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If you were another network, who would you be?

Oh, this is the business-analogy type of question? Ok, so think of Linkedin, AngelList and Mattermark on steroids having a threesome. Awesome, right?

So you're another social network?

Actually, no. We (help you) make money.

Who's behind this?

Founded by Javier Megias , CEO, and Nacho Ormeño , CTO, the guys who built spainstartupmap. Backed up by the powers-that-be and a group of minions... (coming soon)

Where does Startupxplore come from?

Once upon a time, there were two men who noticed that startups were complaining about not finding investors, and investors complaining about not finding the right startups. Ridiculous, right? These two men got together for a mission. Javier Megias and Nacho Ormeño created spainstartupmap, the first geolocated directory of Spanish startups, investors, accelerators and service providers. The map was the inception for the idea of a business model based on a more complex community of startups and investments. You know its name: Startupxplore.

Why did you create Startupxplore?

Because nowadays the startup ecosystem is dark and confusing, and that makes difficult for startups and investors to find each other and match. So we want to change the ecosystem, and turn this darkness in transparency. And because we can!

Why is Startupxplore in English?

Because first we are working to launch in other countries. And second, because although startups should escalate locally, they should envision a global approach. However, although we love English, we can’t deny our roots (great food, great weather and a great charming accent when we talk in English) so we will launch Startupxplore in Spanish soon.

What is the benefit for me?

Well, let’s be honest: Startupxplore is not a magic lamp, it’s a platform. Our main goal is to help connect the most important actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in a better way. In a meaningful relevant way for each startup and investor's need.

There are important benefits you’ll find on Startupxplore:

  • Ok, let’s get serious. A syndicate is a co-investing process for startups. It allows to a group of investors (bakers) to co-invest in a startup, with a notable investor. And Startupxplore takes a little commission from there.
  • You’ll take the advantage from a growing business intelligence tool. You’ll be able to follow startups and investors.
  • You’ll discover what’s going on in your market and industry
  • You’ll get visibility. All users, people looking on Google, startups, investors, tech media, etc will find your profile.

So you don’t have to rub it as the famous lamp, but update your profile as often as possible, and the magic will (hopefully) come.

Do I have to pay anything?

mmmm, no, you don’t. But we accept all kind of sweets and candies!

How do you make money?

Ah, that’s an easy one! We earn money with Syndicates. And what’s a Syndicate? Is the way we earn money, obvious! :- P

Ok, let’s get serious. A syndicate is a co-investing process for startups. It allows to a group of investors (bakers) to co-invest in a startup, with a notable investor. And Startupxplore takes a little commission from there.

And what’s the benefit of Syndicates?

  • For startups: Access to additional funds and faster rounds having just one interlocutor.
  • For the Notable Investor: Higher investment capacity and higher return
  • For the investors backers: Better dealflow and learning from an experienced investor

Sounds pretty cool, uhm?

Do you supervise sign ups?

Yes. When you sign in, our curators will review your profile, to make sure that you are a real person, with a real startup, and not an alien or something. We also make sure that if you have a startup, you haven’t created a service provider profile, for example. But you don’t have to worry about that, if you have the wrong profile, we’ll fix it for you!

Can I create an event in Startupxplore?

At the moment users can’t create events, but if you have an awesome event you want to tell the world about through Startupxplore, you can use the form included in the events section or send the information to events(at)startupxplore.com and our curator will update it for you.

We'll let you know when new features like this are ready. Actually we'll tell first to our most active and loyal users!

I love Startupxplore and I want to propose a feature that will make me love it even more.

Really?? You made our day!! Please, send us an email to info(at)startupxplore.com and tell us about that awesome proposal, we’ll be really happy to hear!

I’M A STARTUP

What is a startup?

It may seem obvious, but just to make it clear from the beginning. A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or to take venture funding, or to have some sort of “exit”. The only essential thing is growth. Growth, growth and growth!

Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth Ver Startup definition at wikipedia ...so if you work on services or consulting you are NOT a startup, but don’t worry! You can also be a part of Startupxplore as a service provider. Our curator will take a look at every case, and will help to filter the different types of companies.

What type of user should I choose when signing up on Startupxplore? Startup? Investor? Provider?

If you are a person, you should have a personal profile. Then you can create a profile for your startup, and link your personal profile to it. Sounds obvious? It is, but just think that some people still have personal profiles for their company on Facebook and that's not the way we want it. So every user on Startupxplore has a profile, and every user can add an organization (startup, accelerator, VC firm) if s/he wants.

But don’t worry, the signin process is curated by our team members, so we will make sure that everything is correct! And if you have any question about it, or we have any question about your profile, we’ll get in touch via info(at)startupxplore.com

What is the benefit for my startup?

We’re happy you ask this question! There are four main benefits you will get from Startupxplore:

  • Opportunities. Access to investors all around Europe. You’ll be able to contact investors, and to know which their investment criteria are.
  • Visibility. Journalists and important mass media from the startups ecosystem visit Startupxplore and look for information here, so you’re at the right place to be found!
  • Intelligence. As a member of Startupxplore you can follow other startups, investors, etc. and be the first to discover what is going on at your city in your industry. The organizations are geolocated, and you will see the investment criteria. All that information will help you to get conslusions and make decisions.
  • Credibility. Both the sign in process and the information published on Startupxplore is curated by our specialized curators’ team. We want to make sure that there’s only quality information.

