In April 2016, sixteen of Europe’s top early stage startups from the 5 WELCOME ecosystems gathered in Dublin for a 1 week immersion programme called Cross Border Mentorship.
The week took place at the DCU Ryan Academy in Citywest in Dublin and the sixteen startups came from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca.
Eight were in the travel tech sector and eight had hardware products.
Over the course of the week they met with mentors, corporates, speakers, trainers and experts from various fields. The aim of the week was to accelerate the growth of these companies and to expand their network of connections.
Corporates in attendance included Intel, Tripadvisor, Datalex, Mastercard, Cartrawler and Hostelworldwho provided strategic development advice to sixteen start-ups from the travel and hardware tech sector.
Activities during Cross Border Mentorship Week included:
- Pitching to Italian VC, GianlucaDettori
- Talks from prominent corporates & entrepreneurs including Declan Ryan, Ryanair; Bobby Healy, CarTrawler; Jack Phelan, Drop; John McQuillan, OpenJaw
- One-to-one mentoring from corporates including Tripadvisor, Datalex, Mastercard and Hostelworld
- Pitching to mentoring panels comprised of corporates, entrepreneurs and key players in Dublin’s startup ecosystem
- Product design workshops & mentoring from Dolmen Creative Design
- Workshops and training in areas including marketing, financials and manufacturing
- Factory tour of Intel and meeting with senior Intel executives
Here’s what some of the companies had to say about the week:
Waynaut – “A very useful week for Entrepreneurial companies with great advice given by all the Mentors and Speakers. A great opportunity to review and rethink your business from a 360 degrees perspective including advice on the Pitch, Marketing, Finance and Operations”
Miito – “The Cross Border Mentorship Week in Dublin allowed us to spend one entire week away from the daily work and focus entirely on structuring our company and rethinking the pitch. The quality of the speakers during the classes was excellent and helped me improve various aspects of the company, from marketing to investor relations and company culture. And it was great to meet other European startups as we all share similar problems. The week itself was perfectly organized – a real pleasure to attend! “
Startups taking part in the week are:
seeusoon is the first travel search engine that automatically builds and compares unique travel packages. The company works with an inventory of 700 airlines, 230 travel agents, 257,000 Hotels & Hostels and 30,000 short term rentals.
Location: Berlin (with registered Irish office)
Founder: Alfonso García-Valdecasas
Noon is a pioneering mobile communication and information technology company, providing an open digital environment, capable of managing and controlling dedicated hybrid mobile devices. Noon customers include carers, private medical institutions, insurance companies, nursery schools and care-homes.
Founder: Adam Cavallari
DaniRebollo harnesses the power of EmbeddedGPU as the best solution to use touch screens with haptics and high-resolution monitors with a low end microcontroller like Arduino or other embedded device, thus allowing quick prototype and cost effective final designs.
Founder: Daniel Rebollo
IMPRIMAKER is an online 3D design and manufacturing service that lets costumers create and produce their personalized technological gadgets. We aim to become one of the first companies worldwide providing a new generation of 3D printed objects with electronics capabilities.
Founder: Ana Abril
4storm aims to move beyond the field of action cam and Lifestyle hi-tech products by bringing high end concepts of usability, flexibility and design into the market. The product’s value added will be the expandable and upgradeable modular platform of sensors for the world of action sport, outdoor activities, and much more.
Founder: Marco Ciccolini