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December, 2012

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Thank you for an amazing year!

First of all, we would like to thank you for all your support this year! Our tremendous gratitude goes out to our Ambassadors, Members, City Champions & Entrepreneurial Enthusiasts who made 2012 an incredible year for Foundum!

2012 was really important for us in many ways. Launching the first local ecosystems Barcelona, Mallorca & Madrid were certainly among the highlights of the year! In June, Foundum Unplugged was a huge success and we’d like to again thank everyone who participated. We also introduced a bunch of new features such as the Needs & Leads Matchmaking or our latest add-on the Resource Section with 1.000 hand-picked great Resources for entrepreneurs!

We look forward to an exciting 2013!

2013 is all about going international as we are launching new ecosystems in Germany, Italy, UK, Sweden, France & the US! The 2nd annual Foundum Unplugged will take place in spring 2013, gathering more than 200 high-growth entrepreneurs. We’ll keep you posted! We’ll also be implementing many new features such as a New Startup Profile, Special Offers, Mentor Profiles & much more. Keep in touch and we’ll update you with our newest features & highlights!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of you for your continued support in building the Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem! Let’s keep growing together! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2013!

All the best,

Ladi, David, Adam, Zdenko, Laurent, Christopher, Scott and Daniela

TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher Hosts Barcelona Meetup

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Last week, TechCrunch visited Barcelona for a mini meetup to celebrate Barcelona’s rising tech scene and give some local entrepreneur the opportunity to pitch their startups.  TechCrunch Europe writer Mike Butcher led the event that was hosted by Barcelona Activa. The event was also live streamed on the TechCrunch home page where thousands tuned in from around the world. It´s still available here in case you missed it.

The theme of the night was Barcelona’s advancing tech scene and kicked off with a panel discussion by a few of Barcelona’s successful entrepreneurs and professional investors and advisors.  The panel members included Philippe Gelis of Kantox, Mauricio Prieto of ODIGEO, Albert Armengol of Doctoralia, Eva Villaro of Tiendeo, Patrick de Zeeuw of StartupBootcamp, Marcel Rafart of Nauta Capital, and Farley Duvall of White Bull Summits. They discussed how the far the Barcelona ecosystem has advanced in the last 15 years, such as the paradigm shift from creating for the Spanish market only to a global focus.  However, they also pointed out some barriers that are putting limits on potential growth, such as restrictive visa policies and government red-tape preventing lean startup methods for creating a business in Spain.

Throughout the afternoon leading up the event, 15 Barcelona startups had the opportunity to pitch to investors and mentors behind closed doors and compete for a shot to pitch at the event.  In the end, only 8 were selected to give their best 3-minute pitch and compete to win 2 tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC next April.

The 8 startups selected to pitch were:  Cognicor, Dinube, Icerber.gs, Knok, Lhings, Nutrino, Marfeel, and Smadex.  The panel, which included Farley Duvall of White Bull Summits. Mike Butcher of TechCrunch, and Patrick de Zeeuw of StartupBootcamp, followed each pitch with feedback and pointers to improve the performance.

“More important than ‘What you are building’ or ‘How you are going to build it’ is the question ‘Why?” says Patrick de Zeeuw, of Startup Bootcamp.  It’s vitally important to tell a story in your pitch, to connect with your audience and let them come to the conclusion that they need your idea to solve this problem.

In the end, Marfeel did the best job of executing this approach by expressing just how much is left out of our current tablet browsing experience and that they are the solution.

The event was followed by networking and free beers (provided by Mortiz, of course) at one of Barcelona’s newest hot spots, Ocaña’s in Plaza Real.

It’s clear by the support this event received that the Barcelona entrepreneurial ecosystem is heating up and shows no signs of slowing down.  Perhaps TechCrunch will be visiting more often.

Wayra looking for new startups to join their new Accelerator Program

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Wayra, the digital business accelerator, continues seeking best innovative ideas from internet and new technologies sectors. Actually, Wayra is about to introduce a new Accelerator Programme called Wayra Call 2013. Therefore, they are looking for several tech startups to join their new program.

All entrepreneurs & startups registered on Foundum have now the opportunity to join this great program. If you are part of an entrepreneurial team, have a company incorporated or not, and looking through an innovative business idea or project designed to solve a need in the digital domain, application development for the Internet and mobile services, Wayra can help you. All you need to do is to upload your project before January 20th 2013 at www.wayra.org!

Wayra offers comprehensive support beyond funding: technological support and infrastructure. During this programme Wayra provides a cutting-edge work environment and gives access to a great network of experienced mentors. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your idea and you’ll be supported to make the right decisions and it will always be your project. Their commitment to more than 170 innovative projects worldwide supports them.

This is an exceptional opportunity for any startup to get great support while growing & expanding. Wayra is positioned all over the world and enjoys a great reputation.

To get more info on the program itself, please go to: http://wayra.org/

Please apply by the 21st January 2013! Foundum & Wayra are looking forward to your applications. Best of luck to all applicants!