In this report

Tech-savvy talent from Poland to Romania, Estonia to Czech republic and Slovakia to Hungary, are attracting global companies and investors. Central and eastern Europe’s red tape however explains a scarcity of local startups and venture capitalists in spite of the innovation in the New Europe 100 list

Start-ups blow away stereotypes

Growing interest from foreign investors and list of New Europe challengers reflect the region’s educational strengths, skills and innovative achievements

Silicon Valley has lessons for the post-Soviet world

Location is no longer a handicap for central and eastern Europe to develop its own centres of talent, money and ideas, writes Murad Ahmed

Mieczyslaw Wilczek

Bureaucracy frustrates new businesses

Countries come well down World Bank ranking for starting new ventures in spite of some progress

From industrial dinosaurs to world-class growth rates

The region must move beyond being a manufacturing powerhouse, says Neil Buckley

Budapest builds on talent pool

More relaxed immigration rules help attract foreigners, says a founder of Prezi presentation software company

Joanna Jurek

Young researcher’s breakthrough spurs business ambitions

Polish schoolgirl has come up with a non-invasive method of drug delivery to tumour cells

Vladimir Koren

TV host sparks a revolution in paying for utilities

Czech mayor’s online auctions for power supplies could extend to other goods and services

Iryna Vidanava

Alternative web journals serve up cappuccino reviews and local culture

An interview with a Belarus publisher who gives a less restricted view online

EU-funded venture capital model proves double-edged sword

Influx of EU Jeremie cash boosts start-ups in Hungary but fund managers are accused of micro-managing and stifling innovation