Wow, a week since the Startupbootcamp FinTech DemoDay and it still feels like a dream: you work towards a grand goal for 10 months and then it is over in a matter of hours. Or is it?
People have been asking: Are you happy? How did it go? Was it a success? Very different questions. Please allow me to take a moment to look back on my quest for these answers…
When Carsten, Markus and myself set out to create a new FinTech accelerator in London we did this for very specific reasons: we wanted bring the Startupbootcamp model into the FinTech world (working with multiple relevant industry partners, driven by the aim to help entrepreneurs succeed), we looked to attract the best startups from around the world and from a very broad definition of FinTech and to create an innovation program that understands the financial industry as much as the startup world. At the same time we felt the need for somebody who is the voice of the FinTech entrepreneur in the debate around the evolution of the financial industry.
So we had to do a few things differently: we looked at the way we attract startups, our approach to engaging and managing our mentor community and how we execute the program. And in the spirit of being a startup ourselves, we experimented with many things with Demo Day possibly being the most daring of our experiments.
— ekaterina ostankova (@e_ostankova) November 12, 2014
— Startupbootcamp (@Sbootcamp) November 12, 2014
— Stuart Hillston (@IPinvestor) November 12, 2014
#sbcdemoday so the deal today is instead of a boring demo format we are getting 1 min demos then real chats with whoever caught your eye
— Duena Blomstrom (@DuenaBlomstrom) November 12, 2014
— Nicolaas Viljoen (@NicolaasViljoen) November 12, 2014
— Raph Crouan (@raphntwit) November 12, 2014
— Stewart Bewley (@amplifycoach) November 12, 2014
Success is also facilitating the links between financial institutions who understand how to work with startups and the importance of engaging with them in a way the benefits both sides!
-Nektarios Liolios, Co-founder Startupbootcamp FinTech