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Free Tickets to the Tech Experience Conference in Barcelona

October 20th, 2015

We invite you to the first Barcelona Tech Experience Conference on October 30th. It’s is a tech, digital marketing and innovation event that breaks with all the standards of the events that you have attended before. #TECbcn is created to offer a new format where you, as an attendee will live an amazing experience that will inspire you to create new project the next Monday you go back to your office!

Speakers invited:

• Gladys Cali, CEO Infinit Event Experience
• Iris Córdoba, General Manager at Sport Innovation Center powered by Microsoft
• Vanesa Estorach, Co-founder Women in Mobile
• Antonio Rodríguez Perales, Cloud Sales Manager for Spain, Portugal and Israel at IBM
• Adrian Arias, Marketing Manager at Linkedin
• Joaquim Pinto, Marketing Manager at Padcelona Padcelona
• Esteve Almirall, Director Center for Innovation in Cities @ESADE
• Marc Pous, CEO & Internet of Things
• Jose Caballer, CEO of Skool (from California)
• Daniel Marote, Founder Hydra Social Media
• Jordi Blanco, Director at Sekg
• Edgar Sánchez, Neuromarketing Consultant

More info about the event

As a Foundum member you have the opportunity to win free tickets for this event. You just have to fill in this form. You have time to apply until next Sunday 25th of October.

Good Luck!

Special tickets to NoahLondon, Pathways2015 and SouthSummit for Foundum Members

October 1st, 2015
If you are planning to attend Barcelona Startup Week, you should definitely consider going to Pathways2015 during 5-7th October! Now in its 6th year, Pathways is the most intimate and prestigious summit in Tech, showcasing the best and brightest of European Innovation, connecting the top tech entrepreneurs with the global investors, big brands, and ecosystem supporters who will help accelerate their success. 50% discount for Foundum members.  Send us an email to if you wish to benefit from this discount.
South Summit (7-9th October) is one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing startup events.  Startups who have made it to the finals of the South Summit startup competition have raised over €200m in the last 3 years.  Some of the world´s TOP VCs are confirmed this year including Accel, Index, Atomico, First Round Capital, Balderton, DFJ, YC, 500 Startups & Techstars. Confirmed keynotes include President SpaceX, Founder Hyperloop, First Investor in Dropbox, and Founder Techstars. Don’t miss it!  Get your FREE ticket here - For investors, get 30% discount using code: INVESTORSS15
NOAH London offers 10 tickets @ 10% discount to their Conference (12-13 November) which has grown into the preeminent European event where over 2,000 Internet CEOs, executives and investors gain insights into the latest proven concepts, network and establish new business relationships. It’s focused on connecting capital with great companies and helping service providers to find relevant customers. Send us an email to if you wish to benefit from this discount.Enjoy the events :-)

Call-for-start-ups @Next15 in Hamburg

August 10th, 2015

Are you working on an innovative business idea that might change how we will LIVE, MOVE, WORK, SHOP (and pay), MAKE or PLAY?

Next Conference

NEXT15 is looking for creative minds and innovative entrepreneurs.They look for the best start-ups on stage at their conference which is part of the Reeperbahn Festival in September in Hamburg.

The goal of NEXT15 is to enable idea generation and execution within our network of marketing professionals, creative minds and entrepreneurs. This year, they will shed a light on disruptive processes that will influence HOW WE WILL LIVE.

They are looking for start-ups that might change how we will LIVE, MOVE, WORK, SHOP (and pay), MAKE or PLAY? No matter in which stage they’re in –  welcome are young innovators on the NEXT Start-up Stage!

This won’t be a pitch, but once chosen, the startups will get the opportunity to introduce their idea to an audience of international experts and potential collaborators. The startups will get a lot of media and VC attention for being chosen. And NEXT will be happy to support them with matchmaking at the conference!

The deadline is quite close – it’s august 15. 

