If you’re running a start-up and haven’t heard of Seedcamp before, you’d better take a minute now to read this article. Seedcamp is a much-applauded week-long program for young entrepreneurs from the Middle East, Africa, and…, Europe. That means you can participate as well. From September 15 through 19, London calls you.
So why should you go? At the end of the week – filled with workshops and presentations-, Seedcamp will invest up to 50K Pounds for a 10 percent stake in each of final five teams and provide ongoing mentorship and support for three months in preparation for the companies’ formal rounds of financing. Last year’s winners included Zemanta, an excellent blog service we use at The Next Web as well.
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CEO and co-founder of Seedcamp is Reshma Sohoni, who used to be a banker at 3i. Her business partner is Saul Klein from Index Ventures. They raised capital from a number of informal investors last year.
As the editor in chief of The Next Women, I’m glad to see that the advisory board has many female internet heroes: Sherry Coutu, an early stage investor, Sara Murray, founder of Buddi.co.uk, Bindi Karia of who runs the UK Startup Accelerator Programme of Microsoft and Lori Vokes, Operation Director of Cisco.
If you feel you’re a bright young mind with a game changing start-up, you have the change to be one of the twenty start-ups to participate in the program. That is, if you make it through the application procedure. Not ready yet to go all the way to Seedcamp? Then try the Seedcamp event brite taster events. Here you may find the right team mates that get you going!