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The investment platform aims to accelerate its expansion in Europe in 2022
• SeedBlink, the European investment platform for tech startups, now offers a unique range of instruments, opportunities, and market access solutions to Bulgarian investors, partners, and new businesses.
• Led by а newly appointed Country Manager, Angel Hadjiev, the Sofia-based office complements the company’s extension plans and accelerated growth.
• SeedBlink already has active partnerships within the Bulgarian ecosystem, as well as a community of local investors interested in early-stage tech opportunities and portfolio diversification.
Bucharest, March 28th, 2022: The European investment platform for tech startups SeedBlink has opened an office in Sofia, Bulgaria, to complement the company’s expansion plans and continue its accelerated growth.
After supporting startups to raise 45 million euros in the first two years of its launch, SeedBlink aims to accelerate its expansion into Europe in 2022. Led by Angel Hadjiev, the newly appointed Country Manager, the recently opened Sofia office will offer a range of investment instruments and tech startup opportunities and market access solutions to local investors, startups, and partners.
“_Bulgaria has a rapidly growing reputation as a technology hub in central Europe, with a growing tech ecosystem and visionary investors and startup scene. We are excited to bring our best startup investment know-how to Bulgaria and expand our offering of European tech investment opportunities with accessible tickets, enabling Bulgarians to diversify their portfolios. This is also an opportunity for local startups to launch crowd investing campaigns, be supported by high net-worth individuals, and scale better_”, says Andrei Dudoiu, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at SeedBlink.
Angel Hadjiev, the newly appointed Bulgarian Country Manager, has more than 15 years of international experience in the financial services industry with a focus on M&A, capital raising and restructuring. Prior to joining SeedBlink, he was an Assistant Director in Deloitte's Corporate Finance Department and a Fund Manager at Capital Investments Fund.
“_We know how much our investors value local market expertise, so I am delighted that Angel Hadjiev has joined us and will head the newly established branch in Bulgaria_”, states Laurențiu Ghenciu, Chief Business Officer at SeedBlink.
Angel Hadjiev said that even though the real work is just beginning, the team already feels proud to have achieved an important milestone in SeedBlink’s growth strategy – the successful campaign of Dronamics at the end of last year. “_We are not starting from scratch. We thank Bulgarian private investors, CEO Angels Club Sofia, Eleven VC, LaunchHub, and Endeavour for their trust and great support they have given us so far_”, Angel stated.
Representatives of Eleven Ventures, Dronamics, and Sofia Angel Ventures expressed their enthusiasm regarding SeedBlink’s valuable support.
“_It is our pleasure to work with SeedBlink's energetic team, with whom we share the belief in the potential of Eastern European entrepreneurs. Thanks to this partnership, Dronamics' campaign has successfully reached an international audience of investors_”, said Daniel Tomov, Partner at Eleven Ventures.
“_As firm believers in the democratization of access to capital and opportunities, we liked the professionalism of the SeedBlink team in particular and the platform they’ve developed. They made it extremely prompt and effortless for us to run our campaign_”, stated Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO at Dronamics.
“_SeedBlink is an awesome investment platform democratizing angel investing, making it accessible for a vast chunk of society through the efficiency of technology and smart crowd-targeting_”, said Milen Ivanov, founder of Sofia Angels Ventures.
Spanning the startup investment ecosystem in Bulgaria, the new branch will work with local angel groups, VCs, and private investors to assist their portfolio diversification, deal with both completion and syndicalisation needs, and support local startups in accessing capital and scale support.
SeedBlink is a platform specialized exclusively in European tech start-ups, from the pre-seed stage to the B Series. It has attracted 10,000 investors from 50 countries so far. The platform was launched in early 2020 as an equity crowd investing solution, and it now brings together private investment and capital raising by using technology, expertise, and building strong communities.
More than 1,700 start-ups have been assessed, and 60 of these, from eight countries, have launched rounds of funding on SeedBlink. Among the largest rounds of funding are FlowX with 1.6 million euros (round of 7.3 million), Dronamics with 950,000 euros (round of 3 million), and self-listing SeedBlink with 1.1 million (round of 3 million).
