The SVOD Europe conference, organized by our GrowthUP Group, the SVOD conference and supported by Google European Headquarters, was held under the title “Unicorn vs Narwhal. Myth vs Reality” in Dublin on January 27-28.
The conference included a Startup Competition on the first day and a plenary on the second.
Nikolay Savin, our Managing Director, was moderating a FinTech section of the Startup Competition.
The winner was a project from Ireland, Ourobotics. Israeli project Recast took second place, while our portfolio company, a project from Ukraine Wishround came in third.
The Plenary section tackled the rivalry between tech companies that use different investment strategies, whether it is the “all-you-can-eat” or “eat-only-to-live” approach, at various stages of development. Experts like Brian Caulfield (Draper Esprit), Alexander Galitsky (AlmazCapital), Uri Adoni (JVP), Deborah Magid (IBM), Paddy Flynn (Google Dublin), Damian Byrne (PWC), Steve Emecz (Powa Technologies), Ariel Rosenstein, (SimilarWeb) and others, joined 5 panel discussions as speakers.
The idea behind the event was to provide a platform for efficient networking between entrepreneurs from Central and Eastern Europe and investors and experts from Western Europe and Silicon Valley. This conference gathered more then 450 attendees, including representatives of more than 50 VC funds (the list is available at http://svod-europe.com/conference/investors/). The ratio of entrepreneurs to investors was 3:1.
The event was held in Dublin with the support of key sponsors Almaz Capital Partners, PWC and Google.
“What really makes this event a success is the high quality of startups involved, and for investors it is interesting to see who will capture the imagination – you are afraid to miss out on a hot investment!” said Alexander Galitsky, co-founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners. “This event is where Western Europe meets Eastern and Central Europe as well as the USA and we were certainly introduced to some very promising companies.”
Damian Byrne, PwC Partner, added: “Talent is the key driver of success. It’s also very important to invest at the outset in the support structures, including IP, legal, finance and tax. Early errors can prove to be very difficult, expensive and time consuming to correct.”
Google Director Paddy Flynn said “We strongly believe in supporting the Startup community and this event is another great opportunity for the Irish and European Startup community to connect with US and local investors.”
To see the pictures from SVOD Europe events, please go to the following links:
SVOD Europe Startup Competition
Day 1. Startup Competition. Part 2
Masterclass with the Startup Competition Finalists
Day 2. The Plenary “Unicorn vs Narwhal. Myth vs Reality”
The next SVOD Europe conference will be held within Kiev Startup Week in April 2016 in Kiev.