The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe

  • TechCrunch backs the launch of The Coalition for a Digital Economy in the UK

    Today TechCrunch Europe is backing the creation of a new entity to support a lasting, sustainable and innovative Digital Economy for British businesses based on modern thinking around the Internet. Coadec (The Coalition for a Digital Economy) will represent the new wave of British businesses built on technological innovation. What’s prompted this move? Well, we think the UK’s… Read More

  • Owners of Serbian betting portals arrested for affiliate marketing?

    [Serbia] The owners of Serbian betting sites and – Djordje Djokić and Dušan Jagličić – were arrested last week for “organizing illegal bookmaking and money laundering”. However, not all is what it seems. Both sites are resources for sports fans who like to bet on various sporting events. They provide stats, news, tips and other… Read More

  • Skimlinks makes it easier for publishers to discover affiliate programs

    U.K. startup Skimlinks is hoping to revolutionize the affiliate model by turning normal product links into affiliate links. The startup gives publishers access to affiliate programs of thousands of merchants across a number of affiliate networks. Each time a user clicks through and makes a purchase, the website earns a commission from the retailer. With Skimlinks, a publisher can set which… Read More

  • Yandex partners with AlterGeo for improved location-based search

    [Russia] Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, has signed a contract with AlterGeo – a hybrid positioning startup – to use its technology to add location-based features to the company’s maps and toolbar web applications. AlterGeo technology aggregates GSM Cell-ID, Wi-Fi and WiMax to retrieve a user’s location. The traditional mobile triangulation with poor… Read More

  • Stripgenerator is one lean, mean comic strip creation tool

    [Slovenia] Stripgenerator, a web based tool for creating comic strips, just released a new version based on Flash and Javascript. Unlike most tools of its kind, whose interfaces are made to look pretty, Stripgenerator’s service takes a more minimalistic approach – focusing on ease-of-use and simplicity over eye-candy. Created by Slovenian web and mobile application developer… Read More

  • Foursquare checks-in with Vodafone UK

    [UK] The location-based social networking space is about as competitive as they get right now – though it’s still relatively early days – but Foursquare appears to be executing particularly well. It certainly has the mind share of the press, which should trickle down to end-users, and today the New York-based startup has announced a tie-in with Vodafone UK, currently the… Read More

  • London’s TechHub plans to be a mini-cluster for tech startups

    TechHub (@TechHub), the project set up by Elizabeth Varley and Mike Butcher to create a physical space in London for tech start-ups “from from across the UK, Europe, the US and beyond”, appears to be well on its way. It is now accepting a limited number of Founder Memberships, booking sponsors and details about the actual space will, I’m told, be outlined… Read More

  • ClickandBuy, the 'European PayPal', lets Facebook users set up shop

    [UK/Germany] ClickandBuy, the ‘European PayPal’, has launched a Facebook app – Buxter – that enables users of the social network to send and receive real money through the site rather than virtual currency, which the company claims as first. In fact, it’s a little more ambitious than that. The London and Cologne-based company also wants to become the platform… Read More

  • Embargoes II – The Sequel

    It’s no secret TechCrunch, like all media outlets has a love hate relationship with the PR industry. Take the guy who just rang me. “Hi, my name is Rob, I want to tell you about a news story.” OH REALLY? How about you say where you are from first? But moving on… You’ll recall the video we posted on the weekend about another tedious annoyance: The Embargo. The… Read More

  • Private travel club launches in US

    [France/US] The #3 online travel boutique in France, VoyagePrivé, has just announced its launch in the US. The company has been expanding internationally for the last year, with offices in Spain, Italy and the UK in addition to their Aix-en-Provence headquarters. Founded in 2004 by some of the former management team from Lastminute France and Orange, VoyagePrive has become the leading… Read More

  • Founder Institute adds 5 more mentors, extends deadline for Paris program

    The Founder Institute has just added 5 additional mentors and extended the deadline for their Paris program, which we covered in a previous post. While the Founder Institute claims to reduce costs associated with starting a company by up to 80%, the main incentive for applying to the program is being referred to the mentor list and the related networking opportunities. Thus, the additional… Read More

  • Smartdate secures €2m so you can date friends of your Facebook friends

    [France] Paris based dating service Smartdate has raised €1.7 million with European VC 360 Capital Partners. Smartdate, which previously secured Angel investment from four international Business Angels for a total of €300,000, was founded by Fabrice Le Parc, who also launched in France and Benelux in 2006-07. This €2 million total amount of seed funding (one of the largest in… Read More

  • The Filter inks a deal with DailyMotion for its discovery engine

    The Filter, which pitches itself literally as a personalized discovery engine for digital entertainment, has signed a deal with Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest video sites. Specifically it will deliver recommendation services to Dailymotion’s 66 million monthly users (according to comScore). Dailymotion’s goal in this is to up the level of video consumption, user… Read More

  • Guest Post: UK startup rules aren't perfect, but we're getting there

    Alex van Someren is a “Dealmaker” with the Global Entrepreneur Programme at the department of UK Trade and Investment. A serial entrepreneur specialising in IT software and hardware product development businesses, he’s had two exits through IPOs and is now Entrepreneur in Residence at Judge Business School. Below, he answers our recent guest post which attacked the way UK… Read More

  • The 20 European startups that will need to woo us at Plugg 2010

    Plugg, the annual conference organised by my TechCrunch colleague Robin Wauters, is due for next week on Thursday (11 March) in Brussels, Belgium. I’ll be there along with other European tech industry pundits, bloggers, venture capitalists and many entrepreneurs, to listen to a slew of presentations by executives from Nokia, Opera Software, Index Ventures, Duval Guillaume, eBuddy and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt, May 24-26 in New York

    New York, the city that never sleeps, may finally meet its match. TechCrunch is coming, and we’re bringing three days of non-stop conference and startup-competition energy, May 24-26. We call it TechCrunch Disrupt because we want to debate what’s really changing in media and technology right now, what’s causing disruption and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive… Read More

  • Facebook accessibility issues in Turkey: technical glitch or censorship?

    According to our tips inbox and complaints on Twitter and local blogs, popular social network Facebook has been unavailable to at least a subset of users in Turkey for a number of hours now, although it appears to be coming back up for some users in the last half hour or so. Facebook being down for several hours in Turkey is a big deal, because the country is said to be the third largest… Read More

  • Language learning community secures first round

    [Spain/Austria] Last week closed their first funding round from an undisclosed Austrian serial angel investor. The total sum is also not clear, but appears to be below €500,000. is a two year old, online community based language learning startup, launched out of Spain, founded by non-Spaniards, Bernhard Niesner (Austria) and Adrian Hilti (Switzerland). Last December… Read More

  • Shout'em adds location to its white label mobile social networks

    Shout’em today adds a major new feature to its service which could well super-charge it into a whole different place: location. The white label service lets you build a Twitter-like social network, but it now leverages Foursquare’s API and Twitter’s GeoAPI. The mobile-optimised social networks can be private, location-based and used by any niche group. So far Shout’em… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    [Germany] T-Venture Holding, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Neubiberg, Germany-headquarted Lantiq, a provider of next-generation access and home networking technologies. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Along with the investment in Lantiq, Deutsche Telekom will provide future strategic advice to the company. Lantiq is… Read More