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...


Berlin vs. London: who will become the Euro-hub for startups?

Where is the best place to start a company in Europe? Both London and Berlin are trying very hard to position themselves as the most promising new hub, with the best talent, ecosystem, office space, access to VC money, you name it. Martin Varsavsky of Fon, who we recently profiled here, weighs the two cities in a LinkedIn blog post today. While he acknowledges that Berlin has a lot of things going for it - low... Read more

Startup Weekend in Mons (Brussels) from 19 to 21 October

The next Startup Weekend in Mons (near Brussels) is held from 19 to 21 October 2012. All weekend long, you'll learn all about how to build your lean startup: business model, validation, prototype, pitching. You don't even need to have any idea yet about a business: you can just go there to meet other entrepreneurs and brainstorm all weekend. It's also a great place to meet cofounders if you do have an idea, but yo... Read more

Two new Bucharest accelerators, and one of them has THE perfect 10 on board...

This year we witnessed the launch of the first two Bucharest startup accelerators: Geekcelerator and Digital Catalyst Fund. Geekcelerator is founded by Vlad Stan, an Internet entrepreneur with more than 12 years of experience in building startups and angel investor for 4 years. They started with a series of events, Disrupt or Die, which are two days of intensive hands-on working sessions plus great networking oppo... Read more

Ghent based startup Showpad concludes a licensing deal with Jive Software

Some good news to start the day: Ghent-based startup Showpad announced today that it had concluded a deal to integrate its solution into the sales- and training app of Jive Software. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="168"] Showpad cofounder Pieterjan Bouten[/caption] Showpad, as cofounder Pieterjan Bouten explains, is a powerful sales- and marketing instrument for the iPad. It's an online platform where c... Read more

Crowdfunding done well: a video

Following up on yesterday's post about the four P's of crowdfunding, we were sent this little gem of a video on the European crowdfunding platform (and also startup) - a new approach to funding photo and video journalism, now that newspapers and newsrooms are less and less inclined to put up money for slow journalistic projects. This pitch is from Elisabeth Blanchet, who wants to make a documentary abou... Read more