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A history and current overview of the Czech startup and tech scene before and after 1989.

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Czech the tech scene

  1. 1. Czech Out the Tech Scene Hidden Gems in the Heart of Europe
  2. 2. The Czechs: Golden Hands "Golden Czech hands and clever Czech heads" led to the invention of soft contact lenses, the electric arc lamp, fingerprinting, ship propellers, the mechanical pencil, semtex, and the sugar cube, A long and proud history of entrepreneurship The Capital of The Holy Roman Empire The world’s oldest continuously running University: Charles University, Founded 1348
  3. 3. INDEX 1. History​ 2. Economy 3. Prague tech scene today​ 4. Invest time and money in Czech Republic!​ 5. Czech tech gurus you should know​ 6. Resources to get started​ 7. Appendix
  4. 4. 1. History
  5. 5. 1918 1938 1968 1974 1989 1992 1993 1996 Czechoslovakia (CS) rises out of Austro-Hungary as the world’s 11th largest economy. Warsaw Pact. CS earns reputation for technical excellence and creativity - Jawa Motorcycles, Cinema, Medicine. Prague Spring - occupation of CS. SAPO - first PC constructed in CS by Antonín Svoboda​. Velvet Revolution - CS rejoins the world. First Internet Connection at Czech Technical University. The Velvet Divorce - Czechia and Slovakia split amicably- both later joining the EU. Founding of Seznam. cz, Jobs.cz​
  6. 6. 8th 1998 2000 2006 2010 2011 2014 2015 Foundation of CZNIC, Alza.cz - first major e- retailer, Lupa.cz​ - first tech-only news site. 25% of Czechs are Online. Almost No E-commerce. Czech Republic is the only country in Europe to get a Google product team before Google opens a sales office. World’s first bitcoin mining pool - Slush. Foundation of StartupYard - Seed Accelerator 80% of Czechs now online. Czechs now spend 6 Billion Euros Online per year Average Internet speeds now ranked 8th worldwide, at 3 times global average, 11.2 Mbit/s.
  7. 7. TODAY Google, AVG, Seznam.cz & Skype headquarters The district of Smichov is becoming the Heart of Tech In the Czech Republic. Prague center Node 5 & StartupYard Impact Hub TechSquare
  8. 8. Economy A great stimulus for entrepreneurship The Czech Republic has a solid Industrial base, with a growing service economy, reliant on exports, mainly to Germany. JOBS 60% 29%Service Industrial TAX 29% Proportion of foreigners in population 4,2% Czechs Working Abroad 100,000 in EU of GDP Lower than most developed countries
  9. 9. 2. Prague Tech Scene Today
  10. 10. The only non-Google search engine ranked in any European country. experts work in IT. Development of Internet and IT has brought new jobs students graduate from top IT, computer science, and engineering programs every year. startups currently listed on AngelList. Homegrown players, AVG and Avast, both companies in IT security. #1 264 50,000 300,000 1B$+
  11. 11. Global companies with major IT centers in CZ
  12. 12. Early stage investment environment Active group of venture investors! Growing number of business angels & field of early stage investors Y-Soft
  13. 13. http://www.czechcrunch.cz/2015/02/do-ceskych-startupu-se-za-rok-2014-proinvestovalo-746-milionu-korun-jak-je-na-tom-cela-evropa/http: //www.czechcrunch.cz/2015/02/do-ceskych-startupu-se-za-rok-2014-proinvestovalo-746-milionu-korun-jak-je-na-tom-cela-evropa/ Country Deals Million $ Country Deals Million $ Country Deals Million $ UK 225 $1.698,0 Ireland 25 $145,3 Portugal 5 $7,1 Germany 154 $1.279,3 Belgium 12 $56,1 Luxembourg 4 $26,7 France 63 $379,4 Switzerland 11 $84,6 Turkey 4 $1,4 Russia 62 $323,9 Scotland 9 $29,9 Bulgaria 3 $8,4 Spain 48 $254,5 Austria 8 $13,4 Ukraine 3 $4,5 Sweden 42 $398,9 Estonia 7 $4,8 Latvia 3 $3,3 Finland 40 $90,6 Lithuania 6 $32,8 Cyprus 2 $15,6 Italy 40 $48,4 Norway 6 $12,2 Hungary 2 $2,4 Netherlands 33 $544,3 Czech Republic 5 $30,8 Greece 2 $2,3 Denmark 25 $145,9 Poland 5 $25,7 Malta 1 $54,6 EU VC-Backed Tech Deal & Dollar Distribution by Country: 2014CB Insights report
  14. 14. Which companies founded by Czechs are getting funded? $850,000 Futurelytics $1,000,000 BrandEmbassy $5.45M SkyPicker $1,800,000 Apiary $2,000,000 Liftago $2,800,000 Codasip $6.23M Geewa $34M SocialBakers $101M GoodData $1,350,000 Comprimato $2,500,000 Safetica
  15. 15. 3. Invest time and money in Czech Republic!
