Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Monthly Wrap, a newsletter telling you all you need to know about the startup scene here in Barcelona.
After a torrent of funding deals for Barcelona startups last month it is no surprise that things have calmed down this month. Instead we have lots of news on new startups and amazing products. Companies featured include Treevo, Silicon Barri, Trip4Real and Wallapop as well as the next startup jobs fair by our good friends Jobfluent.
We rely on the startup community for leads and updates so if you hear of anything that should be included in next months edition then drop us a line: email@example.com
We are especially interested in stories about people in the scene here - things like new hires and so on - share your good news with the community!
Treeveo trends upward with 150K€ “All Saints” round
Wayra 2013 startup Treeveo has raised 150K€ to tackle project management from a graph perspective. Treeveo are bizdev/coders Jeroen Kemperman and Paulo Martins. According to Kemperman, the syndicated angel round includes local celebrity Risto Mejide and early Teambox investor 101 Startups. This type of round (dubbed “All Saints”) is very common abroad and will surely become more common in Barcelona as our ecosystem grows
Rumors on the foreign exchange
We don’t normally publish rumors but it is a sign of the profile that Kantox is gaining that the mere hint of them raising a round was worth an item on BankInnovation.net
Deals from earlier in 2013.
When we started this series of Monthly Wraps there were a few big deals from earlier in 2013 we wanted to highlight. We have previously featured Marfeel, 3scale and Medprive among others. We kept one of the best ones until last:
Fast growing Barcelona-based mobile games developer Akamon (who boast over 115 million users!) raised €2.8m to beef up its marketing, hire new people, and expand into new markets. The investors include Axon Partners Group and Bonsai Venture Capital. More info here.
ACCELERATORS, INCUBATORS and SIMILAR
MWC creates 4YFN? IMMD TTFN!
Just as we went were going to press we heard about the latest initiative from Mobile World Congress. 4YFN (4 Years From Now) is a 4-day event that takes place alongside MWC and offers startups a “wide program of conferences, workshops, pitches and expert meetings”. The early bird entry fee is €199 which includes a one-day pass into MWC! More info here.
Bank bu bery buch!
Banco Sabadell are talking serious cash with their new plan to invest up to a million euros a year in 10 high-potential startups. They have brought on Yolanda Pérez and Didac Lee to give the plan some high-profile credibility. You have until December 20 to submit your project. More info here. (Spanish) HT @JavierSantiso
A “Barri” good way to create new startups!
Its not an incubator but Silicon Barri will be worth keeping an eye on over the coming months. It is a Digital Startup Lab that aims to create Barcelona-based startups targeting the global Spanish speaking market using the Lean Startup Method. More info here.
ESADEGarage held their weekend long Startup Turbo event which brings together young people from different universities in order to develop ideas and connect visionaries with developers. The winner of the competition was Fast Aid. More info here.
Believe in your startup!
Creoenturoyecto.com is a a recently launched company hoping to help startups in the fundraising process. They are based in Barcelona and launched on Nov 4th. It’s a concept similar to crowdfunding, but contributors become actually co-owners of the company, although it can be a loan too. Focused on the Spanish startups it might just be the boost you have been looking for. More info here
NEW PRODUCTS / DEVELOPMENTS
Thank you for the Days!
We are big fans of Barcelona’s innovative home swapping startup Knok. They continue to disrupt the home-swapping industry with their latest innovation: Knok Days. Homeowners earn “days” when they let other users stay in their homes. They can then redeem these days by staying at other users’ homes. Home swapping just got flexible. More info here.
Teambox keep on rollin’!
Fresh from their recent round of fundraising, local legend-in-the-making Teambox has a new version out - its called Redbooth and you can see the intro video here.
API’s for all!
Not exactly a new product but 3scale’s Steve Willmott has co-launched the API Commons, a way for API’s and their associated specs, interfaces and data models to be shared creative commons style helping the sharing of API’s to be done free of mukey legal issues. More info here.
Now that’s a Partnership4Real!
Our friends at Barcinno have the latest on a great initiative from TNW @Barcelona winners Trip4Real. They have partnered with legendary chef Ferran Adria to find 1000 micro-entrepreneurs in the tourism and leisure sectors to get on the rapidly growing Trip4real platform and find a new way to fund their passion. More info here. Oh - and Trip4Real also won the Urban Lab Competition at the Smart City Expo!
Share your talent with Bloomfits
Did you ever want to borrow some travel guide just for a weekend trip, or ask a favour from someone to pick up your children from school? Bloomfits is a smartphone app where goods, talents and services are shared among chosen circles of friends and family. The system works strictly on the basis of favours, with no obligation to return them. Thumbs up for this ‘sharing is caring’ idea!
Wallapop to sell your stuff
For anyone with a slightly more commercial purpose, Wallapop's app might be the right market place to sell anything you do not need anymore, or to bid for any desired goods. The key is that users see a selection of second-hand products nearby.
Timeless and Priceless!
Your humble narrator is always on the lookout for technology to impress his special lady and thanks to Barcelona’s own Honest and Smile, he might be on to a winner. Their Indiegogo project, Timeless Box lets you store a gift in a locked metal box which opens automatically on a preset day. Never get in trouble for missing an anniversary again! More info here.
Heard of a new startup that deserves a mention? email firstname.lastname@example.org
PEOPLE AND MEDIA
A bit quiet on this front too but we did spot this great bit of coverage on the BBC for Natural Machines, the food printing company! In the last Monthly Wrap we featured the piece they had in the Wall Street Journal - really excellent PR work guys!
Knok are looking for a Content Researcher and Curator
Some of the hot job postings on Jobfluent.com include:
Typeform are looking for a Frontend Engineer
Ofertia are looking for a Head of SEO
Don’t forget that Jobfluent will be hosting their 4th Startup Fair on December 4th partnering with Mobile World Congress and Barcelona Activa. All of the hottest startups in the city will be there looking for talent! More info here.
The Monthly Wrap
Edition 1 - September featuring Marfeel, Typeform, 3scale and Similify, among others!
Edition 2 - October featuring Teambox, Restalo, Passwordbank, Scytl and many more!
The Monthly Wrap is brought to you by Barcelona IO and is written by @QuinnDonal