Monday, June 6, 2016

Coaching Academy on Investment Readiness for entrepreneurs in Utrecht


On Thursday 14th April 2016, entrepreneurs took a step further in becoming investment ready with the InvestHorizon Coaching Academy organized by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce on behalf of EUROCHAMBRES and InvestHorizon.



The Academy took place during the ‘Week van de Ondernemer’ in Utrecht. One of the largest events for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Synpact, Chamber of Commerce, Rabobank, RVO, MKB Nederland with more than 10.000 visitors yearly. The Academy gathered 12 entrepreneurs with 6 coaches and 2 investors from the private equity and banking sector. It started with an introduction to the InvestHorizon Programme followed by two keynote speakers.



  • Anthony Viellevoye, Investment Manager at Start Green Capital, who introduced the participants in the world of risk financing. He explained how a Venture Capital investor can be convinced to invest.

  • Jacques Peeters, team leader SME Financing at Rabobank Utrecht, who explained how Bank financing works: what are the determinants for an entrepreneur to successfully obtain support from banks.





The participants directly put the theory learned into practice in the table sessions, actually they had the opportunity to receive feedback on their preparations, business plan and pitch both from other participants and a skilled business coach.
 




 
                                                            
The Coaching Academy was concluded by three-minute investment pitches, where each of the Businesses tried to convince coaches and investors. The coaches and investors offered them relevant feedback to structure their pitch, become more convincing or how to include a clear proposition responding to investors’ expectations.

The Academy was also the opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from each other and exchange bests practices.
 
After the Coaching Academy, the businessmen participated in the ‘Week van de Ondernemer’ it offered them the opportunity to exchange with a large amount of financing providers, such as Crowdfunding platforms, the Business Angels Network Netherlands (BAN), Netherlands Association for Private Equity (NVP), Association for Leasing (NVL), Credit Unions, Spotcap, and many more.


 
 
 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

InvestHorizon Human Resource Management day in Riga


 


On 13th April 2016, InvestHorizon Human Resource management day was independently organized from other InvestHorizon events. Its main objective was to give an innovative and new approach to Human Resource trainings for companies with experience. The Academy gathered 30 Latvian companies from various sectors with 5 experts and 5 coaches. The selected experts were highly experienced in human resource management including innovative approaches.





 
 
During their interventions at the Coaching Academy, speakers interacted a lot with the audience through discussions and activities and the seminar provided companies with positive ideas not only for their daily work, but also for their private lives.
 





The main ideas presented are summarized below:


·         Aivars Kalniņš presented useful information about CEO’s expectations in human resource management from various kind of business. Long-term corporative, HR strategy theory, and case studies were discussed with the audience.

 
·         Gundega Dambe provided theoretical information about changes in labor law and discussed the main challenges in human resource management, based on a wide experience in State Emergency Medical Service, as a high-stress environment.


·         Alexander Dobrovoļskis and Andrejs Kedrovs presented very innovative approach to human resource management through Games in business - game process in business events with the purpose of exploring inner communication and improve a team. This session was the most interactive part of the event.


·         Ieva Kalve through his very interesting approach to the human resource management, he presented innovative approach to develop a satisfied, productive and effective worker. The three “golden keys” to more quickly self-develop professionally are the questions where, how and what are the employer’s opportunities to be effective.
 
 

Friday, May 13, 2016

InvestHorizon in Nantes: How to finance my business innovation?


The InvestHorizon Raising Awareness Seminar organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Pays de la Loire and CCI France on December, 17 gathered about sixty participants, including fifty companies looking for funding. The main goal of this workshop was to support SMEs, especially start-ups, to adapt their projects in order to raise funds more easily. The seminar was divided in three main sessions moderated respectively by Moses Rogez, Patrick Baudry and Gaëlle Saint Drenant.

   



Moses ROGEZ, CEO Pixiel and winner of Deloitte TECHNOLOGY FAST 50 (for strong growth) emphasized the importance of having access to quick funding in order to grow in competitiveness and meet the challenges of highly competitive markets such as the drone market. Mr. Rogez joined a project led by the CCI that offered selected regional companies the support of a consultant for 9 months as well as various exchanges with other participants. According to him, raising funds from external investors is only the next step and needs to be prepared seriously to elaborate a solid speech, identify the right legal tools and gain some notoriety at national and international level.


Patrick Baudry, Bpifrance, regional delegate, stressed that in the case of Pixiel, which started as a service provider, the proof of concept and the first consumers were already made which smoothed the fund raising activities. He also highlighted four main mistakes to avoid:

      -  Staying alone and not be accompanied by advisors, network, etc.

