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 Oscar Sala, mVenturesBcn director, greets everyone at the entrance as some assistants surreptitiously sneak a hand over the catering table.
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 into society in the form of palpable advancements. That is what The Collider’s tech-transfer is all about: transforming the results of research and development into marketable products and services. Such ambition involves not only supplying the equipment but mainly the methods, strategy and mindset; that is, transferring knowledge and skills.
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 all, participants and organizers. We’ve learned and we’ve built 4 companies, hand in hand with scientists, serial entrepreneurs and investors. As we close this edition – all covered with excitement for the next one- the time has come to recap a few numbers summarising the program’s achievements in its birth year.
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 around 1,100 tech startups and the 34% of total startups in the country according to Crunchbase, last year. Barcelona also holds the silver medal for co-working spaces in Europe with 129 and only advantaged by London. Besides, Spain is also the 3rd European country attracting top tech talent from other EU locations. Barcelona is clearly an attractive spot for founders-to-be and serial entrepreneurs but do investors feel the same? Let’s look at the numbers.
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 of your delivery. If you thought you were done after nailing your presentation, let us remind you about the key importance of the dreaded Q&As.
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 after industrialization that the potential return for top value positions sky rocketed. In the past 50 years, we’ve moved from the Mad Men of the 1960s to the Mark Zuckerbergs of the 21st century.
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 ensure a solid and well-balanced business model. We’re specifically talking about the CAC, the churn and the LTV.
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 fact, spoken words are just a small percentage of the whole message and if anyone is willing to master their soft communication skills, they should rather be focusing attention on 1) voice tone and 2) body language. Out of curiosity, if you want to know exactly how important each of these is in the perception of a message, keep reading till the end.
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 and return so low?“, it seems the research world is still reluctant to embrace entrepreneurship, but there is one aspect where Business should still learn from Science and that is, obviously and simply put, “experimentation”.
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 translated to the venture building field: clashing science and entrepreneurship to create highly innovative technological startups. As brilliant as it may seem, this pursuit is born as an answer to a pain too long ignored in this country.
We create high potential science based companies to face complex problems.
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What is The collider?
The programme focuses on the identification and development of highly disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Virtual Reality, fostering the development of new services for the future 5G network.
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