Every year, the German Startups Association (Bundesverband Deutsche Startups) takes a group of dynamic startup founders and entrepreneurs from Germany to Silicon Valley. This year, BootUP was thrilled to have the group visit us on their first full day of Silicon Valley immersion. BootUP CEO & Founder Mukul Agarwal’s inspirational perspective on entrepreneurship and innovation was a great way to round out an exhilarating day filled with new ideas and insights. When Mukul asked for volunteers to talk about their startup in about 30 seconds, a few brave souls rose to the task, despite first day jet lag. Why did we do this? Because in Silicon Valley, you never know whom you might meet on any given day. If you can’t crystallize the essence of who you are and what your startup is in a very succinct sentence or two, you might miss that golden opportunity. If you can intrigue your listener in 30 seconds, you will have their ear for longer than 5 minutes. In the end, it’s the messaging that counts – the right message – an amazing story. Want to know if your story works? Try giving your 30 second pitch to a child. If they get it, you are probably good to go!
BootUP Ventures wishes the German Silicon Valley week participants an amazing week in Silicon Valley, filled with great stories – about both their experiences and their startups! Thank you to the German Startup Association – Florian Noell, Sascha Schubert, Mirco Dragowski, and Nora Herzog – for bringing your group to BootUP Ventures! We look forward to seeing you next year on your next trip, at the latest!
Thank you to the group participants (in no particular order): eSports United; XINGMarketing Solutions GmbH; XING SE; Exporo AG; Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub; Policy Navigation; SPRT; Civey GmbH; Shop.co; Zentrales Institut fuer Scientific Entrepreneurship & International Transfer (ZIFET) an der Universitaet Koblenz-Landau; blink.it GmbH & Co KG; Winglfield GmbH; hannoverimpuls GmbH; B&S Media GmbH; MuffinFactory GmbH; GEO Gesellschaft; Institut fuer Umformtechnik und Umformmaschinen Leibniz Universitaet Hannover; Osborne Clark; GSG Berlin; Viderum; GETEC Energie Holding GmbH; smapOne AG; and sorglosinternet. We hope to see you back at BootUP Ventures in the near future – we would love to help with your story!