      -   Self-financing the R&D phase which may weaken the financial position of the company

      -   Financing upstream phases of the innovative project with bank debt instead of using innovative subsidies (meaning not being able to borrow in the marketing phase)

      -  “Off-ground innovation”: skipping the validation phase and marketing a product/service before having validated the market interest for it.


Gaëlle Saint Drenant presented the regional platform on finance www.pmepaysdelaloire.fr designed with the cooperation of the regional financing service. Its main objective is to support companies to recognize the right source of financing according to their project and company’s development stages. It identifies all public and private financing of innovation: grants, subsidies, bank loans, investment funds, private equity, business angels and all support networks on innovation.



This workshop was also the opportunity to launch the InvestHorizon Coaching Academy, a one-day event with professionals coaching 15 SMEs in raising funds activities. It will be organized in Nantes, France by CCI Pays de la Loire with the support of the European Commission on 15th September 2016. More information will be available at least two months before the seminar at  www.investhorizon.eu

                                                                    

May fundraising

A variety of opportunities a available for funding this month. The offered programs are rich in content and provide many opportunities for future development. See them below!

NUMA Paris season 9

NUMA is a global innovation network committed to bringing growth and human capital to promising and innovative ideas. Since 2000, NUMA has emerged as France’s leading «fullstack» innovation practice.

Location: Paris, France
Closing date: 18th of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/numaparis-season9/about

The F Factor 2016

Founders Forum is offering 5 young bright superstar UK-based entrepreneurs (individuals or teams) the chance to win £10,000 to help develop their business idea- no strings attached.

In June 2016 some of the world's most influential technology entrepreneurs will be gathering in London. The F Factor is your chance to pitch them YOUR idea.

You don't need a business plan or have any relevant experience. You might be still at school or university. All you need is a project you've been working on for at least 3 months and loads of enthusiasm to persuade the Founders Forum to invest in you and your new business.

Location: London, UK
Closing date: 20th of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/theffactor2016/about

STING Accelerate

STING’s accelerator program provides 7-8 handpicked startups with an exclusive package of funding (300,000 SEK), tailored business development coaching, free office space at SUP46 in the centre of Stockholm as well as access to our broad investor network. 

We have an in-house recruiting team that helps you to find strong talents to your team, as well as communication experts who support you in marketing, PR and digital activities. 


Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Closing date: 17th of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/stingaccelerate/about

MediaMatters 2016

STING’s accelerator program provides 7-8 handpicked startups with an exclusive package of funding (300,000 SEK), tailored business development coaching, free office space at SUP46 in the centre of Stockholm as well as access to our broad investor network. 

We have an in-house recruiting team that helps you to find strong talents to your team, as well as communication experts who support you in marketing, PR and digital activities. 


Location: Hilversum, Netherlands
Closing date: 22nd of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/mediamatters2016/about

MediaMatters 2016

STING’s accelerator program provides 7-8 handpicked startups with an exclusive package of funding (300,000 SEK), tailored business development coaching, free office space at SUP46 in the centre of Stockholm as well as access to our broad investor network. 

We have an in-house recruiting team that helps you to find strong talents to your team, as well as communication experts who support you in marketing, PR and digital activities. 

Location: Hilversum, Netherlands

Closing date: 22nd of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/mediamatters2016/about

Hardware

Hardware.co is a community and accelerator program for anyone who is interested in hardware. We provides assistance to startups and corporates that are making physical products, by bringing both parties together and providing mentorship, consultancy and office space.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Closing date: 24nd of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/hardwareco/about

DellScotIgnite

Dell are launching an Entrepreneurial Growth Programme in Scotland. Entrepreneurs and small businesses based in Scotland are encouraged to apply via an online submission form to qualify for a package of technology, training and support.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses based in Scotland are encouraged to apply via an online submission form to qualify for a package of technology, training, support and the opportunity to attend various networking events. 

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Closing date: 27th of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/dellentrepreneurialprogram/about

Startupboot camp

Startupbootcamp Istanbul is a leading acceleration program with no geographical or vertical limitations. It is aimed at all tech startups as a local chapter of the number 1 startup accelerator in Europe. Over 3 months, 10 selected startups will be provided with funding and incubation space along with intense mentoring focused on the Shape, Build and Sell stages of product and business development. At the end of the program, you will pitch your company to 250+ investors and partners on Demo Day.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey 
Closing date: 29th of May
More info: https://www.f6s.com/startupbootcampistanbul2016/about


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time for spring fundraising!

It is spring, time to apply!
We love to help out startups, which is why we will bring to you the latest news and deadlines for fundraising in an easy to read article. The article will provide an overview of accelerators and competitions throughout Europe that can help your fundraising, to blossom!

