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January, 2013

Europe’s finest Tech Events in 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

A new exciting entrepreneurial year has begun and we’d like to give you a short overview of great events for entrepreneurs to attend in 2013. Connect to great visionaries & business leaders and don’t miss out on the latest tech trends & innovations. These events cover even more. Make sure to save those in your calendar!

The Lift Conference (6th – 8th February in Geneva, Switzerland)

Lift is one of Europe’s leading technology and innovation events exploring the business and social implications of digital technologies. Its unique format allows for a rich experience where participants mingle in a dynamic and informal environment. Together they share, connect and create new opportunities. Every year Lift welcomes over 1.000 participants from 30 countries.

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Product Innovation Congress (19th – 20th February in Berlin, Germany)

Product Innovation 2013 is an event at the nexus between Research & Development, Engineering and IT providing insight and inspiration into product information creation, development and management. This is a great event for entrepreneurs in order to understand key emerging trends in 2013.

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Mobile World Congress (25th – 28th February in Barcelona, Spain)

Over 67.000 industry senior-level executives and professionals attended MWC12, and this year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than ever. It’s the industry’s premiere conference featuring inspiring keynotes and stimulating panel discussions from some of the world’s most influential business leaders. In addition, it’s the largest mobile Exhibition in the world with 1.500 companies showcasing the most innovative mobile products and services. If you’re interested in attending exciting side events happening around the congress, you’ll find a great overview here from our friends of the Fringe Festivals:

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London Web Summit (1st March in London, United Kingdom)

London Web Summit 2013 will welcome over 1,500 guests from around the world. Since the first Dublin Web Summit in 2010, they’ve taken a different approach to tech conferences. Their events focus on giving attendees an incredible experience with a mix of world-leading speakers, buzzing exhibitions and effective, deal-making networking opportunities. London Web Summit 2013 will be the city’s largest and most exciting startup tech event.

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Social Media World Forum Europe (18th – 19th March in London, United Kingdom)

Social Media World Forum events are 2 day digital, online and mobile marketing conferences. Providing advice and insight around how to engage customers, manage brand perceptions, empower employees and open new un-tapped audiences through diverse social media channels. The fourth annual SMWF Europe will be the biggest show yet, gathering around 1000 industry professionals.

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Future Everything (21st – 24th March in Manchester, United Kingdom)

The FutureEverything conference is taking place during the Summit of Ideas & Digital Invention in March 2013. It’s a meeting ground for the digital and creative communities. It is focused on the trends and innovations in the digital sphere. It combines keynotes, critical debates, demos and experiences with open space and participatory sessions.

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Startup Day 2013 (20th April in Stockholm, Sweden)

Over the years, Start-up Day has become the meeting place for students, entrepreneurs and investors on the lookout for interesting projects and people to follow. Whatever category you belong to, the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship SSES, welcomes you to an inspirational day at Debaser Medis where we tell the true stories of entrepreneurship.

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Next13 Berlin (23rd – 24th April in Berlin, Germany)

At the 23 & 24 April Next Berlin will take place at the bcc in Berlin. Talks and workshops held by internationally renowned experts on business trends inspire more than 2.000 participants from around the world. This year’s topics include invisible technology, new interfaces, the importance of context and the makers. At NEXT Berlin innovators from around the world will present their inspiring ideas and insights. There will be a whole stage to developments in the European startup scene. Startups will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the NEXT audience.

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The Next Web Europe Conference (25th & 26th April in Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Next Web is Europe’s leading Internet conference and in 2013, it enters its eighth edition. At the Europe edition in 2012, they had 1.600 people attending TNW each day, coming from 60+ different countries over the world making it the one of the most international minded conference of its kind.

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Digital Shoreditch Festival (21st May – 1st June in London, United Kingdom)

The Digital Shoreditch Festival is a large annual celebration, which connects thousands of top tier brands, agencies, entrepreneurs and creatives from East London’s Tech City and beyond. They also run year round workshops, meetups, contests, networking events and a comprehensive business directory.

