The European Commission’s startup booster Tech All Stars is opening up applications for its second edition – aimed at startups who want to gain exposure and meet the movers and shakers of Europe’s startup scenes. The programme begins in Berlin with 12 participants, moves to London with three remaining startups and takes one winner to the European Commission’s upcoming Digital Agenda event in Dublin.
Tech All Stars runs from 7 to 19 June and selected startups will be hooked up with all-expense paid trips to each city. Startups can apply to the programme until 15 May.
For the first leg of the programme, Tech All Stars joins forces with Angels Bootcamp – a pilot master class for aspiring angel investors – to host two days of startup learning, networking and pitching. After the pitch event, the jury will narrow the 12 startups down to three.
Angels Bootcamp – “Our goal is to activate 1,000 people in Europe to become active angel investors by 2015”
Angels Bootcamp, an initiative powered by accelerator Startupbootcamp, Go Beyond and startup community F6S, aims to help first-time angels learn best practices and gain the know-how needed to become a successful investor in Europe. Speakers at the master class include Passion Capital’s Stefan Glaenzer and angel investor Hussein Kanji.
“The initial motivation is: How do we create 1,000 new angels in Europe? We think there are a lot of people with the means and resources to be angel investors but don’t know how,” said Angels Bootcamp initiator (and Startupbootcamp founder) Alex Farcet in an interview.
“We think we can motivate them and educate them to be great angels, but they want to learn before they do it. The idea is connecting and motivating more angels,” he added.
A strong network of angel backers is often cited as the key to building a successful startup ecosystem – and this initiative, plus the wider Tech All Starts programme, looks set to help grow a crop of ambitious investors and founders eager to bring Berlin to the next level.
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