ProCEEd #54 > Saferpass raises €1M, Runa Capital closes $135M fund, Estonia has 10,000 e-Residents


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CEE startups and investors definitely mean business, as today’s issues is unusually long—I’ve put together more than 50 links this time. Check out fresh funding deals, startup announcements, and a bunch of longer reads all the way to the bottom.

Enjoy reading, and have a good week!

Slovakia-based SaferPass has closed a €1 million seed funding round


Estonia has hit the 10,000th e-Resident milestone


Startups & Ecosystems

  • Ukrainian startup MarsHopper has become a leader of the NASA Space App Challenge
  • Russian startup TraceAir has made it to the next batch of 500 Startups
  • Runa Capital, the Russian venture capital firm with global investment ambitions, has closed funding for its second fund – Runa Capital II – which came in at $135 million
  • Ukrainian engineers have won the Cities Hakathon at Internet of Things World 2016
  • New VC fund has appeared on the horizon in the Czech Republic and made its first investment
  • Oficina, Albania’s new startup accelerator
  • Two VC funds with Russian roots—Maxfield Capital and AltaIR Capital—have made an exit from CrowdX
  • Skolkovo residents seek to print satellites directly in space
  • Ukrainian startup Tona has entered the Israel-based Smart Transportation Accelerator, and will receive a €23,000 in grant money
  • Campus Warsaw exchange CEE program is searching for startups to help expand globally
  • The top Estonian food delivery startup Mychef has received an investment from larger Lithuanian peer Foodout and plans to enter highly-competitive Finnish market during this year
  • Ukrainian startup Rentberry has launched in the US

Funding Rounds and M&A

  • Ukrainian startup Topmall has raised €500,000 in funding and launched an online store in Poland
  • SaferPass—a Bratislava, Slovakia-based developer of online identity, security, and password management products—has closed a €1 million seed funding round
  • Russian house cleaning startup Uberun has been acquired by Dubrovka Cleaning for some €20,000
  • Russian-American robotics startup Endurance has raised about €17,000 in funding
  • Russian-founded Sweatcoin has raised $600,000 in funding
  • Russian oligarch Ziyavudin Magomedov has made his second investment in Hyperloop One
  • Russia’s TMT Investments has poured an undisclosed amount in Vinebox
  • Another Russian fund, Altair Capital, has also invested $300,000 in Vinebox
  • Russia’s Run Capital has led a funding round for iBondis
  • Yuri Milner has invested in a Chinese dating app Tantan
  • Russia’s FinSight Ventures has invested in a local company Nalogia
  • SeaChange has acquired Warsaw-based set-top and multiscreen device software developer and integrator DCC Labs
  • Poland’s Perfect Gym has received funding to deliver the synergy of technology and fitness

Bigger Companies

  • Acronis has partnered with Ethereum to develop data protection
  • Russia’s Qiwi has announced its financial results in Q1’2016
  • Ukrainian MacPaw has released Gemini 2.0, which finds duplicate files on your Mac

Governments, Law, and Policy

Long Reads


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