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September, 2012

Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

We’re thrilled to announce that the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation will be conducting its first “Venturepreneurs Pitch Contest 2012” which will take place on Spain’s beautiful island of Mallorca on the 18th of October 2012.

A quick background for those not familiar, the Venturepreneurs’ Organisation is a structured ecosystem of serial entrepreneurs who also act like venture capitalists and provide seed-stage investments in European startups. The Venturepreneurs share their knowledge and experience, create high-quality deal flow, foster growth and generate co-investment opportunities and business contacts.

For the first time ever, innovative startups with an international vision and expansion plan will have the chance to pitch directly to the Venturepreneurs to receive funding, guidance, and key introductions into an extensive international network.

How does it work?

1. The startup must have a need of up to €300.000 of funding for their seed investment round.
2. Register at and complete your entrepreneurial and startup profiles.
3. Insert your seed investment as a Need in your Profile (Private Investor/Equity).
4. Apply through if you’re interested or tweet “@Venturepreneurs @Foundum I want to pitch!”

The top 3 Startups will then present their projects in front of the Venturepreneurs on the island of Mallorca on October 18th. The winner will receive up to €300.000 of Funding! Deadline to apply: 08.10.2012!

We’ll announce the 3 selected startups on 11.10.2012!

Being able to pitch your idea in such a beautiful environment should encourage every entrepreneur to apply! Stay tuned for more information and fill out your “Funding Needs”! We look forward to your tweets and emails.

We wish you the best of luck to get into the top 3!

Launch of the Madrid Ecosystem

Friday, September 21st, 2012

It’s official, the Madrid Ecosystem has gone live! This is a big day for the Foundum team and our Madrid startups as they finally have an Ecosystem of their own. Madrid joins Barcelona and Mallorca as Spain’s premier Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and it couldn’t come at a more exciting time!

Apart from being the capital of Spain, Madrid plays host to a very active and flourishing entrepreneurial scene. Long considered the financial center of southern Europe, Madrid is fast becoming a hub for innovative startups seeking access to a global network and offers huge potential to both local and international tech entrepreneurs.

To celebrate Foundum’s newest Ecosystem, the official Madrid Ecosystem Launch event will take place on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012. Stay tuned for more event information and the official announcement as the date approaches.

For now, we welcome you to explore our newest ecosystem and invite your network of entrepreneurs, advisors, service and funding providers to help it flourish.

Now we just need to decide who to root for when Real Madrid plays FC Barcelona….just kidding :)

Top entrepreneurial events still coming in 2012

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Throughout this year there have been dozens of interesting Events and Conferences around Entrepreneurship. Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which ones to attend. Therefore, we have prepared a list of events for the 2nd part of 2012 which are must-attend events for every Entrepreneur!

1. LIFT France 2012 (27. – 28. September 2012 in Marseille)

At the LIFT France Conference, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to explore the social implications of new technologies. It’s a chance to turn innovation into opportunities by anticipating the major shifts ahead, and meet the people who drive them.

2. Mind the Product 2012 (28. September 2012 in London)

Mind the Product is the first conference of its kind – bringing together product management leaders from around the world to explore the intersection of design, technology and business. It’s all about the business of building a great product.

3. White Bull 2012 – Pathways To Exit (1. – 3. October 2012 in Barcelona)

White Bull brings together European entrepreneurs with global investors and large public firms. An invitation-only event, they’re focus on creating a setting where relationships are formed and not just a place where business cards are exchanged with the promise, “Call me, maybe!”

4. Webit Congress (10. – 11. October 2012 in Istanbul)

Webit Congress is an international event for the digital, technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem with special focus on EMEA emerging markets in Central-Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Webit Congress 2012 takes place in Istanbul!

5. Pioneers Festival (29. – 31. October 2012 in Vienna)

Pioneers Festival is the number one event for cutting edge technology and entrepreneurship. Dive into an innovation wonderland from web/mobile innovation to cleantech and aerospace technology. There will be about 2.500 participants per day, 60 international speakers, the top 50 European web/tech/mobile startups and top-notch tech & industry partners to the magnificent Imperial Palace Hofburg, in the heart of Europe.

