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#metavallonUS2014 – The Silicon Valley Gateway to Startup Growth

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A stroll down Castro Street in downtown Mountain View and a stop at Red Rock café, only a few minutes walk from GooglePlex and LinkedIn HQ – this is just one of the numerous vibrant hangout places in Silicon Valley, that offer a completely relaxed atmosphere, fresh coffee, tasty food, and carefully curated music. Not surprisingly, it is the ideal place to mix and mingle with some of the world’s most engaging startup founders, tech enthusiasts, and hacking aficionados. Yes, this is the heart of Silicon Valley, the ultimate September destination for 5 Greek startup founders from The Accelerator.

Looking to hone their skills and meet some amazing people that will help them shape their businesses, our founders are about to immerse themselves in a community driven by inspiring projects, fast execution, and a global perspective!

A month full of new ideas and learnings

For a third consecutive year, Metavallon teams will visit startup hotspots in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Antonis Argyros of liateR, Ioannis Chatzigiannakis of Sensorflare, Yiannis Mavraganis of AfterSearch, John Pagonis and Maria Kolitsida of Missum are among our select participans in The Accelerator, Metavallon’s acceleration and investment program for early stage startups. As part of this program, they will now travel to Silicon Valley for one month with a sound and clear purpose: To become familiar with the vibrant startup community there, to engage with the mentality of genuine innovation, and to take part in important events. As part of their trip, they will also meet with foremost people (investors, experienced entrepreneurs, corporations) to discuss with and receive feedback from. In other words they will broaden their networks and strengthen their position and potential for growth.

“Ι am thrilled to be visiting Silicon Valley and diving in the ecosystem there. I know we have a lot to learn and I am really looking forward to the leap forward. I have made arrangements to meet with 8 investors and entrepreneurs willing to provide useful advice and feedback for my startups” said Antonis, founder of liateR.

A full agenda – Events, meetups, visits, pitching sessions

The highly innovative and hyper active entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley is definitely going to keep the teams busy throughout their visit there. So far the four Greek startups have confirmed their participation to 8 important events (TechCrunch Hackathon and Disrupt SF included), 9 meetups with investors and experienced entrepreneurs, and at least 6 visits to Silicon Valley and San Francisco hotspots such as Twitter HQ and Mozilla.

Ioannis, co-founder of Sensorflare, sees the unparalleled value in this mission: “The Internet of Things is receiving tremendous backing from VC funds – about 20% of the deals go to startups in the Silicon Valley. Going to Silicon Valley is of utmost importance for us. We will attend world class events and have meetings with leading IoT companies. Everyday we spend in the Bay Area will have a great impact on our efforts.”

According to John Pagonis, co-founder of Missum, “Travelling to Sillicon Valley is the rite of passage for every tech entrepreneur. We expect to return back stronger and wiser.”

Yannis Mavraganis from AfterSearch zooms in the opportunity of meeting amazing people: “I have already arranged to meet with some remarkable and very experienced entrepreneurs in SF. It is people who will inspire me and I know I will get unmatched feedback for AfterSearch”.

Metavallon Fellows trip to Silicon Valley in numbers:

  • 5 founders (Metavallon Fellows) from four startups
  • 27 days
  • 8+ events to attend
  • 6+ corporate visits
  • 10+ meetups and pitching sessions

Travel is a way to test our creative limits. It is joyful experience and when combined with the quest for insights and progress, it can be a truly phenomenal experience. As the Indian novelist once said: “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Follow this blog and our social media channels to stay up to date with the latest from the trip of our teams in Silicon Valley. #MetavallonUS2014

Wish to find out more about last year’s trip? Check out the storify “An aspiring entrepreneur’s visit to Silicon Valley”, and our relevant blogposts “Lessons from Silicon Valley – A mission of discovery and progress (Part 1 & Part 2).

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