Roadshow 2016: what we learned in our second year!
With the activity Roadshow 2016, for the 2nd year, Welcome Project gave to ten top early stage startups from across Europe the extraordinary opportunity to travel in four different startup ecosystems, to meet investors and corporates, to exchange their experiences with other startups, living precious experiences for helping their project to grow up in the international contest and… have a lot of fun!
The Roadshow activity had been designed to support the selected startups, to build a connection network with local investors, corporates, startups and media, to find prospective partners and clients and to raise funds.
The whole program foresaw 4 stops in the 4 ecosystems of Madrid-Salamanca, Milan, Berlin and Dublin, and it was reserved to 10 top startups coming from these ecosystems. The same program was carried on in 2015.
The first stop was in Milan, 11-13th May, where the guys had a special spot at Seeds & Chips to pitch and meet local investors, whereas the second trip was to Berlin, on June 9th-10th, where the teams attended the Startup Europe Summit 2016, met international accelerators, corporates and other startups, and participated to workshops and panels.
After these two stops where startups enjoyed special moments and had the opportunity to acquire useful contacts, the summer was even more extraordinary for the ten teams, as they travelled to San Francisco for a three-week immersive program (August 29th – September 16th) at the Mind The Bridge Startup School. For many of them it was the first time they faced the Silicon Valley and they were very excited to discover the stimulating ecosystem and contest that It offers to startups.
Finally, as back to Europe, the ten startups participated to other two stops and attended to two great European innovation events: in Madrid on October 5th-7th for South Summit and in Dublin on 19th-21st in occasion of Startup Grind and Uprise Festival.
The Roadshow 2016 was defined by the guys as a great experience for networking and connecting with different people and ecosystems; particularly they appreciated the possibility to present their startups and to acquire feedbacks about their startups from Investors, corporates, media, and to find strong motivation for their future. Good luck guys!
What they said:
What did you like most about the Roadshow?
The Roadshow was a great experience for SwiftComply. It was great to visit with the other startup ecosystems and learn from the experiences of other businesses and share our own experiences.
The opportunity to meet different ecosystems, entrepreneurs and potential partners from different cities
Networking, meeting people related with startups. It was a unique experience for learning many useful things for doing business. Also the international part its great.
San Francisco, far ahead. The phrase is disneyland for startups.
What was most helpful part of the Roadshow to help your startup/idea?
Collecting feedbacks from different markets to improve the product, and meet potential partners to promote it abroad
Understanding other ecosystems outside Spain. It open your eyes to your possibilities
Meeting with so many startups from all over Europe gave us great insights into the available talent all across Europe. It has definitely opened up avenues for us to develop cross border collaborations and new market opportunities.
Reality feedback, experts of the startup ecosystem gave me a clear view of my projects.