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 Collider’s particular ride through the Mobile World Congress 2018.
We started early on Monday setting up at the Barcelona Mobile stand and workspace. The first day is bubbly and full of excitement at the central venue (La Fira Barcelona). Our Colliders had scheduled meetings here and there and their job was varied according to each team, from scouting competition to finding partners or looking for the – disguised- investors.
The second day was definitely the most hectic for The Collider. We started at 10.00am sharp in the main stage (Banc Sabadell), host to 400 seats. It was packed as we started with the highlight of the day, a tech-transfer roundtable that we’d been announcing for weeks. You can find all info on our guest panelists in our event overview here. The debate was incredibly rich with the main line of thought focussed in how can tech-transfer save us from the end of the start-up era – for a powerful insight on the end of the start-up era, we recommend this article, written by the Collider’s program manager and roundtable moderator of the day, Albert C. Mikkelsen. To wrap-up the event, we enjoyed the pitch of Licens3d, an in-house startup that hit the stage and caught the audience with their use of blockchain for intellectual protection.
Up next on the same day, we hosted a colloquium at 12.30pm with our panellists and Elaine Louk, Investment Manager at Cambridge Enterprise. The main core of debate was how to promote tech-transfer from within Universities. This was an open talk with OTRI representatives, Collider participants and anyone interested in the topic, sharing experiences from all over Europe and thinking of potential opportunities for the future of tech-transfer.
Lastly, the afternoon placed the focus in the present Collider program, with an in-depth presentation of structure, goals and methodology as well as real case stories. We also enjoyed the insights of the OTRIs themselves and explored ways of collaboration within the program. Overall, this was a wonderful chance to get to know The Collider’s philosophy and brainstorm ways to make the project grow.
On the last day of 4YFN, we set our Colliders free to keep up with the networking and arrange any meetings within our The Mobile World Capital stand. It is also the chance to get noticed by the worldwide press attending the event. After all, The Collider is a pioneer of a kind, contributing to place Barcelona at the centre of the startup ecosystem.
And that’s not all. Today, we still have a taste of the Congress with a specialist on deals between startups and corporates, Nicolai Schättgen, CEO at Match-Maker Ventures. Time for our Colliders to polish their approach for all the leads gained these past days. Go, teams!