Friday, July 18, 2008

Seedcamp Momentum Builds

There are 3 weeks left to get your application in to this year's Seedcamp in London.
If you are not yet convinced of the benefits or unsure of whether you qualify, check out Seedcamp and read Saul's recent post.

Part of that post read:
"At Seedcamp you know that if you apply and get through to the main week in London from Sept 15-19th just some of the folks you'll get to hang out with and get feedback from include:

the founders behind some of Europe's biggest recent exits like Niklas Zennstrom and Michael Birch plus the key folks behind MySQL, Lastminute, Last.fm, Buy.at, Plazes, Kelkoo and Zyb
the founders of some of Europe's most promising next generation businesses like Seatwave, WAYN, Moo, Spreadshirt, Lovefilm, Huddle and GlassesDirect
some of Europe and Israel's best seed and venture investors; including Atlas, Balderton, Amadeus, Index, Atomico, Northzone, Eden, DJF Esprit
experts in product, marketing and technology from Google, MySpace, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Sun and Oracle
folks from Techcrunch, LeWeb, FOWA, O'Reilly and the FT
plus we'll even throw in some specialists in startup legals and recruiting ;)

It's pretty intense - check out some of the content from last year. But its a lot of fun and pretty useful to the winners.

It's worth applying anyway though - lots of last year's teams who didn't make it told us how useful the application was in helping them to focus and articulate what they were trying to build."

Seedcamp is now established, thanks to the drive and energy of Saul, Reshma and the many others in the community who support it, as one of the prime engines for the start-up ecosystem in Europe.
The recognition it has received across the tech world is remarkable given its short history. Certainly those at the heart of the startup world in the US are looking at Europe in a different way - partly because of it.
During my month in SF and the valley I met a number of people keen to come over and support Seedcamp. Validation from Fred Wilson certainly helps too.

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