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Behind the scenes: meet the people behind The Collider

We love to talk – as we often do- about our Colliders, our protagonists: you’ve got to know the scientists, the CEOs, the speakers, the specialists and everyone who has…

What is exactly eHealth and why should we care?

eHealth is the cost-effective and secure use of information communication technologies (ICT) in support of health and health related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education,…

Interview | Ana Guasch, serial entrepreneur and lecturer

Ana Guasch got involved with The Collider as it was making its initial footsteps. She was in fact, one of our very first inspirational speakers thanks to her experience and…

The Collider ’18 Roadmap

The countdown for The Collider’s next edition is set and running. With about a month to close applications, we would like to share more about our refined programme structure in…

From the Smart Home to the Smart Factory

When it comes to the manufacturing sector, managing stocks is the real big deal. In fact, fines can rise as much as $4,000 per minute for automotive trading partners whose…

Interview | Oliver Balcells, CEO at RheoDx

Looking back at last year, RheoDx did not stand out much at The Collider. They delivered a regular pitch in the first Demo Day and they were struggling to find…

Why cross deep-tech solutions are the answer

We’ve touched upon this matter before: disruptive innovation is like a needle in a haystack. Colossal to achieve and an earthquake for the consumer’s mindset. As discussed in our previous…

Interview | Anna Nicolau, R+D and Project Manager at Icaria Medical

She is about to turn 23 but she has already become one of our thunder women at The Collider. Anna Nicolau joined the program as a scientist with no entrepreneurial experience…

A new challenge: “Connected Cities, turning potential into reality”

The Collider opens every edition with a challenge to look up to; one to inspire every participant in their quest to create innovative startups. The Collider’s isn’t just about connecting…

The Collider unwraps a new edition!

The door at the office in Barcelona Tech City is wide open today. A few scattered journalists have already taken their seats; guests are still arriving slowly but steadily while…

4 technology transfer types, explained

The Collider is widely-known for being Mobile Word Capital‘s tech-transfer flagship. We have previously discussed over the excellence of scientific research in Spain and the need to return this knowledge…

The Collider 2017 Results

As we enter summer, we close 8 months of an intense yet rewarding first edition of The Collider. It has been a journey of fast-paced growth, teamwork and self-accomplishment for…

Barcelona consolidates as European tech hub

The Collider has been cradled in one of the TOP European tech hubs by the number of startups: Barcelona. That is the 5th in Europe and the 1st in Spain, holding…

The Q&As Checklist

When it comes down to pitching, we’ve already discussed the importance of storytelling in your presentation, but truth be told, the deck is just one element contributing to the success…

Fundraising Guide for Startups

Being an entrepreneur is on trend nowadays. In the History of Opportunity, we’ve seen a sequence of successful money-making careers; sequentially, the warrior, the craftsman, the merchant… But it was…

Three costumer equations to keep you rooted

In this post, we discuss three objective indicators to measure your start-ups’ success. These are all costumer-based in terms of acquisition and retention, which are ultimately the main KPIs to…

How to master your communication skills (tips and tricks)

Logic would say that words are the core of any act of communication; however, two further facets are often neglected when learning how to transmit messages properly between individuals. In…

Ideas are cheap and abundant. Execution is everything.

The Collider was born to lead change through tech-transfer, building bridges between science and business. As discussed in our previous post “Why does scientific research in Spain excel so much…

Why does scientific research in Spain excel so much and return so low?

In science, a collider accelerates two beams of protons in opposite directions to make them collide with each other producing very high energies. This is the essence of The Collider…

The process, the other way round: reflections on the program

Exactly a year back, the meeting rooms at the Mobile World Capital headquarters were at full steam shaping a new ground-breaking program about to be born. Talent acquisition, agenda, KPIs, facilitators……

Conclusions from Demo Day Panel “Tech Transfer Incubation: From Dream to Reality”

The Collider’s Program co-director, Albert C. Mikkelsen, elaborates on the conclusions of the panel he moderated at The Collider’s first edition Demo Day, “Tech Transfer Incubation: From Dream to Reality”. Enjoy the read:

Presenting The Collider ’18 Demoday

On April 27th we celebrate The Collider ’18 Demoday after 6 months of unwrapping this disruptive new program from mVenturesBcn. It has been a bumpy, exciting, risky and empowering journey….

Meet our ‘afterwork’ experts

The Collider’s roadmap is clearly organized in a series of milestones, deep-rooted in the design-thinking model and lean startup methodology, with the utmost goal to create highly innovative tech-transfer startups….

Controlling the Godzilla: sustainable scalability

Last Monday we had the very last workshop for this first edition of The Collider. This time we welcomed Xavier Sansó, investor, mentor and Finance expert in startups. After leading…

What do we understand by disruptive innovation?

