GameFounders pushes deadline back after ‘big uptake’

GameFounders, a new games accelerator focused on Central and Eastern Europe, says it is extending its deadline for applications until this Friday.
The group, which claims to be the first of its kind in Europe, had been due to close its doors to applicants on Tuesday. But in an email, co-founder Paul Bragiel told me that the decision to extend the deadline was not because they had not had enough high quality submissions.
“[We] had a big uptake in applications starting yesterday, so just want to make sure we can accommodate,” said Bragiel, who is also a partner at early stage program I/O Ventures in San Francisco.
“I have been quite happy with the applications. Honestly I was wary they would be weak compared to the ones I see with I/O Ventures [where he is also a partner] … but I have been pleasantly surprised.”
The projects submitted so far, he says, include a great deal of mobile and location-based gaming projects, as well as gamification services. There was also some social gaming “but that is considerably less than I saw a year or two ago.”
The program, which is based in Estonia, aims to bring together teams to develop their existing game-related products — which should already be in beta at least — over three months. A range of mentors will arrive from around the Central, Eastern and Baltic regions come together to work with a maximum of 10 companies, with a program that starts in September.
While it is a little unusual to extend deadlines for positive reasons, Bragiel’s co-founder Sven Illing told me that it was not uncommon — and pointed to the example of Startupbootcamp Berlin, which recently extended its deadline after a surge in attention.
“It seems a good idea to use the momentum,” he said. “You can never have too many good applications.”