‘Emprende Salamanca’- 9 great startup sessions run by our partner BISITE!
Throughout October, November and December, BISITE accelerator, one of WELCOME project’s partners held a series of events “Emprende de Salamanca” for startups in Salamanca.
This was a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and young startups in Salamanca to listen to other successful startups, meet new people and exchange ideas. The sessions were “for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs”, as all speakers were experienced in the startup world and had lots of real life advice to offer!
The sessions covered every aspect of entrepreneurial life, from pitching to looking for mentors:
13 Oct – Ideas Analysis
Speaker: Jesús Lozano (Silicon Seeds)
Jesus Lozano, Silicon Seeds Advisor, gave his professional experience as founder and as an investor over 10 years in startups and web companies.
He gave a tough account on what you need to sacrifice in order to succeed in the startup world, insisting that entrepreneurship is not for everyone and especially not for the unprepared.
20 Oct- Product development and design
Speaker: Rubén Sanchez (BeOnPrice)
Rubén is from BeOnPrice, a successful startup that has won among other things, a Startup Europe Award. He gave his experience on how to find opportunities in economic crises and the value of having a very clear objective. He shared his experience of building a business, focusing on forming a team and designing a successful product.
26 Oct- Entrepreneurship Hubs
Adrián Ferrero (BIOME Makers)
Adrián Ferrero (Co-Founder at BIOME Makers) shared his entrepreneurship experience, building 4 startups with a mix of successes and failures. He spoke about how accelerators can help, critical decision making, sharing your idea, team, finding market fit, staying positive and defending your market share.
27 Oct– Sales and Digital Marketing
Speaker: Javier Arias (Diconsul)
Javier Arias (Partner at Diconsul) focused on the differences between sales and digital marketing. On sales strategies he gave most of the focus to the human/emotional factor. On digital marketing, he went into some detail on the most popular channels and what audience they’re suited for.
03 Nov- Strategy – beyond Product/Service
Speaker: Felix Velasco (Wembley Studios)
Felix is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Wembley Studios. He explained that while obtaining revenue and investment is important, topics such as payment times, team dynamics, relations with suppliers and clients are more essential to sustainability.
10 Nov- Online advertising and Digital Intelligence
Speaker: Pablo Rodriguéz & Javier Parra (Súmate)
Pablo Rodríguez and Javier Parra from Súmate Marketing Online spoke about the most important factors to have online impact with potential clients: optimizing webpages as well as unique content. Javier spoke about the volume and value of data that we generate today, and how to exploit this opportunity.
11 Nov- Searching for Mentors and Marketing team
Speaker: René de Jong (Angel Investor)
René de Jong, investor, spoke about what to expect from a mentor, and importantly, how to find one. Then the entrepreneurship culture of Salamanca was discussed and what must be done to foster it.
17 Nov- Following a startup through its first months
Speaker: Javier Ayuso (CUBE Ventures)
Javier Ayuso of CUBE Ventures gave a session on an important part of entrepreneurship: finances and team management. Participants were given a lot of information on the first months of a startup and even some homework to help them put this into practice!
24 Nov- How to get investment
Speaker: Emilio Galán (BeOnPrice)
Emilio Galán, CTO of BeOnPrice, took the stage in the 2nd edition on the process of obtaining funding and valuing your startup.
25 Nov- Mentoring networking
Speaker: 8 mentors
A mentoring session was organised to facilitate networking between available mentors and prospective startups. 8 mentors joined 11 startups and networked to find the right match:
- Javier Parra – Súmate
- Pablo Rodríguez – Súmate
- Cesar Lopez -SECOT
- David Gomez – Rookiebox
- Saúl Hernández – Grupo IDIMAD
- Richard Dighero – Brite Shoes
- Antonio Miguel – SECOT Salamanca
- Soraya García – SG CURSOS
01 Dec– Pitching – Salamanca Investors Club
Speaker: Startups in Salamanca
7 top new startups in Salamanca pitched their business idea in 3 minutes, with another 2 minutes for questions:
- Kiss your frog
- Proyecto de singles
The winner of the pitching was TourSnapp! This means that they get to pitch at Startup Olé and gain even more visibility for their young business.
That’s it folks!
Thank you to everyone who took part and if you’d like to check out more on the events, you can see more info on the Bisite Facebook page.
EMPRENDE EN SALAMANCA: Pitching session
Join our partners BISITE Accelerator for one of their free sessions for startups in Salamanca.
This session focuses on pitching, sign up for FREE!
For more info, check out: Emprende en Salamanca
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.
5 Things We Learned from WELCOME Project Matchmakings
This is a post written by Mind the Bridge, one of Welcome’s partners.
It’s been a great ride, the WELCOME project has almost finished. Still, we feel this is just the beginning.
Last month, we flew to Berlin and Dublin for the final stops of Welcome Project’s “matchmaking train”: two years of travelling around Europe to organize 8 light matchmaking sessions between top startups, investors, corporates and accelerators.
Without further ado, let us share some insights from this great experience.
1. Looking for funds? Cross some borders
We couldn’t have organized over 300 meetings in 2 years without thinking “cross border”. The EU is a huge market, with over 700 million people getting more and more connected. All the startups we met have always been keen to find opportunities all over Europe, especially for funding.
Welcome Matchmakings have been a small – yet fortunate- step in the right direction: more than half of our investors and corporates showed specific interest to connect and invest in startups from other EU countries. This effort is surely paying off: our startups collectively raised over €11M, and this is just the beginning.
Entrepreneurs, take note!
2. Keeping it lean always works
During these 2 years, we joined several large tech and startup events, setting up our matchmakings there. We had pitching sessions, matchmaking rooms, networking arenas, 1:1 meetings in Audi limos and buzz-electric booths packed with top investors. More than 90 startups, 50 investors and 30 corporates joined our sessions, set up during large tech events that inspired thousands of people.
It would have been literally impossible to achieve this, adapting to several, very different tech events in 4 EU top hubs without working lean, listening to everyone’s feedback to tailor the experience each time.
Yes, “going lean” still works.
3. From diversity comes strength
One of the things we loved the most about this journey has been the opportunity to connect with people from all over Europe and the world. We met “happiness managers”, “node.js ninjas” and “candy makers” and a legion of brilliant developers, CEOs of all ages and amazing female entrepreneurs. Just…wow.
Our startups connected with more than 160 of these international partners, and 75% of them got follow-ups.
Walls? No, thanks.
4. Connecting EU hubs is crucial
Plant a tomato in Norway, and we’re safe to say it’s not going to grow glowing red and juicy as if you planted it in Spain or Italy. We learned a lot by hosting an average of 40 1:1 meetings per event, each time with around 12 international startups breaking more and more barriers. We saw creativity and hardware companies thrive in Berlin, brilliant foodtech ones in Milan, drones flying over Salamanca and cleantech startups painting the Irish landscape even greener.
Where were they coming from? That’s right, from all over Europe and beyond.
5. Let’s do it together!
Last but not least, this highlight is also a “thank you” note. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the fundamental support from all our Welcome partners, especially the amazing folks at Betahaus, Bisite Accelerator, dPixel and Ryan Academy.
Want to connect with their local ecosystems? The bridge is open!
And that is all, folks. Looking forward to the next journey!
Stay in touch, more to come.
See Mind the Bridge’s original post here: 5 Things We Learned from WELCOME Project Matchmakings