Guest post by Marko Francekovic, founder at Hungrio, a company invested by Eleven.
Eleven and LauncHUB, the two most active early stage investors in Europe, are organizing a series of meetups with entrepreneurs from CEE starting October 14 in Belgrade, and followed on the 15th in Zagreb, 16th – Banja Luka, 17th – Podgorica and 18th – Pristina. The two funds organize the events in partnership with Domain.me, Microsoft, and local players in the startup community, and the kind support of Netokracija and Start.It.
As we enter our 2nd year, I’ll mention a few domains that are of particular interest to us.
by Dilyan Dimitrov, founder at Eleven Accelerator Venture FundIt was a great summer for Eleven. Doing this, and returning back in the beginning of September, exactly one year after we moved in the Roof with our first batch of 11 companies. It felt almost like the changeover to a new calendar year – a perfect opportunity to reflect on what we learned during the past 12 months; set exciting new goals for the year ahead, and start taking action to achieve those goals. It is like starting Eleven once again – breaking the patterns and habits of the past year and reinvigorating the way we operate. And what better way to do this, than with a brand new batch of exciting startups, joining our family on Monday, 16 September.
Every few months we open a new application window, review a few hundred applications, interview, meet, assess, and select 10 to 15 companies to join our programme. And before we start again, we try to give meaningful feedback to all remaining few hundred applicants.
Eleven is a high pressure atmosphere. We push the limits of every day we have. Fundraising, Sourcing, Evaluating, Investing, Mentoring, Building, Shipping, Reporting, Pivoting, Supporting, Presenting, & Innovating. The result of our way of working is astonishing. 80+ startups in less than 2 years. In the machine of Making Early Stage Investments, we have little time for catching our breath.