We have done many Mini Seedcamps in times past, but this year we have shifted to a slightly different format which allows the Seedcamp experience to travel to more places than ever before. Our new format emphasises local outreach for both companies, mentors and investors. We believe that by bringing everyone from the ecosystem together, we can jointly, with our local supporting partners, find the most exciting companies and help them have a direct on-ramp to the Seedcamp experience. Having such immense support from the local ecosystem allows us to really help the presenting companies get access to great local mentors and as soon as possible expedite their company’s development.
To that end, our first Mini Seedcamp in Belgrade was a resounding success. Royal Family support of a startup event is never a usual thing, but at our recent Mini Seedcamp Belgrade event we were fortunate to have the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Serbia, as well as the Ambassador of the UK in Serbia, attend our event and hear the local startups present their ideas. In addition to the Royal Family and Ambassador, we had experienced local mentors including Bal Balaji, Boris Krstović, Ivo Špigel, and Rumen Iliev attending and providing feedback to the presenting teams.
During our event, we covered various topics that the attending companies had a chance to debate, including what makes a company attractive for investment by high growth investors, how companies can leverage local ecosystems, and how to scale beyond a local geography into global markets. During our panel discussion we had Bal, Boris, Ivo, Seedcamp alumni Tomaž Štolfa and Ivan Aksentijević highlighting their experiences, war stories, and best practices on how to achieve all these and various other topics about startup growth.
As Mini Seedcamps always include a chance to pitch and receive feedback, we were excited to see such high quality startups attend and really take away some actionable feedback from our feedback panel on how to scale further. For details on the presenting companies for the Belgrade event check out our guest blog by start.it
After pitching, the companies received feedback from the panel, but during our networking breaks, from the other mentors in the audience as well.
We look forward to meeting many more companies at our Mini Seedcamps in the year ahead and as ever we will endeavour to help them find the right support locally, as well as gaining access to the Seedcamp team and our wider family. Below is the upcoming list of events make sure to get involved!