How scalable is seed capital?

There is a number of exciting things happening in the seed/accelerator space, which somehow are linked to each other. Let me just make a quick list:

– Techcrunch is opening up its startup database, Crunchbase APIs are available to connect applications to it;

Startup Genome Project is releasing its first beta of the investor dashboard;

– TechStars and the Kauffman Foundation launched Accelerato.rs a standard application form for different accelerator programs;

– Platforms like Angel List gather now, thousands of startups and various forms of investors and entrepreneurs;

Seed capital is definitely developing new avenues, it is becoming more transparent, interconnected.It is becoming truly global. New accelerators and seed funds are being launched in Latin America, while the best programs in Europe are evolving towards an investment model. These will definitely provide benefits to all the industry.

Standardizing metrics, being able to compare and benchmark, will provide valuable data to support business decisions. Useful tools for entrepreneurs, but also for investors and acceleration programs. It will be more and more possible to compare and benchmark results, identify ‘top quartile’ entrepreneurs and best performers in seed capital. If all of this is true than, it should also allow a much more substantial flow of institutional money and Limited Partners making the industry bigger and more efficient.

So, how scalable is seed capital?

 

 

 

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Foo Camp

Foo Camp

http://www.searcheeze.com/p/weBBing/tecnologia-ed-emozioni?c-4ed943a0d57a051f6a000007

[ Taken from http://www.searcheeze.com on 12-28-2011]

Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly describes it as "the wiki of conferences", where the program is developed by the attendees at the event, using big whiteboard schedule templates that can be rewritten or overwritten by attendees to optimize the schedule. The goal of the event is to reach out to new people who will increase the company's intelligence about new technologies, and to create opportunities for cross-pollination between people and technologies that are on the O'Reilly radar.


Some have described it as a meta-birds-of-a-feather session[citation needed] that gets smart people together to discuss technology issues. This style of event has also been described as an unconference.[citation needed]


The event started as a joke between Tim O'Reilly and Sara Winge, O'Reilly's VP of Corporate Communications. Sara had always wanted to run a foo bar, an open bar for Friends of O'Reilly, at one of O'Reilly's conferences. That joke morphed into a brainstorm after the dot com bust left O'Reilly with lots of unused office space in its new buildings, creating the opportunity for Foo Camp. There was eventually a Foo Bar[1] at the camp.

[ Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F on 12-28-2011]

[ Taken from on 12-28-2011]

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Foo Camp

Foo Camp

http://www.searcheeze.com/p/weBBing/tecnologia-ed-emozioni?c-4ed943a0d57a051f6a000007

[ Taken from http://www.searcheeze.com on 12-28-2011]

Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly describes it as "the wiki of conferences", where the program is developed by the attendees at the event, using big whiteboard schedule templates that can be rewritten or overwritten by attendees to optimize the schedule. The goal of the event is to reach out to new people who will increase the company's intelligence about new technologies, and to create opportunities for cross-pollination between people and technologies that are on the O'Reilly radar.


Some have described it as a meta-birds-of-a-feather session[citation needed] that gets smart people together to discuss technology issues. This style of event has also been described as an unconference.[citation needed]


The event started as a joke between Tim O'Reilly and Sara Winge, O'Reilly's VP of Corporate Communications. Sara had always wanted to run a foo bar, an open bar for Friends of O'Reilly, at one of O'Reilly's conferences. That joke morphed into a brainstorm after the dot com bust left O'Reilly with lots of unused office space in its new buildings, creating the opportunity for Foo Camp. There was eventually a Foo Bar[1] at the camp.

[ Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F on 12-28-2011]

[ Taken from on 12-28-2011]

( You can view “Foo Camp ” collection on Searcheeze by clicking this link. )


Great vibe @Startup Sauna!

I had the opportunity to coach some entrepreneurs hanging out at Aalto Startup Sauna and later to partecipate at the demo day, last week in Helsinki. Startup Sauna is building great momentum in attracting startups to the incubator, not only from Finland but also from Estonia and Russia. Startup Sauna is a no-profit organization that started out from the initiative of four students at the Aalto University, one of the best entrepreneurship Universities in the Nordics.

The University has sponsored their ideas and given the students a former deposit near the garage, which they turned in the most active and lively incubator in Helsinki, funded by Aalto University, Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship and Finnish Funding agency for technology and innovation.

The Sauna team, Ville Simola (the Captain) and  Antti Ylimutka (the Wing Man), reinforced by a tight network of coaches, venture capitalists, investors and mentors select teams that enter the program and help them getting through with business development and funding.

I’m sure some serious startups are going to come out of the Sauna, well done Captain!