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Le Web London 2013 (5th – 6th June in London, United Kingdom)

The greatest leaders and influencers who shape the future of the Internet gather at LeWeb. The audience is a mix of entrepreneurs, large companies, influencers, VC’s and journalists. LeWeb brings together the most influential audience in the international Internet ecosystem. There will be guests from more than 80 different in Paris and London! Some of the greatest startups evolve from their Startup Competition.

SIME (Dates to be announced)

SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities. This year there will be events in Vienna, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm. SIME is about inspiring ideas, innovation and how digital opportunities can convert to new business. SIME Stockholm will take place at 12th & 13th November. All other event dates are yet to be announced.

The White Bull Summit: Pathways to Exit 2013 (7th – 9th October in Barcelona, Spain)

For the 4th year in a row White Bull presents another successful White Bull Summit: Pathways to Exit event. It’s an annual tech conference that focuses on European startup exits showcases entrepreneurs from Seed, Early, and Expansion stage tech startups. We were thrilled to partner up with White Bull for this event last year and rub shoulders with what is sure to be Europe’s up-and-coming next round of successful exits.

These are the Top 10 entrepreneurial events to attend in 2013. All these destinations are easily to reach for any entrepreneur in Europe. If you find some spare time it’s definitely worth going. Whether you are interested in Online Marketing, Social Media, Startups, Mobile, Technology or Innovation. You’ll get some great insights on new trends & opportunities. We look forward seeing you there ;-)

New Special Offers for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Check out our latest special offers which are now available for entrepreneurs on Foundum: Balsamiq, Folyo and Flowdock.

This is a great opportunity for you to make use of some useful tools with a great discount. Here is a short overview of what they do and what they offer!

Balsamiq: They are a small group of passionate individuals who believe work should be fun and that life’s too short for bad software. Balsamiq’s main product are “Mockups”, a product that helps software designers and developers build great software by letting them easily sketch out their ideas, then quickly collaborate and iterate over them. Balsamiq provides 3 months for free to Foundum members! Click here to see how Balsamiq works.

Folyo: Folyo is a community of hand-picked designers. You post a project, and they’ll send it to every Folyo designer as part of their weekly newsletter. Designers who are interested in your project will then get in touch with you directly. The best of all is that, if you don’t find your designer, they’ll refund you the money back. Their special offer for you at Foundum is a 20% discount every time you’re posting a design job. Click here to see how Folyo works.

Flowdock: Flowdock is your team’s shared inbox with group chat. Teams using Flowdock stay up-to-date, react in seconds instead of hours, and never forget anything. A great & simple tool to improve internal communication within small teams. They’re offering a 3-months-free usage of the app for up to 15 users to our Foundum Members. Click here to see how Flowdock works.

These are the latest add ons to our Special Offers. We hope they’ll be useful to you! We’lll keep you updated about new partners!

Hurry! Plug & Play is calling in Spanish & Latin American Startups!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The Plug & Play Accelerator Valencia is calling in Spanish & Latin American tech startups for the spring startup acceleration cycle in Valencia.

Spanish and Latin American entrepreneurs & startups have the unique opportunity to apply for this great program. It’s the second program in Spain already. If you are part of an entrepreneurial team, have a company incorporated or not, and looking for an innovative business idea or project designed to solve a need and you’d like to dare the step to expand to Europe & Silicon Valley, Plug and Play can help you. This is another exceptional opportunity for any startup to get great support while growing & expanding.

Please use this link if you’d like to apply for this program:

Spanish and Latin American startups will receive €5.000 upon joining the program to cover their team’s travel and accommodation expenses. Plug & Play will also provide them with acceleration services worth €15.000 and partner services worth €200.000, while integrating them into its network.

