Well done, as always, one could say! Thank you for a great event and wonderful evening in the Journalistenclub.
The event took place end of November 2013 in the new location of hub:raum, Deutsche Telekom’s accelerator. Fee is opening the session here, the 2nd class of the accelerator.
I was excited to be part of the Jury in the NEXT programm in Malta this year. The NEXT Program consists of 3 hour weekly working sessions with other attendees and mentors. This weekend on the 16th of November 2013 was the final presentation day in SMART CITY MALTA, an ambitious project of the Republic of Malta and the SmartCity Dubai, maybe roughly comparable to what is to be found in Berlin Adlershof or maybe being built in Tegel once the new Berlin airport is operating. Jaroslaw Bialek, the programm coordinator, anounced the winner of the Startup Next programm Malta – the myfotokart team is coming to PitchMarathon Berlin next week (pic).
I was happy to see that there is a lot of entrepreneurial spirit to be found, supported by Maltese official players and also be dedicated mentors who spend their free time on the wekend getting first time startup founders their projects off the ground and running. I really keep my fingers crossed that all the players and the founders will be able to work together to built their valuable network up even more and improve their connections to relevant startup hubs in Europe.
Besides great networking at the NOAH 2013 conference in London was the session with Oliver Samwer. Amongst other things he said things showing his view on internationalisation: “Pakistan, that is Europe + 20% difficult”, “I am ready to built a Pakistani Post” and “The CAC of this conference is very high for me.” For me it was quite alright, I will come back 2014.
This year brings TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 to Berlin, for the first time. After the last Disrupt in San Francisco I attended and was impressed by some of the talks but disappointed by the networking possibilities with US entrepreneurs and VCs at the event, I had not planned to go there. However, this time I hardly get to listen to the talks but am happy to meet founders and investors alike.