The 1st annual Texas-CEE Tech Summit was an intensive week in Austin, introducing Software Development companies to Texas-based companies.
We started on Monday with the Austin Technology Council’s CEO Summit, with 100+ Austin-based tech-execs, discussing hot topics such as crypto and Bitcoin and Artificial Intelligence. A big thanks to ATC ExecDirector Amber Gunst for her kind inclusion of our attendees, from Poland, Moldova, Romania and Czech Republic.
The Texas-CEE Tech Summit started early Tuesday morning, with intro from Ben Ramirez of the World Affairs Council Austin.
Dominik Andrzejczuk, Managing Partner of Atmos Ventures (Warsaw and San Francisco) discussed some of the reasons that CEE region’s digital sector is so competitive globally. Atmos is focused on investing, nurturing, and growing Seed and Series A-stage European firms, as well as supporting North American firms looking to open R&D centers in Europe. Raised in San Francisco, Dominik moved to Warsaw in 2018.
Subsequent presentations focused on the global tech hub of Krakow – with presentations from long-term residents Andrew Hallam of ASPIRE Asssociation and John Lynch, founder of Lynka, which is now Europe’s largest promotional products company.
The Baltic states were also profiled, with a discussion panel with Enterprise Estonia’s Maris Prii, who came in from San Franisco, and Lithuania, represented by Danas Vaitkevicius, who came in from Washington.
A strong delegation from Moldova came to Austin. Guests were briefed by the Moldovan IT Association, Moldova IT Park and the investment agency of Moldova: Natalia Dontu, Moldova IT Park, Administrator; Irina Tolstousov, Invest Moldova Agency, Head of Country Brand Promotion; Marina Bzovii, Moldova IT Association, Executive Director.
Two entrepreneurs Simon Obstbaum, ex-CTO of Crunchyroll and George Teodorescu of Mixbook told about their very successful experiences leveraging the strong tech talent of Moldova.
Six companies each gave a 8-10 minute Presentation of their digital solutions developed in CEE, including:
1) Frista Retail Business Center (Szymon Stadnik, Warsaw). How this service centre – specialized in servicing retailers – has led to multi-million dollar savings for its clients. Case Study: Global Retailer (Switzerland)
2) Equilobe Software (Catalin Criveteanu, Bucharest). From validating your idea to building an MVP or a full-fledged product, Equilobe create great products that bring a new perspective to your organization and drive innovation. Case Study: a wholesale player (Germany)
3) Qore Technologies (David Nichols, Prague). AI / NLP solution for voice-driven customer-care automation where we provide the back-office integration.
4) Softbinator Technologies (Radu Vucea, Bucharest).
5) Screaming Box. Team Extension Case Study: Propane Studio.
6) Linnify (Catalin Briciu, Bucharest). Datafy: an internal no-code platform that we’ve used for multiple clients to speed up the development process and dramaticaly reduce costs.
CEE Digital Services Awards were presented at the VIP Luncheon, with these 3 companies selected by our VIP Jury:
Softbinator Technologies, Linnify, and Intetics.
The afternoon focus shifted to western Europe, particularly France and Ireland – with the headline VIP Speaker Adriana Cruz, Executive Director, Office of the Governor Economic Development.
ATT Executive Center hosted our evening wines reception, over warm weather in their courtyard.
Austin Chamber of Commerce
On Wednesday, our delegation was welcomed at the Economic Briefing of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, led by Roland Pena. And a big thanks to the Chair for introducing our delegation from the main stage to the full audience of 250+ companies.
Peter Lewis, Global Sales Director at SXSW, met us on Thursday to give an overview of this global and hugely-successful phenomenon that brings in nearly 150.000 people to Austin each March. SXSW is keen to extend its relationships in CEE, and they are pleased to have the Polish PARP on board for March 2022.
Friday’s highlight was the StartUp Crawl, hosted by Austin’s pre-eminent accelerator Capital Factory. With more than 500 attendees, and more than 100 startups, including many exhibiting, the event was a great way to cap off a busy week of networking with both well-established and young Austin-based companies.