Seedcamp Week is our quarterly flagship event. Ambitious startups from across Europe are invited to join Seedcamp and our network of investors and mentors. Throughout the week the startups present, network, and receive feedback on their business. At the end of the week a number of the startups are selected to receive investment from Seedcamp and are welcomed into the family.
We are thrilled to announce our investment in the following teams and by extension their joining of the Seedcamp family – well done, all!
- BranchTrack (Riga, Latvia) – “Choose Your Own Adventure” for sales and customer care training online.
- Cronofy (Nottingham/London, UK) – The unified calendar API that allows you to integrate your apps deeply within your customers’ lives.
- Lateral (Berlin, Germany) – Lateral empowers content creators through intuitive machine intelligence.
- Now Native (London/Newcastle, UK) – Tools that transform the on￼line publishing ecosystem. A better experience for readers, publishers and advertisers.
- Podo Labs (San Francisco, USA) – Podo is the first app-controlled, “stick-and-shoot” camera so that what you capture is up to your imagination, and not the length of your arm. It’s the hassle-free, stranger-free way to get any shot, any angle.
We’re also particularly excited to announce two more investments from previous Seedcamp Weeks;
Fluttr, the music events discovery platform entirely curated by users, actually attended the previous Seedcamp Week Berlin and have been working in stealth since. They’ll be releasing their platform to the world later this week as an invite-only network, so make sure you request your early access via their website.
Divido (previously Invoice House) joined us at Seedcamp Week London more recently in September. They’re the payment option that lets merchants allow their customers to spread the cost of products and services in interest free instalments, boosting conversion rates.
Seedcamp Week Berlin
Seedcamp Week Berlin was awesome (and cold!), but nevertheless awesome. We invited 20 of Europe’s top up-and-coming startups to spend several days with us and our mentors. As usual, the atmosphere was electric.
Our hosts Factory Berlin (above) provided the perfect setting to kick things off on the Monday. Seedprep is the first time we interact with the teams as they run through their presentations with the other startups and the Seedcamp team. We use this opportunity to set the scene and help improve their presentations for the week ahead.
On Tuesday the startups were welcomed by our friends at Point Nine Capital to meet the Seedcamp investors – tense times! Investor Day is their chance to impress and receive further expert feedback on their business. It’s also the point where we’ve usually decided which of the startups we’ll be investing in. The pressure was on.
Wednesday saw the startups and over 100 of our world-class mentors descend on Deutsche Telekom’s incubator, Hub:raum. It was great to see the startups explaining their business much more succinctly than on Day 1 – it was great to see the feedback pay off.
We were delighted to welcome Fred Wilson (Managing Partner of New York’s Union Square Ventures and early investor in Seedcamp Startup Zemanta) for a special fireside chat. Before the startups asked questions of their own, Fred shared his thoughts on a range of topics, including; how and why Fred blogs every day; the history of Union Square Ventures investing in Europe; the differences between startup ecosystems and investment landscapes in the EU and US; and the evolution of venture capital. There were plenty of words of wisdom and fortunately we were able to capture them all… you can watch the fireside chat here.
Unlike many of our peers, we don’t have a demo day. We’re proud to say that Seedcamp Week is an experience valuable to all attending startups, not just those we invest in. But while we were impressed with all the teams that attended the week, there could only be a limited number of investments. We’re thrilled to welcome them all into the Seedcamp family and support them through the next part of their journey to becoming a global scaleable business.
Berlin, you were awesome. Thank you.
If you run a disruptive startup with global ambitions, we want to hear from you! View our events page to apply to the next Seedcamp Week or meet with the Seedcamp team in advance. Best of luck!