If you’re interested, here you’ll find the registration form for the startups:


More about NEXT:

With over 10,000 visitors from 40 countries, NEXT has established itself in recent years as a premier conference in Germany for the digital economy. Founded in Hamburg in 2006, the event has taken place in Berlin since 2010. Now NEXT is returning to its roots, to merge with Germany‘s largest club festival – the Reeperbahn Festival, and to come up with a programme platform which will bring together representatives of the music and digital economy in a unique way. NEXT will discuss the impacts of the digital transformation with leading minds from all around the world. The annual event gathers together people in diverse industries, who hold key positions in companies, institutions or start-ups. NEXT will attract an estimated 1,000 participants on September 24 & 25, 2015.

Free Tickets available to NOAH, Venture Days and Challengers@SONAR!

June 1st, 2015

Summer is about to begin and there are a bunch of events ahead of us! We have a free tickets & discounts available for you to these upcoming events this month.


Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 14.44.32NOAH Conference (Berlin) 9/10th of June – It’s the place where Internet CEOs, executives and investors gain insights into the latest proven concepts, network and establish new business relationships. Check out the draft program to see the superb line-up of 90+ speakers – including Eric Schmidt (CEO Google), Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet), Martin Varsavsky (CEO FON), Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Sigmar Gabriel (German Vice Chancellor) and many more! Free tickets available!



venture days C-02 (1)Venture Days (Prague) 13/14th of June – It’s is a global startup event aimed at building a connected community of vibrant early stage entrepreneurs, international investors and IT industry movers and shakers. Extended networking opportunities, conference with the best speakers and mentors, joint dinners with investors and welcoming party make Venture Days a must-attend event for every player of IT market. Free tickets available!



Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 10.44.41Challenger Event @SONAR 17/18th of June (Barcelona)– Closed door startup event during the SONAR Festival. One objective: to bring together a carefully curated group of intelligent challengers (people & companies) –that dare to be different and dare to challenge everything. One stage. 1500 participants. Work area. Chatham House Rule. No streaming & recording. 2000m2 Exhibition zone. Honest debates. Beer! Throwable mics. Startup tournament. 60 speakers. Two after-parties and a groundbreaking format. Free tickets available + dis


If you wish to attend any of them, please email us to to receive your special code.

Win a FREE ticket to the NOAH Conference in Berlin (9-10 June)

May 15th, 2015

In case you have not attended before, we’d like to introduce you to the NOAH Conference, one of Europe’s leading Internet Conference for CEOs, executives and investors to gain insights into the latest proven concepts, network and establish new business relationships.

Now in the 7th year, NOAH will be hosting two events with different underlying themes:


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NOAH Berlin (9-10 June) - co-hosted by Axel Springer – newly launched platform for digital challengers and industry leaders across 10 different verticals. Check out the great program - speakers include Eric Schmidt, Oliver Samwer, Arianna Huffington, Henry Blodget, Martin Sorrell, Martin Schulz, Sigmar Gabriel, Mathias Döpfner and many more. The legendary NOAH Party on 10 June will feature Sven Väth, the godfather of German electronic music.


NOAH conference londonNOAH London (12-13 November) focuses on connecting capital with great entrepreneurs and helping service providers to find relevant customers. Already confirmed speakers include Olaf Koch (Metro), Bob van Dijk (Naspers), Peter Plumb (MoneySuperMarket), Jochen Krisch (Exciting Commerce), Benjamin Bak (Lovoo) and Matthias Steinberg (Unister).


Foundum Members have the chance to get a ticket for free. Shoot an email to

We hope to see you in Berlin this June!


Additional Information on the NOAH Conference:

Support your Ecosystem in the 2015 Startup Ecosystem Report

March 21st, 2015

Compass is preparing its Startup Ecosystem Report for 2015 and has asked us to help them spread the word!

It will succeed the Startup Ecosystem Report 2012 and again provide a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the world’s 20 most important startup ecosystems. As part of the startup community  it’s essential that you help answer the 15 minute survey so that your Ecosystem is properly represented. We have done a lot to help entrepreneurs in our community and build up the startup ecosystems and connect them with each other.

