What it takes to be an entrepreneur…

May 03 2010

Last year, Grasshopper published an inspiring video in which they state that “entrepreneurs can be anyone… even you“. They talk about entrepreneurship spirit, about overcoming what we consider impossible…

Last week, Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake didn’t say a word about spirit and went directly into the education issue. She wrote a comment-baiting post suggesting that wanna-be entrepreneurs should “drop out of college. After all, she states, “Rob Kalin, Etsy’s founder, never finished college. Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey — the founders of Twitter — are not college graduates. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, is another dropout. And of course Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.”

Creativity expert Ken Robinson might explain it. He is convinced that “schools kill creativity”:

But does this mean being a drop-out is the best strategy? Chris Cameron doesn’t think so. He points out that “the best solution may be to attend college, learn the early basic lessons, gain access to resources Customized Inflatables and contacts, and begin the early stages of your company while still enrolled. Then, if the company takes off, leave school.”

Being an entrepreneur is about having attitude and the drive to succeed in business. Is it possible to learn this quality? Can thinkers and doers turn a great idea into a business plan?  HitBarcelona invites you to discuss this topic…


Commandments and networks for entrepreneurs

Oct 14 2009

With his 25-year experience in business innovation -experience he himself describes as full of ups and downs - investor and entrepreneur human sphere Guy Kawasaki just released a set of 10 commandments for entrepreneurs, an absolute must-read.

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Empresaemergente.com, a portal of articles about businesses, now features a compilation of entrepreneurs networks we believe worth sharing.

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GSMA Mobile Innovation EMEA Event at Hit Barcelona

Jun 04 2009

“This tournament will provide an invaluable opportunity for these companies to pitch new mobile technology, product, service and business propositions to senior executives within the mobile operator and venture capital communities”, Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer at the GSMA.

The GSMA announced the nominees for the EMEA Tournament of the 2010 Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition, along with a number of high-calibre industry executives who will speak at the upcoming GSMA Mobile Innovation EMEA Event, which is being held as part of the HiT Barcelona World Innovation Summit, in Barcelona, Spain, 18 – 19 June, 2009.

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The Mobile Innovation ‘Grand Prix’ was created by the GSMA as part of its Mobile Innovation initiative, with the primary goal of showcasing promising entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized companies who are introducing innovative products and services. During the EMEA event, ten companies from around the world will compete in five categories, reviewed by a panel comprised of senior inflatablesexecutives from mobile operators and venture capital firms. Two overall winners will win a trip to compete for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix Cup at the leading event for the mobile communications industry, the Mobile World Congress, in February 2010.

The ten nominees for the EMEA leg of the 2010 Mobile Innovation Grand Prix

Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service:

Solaiemes (Spain)
Multiplied Media (Canada)
Most Innovative Embedded Mobile or Device-centric Technology
Scalado (Sweden)
IDENT Technology (Germany)
Most Innovative Carrier Infrastructure or VAS Platform
AcCells (Israel)
Novarra (USA)
Most Innovative Enterprise Application or Service
DeviceAnywhere (USA)
Apisphere (USA)
Most Innovative Product Enabling a Greener World
GreenFire Technologies (USA)
Electro Power Systems (Italy)

As a category of the Global Mobile Awards, the Mobile Innovation ‘Grand Prix’ is a tournament-style competition across four regional events culminating at the 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress, and is designed specifically for small-to-medium companies seeking industry (operator/vendor/VC) support. Nominees will be invited to present their pitch to a global audience at Hit Barcelona’s Telecom Innovation Marketplace, that will also feature keynote speakers from top-tier companies such as Accenture, Visa, HTC Telefonica and Bebo.

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.


HiT Barcelona 2009: World meeting where innovation and investment meet

May 20 2009

HiT Barcelona will host the finals of the Global Entrepreneurship Competition, a pioneering initiative to promote great business ideas that will bring together entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

From the 17th to 19th June, the 28 best business plans developed by the most innovative companies in the world will compete for the necessary investment to develop and drive forward their businesses.  The 28 finalists will include the three Spanish winners of the La Caixa Emprendedor XX1 competition and the winner of the XV Forum d’Inversió organized by ACC1Ó.

A unique opportunity

The nominated business plans represent 24 countries and cover a wide variety of sectors including biotechnology, telecommunications, software, chemical, education, industrial design or finance.  The products and services that these companies are developing are extremely varied from institutional e-learning platforms, artificial skin for the treatment of burns or a laser or the treatment of cancer to a programme for managing solid urban waste via web-GPRS, an astronomy market that identifies celestial objects or a web to promote citizen journalism.

The World Nominating Committee lead by Professor Jerome S. Engel, Executive Director of the Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, includes representatives from 26 of the most prestigious ‘Entrepreneurship Centres’ (Business schools, incubators, technology parks and universities), such as MIT and Berkeley (who are collaborating together for the first time in history), Cambridge University Business School and INSEAD.
According to Jerry Engel:

this competition is a unique opportunity to bring together in Barcelona, the most innovative and strategic early stage companies from around the world.  We hope that the competition will assist these companies achieve success and become examples of innovation and business leadership for entrepreneurial companies in their countries, and that their success will serve as an inspiration for other organization to focus on obtaining the same or even greater levels of success.

A valuable selection

The 28 finalists of this International competition will have the opportunity to present their business projects to the investment community attending HiT Barcelona: private investors, business angels venture capital companies, private and public fund managers, family offices, business banks, etc.

They will be responsible for selecting the winners via an original voting system that will use HiT bank notes that all participating investors will receive at the meeting.

The participating projects will compete for:
­    A € 90,000 award divided into:
•    1st Prize of € 50,000
•    2nd Prize of € 20,000
•    3rd Prize of € 10,000
•    Best Presentation Award of € 5,000
•    Social Value Award of € 5,000
­    Opportunity to participate in entrepreneurial development programs organised by Barcelona Activa and 22@ Barcelona.

In addition, all finalists will be offered “HiT Barcelona” office space in the technological district of 22 @ Barcelona to set up the European headquarters for their company.

HiT Barcelona is an initiative of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council (via their Finance, Economy and Innovation Departments), the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and La Caixa.  It is organised by the Fira de Barcelona and the Barcelona Plà Estrategic. The first edition of the event is expected to bring to Barcelona over 2,500 business leaders from the 17th to the 19th of June 2009.