What a year. We’ve crashed, bumped, smacked, bashed incredible people with incredible businesses – it really has been quite the collision – or whatever cheesy pun you’d like to go for. But all jokes aside, 2016 has turned up some seriously exciting moments. Here’s our top
1. Collider’s very own first exit – Avocarrot
Mobile ad exchanger and Collider alumni, Avocarrot, sold to Glipsa Global Group back in September for $20 million dollars.
Avocarrot joined our first ever accelerator programme back in 2013 and didn’t take them long before they headed off to San Francisco to continue their journey, exiting in less than four years.
2. Seenit took the win at TechDistrupt London!
From 14 startups down to one, our very own Seenit was crowned Startup Battlefield champion 2016, winning £40,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.
After presenting in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders and with hours of deliberation, TechCrunch editors worked through the judges’ notes to narrow the list down to five, resulting in only one winner.
3. Collider to launch in Amsterdam
SERIOUS excitement in the Collider office when we finally announced our launch in Amsterdam!
With a booming startup scene and a huge wealth of incredible brands, Amsterdam was the obvious pick for us – we can’t wait to see what it’ll bring in the New Year.
4. Our 5th cohort joined the Collider community
We handpicked the very best, new MadTech startups from around the globe, who have now joined the Collider family as our 5th cohort!
We had a record number of applications this year from startups all around the world, and were incredibly impressed with the quality that came through the door.
Our final eight have now been picked, which we’ll be announcing in the New Year.
5. The launch of our Mentor Network
Sarah Wood, Guy Weiynk, Zaid Al-Zaidy – just a few names you’ll find in our Mentor Network.
An exclusive offer to our scale ups, this isn’t ‘another accelerator’ with another ‘mentoring platform’ – instead, we hand picked some of the very best names in the industry and paired them up with some of our very best startups for an unbelievable mentorship experience.
And yes, back to that pun, but it really was a magical collision.
6. More startups reaching the one million pound revenue mark!
More and more of our alumni are reaching this milestone every month, with the first achieved midway through this year.
It’s been a blast, 2016. We’ll see you in the New Year with the official announcement of our new cohort.