• Giving space to disruption

    By Anja Knass, RBI | Dr. Claudia Witzemann is the Managing Director of weXelerate – Austria’s leading start-up and innovation hub. We talked with her about the Austrian start-up ecosystem, the importance of disruption and Austria’s role as a bridge between East and West. weXelerate is Austria’s largest start-up hub and located in the center […]

  • Viennese Escargots: Slow food at its best

    By Andreas Ecker, RBI| Snail farmer and manufacturer Gugumuck aims at a future-oriented urban agriculture Ten years ago Andreas Gugumuck started breeding escargots on the vegetable field of his family’s farm. Today, his Viennese Escargots, the “Wiener Schnecken”, are a well-established culinary brand served in Austria’s top restaurants and his “Future Farm” in the South […]

  • I want people to talk about their finances

    By Anja Knass, RBI | Sara Koslinska, co-founder and CEO of the micro-investing app limitless, was recently named as one of “30 under 30” by Forbes Poland. In this interview she talks about what inspired her to launch her app and why she thinks that Millennials need to start talking about their finances. Sara, you […]

  • Organic crops and berries for Europe

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Founded in December 2015 in the Vinnytsia region in Ukraine, Biofarm Organic Company is a new-generation agricultural company, which grows, on the basis of organic farming principles, and sells organic crops and berries, mostly for export. Svitlana Viyazlovska, co-founder of Biofarm Organic Company, talks about her organic business […]

  • 3 inventions you didn’t know were from Serbia

    1. Strawberry tree The strawberry tree is the world’s first public solar charger for mobile devices. It was developed in 2011 by Milos Milisavljevic, the founder of the Strawberry Energy company, during his studies at the University of Belgrade. It contains 16 chargers for a variety of mobile phones and tablets as well as its […]

  • 3 innovations you didn’t know were from Bulgaria

    Explorers and scientists of Bulgarian descent created numerous inventions that are a part of our daily life. Also nowadays Bulgaria is an interesting country in terms of innovations: in the course of the Central European Startup Awards (CESAwards 2017), which aims to distinguish the best businesses in the region, a total of 32 Bulgarian companies […]

  • Daniela Komatović: Jewellery for generations

    By Veronika Novakova | Raiffeisenbank a.s. Daniela Komatović is a graphic designer, painter, photographer and, above all, designer of jewellery. She was born in Prague, where she studied graphic design. In January 2015, she launched her own line of fine art jewellery, which in a short period of time has become a well-recognized and successful brand. Luxurious, […]

  • 4 innovations you didn’t know were from Hungary

    When talking about Hungarian inventions, you may at first not come up with too many ideas but in fact this country has produced a nearly unbelievably high number of innovations.   1.The Rubik’s cube The famous Rubik`s cube was invented in Hungary by professor Ernő Rubik. Today, more than forty years after the cube was […]

  • Osetr – producing caviar in the Dnipro river

    You cannot talk about Eastern Europe, without mentioning caviar. Here’s the portrait of a Ukrainian entrepreneur, who breeds the black gold in an ecologically and socially responsible manner. Osetr is a black caviar producing company in Ukraine, located in the town of Ukrainka, 20 kilometers from Kyiv. The aquaculture enterprise with a closed cycle production, […]

  • Belarus: A kind of western gate to the Eurasian Economic Union

    The Belarusian ambassador in Austria, Alena Kupchyna, talks about Belarus as a business location, what you have to keep in mind, when it comes to business relations with Belarus, the Northern Silk Road and the must-sees in her country Belarus.   What makes Belarus as an economic location special? Belarus is a dynamically developing country […]