Thanks to @jenslapinski and @PJWilkinson for having set this up recently. It provides a list of VCs, Angels, Founder Investors…
Health 2.0 in Europe – 35 startups to watch
After watching Apple’s WWDC14 key note yesterday, one can imagine that health 2.0 will get new momentum. With AAPL pushing Health & Health Kit new interesting opportunities arise.
Thanks to Tech.eu to shed some light on the European health tech scene: http://tech.eu/features/1472/health-startup-europe/
Q:Hello Alex! How are you? My name is Alex as well. As part of my MBA I am doing a research project on the start-up ecosystem in Europe, for the digital health sector. The project's aim is to enable us to get a holistic view of the start-up panorama and of the investor trends in Europe, in the e-medicine field. Germany is obviously one of the places where we will focus our research. Are you aware if data on funding deals, number of firms, etc, is available anywhere? Or contacts of startups? Thanks
I am not very familiar with the e-health sector in Germany. I haven’t heard of a startup database in this respect. Life sciences and e-health is a quite big topic in Switzerland, though. Check out the data base of startup monitor, for instance: http://startupmonitor.ch/start-up-directory/?lang=de
I hope this helps
Seed investments are a local game - Berlin, however, is hyperlocal
Last week Sten Tamkivi (an EIR at Andreessen Horrowitz) posted an article on TechCrunch that supported the general opinion that seed funding is a local game.
Well, this blog is about startup ecosystems and of course, I share this opinion. I have talked to many business angels in the past 12 months and I can confirm: while some of them could imagine cross boarder investments, the majority would rather invest in their home country.
Some seed investors (business angels and institutional) have even a regional preference. The institutional investors might be dependent on public money (that comes from a region or city) and business angels might be interested to build a reputation in one particular city.
The German blog Gruenderszene quoted a study (yet to be published) stating that 85% of Berlin-based venture capital firms invest their funds in Berlin-based startups as compared to only 20% of Munich-based venture capital firms investing locally.
Hopefully, Berlin - as a startup ecosystem - can deliver on that trust.
Accelerators in Europe - too many? Don’t think so…
As Tech.eu wrote there are probably around 100 accelerators in Europe but hardly a comprehensive overview. Some blogs express a fatigue when it comes to new accelerator launches and coined it “Inkubator Schwemme” (which is a negative expression and could be translated as “flood”).
SeedstarsWorld - the first global startup competition that focuses on emerging markets
My friends at SeedstarsWorld have pulled off an amazing series of events throughout 2013.*
20 countries, 10 months, more than 1’000 invitation-only applicants, 1 winner per country. Now is the time to gather the winners from Cape Town, Santiago, Bangkok, Nairobi, Baku, Buenos-Aires, and all the other cities, learn from their mindsets, and elect the world best startup.
Big congrats to the team. But it is not yet over: there is a show-down coming up on February 4, 2014 in Geneva where they actually select the “Seedstars World Best Start-up” from the winners of all the respective startup ecosystems. The winner can get up to CHF 500k worth of investment.
Get your ticket here: www.ssw.vc
CHF 119 (40% discount, was CHF 199)
Use the code SE40offSSW13 (valid until January 25)
* which I am happy to support by posting this
World startup ecosystems - Bangkok, Nairobi, and more
Our friends at SeedstarsWorld have done some heavy lifting this year in order to connect the upcoming startup ecosystems around the world. Seedstars has organized startup pitching events all over the world, e.g. Bangalore, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and many more, with the final event in Geneva coming up in February.
Of course, the team has not only been on an amazing journey, they also have learned a lot about the local startup ecosystems in all those places. Here are two examples from Bangkok and Nairobi… and there is hopefully more to come soon.
Food tech ecosystem 2013
While the market seems to be crowded, it is a long-tail environment with very few very large players. Just as in other ecosystems it seems that marketplaces (such as food ordering or booking platforms) with a 15-30% cut and a B2C positioning are the most scalable and dominant players.
If you try to fill the same template for your geography - you will most defintiely find some underserved niches in your ecosystem.
KPIs for SaaS startups
Another interesting post of Christoph Janz for SaaS startups, read the full post here.
While these KPIs might seem obvious to SaaS startups, it is good to confirm from a VC’s point of view that you measure the right things.
SwissStartups.org now contributing to Startup Genome
When I started SwissStartups.org the fact that there was no map representing the whole ecosystem (startups, VCs, co-working spaces, etc) was bugging me. How can we understand a startup ecosystem, for which we had no data?
This blog is dedicated to the topic of startup ecosystems and it is not focusing on Switzerland particularly. However, as I started my own startup in Switzerland, I felt it was the right thing to start SwissStartups.org. People like me have launched similar maps all over the world, see here. The basic code is available on GitHub and with some basic coding knowledge it is easy to set up.
Shortly after setting it up I have heard about Startup Genome with a great vision to provide data and transparency to startup ecosystems worldwide. On their blog Startup Genome publishes some interesting reports, too.
I am happy to announce that SwissStartups.org is contributing to that vision and through an API, is now connected to Startup Genome.