IDCEE and U-Start join forces to become U-Start CEE
U-Start, global investment consulting specialized in connecting international investors with business opportunities and IDCEE, an annual non-for-profit conference on Internet technologies and innovations, are joining forces and teams to organize global worldclass events. The merger was announced during the opening remarks of the 5th edition of IDCEE powered by U-Start, which happened in Kiev on the 9th & 10th of October.Joining forces is a strategic partnership to leverage the experience of the IDCEE team who organize world-class events around the world, together with the U-Start network the gap between global scaling of international IDCEE conferences and partnerships with Family Offices, private investors, VC and Internet entrepreneurs.U-Start has officially set up shop in the Ukraine extending markets and affording partnering Family Offices additional resources and fund management.
Viktoriya Tigipko made the announcement during the opening speech: ‘IDCEE is going global and joining forces with the U-Start Conference, which is a global network of conferences. IDCEE becomes U-Start CEE, the main regional gateway to global IT markets. We are here to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and investors, family offices and private individuals, on a global scale’.
U-Start (www.u-start.biz) CEO Stefano Guidotti spoke about the common future of U-Start and IDCEE which was jointly announced with TA Venture, Viktoriya Tigipko. ‘The first time we linked up with IDCEE was two years ago. I immediately saw the huge overlap in vision and mission between IDCEE and U-Start. In the last 5 years, IDCEE has been bringing the tech world to Kiev and have been the front door for anyone who wants to enter this part of the World which lends itself to talent and opportunities. U-Start does the same on a global scale. We will help take IDCEE to the world by replicating the great things you'll see in this￼conference, and first effects of this will start blooming at our next U-Start Conference in Cape Town on the 28th of November’ – he said.
The U-Start Conference held in Milan is where the final of the U-Start Conference series is hosted and a culmination from the top U-Start conferences held during the year from Brazil to South Africa. it is attracting the world’s top international investors, highest caliber business experts and globally recognized industry leaders in the SME marketplace, offering a unique experience to all participating start-ups.
Powered by U-Start, IDCEE 2014 will now be integrated into the U-Start Conference series of global events.
The next U-Start Conferene will be in Cape Town on the 28th of November 2014, São Paulo in February, Istanbul in March and Santiago in April. The series will finish with the main global event in Milan in June.