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Let’s shape together the brand new (hi)story of Southeast Europe

Let’s shape together the brand new (hi)story of Southeast Europe,

Show your support for independent media and innovation journalism in the region.

Have you ever been inspired by someone’s story so much, that in the end it influenced your own? We believe that stories shape stories. And here is ours and it was inspired by you…

We are a group of like-minded enthusiasts with a shared belief that passion and hard work are enough. Enough to turn a crazy idea into reality. Our trigger was the strong desire to craft a solution, an alternative to the negative news and disinformation. We wanted to put the spotlight on success stories, share valuable know-how founders can learn from, and provide market analysis of the vibrant innovation ecosystems in SEE. Further, we wanted to give them the international visibility they deserve. And here we are: establishing an independent media platform for innovation journalism in Southeast Europe. Yes, that’s right – independent. 

The Recursive is a community-born media, inspired by your achievements, hard work, and persistence. Our goal is to change the perspective towards the region, but also our own perception of it. From Athens, Belgarde, Bucharest, Pristina, Podgorica to Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Tirana, and Zagreb. Because we are confident of the high-growth potential of the innovation ecosystems in Southeast Europe. And you are the reason for it. Because we believe we have to empower each other, create synergies and grow together. 

Let’s shape together the brand new (hi)story of Southeast Europe,

Behind the Scenes

We dive deep and fly high to provide constructive reporting on your progress and those of the entire ecosystem. After tons of sleepless hours, exhaustive data collection and analysis, in-depth interviews, and final touch editing, so far 500 independent innovation journalism pieces focused on the region were released by the innovation storytellers of The Recursive. And this is how it has to be. Because high-impact journalism requires hard work.

But this is just the beginning. We have a far more ambitious vision. And in order for it to happen, we might need you to come closer and take a look through our perspective. 

Read more:  How to get your story in The Recursive? Our Editorial Line.

What do we dream about and need your support for

Our mission is to tell the stories of those shaping the future economy in the SEE region and make them reach the world. We dream of an independent and sustainable future of The Recursive. But our experience has shown us that the creation of reliable, fact-based, and engaging content is related to considerable costs. 

We also believe that the insights into the progress of the local innovation community should remain free for everyone to consume, no matter whether you’re an upcoming innovation leader based in SEE or an international stakeholder curious about the state of the region.

Coming across an ocean of online information and choosing to read this specific article already means a lot to us. And we can only hope that what we do is important for you. If this is so, you can become our monthly supporter and help us guarantee the future existence of The Recursive. Every single donation no matter how big or small would be of great importance not just for our team, but for the whole community. 

In the next year, you can help us: 

  • Establish The Recursive as an independent platform for innovation journalism
  • Produce more engaging videos showcasing local innovators
  • Develop more channels for international distribution of local stories
  • Recruit reporters covering the local developments in several more cities in SEE 
  • Train and educate young innovation journalists and content creators

The Recursive is not our job, it is our calling. And we believe that what we do will create a better future for the next generation. A future in which people do value the intangible contribution of constructive and independent journalism. A future in which Southeast Europe is associated with progress.

Thank you for reading The Recursive!

Over 1 million people from all over the world have learned about the tech ecosystem in Central and Eastern Europe thanks to The Recursive. In order to keep our content free for everyone, we need your help. If you believe what we do is important and have the means to do so, support us in giving a voice to Central and Eastern Europe with as little as €7. Thank you!

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Help us grow the emerging innovation hubs in Central and Eastern Europe

Every single contribution of yours helps us guarantee our independence and sustainable future. With your financial support, we can keep on providing constructive reporting on the developments in the region, give even more global visibility to our ecosystem, and educate the next generation of innovation journalists and content creators.

Find out more about how your donation could help us shape the story of the CEE entrepreneurial ecosystem!

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Etien Yovchev is a co-founder and Chief Editor at The Recursive, online media dedicated to the emerging tech and startup ecosystems in Southeast Europe. He has told the stories of over 200 ventures from the region and aims to provide high-quality constructive reporting on the progress of the SEE innovation ecosystem, making sure that the stories of promising local founders reach global audiences. Etien holds a MSc degree in Innovation Management from RSM, Erasmus University Rotterdam and has more than 4 years of experience in the commercialization of new products, having worked with many early-stage companies and a few corporate innovation departments across Bulgaria, The Netherlands, and the USA.