SeedBlink is the fastest growing investing platform specialized in sourcing, vetting, financing, and scaling European tech start-ups. Our vision is to shape Europe’s tech future by creating an investment platform that allows investors and founders to access the opportunities, tools, and services of early-stage venture capital.
SeedBlink's community is at the heart of the platform's success, along with a rigorous selection of technology Seed to Series B start-ups & their passionate teams. Learn more on www.seedblink.com.
PublishedMarch 28, 2022
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SeedBlink is a transparent solution that connects entrepreneurs with great business plans, with investors, at different stages in their development. It is a great tool for us, a democratization of access to funding, I would say.
We really loved the SeedBlink journey. We reached our fundraising goal within hours of launching. About 100 investors joined our vision and invested almost $2 million in FLOWX.AI through the Private Deal Room. At the same time, working with SeedBlink to prepare for the funding round was an excellent exercise for our entire team, and we received and felt the support from the SeedBlink team members who took on an advisory role.
SeedBlink made the (investment) process run smoothly. We appreciate all the support SeedBlink's professional team has provided.
Founder and CEO
It's important to look for and choose a platform that you resonate with, that shares your mission with, a platform & its people with which you feel you can have good working relationships. we got an excellent relationship going forward; we talked a lot and we were in touch on a lot of matters and I think this was important. Having people who believe in your idea is of great help.
Founder and CEO
Running the financing round was like any other fundraising; we had to be active in our community as well as in SeedBlink's investor community. After the launch, everything happened very quickly, and SeedBlink organized several pitch events for investors, which we found very useful for the round momentum.
Founder and CEO
We immediately clicked with the SeedBlink team as their fundraising expertise was immediately obvious and their no-nonsense approach really appealed to us. After all, fundraising is only a means to an end, and we liked how the SeedBlink team was really focusing on supporting us and on getting things done.
Our main expectation has been to raise the amount we were aiming for, and both rounds launched on Seedblink exceeded our targets, so we’re very happy with that! Even though the launched funding campaigns have been purely crowdfunding rounds, we are thrilled to actually receive extra support from some of the investors, who have chosen to get involved and help us generate product awareness, whenever they can.
I am recommending SeedBlink without hesitation, to every founder that raises capital, especially early-stage tech startups. SeedBlink is a crowd investment platform that will also provide their startup with visibility, for Angels and VCs.
Founder and CEO
In the early stages, we have been funded by several early (angel) investors, and one and a half year ago through an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedBlink. Of course, this impacted our growth in many positive ways, partly due to the cash influx that, evidently, was sorely needed, but in a larger part due to the fact that our responsibility towards our shareholders has become more stringent and explicit, becoming embodied in our market approach.
Co-founder and CEO
Given the accelerated growth we observed at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, we want a new capitalization, quickly. This is a bridge round that we will use for one year, and the advantages that SeedBlink offers are the speed at which we were able to list for financing and the experience that we gain as a result of this public listing, similar to a listing on the stock exchange.
Co-Founder & CEO
As a platform that only serves technology ventures, SeedBlink can connect the start-up with more than just money. SeedBlink investors are primarily technocrats who understand the objectives of the fundraising company and are also able to post-funding contribute with business opportunities. The minimum investment threshold, and technology focus, differentiates SeedBlink from other fundraising platforms. A perfect fit for a technology start-up seeking intelligent funding.
Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink boosted our brand exposure and facilitated the financial support we were seeking. Having a campaign on the platform allowed us not only to meet a team of professionals - that guided and helped us prepare the necessary materials - but also opened doors for increasing our brand awareness and have discussions with VCs & angel investors we have never reached before. This campaign gave us the encouragement we needed to push the product further, while the record-breaking fundraising (only 2 hours from the launch of the campaign!) was a great confirmation that our product is needed in this market and that we should continue innovating.
CEO & Co-founder
SeedBlink has created a vital ecosystem for startups at the beginning of their journey by equipping entrepreneurs with expertise, encouraging honest and sometimes uncomfortable but necessary discussions about risks and vulnerabilities through a suite of tools, and facilitating connections with investors who share the founders' vision and can contribute to their success. I have greatly appreciated the constant support of Eric and the entire team at all stages of the campaign. Thank you so much!
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