Its been about six months since Alex Farcet and myself held a Skype conference after connecting through Twitter to share our experience with Tetuan Valley. That conversation led to my collaboration as mentor in Startup Bootcamp and the launch of United Accelerators as a forum for Seed capital programmes to connect and share experiences, group which Techstars and Seedcamp joined within a week and now includes Bucharest Hubb (Bucharest, Romania), Maverick Seed Capital (Lisbon, Portugal), Seed Accelerator (Sydney & Singapore, Australia and Asia), Techwildcatters (Dallas, U.S.A.) and The Difference Engine (U.K.),
Recently, Startup Bootcamp has set new standards for exchanging best practices by becoming the first Techstars Global Affiliate. And when a few weeks back we were offered to participate in their new fund it was time for the team at Okuri Ventures to reflect on the whether international borders are just lines on a 2D map and seriously consider our first international transaction... even though we had never shacked hands with the team in Copenhagen and have only been running our Tetuan Valley program for 2 editions. As every entrepreneur knows, incentives push us out of our comfort zones and launching a venture is closer to a journey than to a destination. Not to mention we feel a lot closer to their crew than to millions of people around the block which live on another plane of existance.
So if you are a startup somewhere in Europe that could benefit from being part of the first batch of the first Techstars Global Affiliate and believe Denmark is out of your way you might be waisting the opportunity of a lifetime. I lived there over a decade ago and must admit its cold and dark during the Winter, but 10 lucky teams are going to experience the Spring of their lives. Check out the details right now because deadline for applications is June 30th