In addition, the 10 selected projects will receive more than € 200.000 in service partners (mainly hosting, cloud and web services like Rackspace, Softlayer, Zendesk, MailChimp, Paypal etc.)

In return, Plug and Play will take a 5% equity stake of each company. Furthermore, Plug & Play and its investor network will have the option to invest up to €40.000 in each project for up to an extra equity stake of up to 10% following Expo Day next June. At the end of the program, the chosen startups will have the chance to continue the program with Plug & Play in Silicon Valley.

Applications remain open until January 21 unless 300 projects have been submitted before the date. Plug & Play will then invite 20 finalist projects to make a presentation in Valencia. A review committee will then select the final 10 startups to join the program.

This is a huge opportunity for any startup looking for excellent advice & support. Take it ;-)

More information:
Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley:

Acceleration Program in Spain:

Insights into the Acceleration Program :

Registration Form:

Foundum Team on Christmas Holidays

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The christmas holiday season is over and the Foundum Team is back for a fresh start into the new year.. Despite being a hard working and dedicated team of the global Internet start-up scene, we took some holidays as well. Since our multinational team was spread across various parts around the globe like Spain, France, Czech Republic, Germany & the US we wanted to share some country insights with you.

Scott, Foundum’s bizdev guy, and his wife Karianne made the long haul back to the US to spend some time with familiy and friends in Seattle, Washington for Christmas and then down to Scottsdale, Arizona for some R&R. On New Years Eve, the couple traveled north to Sedona, AZ, famous for its picturesque red rocks surroundings to take in the snow covered peaks and do some hiking. While it was great to be back the states for a while, the couple is happy to be back in BCN to start 2013 off right!

For New Year’s Eve Laurent didn’t want to miss Barcelona to have an unforgettable night out in El Born. The following days he enjoyed the pure nature around Barcelona.

Ladislav, our CTO from Czech republic, also spent his Christmas time with his family, together with his sister, husband and his parents. Christmas for him is very relaxed and family time. New Years Eve he spent with his parents, he hadn’t been with them around new year’s for many years so he wanted to celebrate together with them this year. Their year ended with big and grandiose fireworks in Ostrava.

Zdenko, our Ukulele playing programmer spent Christmas with his family and traveled around Czech Republic to meet his friends and the rest of his family.

Adam, our newest team member was also back home with his family in Ostrava. They’ve been celebrating under a nicely decorated Christmas tree as you can see.

David, our community manager has been travelling around Germany between Frankfurt, Duesseldorf & Munich to visit his family. It’s been a great time for him to catch up with his old mates and to be able to see his nephews as you can see from the picture.

Our CEO & Co-founders Daniela & Christopher and their little son Luca had a great trip to their home-town Hamburg to enjoy Christmas back in Germany with their families. Walks along the famous Christmas markets were a must, as they don’t exist in Spain. There you can drink a hot wine punch (known as Gluehwein) and loads of different sweets are being offered. Let’s face it. Christmas is also about the food ;-)

Our whole team travelled, relaxed and is now ready to tackle new tasks! We wish all entrepreneurs out there and everybody else the very best for 2013!

Special Offers Section for Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

A new year has started and we kick off 2013 with a cool new feature: Our Special Offers Section.

Our first partners Microsoft BizSpark, NH Hotels, Priority Pass, Geckoboard, Planbox, Harvest, Shotools & Mad Mimi are offering exclusive discounts to the entrepreneurs on Foundum. You can benefit from entrepreneurial services at discounted prices. Whether you are looking for travel offers, hotel discounts, invoicing software, project management tools or website analytics, we want to help you access them all!

We will keep on adding new great offers for you. If you’re offering a product or service to entrepreneurs & startups, please let us know and we’ll be happy to add your special offering.

Are there any other products or services you’d like to see here? Just add your ideas and suggestions here and we’ll take care of adding them to the list.

Get your entrepreneurial offers now and have a great and successful start into 2013!