A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

Accelerators are a booming business. The phenomenon is generally seen as a blessing for the growing number of start-ups. Who is behind these initiatives, what do accelerators do ex...


2012: record year for startup fundraising in France, but Matthew Effect

In 2012, French internet startups raised a record amount of 542 million euros. According to Journal du Net, 2012 shattered previous records: the 542 million euros raised represents an increase of 93 % percent in money raised compared to 2011. The total number of deals was 179. Here's how the French financing deals break down: French venture deals 2012 Sector Number of deals Total amount... Read more

How Wayra cracks the whip to get entrepreneurs to deliver

Life inside the startup accelerator: I'm sure it will soon become the stuff of Hollywood movies - smart, young people, lots of money on the line and a lot of stress. Karl Aherne, who runs Wayra Ireland, blogged a few days ago about how they get their entrepreneurs to deliver on almost impossible goals: the trick seems to be ultrashort deadlines, some peer pressure, a bit of social shaming and a dose of competitive... Read more

99designs adds a third European site: Italy

Crowdsourcing design site 99designs announced on their website yesterday that they're starting an Italian language site: It says that international expansion is a major theme for the company in 2013. 99designs is already active in more than 150 countries, it says. Rather than serve the whole world in English, it feels that offering local language support is important to build its community. 99d... Read more

French social media recruitment platform MyJobCompany raises € 650k

French (self proclaimed) market leader in social media recruitment MyJobCompany just raised € 650 000 in seed funding from  Paris Business Angels, Femmes Business Angels, Essec Business Angels and Martel Finance. Here's how MyJobCompany works: recruiters post jobs on MyJobCompany. The jobs are spread online through the social media networks of the MyJobCompany distributors ("diffuseurs"). As far as I can see,... Read more

Clipyoo, the second hand store for your unused video footage, secures seed funding

Clipyoo, one of the startups currently in the Wayra Spain accelerator programme, just raised € 50 000 in seed funding from Caixa Capital Risc, the venture capital arm of 'La Caixa'. It's a small amount, but I like the idea behind Clipyoo, which is sort of the second hand store for your video.  Anybody who works with video professionally shoots enormous amounts of stock footage and filler images of landscapes, ... Read more