Friends, Founders and Investors: please answer this survey and contribute to the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Report here:


Startup Compass Genome

Special Tickets for Entrepreneurs to 4YFN in Barcelona

February 10th, 2015

4YFN_The leading event for mobile startups

Great news! We are partnering again with the 2nd edition of the mobile startup event 4YFN. The Event is hosted by the Mobile World Capital and will be held on the 3-5 March in Barcelona.


What’s in it for you?
Like last year there will be Matching Sessions matching startups to investors focusing on innovative mobile startups. More innovation, more participation, three startup competitions, and a much larger facility…

The tickets include access to:

    - Mobile World Congress (Gran Via) on March 5th
    - Sessions, workshops (reservation required), exhibition area, 4YFN Awards, my4YFN, official party

Check out the whole program and all the speakers on their website


Special Code:
We offer 5 tickets for free!
More tickets available at the Early Bird Rate of €199 for Entrepreneurs (€299 regular price) and €399 for Investors (€599 regular price). First come first serve rule applies. If you are an entrepreneur or investor,  shoot us an email to

We hope to see you in Barcelona!

Best regards,

Your Foundum Team



November – top startup events in Europe!

November 3rd, 2014

November is probably one of the busiest month in the startup ecosystem. Just before the Christmas Break begins loads of events are happening this month.

Here is your overview of the top events for the European Startup Ecosystem!

Whether you live in those cities or you are busy travelling, probably you want to make sure to attend a few.

The Summit 2014

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: 4 Nov 20146 Nov 2014

Nordic Venture Forum 2014

Location: Radisson BLU Falconer Hotel, Falkoner Allé 9, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 6 Nov 2014 – 10:006 Nov 2014 – 12:00

venture ideas @ EPFL

Location: Room BC420, EPFL, Bâtiment C, Lausanne, Switzerland
Date: 6 Nov 2014 – 13:006 Nov 2014 – 15:00

Worldwide Meteor Day – Amsterdam

Location: Oostelijke Handelskade 749, 1019 BW, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: 6 Nov 2014 – 19:306 Nov 2014 – 21:00

EU-Startups Conference

Location: WERK1, Grafinger Straße 6, Munich, Germany
Date: 7 Nov 2014 – 15:007 Nov 2014 – 20:30

Startup Tech for Non-Techies – THE WEEKEND

Location: The Escape School, 1 Frederick’s Place, London, United Kingdom
Date: 8 Nov 2014 – 11:009 Nov 2014 – 18:00

Sime Stockholm

Location: Cirkus, Djurgårdsslätten 43-45, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: 11 Nov 2014 – 09:0012 Nov 2014 – 18:00

Balkan Venture Forum: COINVEST Edition

Location: Perla, Casino & Hotel, Kidričeva 7 , Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Date: 12 Nov 2014 – 10:0013 Nov 2014 – 14:00

EMTECH: No matter what the problem, technology is part of the solution

Location: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Av del Profesor López Piñero, 1, Valencia, Spain
Date: 12 Nov 2014 – 10:0013 Nov 2014 – 15:15

Sixth Annual NOAH London Internet Conference.

Location: NOAH London , 16 Lower Thames Street, London, England,UK
Date: 13 Nov 2014 – 09:3014 Nov 2014 – 23:00

Leanconf – Europe’s Lean Startup Conference

Location: The Comedy Store Manchester, Manchester, England, UK
Date: 17 Nov 2014 – 10:0018 Nov 2014 – 19:00

13th European EBAN Conference

Location: Scandic Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland
Date: 17 Nov 2014 – 10:0018 Nov 2014 – 22:00

IVC Investor Round Table Rotterdam
‘A Vision For Venture Investment
and Funding in 2025′

Location: Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date: 19 Nov 2014 – 11:3019 Nov 2014 – 21:30

Global Venture Forum

Location: San Francisco Financial District, San Francisco, California, USA
Date: 20 Nov 2014 – 08:3020 Nov 2014 – 13:00


Pathways2014 and Foundum Unplugged – a Wrap Up!

November 2nd, 2014

It is hard to describe 3 days of networking, pitches, keynotes and 1-on-1 meetings in just one word… we try anyway: it was “INSPIRING”!

