Running a successful startup relies heavily on… happiness. At least that’s what Robert Knapp, Founder and CEO of CyberGhost VPN, has learnt as a serial entrepreneur who started his first venture at the age of 16, organizing punk rock concerts in the small German town he grew up in. He went on to grow the business to the point that he also organized festivals and one of the biggest open-air rock concerts in Germany. He was successful and he was passionate about his business. At the age of 19 or 20 years old, he already owned a large house and a Porsche. And yet, he found himself in a predicament: he wasn’t happy. He felt like something was missing.
Martin Bjergegaard is a serial entrepreneur and an international bestselling author. He is the co-founder of Rainmaking, Startupbootcamp, Frokost.dk, BetterNow.org, and, most recently, Rainmaking Loft. His bestselling book, “Winning Without Losing”, has been translated into 13 languages and won the prestigious Management Book of the Year award by Chartered Management Institute and The British Library. Martin is also the author of “The Great Idea”, an entrepreneurial fairytale for children.
He calls himself a startup enthusiast and at he took the stage last year at How to Web Conference 2016 to share six specific pieces of advice for how to become more successful and have a better quality of life while at it. We’ve summed them up for you in a short story: read them out here and make sure to apply them in your day to day activities.
Today we proudly open applications for How to Web Startup Spotlight 2016, deal-making program that helps European tech startups accelerate their businesses. If you’re looking to share the stage with the most promising European tech startups, you’re in the right place! Apply by September 25th and get ready to attend 1 on 1 meetings with potential business partners, gain media exposure, practice your pitch, and receive hands-on advice on raising money! Plus, you’ll get to compete for the cash prizes offered by the main partners of the program.
MVP Academy 2016, the third edition of our accelerator program, was a blast. It was intense for both the teams that made it into the program, as for ourselves, the team working behind the stage to make things happen. We wrapped everything up on May 30 with Demo Day, when 15 startups took the stage to pitch their products and showcase their progress in front of an audience of 500+ tech professionals. Here we are today, 3 months later, celebrating their successes and presenting you an inside view of what was the best accelerator program we’ve run to date.
Save the dates & get ready to meet the best European startups, build meaningful connections and feel the vibe of the tech startups’ ecosystem at its best. How to Web Conference 2016 is back with its 7th edition on November 1 & 2 at National Theatre Bucharest. Check out what’s new on http://howtoweb.co and join the community to be the first one to know the latest updates!
This time around, we decided to celebrate tech startups from all over Europe with a special edition of How to Web Conference. More than 50 European tech startups with global potential will join the Startup Spotlight program this year and take the stage at How to Web Conference 2016 to showcase their products and businesses. And we’ve decided to go at length to help them unlock their full potential by connecting them with top-notch industry experts, helping them gain visibility & media exposure, and offering exciting cash prizes with the support of IXIA Romania. All these while you’ll explore the latest industry trends and get connected to relevant people in the ecosystem!
We’re close to wrapping up the 3rd edition of MVP Academy accelerator after 2 months of hard work. The 17 startups in our batch of 2016 are now getting ready to take the stage during Demo Day to pitch their products & showcase their progress. Save your front row seat here to help us create a challenging audience for these guys!
MVP Academy Demo Day will take place on Monday, May 30, 17:00 at Cinema Pro (Blvd. I.C. Bratianu, no. 6) and will bring together 500+ key actors in the regional tech ecosystem: investors, successful entrepreneurs, tech professionals, journalists, potential partners and community leaders. The startups in the MVP Academy batch of 2016 will pitch their products & business models on stage and will then have the chance to network with people in the audience and hence to identify further development opportunities, start discussions for new financing rounds and/or potential strategic partnerships.