NETMENTORA CATALUNYA is a non-profit initiative for entrepreneurs and startups based here in Catalonia.
The private, European business network has supported entrepreneurial initiatives for more than 30 years, with 120 associations in ten countries.
Its mission is to work with entrepreneurs to improve and consolidate their businesses, in turn creating employment opportunities and developing local economies.
The 1st convocatory for entrepreneurs—17 October – 24 November 2017—was created in collaboration with Leroy Merlin, a Netmentora member.
Among other things, successful applicants can receive:
– Up to 3 years of business support from experienced entrepreneurs
– 0% interest loans
– Access to a network in 10 countries
– And more
Who is it for?
The organisation is looking for entrepreneurial projects that benefit society at large – for example, initiatives that create jobs through the building of homes for children and older people, homes for the differently-abled, and the creation of innovative and sustainable environments.
How do I apply?
For more information and to apply for the programme visit theNetmentora Website (Spanish Language).
Barna Hub is a new blog series from Hubbub Labs, shining a spotlight on the Barcelona startup scene.In our very first Barna Hub interview we are excited to speak to Priscilla Lavoie, the Founder & CEO of Bida.
140 character startup pitch:
Bida is Barcelona’s hottest new mobile app where members receive a free drink every day at awesome bars all around the city for 9,99€/month.
Bida special offer:
Because you’re part of the Barna Hub community, Bida is giving you *ONE MONTH TOTALLY FREE* (that’s up to 31 free cocktails) on their app! All you have to do is download the app from https://bida.app.link/BARNAHUB and use the invite code “BARNAHUB” at signup to claim your free month. This offer is for new members only and lasts till Oct. 31st, so don’t miss out!
Down to business:
What made you want to be an entrepreneur?
I’ve always been attracted by entrepreneurship. My parents were entrepreneurs, and I remember being a “hustler” as early as 9 or 10 years old, buying lollipops in bulk at WalMart and selling them at school for a dollar a pop (until my teacher made me stop…).
Maybe this is a bad thing, but I see problems and inefficiencies everywhere, and constantly think about solutions to these issues. It’s just something innate to me, something I believe makes me who I am.
What’s the best startup resource or tool online and why is it useful?
Your network!!! I’m a huge advocate of making use of the world of contacts around you. I take advantage of so many opportunities to connect with new, interesting people. And with the proliferation of online social networks in our day and age, there’s really no excuse.
I think your network as a startup resource is even more powerful in Barcelona — this city is full of supportive, intelligent, experienced people who are happy to chat and help. It’s one of the things I love most about this city.
If you could have more of one of these things in your life, what would it be and why: money, time, contacts, coffee?
Certainly time. I always complain that there aren’t enough hours in a day — it’s the biggest stress in my life. As a result of this, I consider my time extremely valuable. One time, a friend was 30 minutes late to meet me for no good reason at all, and I decided to stop hanging out with her.
I also feel that time is intertwined with the other things in this list/question — with more time you have more opportunities to make money and grow your number of contacts, and more moments for coffee, of course ;-P
Where’s the coolest place to work from in Barcelona?
I kind of don’t even want to say this here, because I want it to stay the way it is, but Soho House is hands down the coolest place to work from in the city. The inspirational atmosphere, the network of people there, and the members’ events are simply phenomenal. My happiness level has definitely increased since I started working from Soho.
If you had to leave Barcelona tomorrow, forever, where would you have your last meal?
Damn that’s a tough one — there are so many amazing food spots in this city… but I think I would have to choose Enigma… even though I’ve never been, haha! I’ve been dreaming of that 40-course meal for the longest time. Can someone take me, please?
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own business in Barcelona?
Try to be patient. The bureaucracy and efficiencies are no joke. I kicked a wall once because of how frustrated I was with the system here.
Also, try to enjoy Barcelona whilst you’re building your empire. I know from experience that, especially when starting a new company, you want to put your entire heart and soul into it, and can easily get lost in your work, leaving no time for real life. I also know from experience that if you do this in Barcelona, you’ll get so caught up in the negative aspects of doing business here that you’ll quickly lose sight of why you came here in the first place. This city is just f*in amazing and has so many great things to offer. What’s the point in living here if you don’t enjoy it?
Thanks a lot Priscilla, we had a great time talking with you!
By George Chilton, Creative Director of Hubbub Labs, a content and digital marketing agency based in Barcelona.
Motivation and goals are key
When you’re in an early morning marketing meeting it’s often tempting to cut straight to the chase. More often than not, people begin asking about USPs, market demand, positioning and pricing, branding, and so on. Someone will write a list on a whiteboard, and another will look busy on their phone, nodding and agreeing that the messaging is key.
There’s no doubt they are necessary questions. But there’s one – far more important one – that very few people ask in a bleary-eyed 8am conference call. And it’s to do with motivation.
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
Before getting into product and service details, about messaging and differentiators, it’s one of the first questions we like to ask our clients. We want to understand what drives them to be great at what they do, their motivations, and what is at the core of their businesses.
If you know why you do what you do, your clients will buy into your ideas, not just your products. Brands like The Body Shop, Innocent Smoothies and Apple, for example, all have ideals and ideas that people pay for. It’s not just a bar of soap, it’s ecological; it’s not just fruit juice smoothie, it’s free of preservatives; it’s not just a computer, it’s innovative design.
On the surface, it sounds like a stupid question. But when someone asks you this he or she is really asking about your motivation and ambition. What makes you excited about your life? What makes you want to do the things you do? Who are you?
Of course, we have to ask the same question of ourselves all the time. If we don’t we’ll lose focus – and a company without focus or motivation is going nowhere. That’s where this list comes from, it’s the five reasons why we do what we do at Hubbub Labs. Our motivations and ambitions, and the reasons we love putting on our lab coats every day.
Why do we get out of bed in the morning?
Our team loves ideas. Everything we do is driven by an intense desire to understand and learn about the world and the people in it.
We are a lab. This means we hypothesize, experiment, fail, repeat until we get to the answer. AB testing, analysis and creativity help us find the best ways to drive leads to your business in the fastest way possible.
We love genuine people. Without interesting, diverse and unique people, life is dull. We work with your team and get to know you. When we understand what makes you special, we can really understand your mission.
We are driven by creative energy. Building things makes us human, so let’s celebrate your creation and find the best way to show the world why it’s brilliant.
We are true to you. We drill down and find the value your products and services offer, because that’s why people love you.
Let us know what motivates you in the comments. Just one big shiny idea, or a list of reasons. We want to hear about your challenges, ambitions and core company beliefs.