We had a breadth of applications from different regions and we will continue to encourage more cross-regional participation. There was a lot of focus on business models and sectors where “how you’ll make money” was straightforward and prominent. There were several Ideas in shopping, gaming, solutions for SMEs, and even some for social bookmarking. Once again there are only 20 spots, so we pored over the applications carefully and selected the ones where we see a lot of market potential and where we could get a good understanding of a team’s background.
For future applicants, we would strongly recommend that you spend a good amount of time filling out the application comprehensively so that you can communicate with us as clearly as possible the critical strengths of your team and idea.
Here are some of the teams de jour chosen so far:
3rd Eye Solutions Ltd – iDesktop.TV
ADN: Mobile – iFrame
Art and You
rtgi – linkfluence
Along with our own Saul Klein, teams will be engaging with esteemed mentors from MSFT and Sun to the founder of Kelkoo, Remy Amouroux and Brad Gillespie, Advisor & Board Member at various early-stage technology ventures, along with 50 other top industry movers and shakers including VC’s, Investors and product specialists. A few notables are:
Mike Butcher, TechCrunch
Alain Caffi, Founder & General Partner, Ventech
Philippe Herbert, Partner, Banexi Ventures
Xavier Lazarus, Partner, Elaiaa
Marc Menase, Co-founder of Nextedia and Business Angel
Andreas Schlenker and Philippe Colombel, Partech International
We look forward to coming back to Paris and the MSFT centre to check out the fresh web-tech talent, mingle with the some old friends and make new ones over a glass or two of vin rouge.