Southeast Europe / Tech

Home of the humbled lira, Turkey’s the biggest cryptocurrency market in the Middle East

Justine Mazonier August 11, 2022

Up to a fifth of Turks appear to have invested in digital money in the past two years.

Russia suspected of being behind massive cyberattack in Albania

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2022

Attack shut down online government services in Albania two months after Tirana took almost all services online and closed physical offices.

Bulgaria’s Dronamics partners with Quickstep for full-scale cargo drone manufacturing

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2022

Partnership to accelerate the scale-up of the Dronamics fleet as demand for capacity on their routes is rising.

Electric supercar entrepreneur Mate Rimac invests in Croatian agri-digital company Gruntek

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2022

Gruntek has developed an app allowing Croatians to rent gardens raising organic vegetables near them and pick what is planted there.

Istanbul-listed Koc launches electric vehicle charging stations unit

Akin Nazli in Belgrade July 14, 2022

Conglomerate also lately reached understanding with Ford and SK On to explore potential for EV battery production plant in Ankara.

Disney+ comes online in Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 27, 2022

Among many other competitors, it will take on BluTV, the market leader in Turkey’s subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market with a 42% share.

Romanian crowdfunding platform SeedBlink helps Bulgarian startup Agriniser raise funds

bne IntelliNews June 22, 2022

First goal for Agriniser will be to expand its digital marketplace to buy and sell grain into Romania.

Investments into Serbian startups soared more than 600% in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 22, 2022

Serbian startups attracted over $135mn of investments in 2021 – more than six times as much as in the previous year.

Wargaming opens studios in Belgrade and Warsaw after pulling out of Russia and Belarus

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2022

Wargaming closed its studios in Russia and Belarus following the military invasion of Ukraine, and is now adding new studios in Central and Southeast Europe.

Serbia to deploy drones to follow high-speed trains after stonings

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2022

Minister threatens vandals with eight-year prison sentence and plans to send drones to track high-speed trains on the Belgrade-Novi Sad line.

Paysend invests in Serbia with new European tech centre

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2022

UK-based Paysend says it wants to help put Belgrade on the map as the next fintech capital of Europe.

Bulgaria’s Dronamics to launch drone cargo airline

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2022

Dronamics to scale up its operations and run its first commercial flights out of Malta and Italy later this year.

Albania’s notorious ‘TikTok judge’ sacked

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2022

A media storm erupted in Albania when videos on Tik Tok showed Enkelejda Kapedani posing in designer clothes in her office and driving a BMW.