Europe at the Pioneers Festival

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Pioneers Festival, one of the biggest startup conferences in Europe is starting today, boasting 2500 participants and 60 speakers with one of the headliners being Dave McClure.

For the startups, investors and a select few others the conference started yesterday and I’ve had the pleasure to join a workshop called Hacking New Europe, organized by Ivo Spigel together with Pioneers Fest.


How did Nordeus manage to get 1 million new Top Eleven users in just a month?

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Nordeus’ online football manager Top Eleven, probably the most successful technology product hailing from Serbia, has managed to hit another great milestone — in August the game was played by 6 million players! This result which is amazing in and of itself is especially impressive when we know that they hit 5 million just a month ago.

So how did the boys and girls achieve this kind of insane growth? We already know from an interview with the founders that they have an extraordinary work ethic, that they are very ambitious, insistent on the quality of the product, team, work atmosphere…


Seedcamp Zagreb winner revealed – it’s Poq Studio from London

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It’s been more than two months since Seedcamp in Zagreb and yesterday we found out which of the 20 companies got the investment. It is the London-based Poq Studio, a mobile ecommerce platform for fashion products.

Poq Studio makes it possible for small and medium fashion retailers to sell their products and reach their customers on smartphone platforms in an easy and engaging manner.


EuroStartupBlogs — a rack of blogs covering, you guessed it, European tech startups

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Today we’re launching EuroStartupBlogs, a small weekend project that collects all English blogs covering startups and technology on a European level, wether the whole continent or just a part, like ourselves do with South-East Europe.

I was looking for a similar list some time ago and couldn’t find one, so it occurred that it might be nice to have such a list and also an overview of what is being published on these blogs.