But don’t worry, the signin process is curated by our team members, so we will make sure that everything is correct! And if you have any question about it, or we have any question about your profile, we’ll get in touch via info(at)startupxplore.com

I’M AN INVESTOR

What type of user should I have?

It depends.

  • If you are a sole investor: you should have a personal profile.
  • If you work for a company (Venture Capital, for example): you should have your personal profile, linked to your company profile.

We like taking care about your profiles, so the sign-up process is curated by our team members, so if you have any question about it get in touch via info(at)startupxplore.com

What’s a notable investor?

A notable investor is the one who represent all backers in the dialogs with the startup.

What’s a backer?

A backer is an investor who doesn’t have so much experience, so he/she learns by co-investing with other notable investors. Backers! Pay attention to everything, learn as much as you can, and you will be notable investors soon!

Should I be a notable investor or a backer?

If you have enough experience, you have invested in startups before and you are willing to take more risks, we recommend you to be a notable investor. And if you don’t have experience, or you’re not sure about how to invest in startups, we recommend you to be a backer.

I’M AN ACCELERATOR

What type of user should I have?

Same process as startups: you login with your personal profile, and after that, you create your company profile. When you have them, you can start exploring!

The signup process is curated by our team members, so if you have any question about it get in touch via info(at)startupxplore.com

What is the benefit for my accelerator?

These are some of the benefits that accelerators will have on Startupxplore:

  • Access to the startups at your area
  • Visibility: your profile will be visible to startups, tech media, etc.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

Which kind of service providers are allowed on Startupxplore?

On Startupxplore all service providers are allowed as long as they’re related to startups. That’s why we are working at the startup ecosystem, right?

The signup process is curated by our team members, so if you have any question about it get in touch via info(at)startupxplore.com

What is the benefit for my company?

You’re a service provider for startups, aren’t you? So, you need to find startups, and startups need to find you, in order to cover the services they need, so Startupxplore is the perfect place for you, does it make sense?

SUPPORT

How can I make my profile AWESOME?

Our team created a post where they explained everything you need to know and do in order to have the most awesome profile on Startupxplore. If you read them, you'll make us happy. Very!

How can I get 50 % of completeness on my personal profile?

‘I’ve created my personal profile but it’s still empty…. Which information should I include?’ Good question! In our opinion, users should include enough information to achieve 50 % of completeness on their personal profiles, because 50 % of the personal profile will be fine to let visitors know who are you (of course, if you want to give more information, you can complete 100 % your profile. The more complete the better!)

But, is it difficult to get 50 % of completeness? Absolutely no! Actually, we’re going to explain step by step how to get 80 % of completeness, so your personal profile will look awesome!


Step 1: Most important information

There are some data about you that are very important, like your profile image, a short description, your website, your office, a long description about you and your gallery. Every field gives you 10 % of completeness if you fill it, so if you have all this information on your personal profile you’ll reach 60 % of completeness.


How can I get 50 % of completeness on my personal profile?

Step 2: Increase your completeness

If you think that 60 % of completeness is not enough, you can get 20% of more by completing this information: Social Network data, Team, Tags ‘Location’, Tags ‘Market’. All these fields will give you 5% of completeness, so if you complete all of them you will get 20% more. And, what if you add companies you funded or worked at? Then you’ll get 20% for every company!


How can I get 50 % of completeness on my personal profile?

How can I get 80 % of completeness on my company page?

Having a page for your company on Startupxplore is important, but it is not enough. This page should have all the information that startups, investors, accelerators and all users will be looking for. The more complete your company page is, the more opportunities you’ll have. Imagine that your company page is only 40 % complete. Then probably you’ll only have 40 % opportunities...

And, what can you do to have a high level of completeness at your company page? We tell you in two simple and easy steps!


Step 1: Main information.

There are some fields that sum up 13 % of completeness if you fill them. These fields are: Profile picture, description, URL, short description, long description, gallery and offices. So, if you complete all these fields, your company page will be 80 % complete, that’s great!


How can I get 80 % of completeness on my company page?

Step 2: Other information

But, what if you can’t complete any of these fields? You can still increase your completeness, by filling the following areas: Your Social Network data, Team, Tags ‘Location’, Tags ‘Market’ and Recent News. Each of these areas gives 4 % complete, so if you fill all of them, your company page will be 100 % complete, awesome!


How can I get 80 % of completeness on my company page?

I created two profiles and I want to delete one of them, how can I do it?

Well, the best thing you can do to is delete one of these profiles, because you only need one (unless you want to work double!)

At the moment, you can’t delete a profile, so we’ll help you. Please, send us an email to info(at)startupxplore.com telling about your problem, and our team will solve it.

I created a profile for my startup, but I can’ find it

Yes, we know. Our curators team review every startup profile to make sure that it is really a startup (not an UFO, a ghost or a minion, who knows!) You don’t have to do anything, just be patient, and in a few hours you’ll find your profile!

If I get in touch you, when will you answer?

On weekdays we answer messages within 24 hours. If we don’t answer in 24 hours, please Tweet us at @startupxplore, because something happened. On the weekends we are exploring, so it takes us a little longer to answer, 24 to 48 hours.

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