Balkan Venture Forum

first_img Deadline: 12 March 2012Open to: Entrepreneurs/innovators from one of the participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey)Prizes: An award of € 90,000DescriptionThe Balkan Venture Forum is an open regional initiative created to catalyze the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Balkan region. BvKF is being implemented by the international team of Aleksandar Tasev, William Stevens, Bratislav Stankovic PhD., Clarisse Molad PhD., Michael Gold and Jure Mikuz. The president of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov PhD., is the patron of the event, highlighting the importance of BkVF.The Balkan Venture Forum (BkVF) will play an active role in the European and Balkan innovation scene. It will foster start-ups and high-tech, high-growth entrepreneurship, internationalization of Macedonian and Balkan start-ups through contacts with blue chip investors.BkVF is an Investment Forum targeted at showcasing the Macedonian and Balkan most promising high-tech entrepreneurs to an audience of Balkan and international venture capital and corporate investors and strategic partners. We select 32-48 companies from Macedonia and Balkans to the Forum, and 20 international investors and investment and partnering advisors as well as 20 local investors.The BkVF will is also be promoted as a 2012 European Venture Contest Semi-Final and the top quartile (best 25%) companies from the BkVF will be qualified for the European Venture Summit which will take place at the end of 2012.The Balkan Venture Forum entails the following:Discussion sessions on investment trends and market opportunities.Presentations of companies to active investors, with investment track record in the last 12 months.One2one meetings between entrepreneurs and investors.Emphasis on innovative technologies for global growth.Attractive programme.Invitation-only – highest quality investors, experts and entrepreneurs.PrizesThe top 25% of entrepreneurs/innovators from the BkVF Company Pitching Competition qualify for the final event – the European Venture Summit, and compete for an award of € 90,000.EligibilityEntrepreneurs/innovators must be registered in one of the participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey);Provide innovative products or services;Must be privately owned, including investor-backed companies.ApplicationTo apply for the competition you have to register here.The competition will take place on the 18-19 April in Skopje, Macedonia.Deadline for applications is 12.03.2012. The Official Website Reddit Balkan Venture Forum ← Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography Pocket Tweet Share 0 March 6, 2012 Published by Site Default center_img LinkedIn 0 Pitching Competition at Balkan Venture Forum +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories Opening for Office Manager at the German Marshall Fund in Warsaw →last_img read more

Canyon aero road price drops with new 2019 Aeroad CF SL frame option

first_imgAs much as Canyon continues to develop all-new bikes like the XC Lux we saw earlier this year, the direct-to-consumer bike maker also keeps dropping more affordable, alternative material versions of their most popular premium bikes. The latest to get this treatment is the Aeroad now with a second lower spec CF SL carbon frameset under the top-level CF SLX models.The Aeroad CF SL isn’t an isolated, affordable update. In the last year we saw Canyon drop an alloy version of their Inflite cyclocross bike, plus a more affordable CF SL carbon version there too, even an alloy version of the World Cup DH Sender. As recently as last week we also got a sneak peek as the upcoming aluminum version of their Grail gravel bike.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL trickle down carbon aero bikesTrickling down more affordable versions of existing carbon bikes can be a relatively logical step for a big company like Canyon. Working with the same external frame molds, Canyon just has to re-engineer a carbon layup using less costly materials. That’s not exceptionally easy, as they still have to end up with mostly the same stiffness in the revised construction, the only real penalty being typically 100-200g extra due to the lesser grade carbon.Looking at the new CF SL version of the Aeroad vs. the previous CF SLX version, you’d be hard pressed to identify and difference besides the extra X on the toptube. That’s because from the outside the framesets are effectively identical, which means you’ll get all the aero performance of the original in the new, more affordable CF SL versions.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL Disc affordable carbon aero road bikesThe new CF SL frame is available in a disc brake option if that’s what you’re after. For 2000€ you can pick up an electronic drivetrain ready frameset including frame, fork, headset, seatpost & aero cockpit (mechanical shift frames are only available as complete bikes.)Starting at 3200€ you’ll find the Aeroad CF SL Disc 7.0 complete bike with a 105 groupset and Reynolds carbon wheels. Or up to $5000 / 4700€ you’ll find the Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 complete build with an electronic Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and DT Swiss ARC 1400 tubeless carbon wheels, even in a WMN women-specific build at that top-level too.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL affordable carbon aero road bikesRim brakes are still an option for the Aeroad CF SL too. 2000€ will again get you a rim brake CF SL frameset with either mechanical or electronic shift routing, and here including frame, fork, headset, seatpost, aero cockpit, and a pair of Shimano Ultegra direct-mount rim brake calipers already installed.Complete bikes are also available from the $3000 / 2700€ Aeroad CF SL 7.0 (or WMN) with 105, up to the 4200€ Aeroad CF SL 8.0 Di2 again with electronic Ultegra.Canyon Aeroad CF SL availability vs. the Aeroad CF SLXThe question then remains, what benefit is there to buying the CF SLX versions, other than a hundred grams here or there? One reason may just be availability. In the US so far, it looks like only two CF SL complete bikes are available each in rim or disc brakes, and no frameset options.Then, if you pay close attention globally there are actually some SLX versions that look to offer the lighter, stiffer frame for less money. For the most part that appears to be due to discounts on 2018 spec’ed bikes with different wheelsets. But it would pay to look closely at the build specs before you pull the trigger on a new carbon Aeroad.Canyon.comlast_img read more