BootUP was honored to welcome 24 startup entrepreneurs from Sweden recently. These 6 teams, comprised of 4 people each, were awarded a trip to Silicon Valley for winning a prestigious Swedish startup competition.
Their visit consisted of discussions and a taste of what a 30 second pitch workshop with BootUP’s CEO and founder, Mukul Agarwal, is like. Annika Steiber, Menlo College professor and Founder and CEO of the Swedish company A.S. Management Insights, brought the startups from her home country to BootUP. Kelly Davis, Menlo College’s Assistant Director of Career Services and Study Abroad program, spoke about how the college collaborates internationally and options foreign students have to continue their education in the Silicon Valley. BootUP Ventures Vice President, Eric Malis, gave an overview of BootUP and the various programs BootUP offers for startup companies. One of the most popular workshops at BootUP is the Startup Bootcamp, a one week course where 10 startups are given the opportunity to spend an intensive week, meeting some of the brightest and most talented mentors across Silicon Valley in small groups and one-on-one sessions. The workshop focuses on mindset, model and messaging where these startups are able to network, strategize, transform business models and improve pitching skills. Mukul Agarwal explained the pitching culture in the Silicon Valley, discussing the art of the 30 second pitch. The Swedish startups were then able to practice this first hand, with Mukul providing positive feedback as well as constructive criticism to help enhance and better their pitching skills. BootUP and their Swedish guests are continuing the dialogue and network building – BootUP looks forward to staying in touch and to having the participants back as part of our Startup Bootcamp!