Meet the 5 Winners of LinktoStart 2014

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Yesterday, the Inlea Foundation, following a jury-based elimination evaluation, saw 5 of its remaining startups crowned winners of its 6th annual linktoStart program. The program began on January with 29 technology-based business ideas from all around Spain. Only 8 reached July to present in front of the final jury. Those received online and in person training, as well as … [Read more...]

Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Quipu (@getquipu)

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I don't know about you but I’d rather be tied in chains and roaming the lands of Hades than taking care of our accounting. I tried, I failed and I don't want to do it again. Hearing the words "IVA", "Social Security" or "IRPF" is enough to set me off. It’s pure evil I tell you. Not so long ago, I met a group of people who share my same views on said subject matter. They are … [Read more...]

Why Tel Aviv Is A Great Place For Barcelonians To Start-Up

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This is a guest post by Hanan Lavy, Director of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Tel Aviv. Prior to joining Microsoft, Hanan founded several startups and was the Director of Software R&D at Mercury (acquired by HP for $4.7B). Hanan is going to be speaking at a meetup in Barcelona on Friday at 2pm in Torres Diagonal Litoral, Carrer de Josep Pla, 2, Edificio B3, Planta 6 … [Read more...]

Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Mammoth Hunters (@MammothHunters1)

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I’ll admit that Mammoth Hunters is one of the odder names I’ve come across for a tech start up, but the founding team assures me that it perfectly conveys what they are trying to accomplish and embodies their spirit. It also works as a perfect starting point for the history behind the dream of three guys: Néstor, Xavi and Oriol. Oriol has a PhD in Molecular Biology and is an … [Read more...]

Barcelona Accelerator Conector Welcomes 15 New Startups Into The Program

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Barcelona Accelerator Conector has just selected the next 15 startups to enter into the mentoring program of training and advice. This will be the second class of startups for the newest Barcelona accelerator program, as the first four graduated in Conector's first Demo Day in May. Conector searches for the best projects in the mobile and Internet sectors, typically those less … [Read more...]

Better Know A Barcelona Startup: Agroptima (@Agroptima)

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The age-old agriculture industry has been seeing a lot of evolution in the past years with farmers leveraging the power of Big Data and Internet of Things, resulting in improved crop yields and a movement towards what is being coined as Precision Agriculture. With hefty acquisitions such as Climate Corp by Monsanto for nigh on a billion dollars, we are starting to seeing a … [Read more...]

Barcelona VC Active Venture Partners Injects €1M Into Madrid Startup Percentil

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The Barcelona venture capital firm Active Venture Partners has confirmed a €1.000.000 investment in the Madrid startup Percentil that brings the age-old trend of "hand-me-down" clothing to scale.  The platform is on pace for €800k in revenue for 2014 across Spain, Germany and France and will undoubtedly continue to expand operations throughout Europe. Active Venture Partners … [Read more...]

Teambox Founder Pablo Villalba’s New Startup 8fit Raises $200k

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If you’re anything like me, you want to work out, you want to be in shape, but you aren’t quite out of shape enough to convince yourself you need major lifestyle changes. After all, that bag of chips is right next to you, but the gym is so very far. People like us inspired Barcelona local Pablo Villalba’s mobile app, 8fit, which just raised $200,000 in seed funding from … [Read more...]

Meet The 10 Barcelona Startups That Pitched At Pirates On Shore

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World Cup be damned. Uruguay takes down England? No thanks. It was pitch night in Barcelona as Pirates on Shore arrived and friends from Wellington Partners, Nauta Capital and Active Venture Partners came out for the deal flow. Wayra Barcelona sponsored our shindig at the MediaTIC Cibernarium and the call went out for Barcelona’s best to test their merit. We were not … [Read more...]

Barcelona Startups Kigo and Hotel Ninjas Get Acquired On The Same Day

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Yesterday was payday in Barcelona for two homegrown startups in the fast-paced vacation rental and hotel management software space. The rumors were swirling two weeks ago of a Kigo acquisition by RealPage, the US software company that also recently snatched up Instamanager.  The announcement was made official yesterday when RealPages dropped $32 million to become the proud new … [Read more...]