Seedcamp is very happy to announce the top 20 teams going through to our first ever Mini Seedcamp Prague, being held on 2nd March 2010 at the University of Economics Prague.
Once again, we are seeing high-quality teams applying that have a clear and innovative voice, with trends leaning towards applications targeted at increasing people’s productivity and more and more applications focusing on serving the non-English speaking markets. Very exciting!
With teams applying from all over Europe, Mini Seedcamp Prague’s top 20 bring talent from not only Czech Republic, but Slovenia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Latvia and as far away as the US and India.
Without further ado, here are the favourites:
Aurum Social – Riga, Latvia
Bijk.com – Prague, Czech Republic
Colladeo – Prague, Czech Republic
Equilobe Software – Bucharest, Romania
FxBees.com – Berlin, Germany
Mailersoft – Vilnius, Lithuania
Middlemachine – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nelso – Prague, Czech Republic
New Systems – UK/, Czech Republic
Newistic – Targu Mures, Romania
nolama.cz – Brno, Czech Republic
OnTheRoad Inc. – Czech Republic/USA
Peryskop.pl – Poland
Preona– Ljubljana, Slovenia
PromoRing – Warsaw, Poland
SiteOne – Prague, Czech Republic
soundz.fm – Bratislava, Slovakia
Sportaculous – Prague, Czech Republic
Talentoncampus – India/UK
TrustYard – Prague, Czech Republic
The teams will have a chance to show off their talent and engage with distinguished mentors and learn from over 50 top European industry movers and shakers including VC’s, Investors and product specialists in HR, PR, Product and Marketing.
We look forward to meeting the teams face to face and wish them the best of luck in Prague!
With only two weeks left to apply for Mini Seedcamp Barcelona being held on 23nd March 2010, we’re delighted that our first time in Barcelona is attracting some heavy hitting local and European mentors, including:
Alex van Someren, nCipher
Andrew Nutter, Balderton Capital
Carlos Domingo, Telefónica I+D
Cedric Maloux, Geewa
Fausto Boni and Giovanna Zaruolo, 360 Capital Partners
Jesus Monleon, Seedrocket
Luis Martin Cabiedes, Cabiedes and Partners
Saul Klein, Seedcamp
We always strive to balance different geographies and different backgrounds and look for mentors who have started or grown their own companies and understand the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs today. We also bring investors in who can provide practical advice, not just on raising VC money, but what to do once you have it.
This is the chance of a lifetime to bring the 1st time entrepreneur together with experienced and distinguished company builders from the tech industry and the world’s top entrepreneurial movers and shakers. As we are mainly choosing teams to attend Seedcamp Week this year through our Mini Seedcamps, we are encouraging all talented startups with innovative and world-changing ideas, who feel ready for the challenge, to apply to Mini Seedcamp Barcelona – whether you hail from the region or beyond.
If you’re an entrepreneur out there with a great idea, want to get advice from some of the best mentors around, and get a real jumpstart for your startup, apply now for Mini Seedcamp Barcelona! Applications close at midnight on 9th March.
Seedcamp arrived in Zagreb in the midst of 3 solid days of snowfall, so with 20 companies from all over Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Paris, France(!), who made a flurry with the mentors?
We were impressed by the variety of concepts on show from AR gaming to tablet devices and music streaming services, all demonstrating the technical talent from the region. Some startups stood out from the crowd and the winners selected by a popular vote were Clover Studio (Zagreb, Croatia), Garmz (Vienna, Austria), GIS Cloud (Zagreb, Croatia), Salepod (Zagreb, Croatia), Visionect (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Thanks to all teams and mentors for taking part – we are sure that many successful startups will emerge from this group.
Ales Spetic, chairman of Zemanta spiced up proceedings with his moderation of the investor panel asking the panelists (Stefan Glaenzer, Jure Mikuz, James Routely, and Richard Titus) to present a business concept in the customary style of a bad pitch, with the resulting discussion focusing on dissecting the key mistakes made. The full video (worth watching for Stefan Glenzers “the Google of sex” pitch 4 minutes in…) is below followed by a summary of the advice.
