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20 February 2023·6 min read

Ilya Mikhalchyk-Kananenka

Community Builder, Vestbee

VC & Startup Weekly News From CEE, February 11 - 17, 2023

New VC Funds

  • EIB spearheads a new, €3.75Bn fund-of-funds to back EU's late-stage firms. The so-called European Tech Champions Initiative will invest in 10-15 VCs that participate in funding rounds amounting to €50M+ in commitments.
  • Bain Capital Tech Opportunities finalizes a close of its second, $2.4Bn fund to invest in later-stage opportunities. The firm will especially focus on companies building within cybersecurity, healthcare IT, and/or fintech.
  • Spanish health and biotech VC Asabys Partners hit the first €100M close of its €200M fund. The firm will invest throughout Europe, Israel, and the US, putting €2M to €5M in each of their bets.
  • Estonian VC and accelerator Startup Wise Guys make the first, €25M closing of its €45M fund. The firm will back early-stage startups across B2B SaaS, Fintech, cybersecurity, XR, and sustainability spaces throughout CEE, Italy, Spain, and Africa.
  • London-based Counteract announces the first £15M close of its £35M debut fund. The firm will fund carbon removal innovations across the globe.
  • Lithuanian game dev veterans kickstart a Gamedev Fund to back PC/console games. The firm will put from €100K to €500K into a European studio with a playable demo.

CEE Startup Funding Rounds & Acquisitions

Startup Calls & Events

  • Rubik Garage Accelerator 2023 invites CEE/SE startups to join its equity-free program. The program is open for post-MVP stage startups and will provide a 3-month-long program to reach crucial milestones like raising a new investment round or getting your first €2K of MRR and/or foreign expansion onto a new market. The applications will be accepted till the 5th of March.
  • European-wide acceleration program for industrial-tech startups, Stage2 is open for post-MVP startups and will provide a 6-month-long program. The applications are open till the 26th of February.
  • Eu-Startups and Silicon Castles are seeking Web3 and VR/AR/Metaverse startups to compete in a pitch competition. The Top 10 finalists will obtain a free ticket for the EU-Startups Summit, and the winner will obtain a free entry to the Startup Executive Academy by Silicon Castles. The applications for the competition will be accepted till the 25th of February.

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