By Stewart Townsend on Feb 10, 2009
I had the honour of attending and supporting webmission last year, and it was just a phenomenal event and week, that it blew me away in the energy and passion that James and Oli drove for these startups, I have also had the pleasure of seeing the partnerships and relationships between the companies reap rewards over the year, with Huddle demonstrating the reward of attending by gaining a global partneship with linkedin.
So not long till the next webmission and the deadline is closing, so what is happening this year then ?
Web Mission 09 Now Open for Entrants!
March 28 - April 3 2009, San Francisco
Web Mission 09 is open for entrants! Last year we took 20 UK Web 2.0 companies to San Francisco to explore new opportunities for growth with key people in Silicon Valley. In 2009 we’re following the same format but with one key difference, in 2009 we’re particularly interested in Enterprise 2.0 companies. Enterprise 2.0 covers companies which are offering web 2.0 tools and applications for use in business environments. Also known as enterprise social software, it covers technologies that enable users in the enterprise to share and collaborate within their networks.
The trip itself will be a blend of organised activities from a casual brunch with US Enterprise Web entrepreneurs through to a formal drinks reception at the UK Consul General’s private residence. There’ll be a day of Tech Corporate engagement, involving Oracle and a number of other well-known industry leaders, and a VC and press pitching day hosted by Orrick. There’ll be support to broker and set up a multitude of business-critical one-to-one meetings and opportunities to visit companies in Silicon Valley, from start ups to high growth success stories. It is designed to coincide with Web2.0Expo, so there will be time to drop into that, meet more of the press, and do more business. We’re formalising this year’s agenda now - as an indication, an outline of last year’s agenda can be found on the website.
The application process is open to companies all over the UK and – hot off the press – the closing date for applications has been extended for a week to midday on Wednesday 11 February. The entries will be filtered by UKTI, and individuals who have agreed to feed into that process include Mike Butcher from TechCrunch, David Rajan from Oracle, Chris Grew from Orrick, Dr Zoe Lock from Technology Strategy Board and entrepreneur Doug Richard. They will be looking at the organisation’s market potential, technology, traction, go to market strategy, management team and commercial viability.
Here’s what some of WebMission’s supporters said last year:
“The Web Mission represents an amazing opportunity for the best of
entrepreneurial UK talent to visit Silicon Valley, and learn for
themselves the differences that make the US a breeding ground for
innovation and more importantly successful execution of ideas. With a
spark of inspiration the UK has every opportunity to replicate that
success on UK soil.”
Michael Birch, founder, Bebo
What the Web Mission provides:
- Facilitated meetings with key local investors
- The chance to attend Web 2.0 Expo
- Meet and mingle with key Silicon Valley movers and shakers relevant to your organisation and growth plans
- Discuss your business with leading journalists
- Spend quality time with like-minded people in the web scene
- Explore how to succeed in the US market
- Be an Enterprise 2.0 company. Enterprise 2.0 covers companies which are offering web 2.0 tools and applications for use in business environments. Also known as enterprise social software, it covers technologies that enable users in the enterprise to share and collaborate within their networks. Web Mission 09 is only considering companies which are clearly offering their services for use in a business environment
- Be innovative. As Tim O’Reilly says when he talks about Enterprise 2.0 to businesses, “turn your IT department inside out - or wait for some innovative startup to do it for you.”
- Be headquartered in the UK
- Have 2 years trading history, or failing that, compelling early-stage fast-track potential
- Able to provide references from key sponsors/industry players
- Able to demonstrate some commitment to sustainable business practices (eg, positive environmental, social or economic outputs)
- Be ready to do business in the US OR potentially attractive to US investor