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Mateusz Kukulka et TNW2013: Dynamisme et startups

Après une superbe experience au concours de startups à The Next Web Conference 2013, Mateusz Kukulka et moi sommes rentrés à Bruxelles et on a profité pour faire une vidéo de valorisation de son expérience.

Pour ceux qui ne lui connaissent pas encore, Mateusz est un des influencers les plus importants du web et médias sociaux belges, en plus de papa, social media manager, journaliste, coworker, copy, conversationalist, et médiavore.

Le mieux pour lui a été l’opportunité de réseauter avec des gens qui sont venus de partout dans le monde, tant les grosses pointures comme les startups. D’ailleurs il a été positivement étonné par la quantité de Polonais présents (Mateusz est né en Pologne, à Gdansk).

Une des startups qui lui a plu le plus, c’est Kompany, équivalent du belge Data.be mais avec des données au niveau européen.

Mateusz a aussi bien aimé Social Seeder, une startup belge qui aide à la promotion des campagnes dans les médias sociaux via son réseau personnel et ses clients.

Infogram, le gagnant du concours, lui a aussi bien plu car l’outil est très pratique et facile à utiliser pour la création des infographiques.

Pour lui, le niveau des startups était très bon, et là on est d’accord. The Next Web Conference a un des meilleurs concours de startups du monde. Ce n’est pas seulement la sélection qui est importante : la préparation de la présentation des startups – le pitch- change tout. Pour ameliorer les présentations au Betagroup, il faut plus préparer!

Pour plus savoir de Mateusz, le mieux c’est de lire son blog et de suivre son twitter: @Mateusz.

Pour plus de vidéos sur l’entrepreneuriat web et du travail collaboratif, abonnez vous à ma chaîne

How can market signals contribute to public startup funding?

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The EU Commission has invited me to participate in a series of very interesting discussions about how to help tech entrepreneurs in the EU. The conversations have been very interesting and have given me the opportunity to exchange with entrepreneurs, universities, public and private organizations, and experts that support the development of startups in Europe.

One of the things that we discussed is how should to ensure that public funding on early stage startups does not bias the market, incentivising “good” ideas that nobody really cares about and ignoring others that are more needed.

My proposal, shared by other participants, is to follow market signals, so that it is the market that chooses and the public sector only reenforces those choices.

But the question is, which market signals?

Coinvesting is a good way to follow the market lead, but it should be investment from private investors, not from guarantee funds or banks (there are already mechanisms for that). They have a higher commitment to the success of the company, after all they’ve bet some of their own money in it. 

The selection of the startups by a group of investors and entrepreneurs to participate in accelerator programs is also a good signal. They usually invest based on the quality of the team of people joining. It is not a school, they have very limited seats available and they work hard to help the startups grow quick. They have some skin in the choice (but are not fully committed.) The equity parts of these programmes are usually passive, they don’t take part in the . They just wait for 5 or more years for a possible exit or buyout. To really make a difference they should also put their own money in the startups, commit themselves, not just distribute somebody else’s funds.

These are some example of accelerator programs and of a public investment scheme to promote web entrepreneurship. 

  • Enterprise Ireland: €50 000 for new startups and €250 000 in coinvestment, companies have to setup shop in Ireland and 10% of the company goes to EI. 
  • Y-combinator: acts as a fund on top of accelerating a very select group of startups. Investments of up to US$80 000 for the next batch in exchange of 2-10% participation. 
  • TechStars: US$18 000 to the selected participant startups plus a convertible loan of US$100 000, in exchange of +- 6% equity.
  • Wayra: US$ 50 000 in exchange of 5-10% of the equity.

Sales would be too tricky to take into consideration, with a lot of different schemes and most of the startups would be to early in their development to have any sales at all. 

In my view, it would be even more interesting to incentivate the investment with a tax-shelter for early stage investment. There are already mechanisms like this in France and the UK where what the tax-shelters are doing is taking out part of the risk. One way to do this could be to create a European fund that would give part of the money back in case of a failure, but the investment has to fall within the scope and be registered when it is done, not after.

