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August, 2014

Crowning 30 Outstanding Firms and 12 Leaders in Tech Innovation

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Get ready for Unplugged and Pathways 2014!

6-8th October 2014, Barcelona

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White Bull Summits, renowned for its intimate and high quality events, connecting top European entrepreneurs with global investment; and Foundum the first online platform that matches innovative high growth entrepreneurs with relevant investors, advisors and startup supporters, will accept submissions for this year’s celebrated Bully Awards, honoring excellence in leadership, innovation, and growth potential, until midnight on September 2nd. This year, for the first time, they include 12 new awards to honor the leaders of Tech Innovation.  Nominations can be made here -  until September 15th.

The categories are:

“Best Actor” – Male Entrepreneur/Founder

“Best Actress” – Female Entrepreneur/Founder

Best Early Stage VC

Best Expansion Stage VC

Best Corporate VC

Best Angel

Best Accelerator

Best M&A

Best Law Firm

Best Executive Search

Best in Communications / PR

Best in Show – Audience Choice for on site Presentation

Best Bull Market Pitch – Audience Choice for Bull Market Pitch

 

60 Bully Award finalists and nominees will be announced in mid September and will be invited to attend Pathways 2014 on October 6-8, where innovative European tech entrepreneurs meet with global investors, corporate development executives and industry supporters who will help accelerate their success. The three-day summit will feature the day-long BullPen workshop for startups and renowned coaches, presentations from the Bully Award finalists, along with Unplugged by Foundum, where entrepreneurs will engage in 1 on 1 matching sessions with renowned Business Angels and VC’s like Accel, Earlybird, ACTIVE, IBM Ventures, Balderton, DFJ Esprit, SeedCamp, Techstars, and many more.

“Over the course of this year, through our TechChampions series, we’ve seen amazing startups take the stage, along with members of the investment community who are helping to fuel the innovation scene here and abroad,” said White Bull Summits co-founder Farley Duvall. “Now we bring those ecosystems together under one roof for an incredible 3-day face-to-face in Barcelona.  For the Grand Finale, the 2014 Bully Awards, we not only celebrate our 5thAnniversary, but the Champions of tech who have made it all possible.”

“The startups we’ve seen this year have proven that entrepreneurship and innovation are alive and well in Europe,” said Foundum CEO and co-founder Daniela Arens. “We are so excited to see them shine alongside the industry leaders at Pathways 2014!”

Good luck everybody and see you in October!

The WhiteBull – Foundum Team

 

The NOT-SO-NETHER … NETHERLANDS!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Last week marked the conclusion of our summer excursion across the European Tech scene, with our Tech Champions series (More to come this fall!). Our last stop: Amsterdam, where it seems Wired got it right. It’s a buzzworthy place! technoridesAMST_0_1

Hosted by our friends at AccelerasiaTechChampions Amsterdam featured some of the region’s hottest startups. Presenting firms included:

LocalFriend
Martijn Flus
www.localfriend.co

SuperEvent
Marcel Wassink
www.superevent.com

Technorides
Pablo Javier Barni
www.technorides.com

Readmore
Mick Niepoth
www.readmore.com

WappZapp
Wienke Giezeman
www.wappzapp.tv

Cupenya
Dominik Blattner
www.cupenya.com

Tiqets
Christiaan Solcer
www.tiqets.com

Achieved
Rob Hermans
www.achieved.co

ADGIBBON
Justin Campbell
www.adgibbon.com

We were very pleased with the quality of the crowd that showed up,” said Accelerasia’s Frank Bomers. “Floris van Alkemade mentioned it is difficult in the Netherlands to raise funding in the range of $1 million until $5 million. This looks like a global problem we hear from many entrepreneurs from many different countries, it was then also good to hear from Floris that Solid Ventures will come up with a new fund focusing on this specific ticket size. What was also great to hear is that one of AccelerAsia’s clients, Crowdynews, is in the middle of a fund raising round and got interest from some very reputable international investors to take part in this round to further fuel Crowdynews’ international growth. What was also interesting to see is that we met quite a few new cloud solutions coming from the Netherlands, an interesting space for which we see also a lot of growth potential in Southeast Asia. All together a good event with several noteworthy companies, made in Holland but with some very interesting growth potential in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.

Will some of these firms be Bully Award winners? We look forward to seeing many of them in Barcelona for UnpluggedPathways 2014, and wish them all great success!

See you soon!
The WhiteBull-Foundum Team