Exactly a week ago the Seedcamp Team set off to Czech Republic to host our second Mini Seedcamp Prague. We were excited to see the level of applicant interest, with over three times more applications to this year’s event from our first, but with the help of our investors we managed to select the 20 most promising teams.
We kicked the day off in our usual style with each team introducing themselves to a room of over 70 mentors from across Europe. The energy in the room was great and the teams delivered quick and sharp presentations. We were also extremely fortunate to be joined by Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman of Microsoft Europe who took to the stage to deliver a truly inspirational speech on Leadership. His experience and visionary outlook was an example to many in the room. We totally agree with his views that having a great team is key, and stretching boundaries is a prerequisite for massive success.
After the presentation we moved to the key part of the day, mentoring. This is where our mentors sit down with the teams and answer the many specific questions that every young startup has. Mentors pass on their years of experience, knowledge and contacts. Some great tweets and comments followed on from this:
- ’10am and I already have interest from 3 investors’
- ‘five centuries of knowledge in a single day, wow’
- ‘2 corporates who want to test my product, for that alone Seedcamp is worth attending’
Our incredible hosts and sponsors didn’t want the day to end, so we all headed from the awesome CEVRO Institute where the event was hosted, to Friends Coffee House for more networking and beers.
In addition to being very happy with the warm welcome we received from our hosts, sponsors, and local mentors while in Prague, we’re excited to announce that two new teams have joined the Seedcamp family this week from the Mini Seedcamp Prague event: Milk.ly and Qminder.
Both teams impressed us with their ability and clear vision on executing their plans to grow. Milk.ly has the honour of being our first ever team based in The Netherlands! Qminder is the second strong team to come from Garage48 in Estonia, following in the footsteps of fellow #estonianmafia team Campalyst. A huge welcome to both, and we look forward to the exciting times ahead!
As always we are truly touched by how much effort our event partners and sponsors go to in facilitating our event. For our small team it’s crucial to have local manpower to deliver Mini Seedcamps, and TechSquare alongside Credo Ventures were the driving force behind this event. They helped bring on board our Event Sponsors: Google, White & Case, Krajicek & Associates, PI Europe, TMF Group and Event Partners; Tyinternety.cz, StartupYard, Gug.cz, Capital.bg. A big thank you to each and every one of these great companies, without which the event simply couldn’t have happened.
- Apply to Mini Seedcamp Paris 6 December (seedcamp.com)
- Mini Seedcamp Prague, Introducing the teams (seedcamp.com)