Innovate! 2010 Europe has kicked off and Guidewire Group has started accepting applications from promising technology startups. On a rolling basis, Guidewire Group’s analysts – led by Chris Shipley – will review all applications for eligibility and will select the best ones as semifinalists.
Innovate! is a unique program dedicated to fostering relationships between local entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world and the global entrepreneurial ecosystem centered in Silicon Valley through in-person events and the annual Innovate! 100 list of top startups.
Innovate!’s mission is to identify and showcase the most promising early-stage startups across the globe, and to help dramatically accelerate those businesses by connecting them with world-class partners, investors and press.
Semifinalists will be invited to participate in one of the Innovate! 2010 Pitch Slams which will be held in over 10 cities throughout Europe and Israel in March 2010. Like the poetry slams by which they’re inspired, the Pitch Slams will provide entrepreneurs with valuable feedback from their peers and a panel of expert judges.
Using Guidewire Group’s proprietary assessment framework, each Innovate! 2010 startup will be given a G Score that reflects its overall viability, and offers a detailed evaluation of its business and product execution strategies, team and business model. Participants will also be invited to take part in the Innovate! 2010 Silicon Valley tour, a weeklong trade mission featuring intensive mentoring workshops, private introductions and meetings, and exclusive visits to some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies.
The top-ranked companies will be named to Guidewire Group’s Innovate! 100 list of the most promising early-stage technology, media and telecom startups. Selection as one of theInnovate! 100 confers extraordinary endorsement, validation and promotion. Contact GuideWire Group to be informed when applications and nominations open.
My recent 15 hours of fame during the Eurotunnel debacle got me thinking about the nature of social media.
I am all about the democratization of the web. Always on the David side of any David & Goliath equation, I am delighted to see the little guy finally having his day. However, there is an inherent problem -- the tyranny of the formerly oppressed.
Say what you will, but the beauty of pokey traditional media was that there was a process in place, one that involved editing and fact checking, which meant that stories were presented without an editorial slant and containing verified facts. Now the most ill-informed rumor can spread like wildfire and even be picked up by traditional media, thus giving it an air of credibility and the status of truth. The citizen journalists -- us citizen journalists -- have no editor, no fact-checker, no filter.
I challenge us all to stick to these guidelines:
Be responsible: fact-check.
Be skeptical: are these trusted sources? Don't just report random crap from sites or people that you don't know (much harder now with the new re-tweet functionality on Twitter). Ask yourself: have you heard your information from more than one source?
Be objective: yes, yes, the nature of social media is subjective, but a subjective opinion can be presented in an objective manner.
Try to uphold journalistic integrity, even if you're not pulling down a journalist's pay. Yes, Leila, I hear you laughing.
what, we have not been eating our own dog food like we should have, and we are
'fessing up here & now. Instead of paying attention to our blog, we've
become enchanted with Twitter and have not been faithful bloggers like we
to go back to more than 140 characters, but we're making a commitment to do so.
And we're changing the nature of this blog: going forward, it's not a personal
tome authored by Colette but a collection of thoughts, rants and advice from
the whole Ballou PR team
Until we get fully back in the blogging saddle, follow us on Twitter (note,
French and English content):
Mini Seedcamp Paris aims to connect the region's start-up community with the wider European start-up scene.
We will be bringing together 20 of the region's best seed stage tech
start-ups with experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and developers
from both France and all over Europe to participate in a day of intense
mentoring, panel discussions and presentations at the super-cool
Microsoft Technology Center in Paris.
This year, Mini Seedcamp Paris is extending its search and inviting
fresh and fantastic talent from beyond France to include Spain and the
Benelux region. By doing so, we hope to unearth even more promising
start-up teams that are itching to break through the surface and build
a kick-ass business.
As a team in Mini Seedcamp Paris you will:
Get access to a world-class network of advisors to help you with every aspect of your business
Berecognisedas one of the 20 best start-ups of the region
We had the pleasure of hosting Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook last October, when came to Paris to introduce
himself to one of Facebook’s fastest growing communities -- that would be France. It was a bit of a media circus, as we were followed by France 2’s “Envoyé Special” all day long to get footage for their investigative piece on Facebook (aired Dec. 4th).
finished the day in the studios of Canal Plus where he was a special guest on one of France's most-watched shows, "Le Grand Journal -- and where he absolutely won the host and audience over. Never underestimate the power of a engaging spokesperson, even if they don't speak the language.