I’m trying to get around Europe this summer to meet startups. Tomorrow I am at Startup2.eu, a new competition for European tech startups. I’ll be on the jury during the day and in the evening we’re throwing a TechCrunch meetup on the cool terrace bar of local boutique hotel Granados 83. There are a growing number of startups in Barcelona, attracted by the lifestyle and the more reasonable office rents, as well as an international talent pool. If you would like to sponsor the event, and be promoted on TechCrunch as a sponsor, then please contact me ASAP.
And I’m delighted to say we have two key sponsors already, listed below. (Nuroa has been very helpful booking the venue):
nuroa is a property search engine operates in Spain and Germany. Users can find property ads from disparate websites in one location, where they can also review supplemental information such as video guides, relevant background information on neighborhoods, real estate blogs, etc. It’s run by migoa (Goa Internet Services), a Barcelona-based start-up founded by Gary Stewart and Oriol Blasco. Current angel investors include Albert Armengol (founder of eConozco, a Spanish business networking site later acquired by Xing), Dennis Bemmann (co-founder of StudiVZ, Germany’s largest social networking site, which was sold to Holtzbrinck Ventures for upwards of €50 million) and Didac Giribets (a local Catalan investor). The Company is in the process of closing its Series A round. Migoa has been consistently regarded as one of Europe’s most innovative companies in conferences such as Innovate Europe, Red Herring and Essential Web. The team’s 18 employees hail from 11 different countries.
Highgrowth Partners is an independent financial company that invests in innovative companies with growth potential and offers them support, advice and guidance. Founded in 2001, the Barcelona-based company seeks to invest between €0,3 and €3 million per portfolio company. Past investments include Archivel Farma, Baolab Microsystems, Futurlink, NTR Global, Solostocks and VozTelecom. Complementing the company’s venture capital activity, Highgrowth also places its experience in finance at the disposal of its clients, providing advice on key matters such as the purchase and sale of companies, feasibility studies for investment projects, diagnoses of the most suitable financial structures, design and management of financing schemes for investment projects.