The discussion then moved on to a general conversation on investment in Europe and the practical steps to raising local, European and global funding – watch the video to learn more!
Thanks again to all the teams, mentors, our local host Viktor Marohnic, and our sponsors – Microsoft Bizspark, Associated Northcliffe Digital, RSG Capital, The Croatian Chamber of Economy,Sun Startup Essentials, UKTI GEP, and supporters Eagle Ventures, netokracija,Shout’em, tportal.hr, and Zemanta – for helping make Mini Seedcamp Zagreb a success.
Applications are open for Prague (til 16th Feb) and Barcelona (til 19th March), so get applying!
With only 6 days left to apply for Mini Seedcamp Prague being held on 2nd March, we are encouraging all the web-tech talent in the region to apply.
Amongst the 50 or so mentors, gurus and specialists, teams will have the privilege of showing what they’ve got to mentors from Google, Charles Grimsdale of Eden Ventures, Alex Van Someren who built and successfully sold nCipher and Pawel Chudzinski of Team Europe to name but a few.
As our goal is to bring together up and coming 1st time entrepreneurs with experienced company builders from the tech industry and the world’s top investors and are mainly choosing teams to attend Seedcamp Week this year through our Mini Seedcamps, we are encouraging all talented startups with innovative and world-changing ideas, who feel ready for the challenge, to apply to Mini Seedcamp Prague – whether you hail from the region or beyond.
We try to achieve a balance of different geographies and different backgrounds and look for mentors who have started or grown their own companies and understand the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs today. We also bring investors in who can provide practical advice, not just on raising VC money, but what to do once you have it.
If you’re an entrepreneur out there with a great idea, want to get advice from some of the best mentors around, and get a real jumpstart for your startup, apply now for Mini Seedcamp Prague! Applications close at midnight on 16th February.
Barcelona has been a long-standing city of arts, culture and commerce and has seen the likes of Gaudi, Dali and Picasso grace it’s streets. In recent years, Spain’s entrepreneurial network has been growing and bringing us great entrepreneurs such as Martin Varsavsky and startups like Madpixel, tooio.net, visual-engin.com and Tuenti. We know there is a wealth of talent throughout Spain and the surrounding region, who can’t wait to make their mark on not just a European, but Global stage. With that in mind, we are very excited to announce that applications are now open for Mini Seedcamp Barcelona, which will take place on 23rd March 2010 at the wonderful premises of IESE Business School.
Although this is our first year in Spain, we have seen some great teams apply to Seedcamp in the past few years from the region. We truly feel there is an abundance of emerging talent there and are specifically urging teams that are confident and ready to apply to Mini Seedcamp Barcelona from Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy. Of course we always have an open door policy so any team from anywhere can apply.
Past winners have recently been blogging about the importance of applying to a Mini Seedcamp, and this year even more so. The Mini Seedcamps provide the best way to have a chance at winning a spot as one of our top teams that receive investment in July 2010 and to leverage the value the programme brings. As such we encourage startups to apply to any of the Mini Seedcamps that best match the timing and progress of your business.
As always, we are looking for strong, quality startups that have the talent, drive and capacity to fully embrace the opportunities that participating in a Mini Seedcamp brings. Which is receiving quality advice from top industry leaders and start building those key relationships to help drive your business. Relationships that normally take years to build, you’ll have access to in one day. Mini Seedcamps are not a conference, but an entrepreneurial ecosystem of support and a program designed to strengthen and catapult your ideas into a viable business.
Check out our newly revamped resources page full of advice and videos, blog posts, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see what we’re looking for, what teams get out of it and what you can do to improve your chances in winning a spot on one of the most prestigious and rewarding web tech programs that is helping to drive and shape the European startup scene today.
Mini Seedcamp Barcelona will connect 20 top quality, early stage web tech startups with over 50 regional and European esteemed sought after and highly experienced entrepreneurs, investors and developers. Through an interactive panel discussion and informal 1:1 sessions, teams benefit from engaging with and listening to a variety of distinguished mentors and industry leaders from PR, HR, product development, business development, marketing to name but a few.