We often talk about The Collider being a highly innovative tech-transfer program but the time has come to take a step back and reflect on what do we exactly mean…

The Collider midpoint recap

As we reach the equinox of the first edition of The Collider, we take the time to look back and forth through the program’s agenda and state-of-the-art. April marks the…

Growth Hacking: The “NO magic”

‘Rapid experimentation to grow efficiently’; meet the core of growth-hacking. No reason it fits incredibly well with The Collider’s venture building efforts. With little resources, Colliders need fast insights and…

Dealing with corporates: “It always takes longer than what you think!”

As our Colliders get ready to incorporate their companies and draw the roadmap to spend the initial seed investment, they already seek the backing of corporates to secure their survival….

Conclusions from a Panel on tech-transfer and the end of the startup era

The Collider’s Program co-director, Albert C. Mikkelsen, elaborates on the conclusions of The Collider’s panel he moderated at 4 Years From Now, “Tech-transfer: can it save us from the end…

4YFN Recap: start-ups, tech-transfer and networking

Yesterday we wrapped up 4 Years for now. Still, with a bit of hangover, we’ve spent the day reflecting on the experience. So here we share a general overview of…

The unique selling proposition: who cares?

The Unique Selling Proposition (or USP), as its clear name implies, highlights the differential benefit that sets your company apart from the rest towards your customers. This is not to…

Lean, Agile, Design-thinking… Let’s put some order.

If you’re even slightly familiar with the entrepreneurial world, you most likely navigate in tag cloud of methodologies, including design-thinking, lean startup, agile, scrum, etc. They are all useful in…

Meet our technologies

A month through the Venture Building Phase, the time has finally come for us to give you an overview of The Collider’s tech stars. At a point where most startups…

4YFN is coming…

The official countdown is set for this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held…

The visual, the auditory and the kinesthesic; training the soft skills

Here we are; halfway through the program and with a clear KPI in mind: business pilots. Our Colliders are moving fast. For the whole month, the office has been at…

Storytelling: “You had my curiosity, now you have my attention”

Every bit of conversation is an act of storytelling. The inclusions, the omissions, the tone, the emotion… every fraction of verbal communication shapes a story. Stories can be as short…

Venture building: mentors, OKRs & negotiation

As we open The Collider’s Phase 2, participants feel the pressure increasing. Phase 1 was fun and full of post-its, flip charts, workshops and market research. By now, our runner-ups…

The end of the startup era?

The Collider’s Program co-director, Albert C. Mikkelsen, elaborates on the challenges of the startup era and how tech-transfer can make a difference.

Bootcamp wrap-up and happy new year

Today we’re wrapping up the boot camp, the first phase in The Collider’s program. It has been a month-long fulfilling experience, with daily workshops, after work talks and intensive fieldwork….

Expert’s word: learning from failure

In spite of how brilliant your idea might seem, it is very likely that someone else will have covered similar –if not the same- steps before. Therefore, it will be…

The ‘Landscape Monitor’, a tool to sense what’s coming

The Colliders face a major challenge at the start of the program: spotting opportunities on the business landscape. It may seem easy, but it’s not. As professor Antonio Dávila stated…

The first mission: spotting the problems of tomorrow

Starting a company from scratch isn’t easy, most especially if you’ve only just met your journey companions. But our Colliders are made of real entrepreneurial material and are willing for…

The Collision Weekend, in pictures

The Collision Weekend, which took place during the weekend of November 18 and 19, was one of the key moments for The Collider given that it was the first meeting…

The Collider program overview (and phase 1)

The Collider is a 10 month journey of ideation and venture building that places the challenge for its 21 participants to build their own successful tech-transfer companies. It is a…

How technology helps us to improve water management

Water is one of the most precious natural resources on the planet. The scarcity of water or poor water quality in a region has an impact on health, food security…

Go from living in a home to being cared for by your home

The idea of communicating with our house is beginning to seem normal rather than extravagant. The ability to use our phones to set the temperature we want our house to…

Healthy big data: How data can be the best medicine

We’re living in a time when illnesses that used to have a high mortality rate are starting to become chronic. The global life expectancy increased by five years between 2000…

How the Internet of Things is improving transport

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic we typically read about every day in both general and specialised media. We’re likely still far from fully understanding the potential it has to change our lives, but those who do so first will have the best chance to find opportunities in the market.

Entrepreneurship in the sciences

Many scientists focus their careers on research, looking for practical answers to society’s needs. As a result, they spend hours in the laboratory and in training to achieve their objectives….

Venture builders: on the road to innovation

In order to identify the origin of venture builders, we have to place them in the context of the United States more than 10 years ago.

Cities of the future, our big challenge

Half of the world’s population lives in cities now. Cities are at the heart of humanity’s exponential progress throughout the last century.

How an understanding of business structure can change the world

“To passion, because in important moments, it’s the deciding factor.”, says Biochemist Pere Estupinyà

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