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...


Pioneers Festival Vienna, 29-31 October 2012

Two days, 60 speakers in two different tracks, the top 50 startups from Europe, 2500 attendees, 20 side events: that's this year's Pioneers Festival Vienna, held from 29 to 31 October in Vienna. Watch Europe’s top 50 startups pitch in a Startup Challenge - the final 8 will pitch to in front of all 2500 guests. The winner goes home with €25.000 - that's the equivalent LOTS of Red Bull, pizza and whiteboar... Read more

Lack of VC access puts the brakes on European startup scene, report says

Europe beats U.S. in several of the key conditions for the development of technology startups, but on at least one aspect we are FAR behind, according to a report by Startupbootcamp and AxiCom: the lack of a fully developed banking, VC and financial community curb potential European technology entrepreneurs. The report explains that there are three key factors for the development of technology startups. First,... Read more

"Run your startup like a bakery." (Oliver Samwer of Rocket Internet)

Oliver Samwer of Rocket Internet spoke at the Idealab! conference this weekend, where he talked among other things about time management, or: how exactly to run your business. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160"] Oliver Samwer, self proclaimed "most aggressive guy on internet on the planet"![/caption] His advice? To run your startup like a bakery: bake in the morning, sell in the day, and count at nigh... Read more

Stolen construction tools represent a 1 bn euro market. And this startup thinks he'll eat it all.

Every year, ten percent of the tools on any construction site are lost or get stolen. Tracking cheapish tools (under 10k €) was too expensive, at least until today. Tim Gestels (27) is a bright eyed, extremely  young looking product developer from Antwerp who devised a custom RFID tag to track small construction tools - while still living at home with mom and dad. So naturally, after he had finished developin... Read more

How to build a pitch deck that will ACTUALLY raise money

I’ve been building pitch-decks for the better part of the past two years. Not only for my own startup, but also for fellow-enterpreneurs who pitched me, and on behalf of angel investors who wanted me to evaluate investment projects. I’ve created a heap of crap ones myself, but also built pitch-decks that actually raised money. So if you find yourself in the situation where you’re looking to build a decent pi... Read more