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CEE summary: Startup Wise Guys newbies and IBC Europe finalists

If you care about CEE startups, you have probably heard about Estonian tech accelerator Startup Wise Guys. Four months ago, the accelerator announced new BusinessTech program focused on B2B solutions and now we know the names of 10 first companies that made it.

The list is truly international, with startups coming even from Argentina, South Africa and India. The rest of the batch is from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Greece, Serbia and two startups from Estonia. The complete list of companies with their area of focus looks like this:

  • Mobile app store analytics and insights
  • Global hub for all student opportunities
  • ITT: SaaS product to manage social license compliance for mining companies
  • ChangeAgain.Me: A/B testing for startups integrated with Google Analytics
  • Wisboo: Platform for small and medium businesses to create online education portals
  • Contentivo: Marketing platform for companies to create and publish content
  • Investly: Crowdfinancing platform for SME’s
  • PromoRepublic: Every-day-marketing platform for SMEs
  • Wamager: Online software to manage construction resources
  • PepperTix: The promotion tool for event organizers

“We are excited to see how the new program develops.  Even with a focus on business to business sales we have diversity in the program,” says Calum Cameron, the new managing director at Startup Wise Guys. “Some of our companies have yet to launch their product while others have over 800k monthly users.”

Out of 24 IBCE finalists, six are from the CEE region

And there is one more interesting list. Intel Business Challenge Europe 2014 announced the names of projects selected for finals. From the CEE point of view, there are six notable names:

  • Orelsoft (Bulgaria): Security software
  • (Hungary): Making emails responsive and easily readable on all devices
  • Exhale (Romania): Bringing first smartphone-enabled breathalyzer to market
  • Pill Buzz (Romania): Offering bracelet which helps people manage their medical treatment
  • SmartVineyard (Hungary): Addresses the problem of cost-efficient protection against grape diseases
  • VR ONE (Poland)

Since IBCE accepts products as well as ideas, it’s not always possible to find enough information about all of the listed projects. This year, it is the case of mysterious startups Orelsoft and VR ONE.

Intel Business Challenge accepts applications from teams working on “innovative products, smart technologies and interactive web & mobile applications” in the areas of “healthcare & medical devices, energy & clean tech, people & society, ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology”.

This year, IBCE takes place in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, from September 8th to 10th. The final round of the competition brings together 24 projects selected from hundreds of applications. Top five teams will represent Europe at Intel Global Challenge in Silicon Valley later this year.