  16. 16. How we attract foreign investors Skilled workforce with good language skills Relatively low labor costs, easy self-employment Easy, zero-capital incorporation Favorable business climate Stable political environment High-quality transportation and business infrastructure Geographical and cultural proximity to Western Europe, and the East Low level of crime, low cost of living, and low rents CORPORATE TAX 19% 0$
  17. 17. Your Gateway to Central Europe BerlinLondon Vienna Budapest Sofia Paris Madrid
  18. 18. 4. Czech tech gurus you should know​
  19. 19. The King Roman Staněk Founder NetBeans, Systinet, GoodData Tech businessman Started making his business in 1997
  20. 20. Jakub Nesetril - Apiary.io Local Heros Jan Gritzbach & Tomaš Hofer- AVG Martin Rehak - COSE Vaclav Muchna- YSoft Michal Pechoucek - COSE Ondra Tomek - NetCentrum Ondřej Fryc - Mall.cz Jan Řezab - SocialBakers Eduard Kucera & Pavel Baudiš - Avast Tomáš Čupr - Slevomat.cz, Dámejídlo.cz Simon Vostry - Zoom Dusan Senkypl - ePojisteni
  21. 21. Most active investors
  22. 22. 5 Czech Startups to watch in 2015
  23. 23. 5. Resources to get started
  24. 24. Accelerators STARCUBE Incubators South Moravian Innovation Centre Supported by University of Economics Supported by University of Life Sciences Prague Supported by Czech Technical University
  25. 25. Coworking Spaces
  26. 26. Engineering Schools Czech Technical University in Prague, one of the largest in the country, is also the oldest non-military technical university in Europe. Technical University (Liberec) Charles University Masaryk University
  27. 27. MeetUps WebExpo conference for web professionals http://2014.webexpo.cz/en/ Startup Summit Devel http://devel. cz/konference App Parade http://www. appparade.cz/ StartupCamp Engage Prague http://www. engage2015.com/ BarCamp Nápad Roku http://www. napadroku.cz/ Česká inovace http://www. ceskainovace.cz/ StartupYard Events
  28. 28. Thank you!
  29. 29. Appendix ★ http://www.expats.cz/prague/article/czech-companies/Surveying-the-Czech-Start-Up-Scene/ ★ http://www.eu-startups.com/2015/01/5-czech-startups-to-watch-in-2015/ ★ http://centraleuropeanstartupawards.com/#the-team ★ http://byznys.ihned.cz/c1-61402650-mapa-ceske-digitalni-pustiny-opravdu-rychly-internet-maji-jen-3- procenta-lidi ★ http://kristalova.lupa.cz/2014/vysledkova-listina/ ★ http://www.doba-webova.com/cs/statistiky-pro-socialni-sit ★ http://www.janrezab.com/list-of-top-czech-technology-companies-and-start-ups-updated/ ★ http://www.vyzkumy.cz/clanky/454-ceska-internetova-populace-v-cislech ★ http://www.forbes.cz/10-lidi-z-ceskeho-byznysu-ktere-se-vyplati-sledovat-na-twitteru/ ★ http://www.czechict.cz/ict-v-cr.htm ★ http://tech.ihned.cz/ ★ https://www.cbinsights.com/research-european-tech-2014 ★ https://slack-redir.com/link?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2Fid%2F102236164 ★ http://www.janrezab.com/list-of-top-czech-technology-companies-and-start-ups-updated/ ★ INSPIRATION: http://bonjourlafrenchtech.com/paris-back/
  30. 30. ★ http://theupstart.co/16828/infographic-boulder-is-for-startups/ ★ http://www.eban.org/ ★ http://www.cvca.cz/cs/ ★ http://www.slideshare.net/Coadec/startup-manifesto ★ http://kasvustrateegia.mkm.ee/index_eng.html ★ http://www.startupjobs.cz/en/blog/infografika-kdo-chce-pracovat-pro-startup ★ http://withlove.sk/# ★ http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/10/09/how-pragues-smile-land-district-is-becoming-a-hub-for-czech- startups/ ★ http://www.wbtcb.com/en/bitcoin-atm ★ http://performance.ey.com/2012/06/06/how-czech-republic-is-attracting-foreign-investors/ ★ http://performance.ey.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/Performance-4.3-April-2012-Journal-v16- p7079.Czech-Republic.pdf ★ http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/the-worlds-best-start-up-hubs-berlin-germany ★ http://startuphub.pl/people/ ★ http://edu.deloitte.cz/Upload/Brochures/PDF/2014/CVCA2014.pdf ★ http://www.iises.net/download/Soubory/soubory-puvodni/pp059-075_ijobm_2014V2N1.pdf ★ https://datafox.co/lists/sean-moroney/prague-startups/ ★ http://www.czso.cz/csu/tz.nsf/i/prezentace_z_tk_domacnosti_a_internet/$File/csu_tk_internet_prezentace.pdf ★ http://www.migrace.com/docs/141115_simi-zamestnanci-en-nahled.pdf

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