Together with the WhiteBull Team we did our first joint adventure and started the TechChampions Tour back in April touring through the major tech hubs of Europe which ended in the Gran Final at Pathways2014. The winners from the TechChampions Tour were chosen and invited to join us in Barcelona together with other entrepreneurs, startup supporters, investors and influencers of the European startup ecosystem.

Founders received mentoring and coaching support in the Bull Pen Sessions and had the chance to meet investors directly in 1 on 1 meetings in the Foundum Unplugged afternoon. We of connected  more than 100 startup founders and  investors directly to each other. Participants were Wayra, Accel, Kibo, ACTIVE, DFJ Esprit and many more…


There were other great speakers like Ken Morse who shared his “Sell or Die” key insights on the importance of sales in a startup or Jamey Sperans from Morgan Stanley who analysis if we are yet in another VC bubble or not. If you like to learn more about how VC’s should improve, just check out this post about Accel, DFJ, ACTIVE and DN Capital sharing their thoughts on Venture Capital today.

One main highlight was Greg Mortenson’s appearance on stage, best selling author of Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools, and Listen to the Wind, who shared his inspiring story of building more than 190 schools for 85.000 children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He who is working on the other side of the world would be grateful for any kind of technical support who would make life easier in rural areas where access to technology, internet, electricity and thus education is scarce.



The whole event closed off with the Bully Awards Gala night, hosted by BarcelonaActiva, in the historic chapel at the Macba Museum in Barcelona.


Thanks to everyone who came to Barcelona and we look forward to the next event in 2015!!

Change of attitude in VC’s – how should VC’s improve?

October 13th, 2014

This week, we had great speakers at Pathways2014. There was a very special panel about the Future of Venture Capital that we find worth sharing.

Jamey Sperans, MD at Morgen Stanley, opened the day with a rock solid presentation on VC Sucks Less – how Venture Capital looks today. Regardless whether its true if we are in another bubble or not, at least it is obvious that various elements have to change in the VC industry. In summary, only those VCs that see the Entrepreneurs as clients will succeed.

In the subsequent panel discussion moderated by Christopher Pommerening (ACTIVE Venture Partners), Krishna Visvanthan (DFJ Esprit), Chrysantos Chrysantou (Accel Partners) and Fank Kelcz (DN Capital) shared their insights on how Venture Capital needs to change and what entrepreneurs should look for in VC’s. All mutually agreed that things need to improve. Finally VC’s want their entrepreneurs to disrupt industries, but actually the VC world itself hasn’t been disrupted much in the last 40 years. Its time to do this now.

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VC’s should be approachable

They should act less arrogant, be more approachable and more empathetic. The reality is that often there is no free environment for the entrepreneur to approach investors openly and also to speak up to them even when there is already an investment partnership.

According to Chrys from Accel, the world is clearly shifting. Now there are 10 times more entrepreneurs/startups out there than a few years ago. The power of balance has changed, it’s no longer a VC world anymore. VC’s need to come down from their temples and need to work closer with entrepreneurs. They need to change their mindset on how to approach entrepreneurs, but also be willing to change their model. They need to be better in interacting with people but also being able to manage their floods of emails coming in every day. They need to organize themselves to remain focused on what they know best.

VC’s should be supportive and supporting strategically

Frank from DN Capital, made the comparison that Entrepreneurs in Europe who are fundraising already have a reduced budget because they are used to VC’s saying Can you do it for less? Whereas American VC’s are usually asking: Is this all you need?

This comes from the fact that most European Venture Capitalists mainly have a financial background but never created a company themselves. They are concentrated on numbers only. His recommendation to European entrepreneurs is to check out if VCs really can be supportive on strategic topics. Even if their money is available they also should look out for the support. They should look for people in the firm who can actually help them and not just be money driven.

VC’s should have a clear investment focus and expertise

VC’s normally have a clear focus in their investments. They invest in a certain Startup Stage, a certain Industry and in a certain Geography. Questions from the audience: “Do you think the focus needs to change more? Would sector focus bring higher returns in the future? Other people suggest stage agnostic funds .. Whats your scopes?”

