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Archive for November, 2009

SuperStartup, Dave Cohen and Kevin Mann

IMG_0022On Friday 20th November we hosted SuperStartup in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Forum. We were very lucky to get David Cohen from Techstars and Kevin Mann from Take Publishing to tell us their stories.

TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage investment fund from Boulder in Colorado. It takes 10 companies a year along an accelerated process of business development with very high quality mentoring at its heart. Dave gave a passionate presentation where he described his motivation for setting up the organization and how it has changed the lives of the staff in the 39 companies that have take part.




After some beer and nibbles we then heard from Kevin Mann from Take Publishing. Take Publishing is the first non US based company to be accepted into the Techstars program. Kevin described how he got involved in the program, how it worked and more importantly his recent success as a direct result of the high quality mentoring that he received. Kevin and his team are working on their BETA release in January 2010.




David and Kevin were also interviewed by the team at Bdaily. You can see the video here:


We were very grateful to Newcastle University and The Culture Lab for sponsoring the event. We are also grateful to the Entrepreneurs Forum for recording the videos.