The investment platform accelerates its expansion in Europe in 2022
Bucharest, June 16th, 2022: The European investment platform for tech startups SeedBlink has opened an office in Athens, Greece, to complement the company’s expansion plans and continue its accelerated growth.
The recently opened Athens office will offer a range of investment instruments (such as Equity, Convertible loans, SAFE, ASA) and tech startup opportunities and market access solutions to local investors, startups, and partners.
“We seek to tap into Greece's burgeoning innovation-driven sectors, an economy that has not only proven its resilience but now offers some very exciting growth opportunities”, stated Andrei Dudoiu, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at SeedBlink.
George Platanas, the newly appointed Country Manager for Greece, has more than 25 years of international business experience. He began his career as a financial and asset manager, where he served the industry for more than 17 years, followed by leading a series of entrepreneurial moves, from concept development, to scaling to fundraising and exit. Prior to joining SeedBlink, George was Head of Incubation and later Regional Manager at Demium Greece, where he established the company as the leading incubator/accelerator in the region. George also contributed to Demium SL receiving a €24.5 million fund from the Hellenic Development Bank of Investments.
“Our expanded Athens office is designed to accelerate investment in Greece and capitalize on the increasingly active innovation and entrepreneurial landscape across a range of tech sectors. It also provides a unique opportunity to further collaborate with local VCs, business angels groups and family offices to leverage the dynamism of the Greek economy and its resilience in the face of global challenges and uncertainties”, said Laurențiu Ghenciu, Chief Business Officer at SeedBlink.
With already 2 funded companies in SeedBlink's portfolio originating from Greece and partnerships with local VCs, George Platanas believes that the Greek office is an important milestone in SeedBlink's growth strategy.
“Together, we will now ensure that tech startups from Greece can more easily raise capital, expand, innovate and create jobs in the coming years, while local investors can access curated European startups and diversify their portfolios with VC -like deals”, stated George Platanas.
“SeedBlink is a great platform in the sense that it democratizes angel investing and introduces the general public to the startup asset class by giving them access to investment opportunities led by institutional investors. We look forward to the launch of the Greek office that will support and fuel the local tech ecosystem”, said Pavlos Pavlakis, Principal at Venture Friends.
SeedBlink is a platform specialized exclusively in European tech start-ups, from the pre-seed stage to the B Series. It has attracted 11,000 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 on SeedBlink from a total round of 7.3 million euros, Dronamics with 950,000 euros on SeedBlink from a round of 3 million euros, and the self-listing of SeedBlink with 1.1 million euros (from a total round of 3 million euros).
PublishedJune 16, 2022
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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!