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Accelerator Assembly Events

The Accelerator Assembly Conference 

 Madrid, March 14th, 2014

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The first high-profile event of the network will be the Accelerator Assembly Conference, on the 14th March 2014, in Madrid, at the BBVA Innovation Centre. This event aims to bring together the members of the Accelerator Assembly network to share best practices, understand global accelerator trends and reflect on future models for supporting entrepreneurs.  





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                                 Carlos Espinal                                                Jon Bradford                                         Andrew Shannon

                            (Partner, Seedcamp)                           (Managing Director, TechStars)                  (Head of Global Operations 

                                                                                                                                                                     Startup Bootcamp)


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                                   David Cohen                                              Jessica Stacey                                             Isidro Laso

                      (Founder & CEO, TechStars)                   (Programme & Research Manager,   (Scientific Officer, European Commission)

                           - via online conf. call                                          Accelerators and                                          

                                                                                            Early Stage Ventures, Nesta)


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                                    Bindi Karia                                      Hugo de los Santos                                        Paul Miller

                       (Vice President, Accelerator,               (Director Wayra Global Business              (Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures)

                              Silicon Valley Bank)                           Acceleration, Telefónica)


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                                  Dilyan Dimitrov                                       Deborah Rippol                                          Alberto Onetti

               (Founder, Eleven Startup Accelerator)        (Director Europe, UP Global)              (Chairman, Mind the Birdge Foundation)


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                       Matthias Ummenhofer                                          Robin Wauters                                      Bogdan Iordache

                       (Head Venture Capital,                                 (Founding Editor, Tech.eu)                       (Co-founder, How to Web 

                European Investment Fund)                                                                                                  & TechHub Bucharest)


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                              Sean Kane                                                   Jed Christiansen                                      Ivan Brezak Brkan          

                         (Co-founder, F6S)                                           (Founder, Seed-DB)                        (Founder & CEO, Netokracija)


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                             Sitar Teli                                                         Juho Kokkola                                          Rob Fitzpatrick

                      (Managing Partner,                                         (CEO, Startup Sauna)                       (Co-founder, Founder Centric)

                        Connect Ventures)


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                          Gustavo Vinacua                                            Alan Clayton                                               Jakob Pranter

               (Innovation Center Director, BBVA)             (Business Coach, SOS Ventures)            (Program Operations and Development,

                                                                                                                                                               ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator)

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                           Alex Barrera                                               Jeff Lynn                                                     Miguel Angel L. Trujillo

                        (Editor, Tech.eu)                                      (CEO, Seedrs)                                      (Country Manager Spain, FundedByMe)



                            Philippe Gluntz


                      Business Angels Europe)


Video recording of the conference:

Video markers:

0:00:00 Welcome by Alex Barrera

0:01:25 Into speech - Gustavo Vinacua (BBVA Innovation Center)

0:09:05 Panel: On the European accelerator ecosystem

0:47:00 Discussion and Q&A with David Cohen (via conference call)

1:14:30 Panel: Research & Evaluation showcase

1:43:50 Panel: Financing accelerators

2:15:17 Panel: How to work with corporations

2:43:00 Panel: Plugging the gap

3:13:40 Panel: Financing startups

3:46:30 Presentation and Q&A: European Commission future initiatives

4:13:18 Closing Q&A: What have we learned?

Event agenda:


10:00 - 10:45 Registration & Welcome coffee


10:45 - 11:00 Intro speech w. Gustavo Vinacua (BBVA Innovation Center Director)


11:00 - 11:30 Panel: On the European accelerator ecosystem


During the last years, the European startup ecosystem has been in constant growth. We’ll have a chat with some of Europe’s longest established accelerators about their experience along the way: lessons learned, accelerator business models, programme structure, relationships with the stakeholders, current trends and predictions for the future.


Speakers: Robin Wauters (Tech.eu) - moderator, Jon Bradford (TechStars) - replaced by Bindi Karia (Silicon Valley Bank), Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp), Andrew Shannon (Startup Bootcamp)


11:30 - 12:00 Discussion and Q&A - The mentor-driven accelerator model


Speaker: David Cohen (TechStars) - via online conference call w. Bogdan Iordache (How to Web) - moderator


12:00 - 12:30 Research and evaluation showcase


Measuring impact is a very important part of our work, but knowing what to measure and how is not an easy task. This session will provide an overview on some of the research happening in the space.


Speakers: Robin Wauters (Tech.eu) - moderator, Jed Christiansen (Seed-DB), Jessica Stacey (Nesta), Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp)


12:30 - 13:00 Panel: Financing accelerators


European accelerators are based on very similar funding and revenue models. In this panel, we’ll have a look at the established models and discuss alternative opportunities, such as engaging new types of investors and public finance sectors.


Speakers: Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp) - moderator, Bindi Karia (Silicon Valley Bank), Matthias Ummenhofer (EIF), Alan Clayton (SOS Ventures), Paul Miller (Bethnal Green Ventures), Jeff Lynn (Seedrs)


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30 Panel: How to work with corporations


We see a rise in corporations’ interest towards supporting and engaging with startups. From those who launch and support their own accelerator networks, to those who support specific vertical cohorts of self-established accelerators. This panel will debate subjects like: what makes a successful corporate programme; how do you foster relationships with corporations; how do you balance the interests of the startups with the interests of the corporate.


Speakers: Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija) - moderator, Alberto Onetti (Mind the Bridge), Hugo de los Santos (Wayra – Telefonica), Jakob Pranter (ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator)


14:30 - 15:00 Panel: Plugging the gap


With the increasing number of accelerators starting up in Europe, where are the support gaps? Accelerators don’t operate in isolation. How can they work with other programmes / support initiatives to create a healthy startup ecosystem? We’ll have a talk about the role of hack weekends, pre-accelerator programmes, co-working spaces and startup communities.


Speakers: Ivan Brezak Brkan (Netokracija) - moderator, Deborah Rippol (UP Global & Startup Weekend) - replaced by Franziska Becker (UP Global @ Startup Weekend)), Bogdan Iordache (How to Web & TechHub Bucharest), Juho Kokkola (Startup Sauna), Rob Fitzpatrick (FounderCentric)


15:00 - 15:30 Panel: Financing startups


After graduating from an accelerator, startups almost always start looking for further funding. What kind of support do they need and how can accelerators work with other stakeholders to help startups achieve their funding goals?


Speakers: Alex Barrera (Tech.eu) - moderator, Dilyan Dimitrov (Eleven Startup Accelerator), Miguel Angel Lopez Trujillo (FundedByMe), Sitar Teli (ConnectVentures), Sean Kane (F6S), Philippe Gluntz (Business Angels Europe)


15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 - 16:30 Presentation and Q&A: European Commission future initiatives


The European Commission and its Startup Europe initiative play a key role in strengthening the environment for entrepreneurs in the EU. In this session, we’ll learn more about the European Commission’s upcoming initiatives to support the European accelerators ecosystem, and as well as find out more about working with the EU and applying for future programmes.

Speaker: Isidro Laso (European Commission)


16:30 - 17:00 Closing Q&A: What have we learned?


A quick overview of the day’s hot topics and a final Q&A with key speakers of the day.  


17:00 - 18:00 Networking over a glass of wine





BBVA Innovation Centre - Plaza de Santa Bárbara 2, 28004 Madrid, Spain



If you have any questions, please contact the Accelerator Assembly team here.