How would you do it?

Belgian Startups at #LeWeb12 (aka #beleweb)

For the second year on a row there will be a unified Belgian startups stand at LeWeb. On this occassion there will be 15 startups participating from the three Belgian regions: 14 as part of the Startups.be #beleweb delegation and one in the startup competition (Jini). I will also be there as an official blogger, writing mostly for the Spanish internet business blog Loogic.

87seconds

87seconds from Startups.be on Vimeo.

8thColor

8thcolor from Startups.be on Vimeo.

Carambla

Nicolas Kint – Carambla (selected company to join us @LeWeb12) from Startups.be on Vimeo.

CleverPhone

cleverphone from Startups.be on Vimeo.

EarlyTracks

EarlyTracks from awtbe on Vimeo.

Freedelity

Freedelity from awtbe on Vimeo.

Jini

Mobilosoft

mobilosoft from Startups.be on Vimeo.

MyMicroInvest

MyMicroInvest from awtbe on Vimeo.

Small Town Heroes

Hendrik Dacquin – Small Town Heroes (selected company to join us @LeWeb12) from Startups.be on Vimeo.

TagTagCity

tagcity from Startups.be on Vimeo.

Tuzzit

TUZZit from awtbe on Vimeo.

Twipe Mobile

Danny Lein – Twipe (selected company to join us @LeWeb12) from Startups.be on Vimeo.

Uniwan

Uniwan from awtbe on Vimeo.

WeePee

Lisa Derycke – Weepee (selected company to join us @LeWeb12) from Startups.be on Vimeo.

Tech Startups Mega Event in Brussels: Startups.be

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Next April 19th there will be a mega event for tech startups and starters at the Egg in Brussels. If you have a startup or want to start one, you can not miss it. 

The event starts at 2pm and will go on until the night, with some drinks after a Betagroup Pitch Slam. My experience tells me that it will end up even later with informal dinners going on until late. 

You do not have to attend the full event, just go to the parts that interest you or can attend. It is free and you just have to sign up here

I’m one of the organizers representing the Betagroup, as part of the 19 Belgian organizations supporting Tech Entrepreneurs that have decided to combine their efforts to accelerate our startup environment even more via Startups.be – Future Business Support.

How Do I Become a Member of the Betagroup [Sign-Up]

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Some people have asked me what do they have to do to sign-up to the Betagroup and become a member. Easy! It is free and simple: you just have to signup to one of the events, to the Linkedin group or to the newsletter box in the Betagroup’s website. That way you will be updated of all the events coming up and you can take advantage of the special offers for its members.

Presenta tu startup en Berl??n: nextelevator

Presenta tu startup en Berl??n: nextelevator

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Aviso a todos los emprendedores: se acaba de abrir el plazo para presentarse a nextelevator, el concurso de startups de la conferencia Next11 en Berl??n.

Se trata de una nueva iniciativa de Next11 en colaboraci??n con la revista Wired UK y con la incubadora Hanse Ventures. Se pueden presentar startups con menos de 12 meses que tengan ideas innovadoras y un modelo de negocio sostenible en la industrias de Internet y el comercio electr??nico. Seg??n las condiciones de nextelevator, el plazo de presentaci??n termina el 17 de abril y las startups que se vayan presentando podr??n ser votadas inmediatamente. El plazo para votar termina el 27 de abril. Entre los 30 m??s votados el jurado elegir?? 12 proyectos que ser??n presentados en la final de mayo (la conferencia tiene lugar entre el 17 y 18 de mayo).

Estas son las dos primeras startups que se han presentado:

Marro.ws, clipping social en l??nea para intelectuales

TLDDOT GmbH, lanzamiento de un nuevo dominio de nivel superior

Siento que no est??n en espa??ol. Animaros y nos veremos en la conferencia. Para los que quieran asistir sin concursar, con este enlace ten??is las entradas de Next11 con un 20% de descuento.

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