Last week, I attended the monthly March Apero Entrepreneur at the Wayra Academy the O2/Telefonica-sponsored incubator.
Should you not have heard anything about Wayra here is a brief description: the Tottenham Court Road space houses 16 new start-ups which are picked from a pool of over 1,000 applicants. Wayra opened their 1st incubator/accelerator in the UK in 2012 and has 10 existing spots in South America and Spain.
The Huffington Post says “From a social network to store and timeline your memories, to a tool aiming to replace passwords with pictures, the London hub looks set to become yet another centre of invention in the already growing start-up community”
The lucky few (for a full list, click here) receive up to 50,000 euros in investment and an office for the following 9 months, whilst Wayra takes a 10% stake in each business.
BUT back to the networking event! The guest speaker was French entrepreneur Julien Callède – cofounder and COO of made.com – who gave us a better insight of his experience, how he set the business up, the problems he faced in the past and the issues arising after 3 years of existence.
After his presentation, 6 entrepreneurs delivered short-pitches followed by Q&A. Then, networking resumed around drinks.
The pitchers were:
Emily Mackay, of Crowdsurfer.co
Elco Jol, of Melba.co
Drummond Gilbert, of goCarShare.com
James Robinson, of OpenSignal.com
Juan Guerra, of StudentFunder.com
Vanina Schick, of BlaBlaCar.com
Wayra’s UK page: http://uk.wayra.org/
For further information you can read 2 articles on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/01/uk-based-tech-accelerator-wayra-london_n_1562686.html and about Boris Jonhson’s visit http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/29/boris-johnson-pitches-three-apps-wayra_n_1636758.html