Mini Seedcamp London is over and it was by far the most intense Mini Seedcamp of the year. We had more teams, mentors, applications, sessions (and coffee) than ever before and spent a great day with the best startups from all over Europe.
The participating teams were from as far as Turin, Moscow, and Warsaw, others came from Germany, Scotland and – shocking – London proper. After a short kick-off with Reshma’s introduction to Seedcamp and an update on the programme, the teams set off for the first mentoring sessions with their mentors. Due to the unusually high number of participating mentors, the teams had their pockets bulging with business cards already by lunchtime.
After a first break, we had the pleasure of listening to Saul interviewing an excellent panel of former venture capitalists that decided to switch sides to become entrepreneurs (again). Avid Larizadeh, Greg Marsh, and Max Niederhofer were not shy to talk about their insights into the decisions of taking VC or Angel money, deciding on a viable business model, and pointing out that they were all actually entrepreneurs turned VCs and back – an important distinction.
After exhausting themselves in the mentoring sessions for the rest of the day, everybody was eager to hear the final selection of startups by popular vote and to finally get to the bowling alley for closing drinks.
Amongst all the participating mentors and teams, we want to say another big thank you to our sponsors and supporters for the day – Orrick and m8capital made the evening event possible, IBM Global Entrepreneur pitched in for lunch, and our long standing partners, Spark PR, UKTI and Sun Startup Essentials helped support us once again to make it all possible.
Our supporters who helped spread the word for us around the EMEA included – Ballou PR, Startup Business, Maestros Del Web, Arctic Startup, Techcelerate and Startup Digest; without them we would not have had such an amazing application response for Mini Seedcamp London.
Last but not least, we are forever grateful to UCL Advances for providing the fantastic venue for Mini Seedcamp London and we can’t wait to get back there for Seedcamp Week in September.
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