20. June 2012–
Startupbootcamp Berlin has extended its deadline for startup hopefuls until the end of this month. The original deadline of 17 June has been opened up until 30 June, while the other big news is that the accelerator has secured Wall Street technology analyst, angel investor and entrepreneur Esther Dyson as an advisor.
Founder Alex Farcet told us: “The deadline extension simply gives ourselves and the teams a little more time, plus we’re meeting a bunch at LeWeb in London.”
Dyson will become the very first Startupbootcamp Advisory Board member. Her investment history includesFlickr and del.icio.us, both sold to Yahoo! plus Medstory and Powerset, both sold to Microsoft. Her advisory skills are well-seasoned – she already sits on the boards of several startups including 23andMe, Evernote, Voxiva and Yandex. Her bulging contact book will provide the Euro-centric programme a boost to other territories, including essential links to the US, Russia and India.
“In the US and Europe there are plenty of entrepreneurs and also decent access to funding< says Dyson. “The challenge is to scale these companies once they are beyond the early stage. One of the features that enticed me to tie up with Startupbootcamp is the way it leverages large companies — not for their money but for their expertise, whether as sales channels, customers or just experienced people who can run a sales meeting or telephone a senior-level counterpart in some other large company.”
Startupbootcamp offers funding, co-working space and mentorship for a three-month term beginning in September. There are over 90 Berlin mentors on the roster so far, including Edial Dekker of Gidsy, SoundCloud’s Eric Wahlforss and Project A’s Christian Weiss.
Closing date for applications to Startupbootcamp Berlin is now 30 June.