The Startup Next Program came to an end last Friday, Dec 12 with the concluding Demo Day. The 6 startups participating pitched at the Mobile World Centre in front of an audience formed by itnig’s investors, local business angels, entrepreneurs and other curious minds involved with Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem .

The Demo Day was the final step after 5 intensive mentoring sessions, where teams found their way to product/market fit and received tips & tricks on how to talk and convince investors. The winners, Foot Analytics, WeFitter and UpVideo were the most investment-ready teams, those who had the most scalable products and those who demonstrated the highest commitment to improve their product during the whole program.

The three startups from Barcelona are eligible to win a trip to Silicon Valley. Of course they are not the only eligible ones: this Fall the program has taken place in 15 cities with 102 participating startups. Every city will nominate 2 startups, but only 15 of the 30 nominated ones will get the chance to travel to the Valley.

The program is an initiative of Up Global, and it will be their judges who decide which of the nominated startups are the winners of the trip to Silicon Valley, which will take place early next year.

This is the 2nd edition of the Startup Next program that has been voluntarily organized by itnig. The program wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support of well known community members who have contributed as speakers and mentors throughout both editions.

At the beginning running a startup is difficult, there are many decisions to make and many possible directions to go in and in most cases the entrepreneurs lack the mindset, the skills and the tools to narrow the options and pin down their business models. We organised this program to help startups who are maturing, but not yet ready to convince investors nor accelerators to come onboard.

We know there are lots of entrepreneurs in Barcelona engaged in good projects and have the right attitude and determination to make them grow. This is why we believe in the contribution that this program is making to the startup community in Barcelona, and we are happy to help running it in our offices.

It is also very rewarding to see how the teams take advantage of every session and how the mentors also find it fulfilling and a very tangible way to give back to the community.

It is not defined yet when the next edition — Spring 2015 — will take place. But we will keep you informed. We will also let you know if Foot Analytics, WeFitter or UpVideo (or all three!) cross the Atlantic next year.

> Find here all the info about the Startup Next Fall Edition 2014
> Find here all the info about the Startup Next Spring Edition 2014

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WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A COWORKING SPACE FOR YOUR STARTUP

Your home office or a coffee shop won’t be enough!

Yes, we all know the tale about the guy who starts a small company in their garage or basement, has a brilliant idea and becomes the next Steve Jobs. It’s true, most successes have very humble beginnings. It’s also true that not all garage or basements are going to magically get you a successful business. They might work in the very (veeeery) early stages of your startup, but you can’t always meet a client at coffee shops, not to say your basement. 

A great, if not the best, solution is to find a coworking space. Coworking spaces have become very popular all over the world, either for freelancers or entrepreneurs and startups. 

Coworking spaces are not just big rooms with desks and chairs with high-speed wifi. The areas are made to be exciting places to work and improve your productivity.

As a startup, you need to find resources fast and affordably. More importantly, you’ll need motivation. This is why you should consider a coworking space. 

Here are some basic but amazing benefits from coworking spaces:

  1. Community

Joining a coworking means joining a community.  Being surrounded by other entrepreneurs, freelancers and talented independent people is without doubt a one of the best features of a coworking.

Motivation is key when starting a new project and trying to develop your own business. The road will get though and you’ll appreciate other entrepreneurs’ vision and support! Other workers’ feedback can be very useful to improve your service/product before trying to sell it to the world. 

  1. Networking, networking and…networking!

As a startup, you’ll be looking for networking opportunities. Most coworkings host professionals from different kind of industries, which can open up many doors for you and your business. Not all coworking spaces are about networking, some of them prefer to have a quiet individual work environment, so as a startup you have to make sure to choose a coworking with networking opportunities.

At Itnig, for example, we love to share ideas and support other entrepreneurs. Don’t be shy, some of the other coworking tenants can bring great business opportunities, or even become new clients (and friends)! 

  1. Budgetfriendly

As entrepreneurs (or people for that matter) it’s very important to understand the importance of money, more specifically: budget. Tight budgets call for smart spending. Coworkings are usually budget friendly, most of them offer different membership options depending on your startup’s needs and budget.

  1. Amenities 

A coworking provides you with everything needed to be as productive as possible. High speed internet connection, printers, conference rooms and COFFEE. Some coworkings even plan afterwork activities and events to make it all more fun! As a startup, a coworking space is your best chance at having all the basic amenities but also the fun ones, like a ping pong table or a nice chill out terrace. 

  1. Happy clients

As you grow and have more clients, it can get messy if you keep meeting them in coffee shops. Coworking spaces offer office services such as conference rooms. That way your meetings will be more professional and comfortable for everyone. 

Barcelona is a city full of coworkings of every kind! Our Itnig community keeps growing, we now have up to 20 startups such as Andjoy, Classlife, Factorial and Freeverse, all under the same roof. We have afterwork activities and we also plan different kinds of events open to anyone interested in marketing, tech stuff, entrepreneurship and design. Our space is about 2.100m2 with up to 800m2 of conference rooms, events space, ping pong and fun activities. 

There’s also  wifi, endless coffee and talented people. Join us!