STING Test Drive Sustainability

STING Test Drive is a practical training program to help you formulate and sharpen your business model and get a solid platform before starting your business. The program is based on Business Model Canvas, a strategic template for the development of business models. It is a popular tool used by entrepreneurs across the world, including in Silicon Valley.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Closing date: 1st April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/testdrivesustainability/about


IndieBio EU

IndieBio EU is the startup accelerator for Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology start-ups. We provide up to $75,000 in seed funding, and three months' access to a fully equipped lab and a world-leading cast of mentors, and help you and your team to create something amazing.

Location: Cork, Ireland
Closing date: 4th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/indiebioaccelerator/about

EU Roadshow + SV startupschool
WELCOME is looking for nine top-notch European startups ready to pack their bags and embark on an international adventure that will bring their business to the next level! Startups based in Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca are invited to apply and take their chance on being selected for this opportunity.

In Europe, selected startups, will be introduced to the local startups scene and will have the opportunity to meet and pitch in front of the most active investors, media and opinion leaders. While in San Francisco (September 2016), selected startups will join an immersion program at the Mind The Bridge Startup School where they will fine-tune their investor pitch and gain the contacts and knowledge for a soft-landing in Silicon Valley.


Location: Milan, Italy
Closing date: 8th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/euroadshowsvstartupschool/about

Tetuan Valley Start up School 14
Tetuan Valley is best known for being the first non-for-profit pre-accelerator program in Europe. 
The goal is to launch a 6 week prototipe on DemoDay. Ideas must be innovative and accomplishable and teams should have technical habilities. We recommend at least one of the founders to be full time on the project and provide help fot participants to learn to launch their project step by step. This program is 100 % in English.

Location: Madrid, Spain
Closing date: 8th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/indiebioaccelerator/about
Sellalab Fintech Accelerator Program
The program is designed to accelerate the growth of startups and young entrepreneurs from around the world wishing to disrupt the traditional banking and financial system. Startups will be selected for a six-month mentorship and accelerator program that will allow them to access the network, expertise and instruments of one of the most digitalized bank in Europe. 

Location: Biella, Italy
Closing date: 18th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/sellalab-fintech-accelerator-program-2016/about

Nitro: The extreme accelerator event
During the two-days event, 20 international mature startups will work together with consultants from Capgemini Consulting, Europe Unlimited, Inovamais and INTRASOFT International on topics such as Business model redesign to investment readiness, Organizational design in startups and Innovation management. 

The event is organized in such a way that startups take control by choosing which topics they want to work on before, during and after the event. To maximize the value of these topics, the startups will have the opportunity to use the knowledge and experience of these four consultancies. 

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Closing date: 24th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/eplusnitro/about

Celebration Innovation
The time has come: German Accelerator's flagship event is coming back to Berlin and you’re happily invited to join!

Celebrating Innovation is the place where Germany’s hottest tech startups battle for a slot in the German Accelerator program to experience three months in the most vibrant ecosystems
SILICON VALLEY – SAN FRANCISCO – NEW YORK CITY – BOSTON

We’ll have VCs and partners at the event who try to find their next big investment, as well as editors and writers. Oh, and there will be food and drinks :)

Be there and plunge into top-notch technology and witness innovation taking place.

Location: Berlin, Germany
Closing date: 14th April

More info: https://www.f6s.com/celebratinginnovationberlin2016/about


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Entrepreneurs and investors, 6 things you shall know about the SME Instrument!

In 2014, the European Commission launched the SME Instrument to invest in the most promising European disruptive SMEs and support them to become global actors. Since its creation, more than 1400 companies were selected to join this community of highly innovative SMEs. In case you are not yet familiar with this 3 billion euro venture funding, we listed 6 reasons why you shall care about it:

Monday, February 29, 2016

Kicking off 2016 at the 4YFN and Mobile World Congress - InvestHorizon visits Barcelona


With the city of Barcelona completely invaded by high tech entrepreneurs and savvy investors for the annual 4YFN and Mobile World Congress, InvestHorizon made its mark during the mobile and digital week by successfully celebrating the first Early Stage Camp and Investment Forum of 2016 with head turning numbers. On Wednesday 24 February at the Mobile World Capital venue, EBAN, in collaboration with Business Angels Catalunya (BANC) and Telefonica’s Wayra Accelerator, hosted 22 startups (more than 50 applied), 16 high profile mentors and over 60 investors from around the world for a day of investment readiness activities. The event was also supported by 2 of the most renowned universities in the world: IESE and ESADE, who empower entrepreneurship via their alumni investor networks; as well as the Spanish chapter of Kereitsu Forum, one of the largest global networks of angel investors.