Pioneers stops pioneering in the event department, scraps its 2020 flagship conference as part of refocus

Pioneers, a conference that has brought together European tech startups, investors and corporates at the beautiful Hofburg Palace in Vienna since 2012, is closing doors – at least for now. According to a German-only interview, the current owner of Pioneers – startup300 – has decided to shut down the event activities of Pioneers, effectively cancelling […]

HERE launches an AI research institute in Vienna, plans to invest €25 million over five years

Amsterdam-headquartered HERE Technologies, a mapping and location services company that used to be part of Nokia, has announced the launch of the Institute for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI) in Vienna. The new research institution will focus on machine learning “machine learning that will deepen the location intelligence needed to build an autonomous world,” […]

London-based Zoovu secures $14 million for its digital sales assistant

Zoovu, a digital assistant startup founded in Austria and headquartered in London and New York, has landed a $14 million funding round led by Target Global and Beringea. Rytis Vitkauskas, venture partner at Target Global, will join the Zoovu’s board of directors as part of the deal. The startup offers AI-powered digital assistant trained across […]

German startup Siltectra sells to Infineon for €124 million

German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon has acquired Dresden-based startup Siltectra for €124 million. Founded in 2010, Siltectra is an R&D-heavy startup that has developed the “cold split” technology that allows processing of crystal material efficiently and with minimal loss. Infineon will now use the technology “to split silicon carbide (SiC) wafers, thus doubling the number of chips […]

From smart learning to active citizenship, here are the winning projects for the 2018 European Youth Award

The winners of the 2018 European Youth Award (EYA) have been announced in Graz, Austria, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t share the list with you. The European Youth Award is a pan-European contest encouraging young people, social entrepreneurs, and startups to develop digital solutions addressing today’s most pressing challenges. The yearly contest is […]