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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.

 

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2 years of WELCOME – and now the project is drawing to a close

2 years of WELCOME – and now the project is drawing to a close. It went by too fast!

This was an intense journey across Europe, bringing startups to meet new ecosystems, organising and taking part in the biggest tech events in the continent and so much more.

Look at the 2 years past through our final review presentations and through our numbers (click for high resolution!):

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Most importantly, 90% of selected startups now feel part of a Pan-European ecosystem – through qualified introductions across the continent they know the key players personally – and are thus part of the wider picture.

More concretely, Startup Europe’s main benefits were helping 80% startups expand to new markets and discover new partners and 50% actively scale up.

The services provided (soft landing, matchmaking, travel support, workshops, etc.) were valued at over 1000€ by half of the respondents, who were able to enjoy them for free thanks to the networks of local players enabled by Startup Europe.

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See more insights in the full document here

Looking back, it felt we were everywhere at the same time!

We were in more than 18 of the most important startup events around Europe, either through one-shot activities like Europass programme (Pioneers Vienna, IoT World Dublin, Slush Helsinki, Tech Open Air Berlin, etc) or with our two batches of the Roadshow that visited WELCOME’s ecosystems: Madrid, Salamanca, Berlin, Milan and Dublin (South Summit, Web Summit, Uprise Festival, Seeds & Chips, …). 

We’re very proud to have gathered such an impressive group of startups – check them out at our competition winners page and ask for our pitchdeck!

We were organising not only activities for startups, but for accelerators, universities, policy makers and all other ecosystem builders. Throughout these 2 years we also carried out initiatives such Accelerator Assembly, Startup Europe Comes to Universities, and Startup Europe Nations.

What did we learn through WELCOME?
  • Organising cross-border activities is hard and time consuming – it needs to be a win-win relationship for everyone – when you get that angle right, the magic happens.
  • WELCOME organised lots of small activities (workshops, matchmaking, roadshow, etc.) – they had the greatest impact when clustered around bigger events (Startup Europe Summit, Slush, Startup Ole, South Summit, etc.).
  • When bringing startups to events, what they value the most is the qualified networking, the extra activities, preferably invite-only, that we can get for them. That’s what makes the experience uniquely WELCOME.
  • Networks oriented to specific themes (accelerators, universities, etc) are highly valued – but also need a lot of animation and content – preferably coupled with other activities. However, the main result from all network meetings is always the networking, so that is the best focus to have.
  • In fact, WELCOME really showed that the human aspect is the most important factor to all activities organised, connecting people – not the prizes obtained in hackathons and competitions. (for more details, check out the matchmaking learnings here: http://welcomestartup.eu/5-things-we-learned-from-welcome-project-matchmakings/)

Now that the project is over, we look at what’s next in the horizon: new projects, new initiatives! Stay connected with the Startup Europe initiative to be part of this future!

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Tetuan Valley Startup School 15 Demo Day

Demo Day is an event where Tetuan Valley Startup School teams have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks on the product, company, and pitches, and this event is the grand finale in which each team presents their prototype.

 

This is the time for them to make public their promising projects, for investors to learn about some interesting teams and possible seed investments, and for entrepreneurs to network and get inspired be these guys awesome work.

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‘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)

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

session-3Javier 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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
  • Epitafio
  • TourSnapp
  • deMibu
  • Proyecto de singles
  • Bimarea.es

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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.

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Startup Europe rocked out at Slush 2016!

Startup Europe and WELCOME rocked out at Slush!

WELCOME’s largest delegation of startups ever (20 startups from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca) came together for one of the coolest startup events in Europe – many side-events and activities, for startups, accelerators and ecosystem builders alike, as WELCOME was once again representing Startup Europe as a whole.

29th of November was the first day, where some startups joined the Founder’s day, an exclusive activity for founders to provide mentoring and networking to prepare for the main event.

At night, WELCOME joined up with #ESNgoesNorth’s delegation for the first moment to get together as a group and set expectations for the big days ahead.

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On the 30th, after the mandatory group pictures, startups were out and about to meet investors, attend industry specific sessions, participate in pitches, etc.

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Also on the 1st day of Slush, WELCOME organised a European accelerators meetup: topics of funding & networking. Dozens of accelerators joined for a real buzzing event, just over the main Slush activities. For those who missed it, check out presentations on this link: Accelerator Assembly.

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To wrap-up the first day, WELCOME was invited to attend Smeltende Sneeuw, a business networking event with Belgin beers, start-ups and representatives from Flanders Investment and Trade, together with digital agency Crop.

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The 2nd day of Slush continued to be busy – booth continued to serve as meeting point for startups and ecosystem builders. A special mention to Constantijn van Oranje, one of the many distinguished visitors to Startup Europe’s corner.

 

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During the morning of the 2nd day, WELCOME was also supporting head of Startup Europe Office Isidro Laso giving a workshop on connecting ecosystems, with a focus on available funding. Startup Europe was joined by Atomico, presenting its brand new report on the state of European tech.img_20161201_113950

WELCOME also had the pleasure of being invited to take part in a visit to the Spanish Embassy, along with its Spanish representatives.

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Finally, after the event, some startups also joined an ecosystem tour visiting the Helsinki Business Hub, experts of the regional development agency for the Finnish capital region, and Smartly.io, leading Facebook marketing platform for large-scale performance marketers.

Another highlight for the event has been the performance of BEONPRICE, reaching the pitching semi-finals, thus being part of the 20 best startups at Slush!

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That was the last Europass activity for WELCOME! It’s been a pleasure and we know our startups agree! Check our startups for Slush here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB

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See more details about the startups here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB

The full list of competition winners for WELCOME can also be found here: http://welcomestartup.eu/competitions/

About WELCOME

WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

About Slush

Slush is all about startups – 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.

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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

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Tetuan Valley Startup School- Session 6: Investment

Session 6  Investment

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SLUSH

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.

AboutSlush

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.

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Startup Europe and the Welcome project are heading north for Slush!

Startup Europe and the Welcome project are heading north for Slush!

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We’re taking 20 startups from Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca to Europe’s leading startup event which takes place in Helsinki on Nov 30th – Dec 1st 2016. We’ve got a great programme for these companies including:

  • Tickets with access to the entire Slush conference, talks, networking and parties
  • Places at the Slush founders event for networking and workshops with other top startups
  • Startup Europe workshop at Slush with head of Startup Europe Office Isidro Laso
  • Networking events in collaboration with the European Startup Network (ESN)

Startup Europe will also have a stand at Slush. We’re at stand A58 in the Demo Area so drop by and say hello and find out about our startup initiatives!

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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.

Speakers include:

  • Dave McClure – Founder Partner at 500 Startups
  • Steve Jurvetson – Partner at DFJ
  • Danae Ringelmann – Co-founder of Indiegogo
  • Niklas Zennstrom – 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

On the 30th of November, there’s also going to be an Accelerator Assembly meet up, we both funding will be discussed followed by some networking. It’s a great way of meeting the best accelerators in Europe, so make sure you attend!

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For more info, clink on this link: Accelerator Assembly.

A couple of weeks ago we had the Europass competition open for startups to attend Slush.  Tech startups from our 5 ecosystems are given the opportunity to travel to Helsinki for 3 nights and 2 tickets to the conference!

Startups attending with the Welcome project are:

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See more details about the startups and arrange meetings here: https://goo.gl/hB5znB

About WELCOME

WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

AboutSlush

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.

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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.

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South Summit!
Meetings with Google at Uprise festival!
Meetings with Google at 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.

 

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