European startup incubator Seedcamp is an early-stage micro seed investment and mentoring program that we’ve written about quite a few times at The Next Web. Seedcamp holds events throughout the year that help it to decide which startups to cultivate with investments and advice. In March, Seedcamp announced a partnership with Facebook that means Seedcamp startups receive product, technical, and design support as well as early access to beta products and programs on Facebook platform.
In early June, right in time for New York’s Internet Week, Seedcamp crossed the pond to host Mini Seedcamp New York. The team received applications from all over the world for the MiniCamp event and picked the final list to present in Google’s New York offices. Seedcamp kicked off its week in the big apple with a panel on Foursquare. Saul Klein interviewed Dennis Crowley, the founder of Foursquare, Bryce Roberts from O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, and Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures about the early days of the company, the ambitious take on a huge market, and the ways the founders and investors work together for a common goal.
Our first Seedcamp New York was a huge success – we’re proud to say that our venture across the Atlantic bore some great results and left us certain that we will come back. We started off on Sunday with a pre-Seedcamp meetup with all the teams – burgers and beers, what else. ERPLY, who hosted us back in February, made sure no one was left hungry, and it was a great opportunity to get to know the teams in advance. On Monday, we met everybody again, this time at the impressive Google cafeteria, to go through all the pitches and to prepare the teams for the onslaught of feedback they were sure to receive on Seedcamp day.
-Philipp Moehring, Associate at Seedcamp
“The most awesome stage”
Last year, Facebook's VP of Design thought the TNW Conference main stage was the best she'd ever been on.
Today, four teams were announced to be the newest members of the Seedcamp family who convinced the judges about their product, vision, and tenacity to grow a great business.
The Winners Are:
Bilbus – from London and New York, Bilbus uses technology to solve the two biggest challenges facing small business working capital: cash flow visibility; and access to finance. The team convinced Seedcamp with both industry experience and a real hunger to solve this big problem for SMEs.
Campalyst – With a team from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, this diverse group of northern all stars measures whether social media presence helps brands sell. Being up and running only three months, it’s really impressive what Campalyst has already achieved.
Compilr hails from from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Compilr is an online aide that allows developers to code from any device anywhere in the world. Compilr impressed Seedcamp with not only with a great product, but also with thousands of users from around the world, who show that new ways of coding and collaborating are coming to a browser near you.
Zin.gl – Based in Belgium, hailing from Russia, and having their eyes set on the US market, Zin.gl convinced Seedcamp that with their vision of leveraging the Social Graph (FB, Twitter, Foursquare) they will make dating a better experience.
- AppExtras from São Paulo, Brazil & St. John’s, NL Canada: AppExtras gives mobile app publishers more downloads, new users and extra cash for generating installs within its cross-promotion network.
- BookLikes from Poznan, Poland: A book-based social service that recommends great books based on user’s reading preferences.
- Eeve from London, UK: A fun and easy way to create location based social networks based on the event you are attending.
- egoArchive from Vienna, Austria: egoArchive keeps track of all your web stuff. It saves every web page you browse and every update in your social streams.
- Fireplace from Ramat Gan, Israel: A place where you create stunning, powerful, single page websites without any overhead.
- Gymdeck from London, UK: Smart mobile applications to helps fitness professionals like personal trainers stay on top of things.
- Komola from Brunswick, Germany: A unified inbox for the communication with customers.
- Oahu from Paris, France: The easiest, most integrated way to create multi-channel personalized digital marketing campaigns.
- Planeto from Malmö, Sweden: Building the world’s first Knowledge Network.
- Rentlord from Manchester, UK: the social-powered marketplace for millions of home renters to start & manage person-to-person rents without estate agents.
- Run a Shop from Berlin, Germany: Creating the largest multi-channel eCommerce App Store in the world
- SurveyLegend from Lund, Sweden: World’s first picture, video, text and audio-based survey app that can be integrated with a company/individual’s website, blog or social media presence.
- NeuResOn from Bucharest, Romania: A behavioral profiling tool for online consumers.
- Toshl from Kranj, Slovenia: A mobile and web expense tracker that helps track spending habits, provides financial hints and saves money.
- Waysavvy from Cambridge, MA, US: Analyzing thousands of hotels and flights in seconds to figure out
- the optimal choices for each traveler.
- Worldwide Helpers from London, UK: The Volunteering Network – connecting volunteers to everything they require.
For related news: See our recent interview with Seedcamp Partner Reshma Sohoni on handling pressure and standing out.