Chrys states a VC should focus on what they know best. Do not start investing in Seed stages just because it’s a trend if you are actually used to do Series A. There are different issues to consider and you will be measured as well.

“As a fund you have to decide what the strength of your team is. It can either be per sector or geography or stage.” (Krishna)

However, all agree that as funds and markets are evolving we will see more verticalization in the future.

VC’s should be flexible and open for partnerships

Chrys from Accel: “We have to be adjustable and flexible in our partnership – especially in Europe. We are not in Silicon Valley where everything is in a 30 km mile. But we are in 28 countries with several languages where we need to adapt and be flexible.”

VC’s should have the right value set

A question in the audience was raised: “If somebody approaches you who has already run a company before but that has not been successful … ?” Frank recommends keeping in mind: “We look for great ideas and great companies. If you approach a VC, make sure you make a first good impression first pitch. Its not so important what you have done before but the character of the people is more important.”

Krishna emphasizes: “You need to believe in the people.”

Christopher: “We trusted an entrepreneur who has never run a company before and invested into another company of an entrepreneur who just came out of a liquidation. We invest in values and people. Everybody can fail. I also failed a company. It was the best experience in my life for being in this Venture Capital World now.”

Is there an equal relationship?

Question from the audience: “As an entrepreneur how do you politely tell an entrepreneur that you are not happy with his engagement, board meetings etc?”

Christopher answers: “This question already shows that there is already an imbalance between the investor and the entrepreneur. You should be able to say anything straight forward in a partnership.”

All investors recommend: You need be able to have a blunt conversation, and settle your differences, you have a lot of leverage much more than you believe. They invested in your company so your startup needs to be successful – and they are part of it. Krishna added that he had this kind of experience with entrepreneurs in the past. After you have discussed your issues openly you’ll have a much more direct relationship. You are partners. He states: “We invest in strong characters who lead the company in a good direction. It’s on you to make that happen. You need to make sure the partnership works. Don’t be afraid.”

Jamey Sperans adds: “Set expectations upfront. Set a clear table from the beginning, what you as the entrepreneur will measured on. So you will have a clear basis for your communications and board meetings.”

“If the board members only questions you and attack your numbers rather than giving constructive feedback, you should step up and say something.” (Frank)

What can you expect from a VC when your company starts failing?

Relationships are always beautiful between the entrepreneur and the investor until the entrepreneurs starts failing. On average 7 out of 10 startups are throwing away the VC’s money.

Question from Ashley Ward from Zaboura: “What are you doing for the companies in your portfolio who start failing?”

Krishna: “When you have that situation, first you want to spent time with the entrepreneur figuring out what he feels anxious about? Usually the VC comes in on a monthly basis, so it’s hard to evaluate what’s going wrong in the daily operations. Find out what the underlying issues are. The VC should be good in helping the entrepreneur to find the areas he needs to spend time on. He acknowledges that it’s a lonely job being an entrepreneur. Be open upfront and share your issues. Investors appreciate knowing about issues beforehand.”

Chrys adds that rather than looking into new projects most of his team members are dealing with startup’s challenges. Most issues could have been seen earlier, if from the beginning expectations would have been set straight.

Frank also recommends, get in Executive Coaches, send the founder on a retreat and make sure he recharges batteries. An exhausted founder doesn’t serve anybody.

How can the VC business become even more transparent?

It’s all about open reputation these days, be open what people talk about. Everybody makes mistakes in the past, and make sure you make a change. Its like Hotels, you cannot hide anymore. “It’s the same with VC’s, the more we get slapped, the more we learn.” (Chrys)

Key Take Aways for Entrepreneurs:

  • If you come to a fund make sure you check their website (even when its crappy), and make sure you know what they do, what their investment strategy looks like and what their expertise is.
  • If you approach a VC, make sure you make a first good impression first pitch.
  • Speak up if you are not happy with your investor. Don’t be afraid. They also need the company to succeed. It’s a mutual relationship.
  • Wait till opens up and share your opinion how the VC industry can change to be better partners of entrepreneurs in the future.