Just over 3 years ago Techstars announced its launch in London and in the intervening period, it has gone on to open a further three programmes that includes Techstars Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator and the Barclays Accelerator which has recently opened in New York. Any doubts about whether the European tech scene has hit its stride has been dispelled.
Demand to get tickets for the Techstars London Demo Day has been unprecedented and with over 1,000 people signed up; making the event into one of the top 20 tech events in Europe. As a result, a second screen at the Genesis Cinema has also been opened to allow everyone to attend – effectively running a second Demo Day simultaneously – think Techstars “unplugged”.
Alongside the Demo Day itself, fireside talks and panel discussions have also been arranged with moderators including David Rowan (WIRED), Mike Butcher (Techcrunch) and Robin Wauters (Tech.eu). Participants include Liam Casey (PCH International), Nicolas Brusson (BlaBlacar), Usman Haque (Umbrellium), Roland Lamb (Roli) and Mikkel Svane (Zendesk); as well as investors from Union Square Ventures, Wellington Partners, Balderton Capital and Index Ventures.
From over 1,000 applications to pick from Techstars London Winter 2014 finally settled on 10 companies that includes our first company from Kazakhstan, and founders from the Middle East, Canada and the US. There is also a strong representation from London and elsewhere in the UK – including companies from Edinburgh, Cambridge and Norwich!! The batch also includes five companies led by previously successful entrepreneurs with the average age of the founders being 33 years old.
- BidVine: a service to help you find the right professional without all of the legwork;
- Big Data for Humans: a B2B solution that automating customer insights without massive costs of employing data science;
- GeoSpock: a real-time database that can handle can any scale data with no performance degradation;
- Indybo: modular robotic toy company that transforms the way kids learn about programming and electronics;
- Kimono: an enterprise messaging platform that transforms how people communicate at work, with an unbelievably simple solution;
- Knyttan: is a vertically integrated fashion brand whose unique technology allows it to offer more designs and respond to trends faster than any existing retailer;
- Lystable: is the platform for the lean enterprise, helping large organisations manage their suppliers and external resource;
- Rainbird: is a symbolic AI platform that is transforming the way that businesses are automating human-intensive knowledge work;
- Swarm: allows you to create and crowd fund a collaborative company.
- UB: provides a native shopping basket for apps that aggregate products, significantly increasing their conversion rate.