You will gain invaluable insight and a solid foundation to help kick-start a viable business in Europe today. Not to mention being inspired by fellow entrepreneurs and a chance to broaden your scope within the European startup ecosystem.
Applications are now open and close at midnight on 9th March 2010. For full details, updates and how to apply go to the mini site.
After a week of trawling through an exciting array of teams and ideas from applicants across Europe, we are happy to announce our top 20 teams that will be taking the stage and pitching to an esteemed group of mentors in Zagreb on 11th February at the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
The quality and diversity of the submissions was truly top-notch and came not only from Croatia and the surrounding region, but also beyond. We had teams applying to Mini Seedcamp Zagreb from as far away as Israel, France, UK, India, Ireland and Pakistan, with our top teams haling from Croatia, Romania, Austria, Slovenia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UK.
And here are the lucky chosen ones:
AdCaptcher – Bucharest, Romania
ALBIA – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cirip – Romania
Clover Studio – Zagreb, Croatia
CO2cut – Zagreb, Croatia
Flowr – Ptuj – Slovenia
GaMiTech – Bucharest, Romania
Garmz – Vienna, Austria
GIS Cloud – Zagreb, Croatia
Kubu Stream – Bucharest, Romania
mmatcher – Maribor, Slovenia
Mojnogomet – Zagreb, Croatia
Ninth Prime Technologies – Bucharest, Romania
Physio Software – Paris, France
PLAY.FM – Vienna, Austria
Primabit – Zagreb, Croatia
Readster – Bucharest, Romania
SalePod.NET – Zagreb, Croatia
TB Soft – Sofia, Bulgaria
Visionect – Ljubljana, Slovenia
The teams will have a chance to show off their talent and engage with distinguished mentors and learn from over 60 top European industry movers and shakers including VC’s, Investors and product specialists in HR, PR, Product and Marketing including Stefan Glaenzer, James Routley and Katy Turner from Eden Ventures, Richard Titus – CEO AND, and Mario Orasche – Eagle Ventures,
Seedcamp’s European approach to seed funding doesn’t mean we solely focus our attention on EMEA. The US, in particular New York and Silicon Valley, are incredibly important places for our teams to have close relationships with as there is a concentration of investment, customers, partners, and maybe most importantly… the Silicon Valley mindset. Relationships need to be forged in these regions in order to build successful global companies.
It was in this spirit that we invited 13 of the 2010 winning and finalist Seedcamp teams out to New York and The Valley to take part in Seedcamp’s 2010 US trip.
To share with you the value in doing this trip let us share with you some of the thoughts written by the teams. The central message in all of them is the importance of having high quality, like-minded startups and experts constantly interacting and sharing with each other.
Emi from Brainient blogged about the density of startups in the bay area “Whenever I looked left, there was someone running an interesting startup.”, he also shared the ten business survival tips of Jonathan Klein (CEO of Getty Images) “7. Wrong decisions are OK. As long as you’re wrong really fast!”, and also lavishes some praise on Seedcamp “I’ve written about the Seedcamp Experience before, but if I were to summarize it in just three words, I’d say: YOU. NEED. IT.” Read More!
Platogo wrote about the quality of advice and wealth of useful tech events which take place in SV “We also took part at Startup2Startup, met Mike Arington from TechCrunch and had further mentoring sessions at First Round Capital. As for the whole trip – the advice was highly relevant for us and lots of great ideas popped up every time.”
In Shoutem’s summary they mention some of the mentors who took the time to meet with them at Seedcamp in The Valley “Pascal Finette from Mozilla angel investor Aka-Aki, Andrea Zurek Xg Ventures (Ex Google), Mark Jacobsen Alphatech Ventures, lately investor in FourSquare, Group.ly… (and) Don Dodge.”
So two weeks and over 10,000 miles later the Seedcamp teams have returned to Europe with a whole new set of cards for the rolodex which should help push them towards building excellent global companies.
Thanks to all the mentors, friends and companies who helped make this trip happen – especially Don Dodge from Google, Dave McClure, Union Square Ventures, Betaworks, Meetup, New York Tech Meetup, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, Mozilla, First Round Capital, UKTI, Plug & Play Tech Centers, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images, Sandbox, and TechCrunch.
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