Last year, we held our first Seedcamp New York proper. The idea is simple, and close to the normal way we run Seedcamp events: We aim to bring the best startups to expose them to the best local entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. The main difference lies in the fact that we focus on bringing European startups to New York, thus exposing both sides to new contacts, people, and views on the startup ecosystem.
Last year, we have seen an incredible number of great applications wanting to make the step over the big pond, and were impressed by the quality of the companies that came to the event. So impressed, in fact, that today 6 of the 20 teams of Seedcamp New York 2011 are Seedcamp companies!
Some of these companies moved to New York City, to base themselves in the media and advertising hub that it is. They are in good company: New York is where a lot of Seedcamp companies take their first steps into the american market, like ERPLY and Zemanta have shown. This is not only due to the proximity to good old Europe, but also due to the dense network of mentors and investors that we have managed to build over the past years. Read what Campalyst co-founder Dalia has to say about the move to New York – not to forget about checkthis.com, who just recently raised an impressive funding round from top notch New York investors.
So – are you an entrepreneur in Europe, with eyes set on the US market, ready to take the next step to expand and build your company? If you are, go ahead and apply to Seedcamp New York before midnight on Sunday and make sure you show us why your team and company in particular deserves a spot in one of the most coveted Seedcamp events of the year.
What’s in it for you? Besides the obvious chance of wowing us with your product, pitch, and perseverance to convince us to invest in your team and make you part of the Seedcamp network, you will get access to some of the best technology and startup entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and operators in New York. Among others, we have representatives from Union Square Ventures, Nielsen, Getty Images, Betaworks, BDMI, Fueled, Lookery, Boxee, and of course our sponsors 10gen, Google, Microsoft, and Paypal.