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This article was published on August 17, 2011

    GammaRebels, a ‘YCombinator for central Europe’, gets under way

    GammaRebels, a ‘YCombinator for central Europe’, gets under way
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    GammaRebels is a new startup accelerator programme based in Warsaw, Poland, which aims to be a ‘YCombinator for central Europe’. Its first run kicked off on 11 August, involving six startups over a three-month programme.

    Participating startups get 20,000 PLN ($7,000) for 10% equity and help from a range of mentors from across Europe. While the stake to investment ratio is far from the most competitive on a global scale, it reflects the lower operating costs of being based in Warsaw compared to more well-known startup cities like London and Berlin.

    The six startups taking part are:

    ARNav: Short for ‘Augmented Reality Navigation’, ARNav is an Android app intended to use by pedestrians and tourists, simplifying navigation and giving them directions to nearby Points of Interest.
    Country of Origin: Poland

    BusyFlow: A project management solution that aggregates information from productivity tools like Dropbox, PivotalTracker, Google Docs, Calendar (and even Wave) into one flow. BusyFlow shows “the Flow” from all their productivity tools and allows them to work together. For example, you could create a Pivotal task from a Dropbox file or make a Calendar entry from Pivotal Tracker milestone.
    Country of origin: Lithuania/Vilnus, Twitter, Facebook

    eOffer: Aimed at small and medium business, eOffer from Internet Innovations for Business helps them advertise using social media. It presents offers and collects orders via businesses’ Facebook pages. An ‘eOffer business network’ allows companies to share clients.
    Country of Origin: Poland, Twitter, Facebook

    QRcao: Another app aiming to replace business cards, QRcao is a mobile app for exchanging contact details between users using the phone’s camera.
    Country of origin: The Netherlands/Poland, Twitter

    Resmesh: Competing in the same space as About .me and Flavors.me, Resmesh makes it easy to build a personal website with no coding or design skills. Sites can include a theme picture, photographs, a resume, existing professional files and links to users’ social media presences.
    Country of origin: India (New Dehli), Twitter, Facebook

    GameDisrupt: GameDisrupt pitches itself as creating games that draw on psychology, sociology and neuroscience, but which are also cool and fun. Designed to impact users’ lives and solve real world problems, the first of its social adventure games is expected to launch by the end of 2011.
    Country of origin: Poland

    The six startups will demo their products at an investor day in Warsaw at the end of October.