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June, 2012

Matching Entrepreneurs & Investors at Foundum Unplugged!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

What a week!  On Wednesday, June 13th the first ever Foundum Unplugged event kicked off at the Telefonica Tower with 100 entrepreneurs, investors, and VC firms meeting for 1-on-1 pitches, networking, and workshops.

The day began with two thought-provoking workshops. First, Cartagena Capital and Active Venture Partners provided tips and strategies for the “Optimal Fundraising Process”. Second, ENISA and CDTI joined forces to educate entrepreneurs on “Alternative Funding” options and opportunities.

Introductions came next as guests were welcomed into the creative space of the Wayra offices on the 11th floor. Each investor was introduced individually and given the opportunity to explain briefly the type of investments they specialize in so the entrepreneurs knew where to focus their efforts.

A break for lunch and casual networking was quickly transformed into monitored 10-minute, 1-on-1 meetings between entrepreneurs and investors.  Wayra’s creative space became host to 4 separate sections dividing the types of funding providers into Seed, Early, Expansion, and Alternative Funding: which included M&A groups, NGO’s and private investors.

For 2 and half hours, entrepreneurs made the rounds to different investors making connections, introducing their start-ups, and pitching their products.  TV3 and Television Espanola were on hand to cover the event and provide their viewers with news of some positive economic activity in a time when most media channels are focusing on the crisis.  View some pictures here.

Following the Matchmaking Event, participants were transported to Active Venture Partners terrace on Passeig de Gracia by MyTaxi, a mobile application start-up delivering instant taxis right from your smartphone. Entrepreneurs and investors met once again for informal networking and drinks overlooking the sun setting on Barcelona to the backdrop of live jazz music.

To round out the week, Foundum’s partner and good friends at SIME Barcelona hosted another successful day of digital innovation and collaboration. More than 19 thought-leaders, creative CEO’s, and subject matter experts took the stage to educate and inspire the audience and unveil the unlimited potential for innovation in our immediate future.

We’d like to thank all of you that participated, organized, planned, and delivered Foundum Unplugged and we look forward to working with all of you to take the Barcelona Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to unprecedented new heights.


Foundum Unplugged: The Countdown is on…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

In less than 1 week, Foundum Unplugged is bringing Europe’s top VC’s to Barcelona for a full day of networking, workshops, and pitches from Spain’s fastest growing start-ups.

First, our tremendous thanks go out to our event partner and host, Wayra Accelerator.  The Wayra team has opened their doors on the 11th floor of the Telefonica Tower for this premier event and is inviting their current class of Barcelona start-ups to join in on the action.

We are also pleased to welcome Cartagena Capital as our premier M&A advisors.  Cartagena will be present to provide introductions and information on their services and best practices during transfers of ownership in a business.

Another recent partner to join the event is MyTaxi, Barcelona’s taxi-hailing service controlled right from your smartphone.  Johann Völkers and his team will organize a fleet of Barcelona taxis to provide Unplugged guests with first-class transport from the Telefonica Tower to Active Venture Partner’s terrace on Passeig de Gracia for an evening of networking and rooftop cocktails as the sun sets on Barcelona.

In order to get into the Foundum Unplugged event, Ticketea – the social ticketing platform and our partner, has created a co-branded ticket portal to purchase your tickets.  We’re proud to partner with this rapidly growing service and support a fellow Spanish start-up!

For those of you arriving from other cities don’t forget to book your accommodations through our official hotel sponsor, nH Hoteles.  Book through the Foundum/nH landing page for an exclusive discount to all of Barcelona’s nH hotels.

Last but not least, we are proud to announce that the beverages and networking drinks will be provided by Foundum’s favorite Barcelona Brewery – Moritz!  Enjoy a cold beer while working with Europe’s top Venture Capital firms to take your startup to the next level at Foundum Unplugged!

The event will be followed by ACTIVE Venture Partners Rooftop cocktail on the spectacular terrace of the Active offices in the heart of Barcelona.  Join us for some great networking, drinks and jazz music!

Hope to see you there!

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