6. NOAH Conference London (6. – 7. November 2012 in London)

The very best of Europe’s Internet companies & financiers are gathering to assess the state of the Internet industry. In 2011, over 1,200 participants attended the event which featured over 90 speakers from 17 countries. Expect NOAH London 2012 to be even bigger and better!
Since its launch in London in 2009, the NOAH Conference has become the preeminent European event for Internet entrepreneurs, executives and investors.

7. SIME Stockholm 2012 (13. – 14. November 2012 in Stockholm)

SIME Stockholm 2012, bigger than ever, better than ever, bringing together thought leaders from various facets of digital to discuss a Connected Intelligent Society will be held on November 13-14, 2012!

8. Slush (21. – 22. November 2012 in Helsinki)

Slush is the two-day startup conference where the best tech talent from Northern Europe and Russia gets together to meet the leading investors and media from around the world. It’s the largest tech, design & startup conference covering Northern Europe and Russia.

9. Tech Entrepreneurs Week (26. – 29. November 2012 in London)

Tech Entrepreneurs Week is a leading UK national event and conference for entrepreneurs and investors in the technology industry. The event invites technology companies from all fields of technology, from consumer and enterprise software, hardware and architecture, to all web services and mobile applications businesses.

10. Le Web Paris 2012 (4. – 6. December 2012 in Paris)

Le Web brings together the most influential audience in the Internet ecosystem from all over the world. 3500 participants from 76 countries gathered in Paris on Dec 2011 for LeWeb’11 and more than 1300 from 50 countries attended the 1st London edition last June. Le Web is a platform for success. Entrepreneurs, sponsors, venture capitalists, visionaries connect at LeWeb.

11. European Venture Summit 2012 (6. – 7. December 2012)

The European Venture Summit (EVS) will feature winning companies from Europe Unlimited Venture Foras held throughout Europe to showcase their businesses to international investors and other industry experts.
EVS will showcase 100 of Europe’s top start-ups in the areas of ICT, Life Sciences and Cleantech. More than 100 international investors are attending to review company presentations and looking for deal-flow and partnerships.

There are some very informative & exciting events around entrepreneurship, technology & innovation out there to attend this year! NOAH Conference & Le Web Paris are the most famous events in this overview and have been recommended by entrepreneurs for years! Many more interesting events focusing on entrepreneurship & innovation are about to kick off in 2013 and we’ll keep you updated on dates & locations! So, save some of your precious time and simply attend the most important events ;-)

Top 3 Features on Foundum coming this Autumn

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

As the summer comes to an end, we hope all of you have been enjoying your holidays. Since our launch, we’ve been hard at work to improve the site and we’d like to give you a sneak preview of the newest features to hit the Foundum platform very soon.

1. Launch of the Madrid Ecosystem

By the end of September we’ll be opening our third local ecosystem in Spain as we head to the capital city of Madrid. Madrid is full of entrepreneurial activity and we are very proud and happy to finally open up this dynamic and rapidly growing ecosystem. All of the entrepreneurial stakeholders & Madrid city champions as well as local entrepreneurs are welcome to celebrate this exciting ecosystem inauguration with us!

2. Entrepreneurial Resource Section

We all know that there’s so much content about entrepreneurship out there, but how do we know what we really worth our valuable time? We’d like to help manoeuver your way through this jungle as we present you with the top 1.000 resources relevant for entrepreneurs. Our team has spent the last 6 months researching the most interesting web content around entrepreneurship. You’ll be able to find very informative and useful content like podcasts, videos, recommended books & web articles. Whether you are looking to set up a Business, close more sales, master your marketing, hire new talent, obtain legal advice, or close your funding round you’ll be able to find it here!

3. Needs & Leads Matchmaking

Last but certainly not least, we’ll be introducing our long awaited Needs & Leads matchmaking tools. Entrepreneurs and their startups will be matched to the right investors, advisors & service providers according to their customized Needs. For example, an entrepreneur with a startup in the mobile industry looking for funding will then be matched to a venture capitalist or a private investor looking to invest in a startup within the mobile industry. This newest feature will help to find relevant contacts for you in the ecosystem making it easier for you to collaborate and grow your Startup.

There is plenty to come in the upcoming months. We are very enthusiastic about Foundum’s newest features and we’ll keep you updated as soon as they’re live!

Enjoy the last days of summer and we look forward to seeing you on Foundum!