3 Months of Springboard
In December 2012 I accepted a very interesting challenge: to become the programme manager of Springboard, one of the best (no modesty, I know, but that’s a fact) European accelerator programmes. The 2013 edition also brought an element of absolute novelty: it was the first European programme dedicated to hardware startups, a very interesting movement which followed a 2012 year full of news for the hardware developers.
Let’s not forget about Silicon Valley
Almost 60 years ago, William Shockley left Bell Laboratories and founded the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in 1956 in Mountain View, believing that silicon, not germanium, is the right material for the production of transistors. In 1957 eight of his engineers left the company and founded Fairchild Semiconductor and later on other two (Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore) founded Intel.
Financing for Tech Startups through the Tech Angels network
The South-East European IT industry is emerging, and the potential and technical talent in the area is the starting point for the development of a sound entrepreneurial ecosystem. Not long time ago, the startups from the region had to look after investors outside the borders. Starting in September, the Tech Angels network of private investors facilitates the access to capital for the tech entrepreneurs.