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...


So how is Amen doing these days? Founder Felix Peterson explains.

Amen burst upon the European startup scene like a supernova - "the ultimate hype-cocktail", as one headline put it. While still in stealth mode, it managed to secure $ 2 million from celebrity investor Ashton Kutcher (aka 'the new Steve Jobs), Madonna's manager and Index Ventures, as well as Dave Morin of Path. Like Gidsy, Soundcloud and Researchgate, it's one of the names that pop up when the subject of Berlin a... Read more

Seedcamp is going to Berlin now (sorry, Paris!)

Seedcamp, the European accelerator, just announced that it will add Berlin as a major location for its activities: "London and Berlin have manifested themselves as the leading local startup ecosystems in Europe. Berlin is thriving as the creative capital of a new startup generation with great ambitions." "This is why we will hold Seedcamp events in London and Berlin. This is where we will invest in new companies, ... Read more

"11 startup lessons I learned in 2012 while raising € 550 000 in funding"

(This is the story of Mavenhut, told by founder Bobby Voicu. We reproduce it here, slightly edited for brevity and structure, from a post Startupbootcamp, with the permission of the author). Here’s my story of 2012, the year that started with me and two friends at Startupbootcamp, and ended with us getting funding. So much happened this year, that it almost feels like three years rolled into one. Here’s what I... Read more

What Twitter can teach you about growth hacking

Growth hacking is the buzz job description of today, or should we say it's the ninja/maven/whatever of today? Here's what Josh Elman has to say about it. Elman was product lead for "growth and relevance" (great job description, by the way) at Twitter, who helped Twitter grow its active userbase by 10x. So about growth hacking: 1. What is growth hacking? It's not a great name, says Elman, but here's how he... Read more

Adyoulike raises € 1,2 million to bring 'native advertising' to Europe

French ad network Adyoulike raised € 1,2 million from Banexi Ventures Partners to bring 'native advertising' to France and Europe, the company announced in a press release. Native advertising is a semi-controversial advertising technique, where advertisers pay to have commercial copy appear in the editorial 'stream' of a publication. Digital publishers like BuzzFeed and BusinessInsider use it, but recently even ... Read more