Then and now. Accelerators 101

The accelerators’ ecosystem has changed fundamentally over the past few years. How did it all start and where is it headed? When is the right moment to join an accelerator, how should you choose the one that fits your needs and what’s in it for you? We found out the answers to these questions and many others last November at How to Web Conference 2015.

Max Kelly (Managing Director, Techstars London), Martyn Davies (Programme Director & Heads of Engagement, Ignite London), Rune Theill (Co-Founder, Rockstart Accelerator) and Todor Breshkov (Managing Partner, LAUNCHub) are the panelists that kindly accepted our invitation to take the stage and share their valuable insights & experience with the audience. This story presents the key take-aways of the discussion.

US versus Europe. Different money build different businesses

How do investors look at businesses “born in Europe” versus the ones “born in the USA”? Are there any differences in your likelihood to raise money depending on your origin? Max Kelly, the Managing Director of Techstars London, took the stage at How to Web Conference 2015 to share his valuable insights on the topic and present the results of a report realized on a batch of 400 Techstars alumni.

Max Kelly has a long background running innovation and entrepreneurship at Virgin. Over the 12 years he had worked there, he was responsible for the strategy of the group, as well as for starting several companies that eventually exited for over 500 million USD (as for example Virgin Insight, Virgin Mobile USA, Virgin Mobile Canada or Virgin Healthbank). Alongside his Virgin commitments, Max also co-founded lastsecondtickets.com, a startup he successfully exited back in 2014.

MVP Angels: Our next investment could be you!

We’ve got some great news to share with the early-stage tech startups with global potential! Today we proudly announce the launch of MVP Angels, a micro-financing business angel network that invests an average amount of 50.000 EUR in some of the best alumni of MVP Academy, our accelerator. Ready to take your product to the next level? Searching for mentorship and support in your scaling efforts? Then read on!

What is MVP Angels?

MVP Angels is a business angels network that syndicalises a micro-investment fund for every edition of the MVP Academy accelerator in order to finance some of the best teams in every batch. This is a continuation of the annual investment readiness MVP Academy program: we provide support and an average investment of 50.000 EUR in exchange for equity (a minor stake in the company).

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