Startup Europe

Startup Europe Week ’17

From 6th to 10th on February 2017. Startup Europe Week once again will unite all European regions to help entrepreneurs make a difference.


More information soon.


Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 6: Investment

Session 6  Investment



Startup Europe comes to Slush

Slush is Europe’s leading startup event with over 15,000 attendees. Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.

Slush takes places on Nov 30th – Dec 1st, 2016 in Helsinki (Finland).

Speakers include:

  • Dave McClure – Founder Partner at 500 Startups
  • Steve Jurvetson – Partner at DFJ
  • Danae Ringelmann – Co-founder of Indiegogo
  • NiklasZennstrom – Co-founder of Skype &Atomico
  • Nicolas Cary – Co-founder of Blockchain

Investors at Slush include:

  • 500 startups
  • KPCB
  • Accel Partners
  • Sapphire Ventures
  • Greenoaks Capital
  • Mosaic Ventures
  • …and many more


As part of Welcome’s Europass Programme, the best early stage IoT startups from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca will be travelling to SLUSH for 3 nights courtesy of the Welcome project and Startup Europe with 2 day tickets to the conference.


Slush is all about startups – we help the next generation of world conquering founders forward. Europe’s leading startup and technology event, and expanding in Asia, brings together founders and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives, and media.

Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. At the very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Slush is a student-driven non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship. In 2015, Slush was organized in Tokyo and Beijing for the first time. In 2016, Slush is spreading to Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.


Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 5: Legal & Finances

Session 5: Legal

  • Legal: Ignasi Costas
  • Finances

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


Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 4: Product Development

Session 4 Product Development


Welcome project at Web Summit!

This week Welcome project was at Web Summit, Europe’s largest technology summit, in Lisbon, Portugal. Not only did Welcome project join all the other Startup Europe projects at the Startup Europe stand, but Welcome’s partners DPIXEL and Factory met with Commissioner Ansip to discuss the idea of a Single Startup Market. 

Have you ever heard of Web Summit? Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”, a crossroads where over 50,000 of the world’s most disruptive technological innovators meet in one place.




This event brought together CEOs, cultural icons, key global leaders from the EU and national governments, startups, investors, leading academics and the world’s most iconic companies, all in one single place: Lisbon. And the choice of location is no coincidence, Lisbon is known for its young but booming entrepreneurial tech scene that continues to grow year on year.

The Welcome team joined the Startup Europe stand in Pavillion 3, next to the summit’s second biggest stage and open networking areas. In addition to Welcome, the other Startup Europe projects were also at the stand: MY-WAY, Twist, Startup Scaleup and ePlus!


Here Welcome spoke to many entrepreneurs and startups about our activities, events and open calls, for example the Welcome team handed out red tshirts and flyers for the event Startup Olé which will happen in Salamanca, on 26th and 27th April (see picture below!).


With more than 20 stages and workshop areas, there were numerous talks and discussions to listen to, just check out the pictures below.



It is worth mentioning that many of the speakers at these talks were key public EU figures who spoke about pan-european digital initiatives related to Startup Europe and Welcome project. For example, you might have caught these figures at the stages:

  • José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)
  • Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Union)
  • Ann Mettler (‎Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
  • Andrus Ansip (Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission), and
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass (Head of Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT , European Commission
José Manuel Barroso (President of the EU from 2004-2014)

At one of these sessions, Commissioner Ansip pointed out the benefits that the Digital Single Market is already bringing to everyone across the European Union,and stressed that digital is a driver for growth.

For this reason, the Startup Europe stand served as a meeting point for partners of Welcome, DPIXEL and Factory, among others, to discuss the concept of a Single Startup Market with Commissioner Ansip.


Gianluca Dettori, founder of the Unicorn Forum who launched the single startup market initiative, and Simon Shafaer, Founder of Factory Berlin and CEO of Startup Portugal, spoke with Ansip about the concept of a Single Startup Market.

We are working on a white paper for a real implementation, starting from a couple of states agreeing on sharing a special regime for startups and opening that to member states willing to join” stated Gianluca.

During these months many other startup founders have joined the initiative and the EU Commission is keen to explore this opportunity that would dramatically reduce fragmentation within European borders for startups.


Overall, it was a great opportunity to tell you about Welcome events, activities and programmes, and meet so many of you in person!

We look forward to seeing you next year!



Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 3: Metrics

  • Startups business models – Katelyn MelanKatelyn used to work with Okuri Ventures and has been very involved with us at Tetuan Valley, were excited to hear have her speak on the the topics of business models and channels
  • Metrics – Justo HidalgoJusto is the Founder and CEO of 24symbols, a company that is providing a more succinct way to read books using networks of technology, and he will be sharing his expertise regarding Metrics.

Web Summit 2016 – Single Startup Market

Welcome will be at Web Summit at the Startup Europe stand, and our partners DPIXEL will be holding a panel discussion on November 9th at 11am with Commissioners Andrus Ansip and Carlos Moedas, among others, on the idea of a Single Startup Market in Europe! Come and watch!

About Web Summit

We’re at an inflection point. The kind of inflection point that comes around not once in a lifetime, but once in several lifetimes. We’ve all seen the world go through times more turbulent than our parents, or their parents, and the only thing we can expect for certain is more change.

There is no longer such a thing as a ‘tech’ industry – just industries that have been affected by tech. Just as the first industrial revolution 250 years ago left an indelible mark on the lives of the people who lived through it, tech is turning upside down everything we thought about work, social interaction, politics and life itself.

This year more than 50,000 tech CEOs, founders, startups, investors and political leaders driving change across the world are coming together in Lisbon for Web Summit. They’ll be looking for answers to the questions posed by the tech revolution we’re living through.



Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 2: Value Proposition

Session 2 Value Proposition

  • Value proposition
  • Customer validation
  • Problem and solution interviews