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European startup incubator Seedcamp is an early-stage micro seed investment and mentoring program that we’ve written about quite a few times at The Next Web. Seedcamp holds events throughout the year that help it to decide which startups to cultivate with investments and advice. In March, Seedcamp announced a partnership with Facebook that means Seedcamp startups receive product, technical, and design support as well as early access to beta products and programs on Facebook platform.
As it does each year, Dealmaker Media's Under the Radar conference , held April 28 in Mountain View, Calif., showcased some promising startup companies. Each of the 32 companies selected gets six minutes on stage (with a PowerPoint, SlideRocket , video or other presentation) to try to impress a group of skeptical venture capitalists looking for companies with good ideas and at least the potential for good execution. This year, some 300 companies competed to get into the final 32. The theme this time was "Consumerization of the Enterprise," reflecting the clear trend toward the use of consumer devices and cloud services in businesses.
We are only a few hours away from kicking off the second TechCrunch Disrupt conference here in San Francisco and we are thrilled to announce the 25 startups that were chosen out of nearly 1,000 applicants to pitch ideas and applications over the next few days. We will also hear pitches from the two StartupAlley companies that receive the most votes over the next two days. These startups will battle it out over three intense days, with one of these companies eventually taking home $50,000 and the official Disrupt trophy.