Between the 6th and the 13th of February, the founders of eight European startups are immersed in a week filled with meetings and talks with some of the most influential companies in Silicon Valley, thanks to this year’s edition of HandsOn Startup Tour.
Rodrigo Barros & HandsOn Startup Tour
The event was created by entrepreneur Rodrigo Barros, founder and CEO of HandsOn.TV.
With several years of experience as an entrepreneur and having participated in a number of startup-related events, Rodrigo realized that people could only really keep focused on presentations for about two minutes.
This made him come up with a new, more dynamic event, where people would only have ninety seconds to pitch their startup. That’s how the HandsOn Startup Tour was born.
The first edition of this new startup competition happened in 2014, taking place in four countries in Europe.
In 2015, hundreds of startups applied for a chance to participate in HandsOn Startup Tour’s local sessions in eight European countries. Sixty-eight were chosen for a live pitch before a jury and sixteen moved on to the finals in Paris, from which eight emerged as winners.
The Barcelona Startups
Founded in Barcelona in 2013, Signaturit offers software that provides an easy and secure way to sign documents from mobile devices. Already being used by companies in forty different countries, Signaturit streamlines the signing process without having to download additional applications or having to visit third-party websites.
The process is actually quite simple. The user sends an e-mail with the document it needs to have signed, adding signature.it to the address, like this: Michael@gmail.com.signatur.it.
The receiver opens the e-mail and presses the Open Document button. A signing pad will appear, allowing the receiver to add his signature to the document.
The receiver sends the e-mail back and the process is completed.
Created in Barcelona in 2014, TutoTOONS is a free platform, a drag & drop mobile game builder that allows artists to create mobile games for kids.
Developed for all those who enjoy being creative and playing games, TutoTOONS is an easy to use platform that doesn’t require any knowledge of programming. That is one of TutoTOONS main selling points – anyone can use it, creating their own game, publishing and even making money off of it!
Over 150 games have been created using TutoTOONS mobile builder, some of which made it to the top app stores, becoming highly successful.
An exciting week in Silicon Valley
The week kicks off on Saturday, with a visit to the exciting San Francisco Super Bowl City and a talk with Martin Spier, CTO of HandsOn.Tv and engineer at NetFlix, about the product development process.
The next day, the winners will meet with Archie Japaridze from Singularity University to talk about education, innovation, drones and 3D printing; Kayvan Baroumand from Global Tech Venture to talk about global entrepreneurship and fundraising; and Movil USA’s Eduardo Henrique to talk about company establishment in Silicon Valley, growth, business models and pricing.
Tuesday’s speakers will be Tim Draper from Draper Associates and DFJ, Joshua Zerkel from Worldwide Account Management and Training, Michael Torosian from DLA Piper, and Wedge Martin from GeoPapyrus.
Wednesday is a day for meetings with members of GSV Labs, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, Hubspot and Facebook to talk about topics like incubation, acceleration, fund raising, entrepreneurship, engineering, culture and strategy.
Jay Adelson, Bastien Vidal, Morgan Denis, and Todd Yellin will be some of the speakers for Thursday, representing companies like NetFlix, Partech Ventures, Founder Studio and Equinix.
The immersion week will end on Friday the 12th with meetings with directors of Google and Hewlett-Packard and a visit to the Computer History Museum.